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.
Warning: Bonded by Blood spoiler alert!
Alfonso. Dear, tormented, dark and sexy Alfonso. I have to admit, I didn't think I would like Alfonso after the first book, Bonded by Blood. Although, the twist at the end with him being Lily's informant did surprise me. But I still wasn't sure how I felt about him by the time I put the book down.
Jump to Embraced by Blood and I immediately fell for him. With his tortured past, his broken heart and his protective instincts, he's the perfect alpha hero and I just couldn't get enough of him!
Lily is the perfect companion for Alfonso. She is strong, fierce, independent and a kick ass heroine. She doesn't take crap from anyone, least of all Alfonso and I love that about her.
The love, the hurt and the heartbreak between Lily and Alfonso is beautifully written. It's believable and I felt myself empathizing with the characters. The chemistry between them is intense and Laurie London does an amazing job balancing that chemistry with tension, doubt and eventually, passion.
Of course, what's a Sweetblood novel without the Darkbloods? Further building on his role within the Darkblood society, the author gives us a look into Alfonso's past, the pacts that he made with the DB's and the consequences that are inevitable in the aftermath of his betrayal. Suspense kept me on the edge my seat and anxious for more.
This book had everything that I needed for a 5 star review. Love, passion, drama, suspense and action. And as with her first novel, there's a nice little twist thrown in towards the end that I didn't see coming. Plus, not only did Laurie London build on the story which began with Bonded by Blood, but she also drew me into another secondary character, setting readers up for the release of her next novel, Tempted by Blood (2012), which I believe will be Jackson's story.
The love that Lily and Alfonso share is heartwarming and beautiful. Their connection and chemistry acts as a compliment to the story, not a distraction from it. If you're looking for passion on a deep level, you will find it in Lily and Alfonso.
A copy of Embraced by Blood was provided to me for review by the publisher and netgalley.com
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.
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