Today is my stop on the Embraced by Blood blog tour!! Read below for my review, and then keep reading to find out more about the author, and to also find out how you can win a signed copy!
Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.
Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet—a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires—makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed…then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again—until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together… and into an assassin's snare.
Embraced by Blood is the 2nd book in the Sweetblood series. I hadn't read the first book in the series, and while I don't think that it is necessary to, I just had this feeling that I was missing out when characters from the previous book were brought up. Alfonso and Lily are the leading characters in this particular book. They were a couple once upon a time, but Alfonso left Lily because he thought he was protecting her. He didn't want her to know the real reason he left, so he told her that he didn't love her any more.
After hearing that Lily could be in danger, Alfonso comes back - to be a bodyguard of sorts. Not surprisingly, Lily is not a happy camper to see Alfonso again. He is determined to make this strictly platonic - he doesn't want to get involved with her again. He doesn't think that he is the type of man that she should be with, but he wants to protect her while she is searching for her missing partner. After spending so much time together, the old flames heat up again and it's almost impossible for them to resist each other.
This is a great paranormal vampire romance. Many times in vampire romance novels, one person in the relationship is a vampire while the other is not. Basically, everyone in this book is a vampire which makes it different than a lot of books out there that I've read. There is plenty of danger, suspense, and action in this book.
My favorite aspects, however, were sexual tension, heated passion, and sweet romance. Alfonso is such a great guy, and it is sad to see how he doesn't think that he is deserving of anything of worth in his life because of what he has done in his past. Lily, is a sweet and loving person (and a kick ass heroine) that can only see the best qualities in Alfonso. They love each other deeply, even though they try to deny it to one another (and themselves) for half the book. I would recommend this book to any vampire lover who isn't afraid of a little bloodshed added to the mix. Because of the sizzling sex scenes, I would say that it is definitely for adults.
About the author:
A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Greater Seattle Area RWA, RWAOnline, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, FF&P (RWA chapter devoted to all things paranormal), and two book clubs.
When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.
Ecopies of Embraced by Blood are not yet available, but you can find it in paperback format on sale now at Amazon!
Now for the giveaway!!!
One lucky winner will receive a SIGNED copy of Embraced by Blood AND a set of Sweetblood Trading cards! How awesome is that? Sorry, this contest is open to US residents only!
To enter: leave a comment on this blog post with your email address so we can get ahold of you if you are the winner! I will leave this contest open through June 30th - Good luck!
The next stop on this tour - Fangtastic Books - June 24th
To view the full tour line-up, visit Bewitching Book Tours