Seduced by Blood
by Laurie London
Release Date: July 24, 2012 (Paperback), August 1, 2012 (Kindle, NOOK)
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Length: 384 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Vampire
4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Cover rating: 4.5♥s
Faux Lovers, Real Danger
In the Sweetblood world of vampires, Guardians are vampire warriors. They are sworn to protect humanity from Darkbloods. Darkbloods kill humans for blood and deal in "Sweet," which is a rare type of blood that comes from Sweetblood humans. It's very addictive and sold on the vampire black market.
Tristan Santiago is the Northwest region commander of the Guardians. He is commanding, demanding, and has anger management issues. Roxy Reynolds was the Guardians' best tracker. She can also sense when people are being deceitful. But she's now retired as a Guardian and these days she teaches other trackers. She is on temporary assignment to the Northwest region when a raid goes bad and Guardians are seriously injured. Santiago suspects that a traitor in the Seattle field office has passed along information to the Darkbloods. In order to catch the traitor, Santiago decides that he and Roxy will pose as lovers at the field office and she will ferret out the person responsible. After some anger management of her own, Roxy reluctantly agrees.
Posing as lovers quickly leads the couple to fall for each other, but they both have relationship issues from their pasts that get in the way. Danger, new and old, catches up to them. Soon they are fighting for each other's lives. And an ultimate trial of their relationship could tear them apart.
Right out of the gate, Roxy is introduced as a kick-butt heroine with a compassionate side. And she doesn't take guff from anyone, especially tall, strong, sexy Santiago. This confounds Santiago. When he says "Jump," his people say "Off what bridge?" But not Roxy. She refuses to take orders from him. Instead, he has to use interpersonal skills with her. That's a new concept for him.
Santiago is introduced as a hot-head who can barely keep it together after his men are attacked. Then along comes Roxy, who knows exactly how to get under his skin. He just about goes ballistic. He fights against her ways, but Roxy is actually his personal feng shui. She calms him like no one else ever has. Once he lets her in, he starts to fall for her. Unfortunately, he believes his father's poison that he isn't meant to be faithful in a relationship.
The plot includes a kidnapped Sweetblood girl and her sister, the mysterious information leak at the field office, and the century-old murder of Roxy's fiancé. A favorite character from previous books is in critical condition from the botched raid. Life-threatening danger will keep you turning the pages. Santiago faces Roxy's final test of their relationship. Will he fail?
I don't think it's a spoiler to say that I loved the last line of the book. You'll just have to read the whole book to see if you agree.
See my review of the previous book, Tempted by Blood, here. The rest of the books in the Sweetblood series are listed below in reading order. Laurie London says that there will be more Sweetblood books. We can all look forward to reading about more strong, sexy Guardians!
ARC provided by NetGalley for a fair review.
|Bonded by Blood|
|Hidden by Blood|
|Embraced by Blood|
|A Vampire for Christmas|
|Tempted by Blood|
|Seduced by Blood|