Book Review: Bonded by Blood (Laurie London)
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.
For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her….
This was a great read for me. It started off quickly, and although the action slowed for a bit, Laurie London kept the story moving along and picked up the pace before I could get bored or restless.
Mackenzie was different than most characters I have read. She was interesting in a quirky way and I wanted to get to know more about her. She is conflicted and cautious, especially given her family's tragic history. She is slow to love and hesitant to be loved which creates an intense emotional conflict when she finds herself drawn to Dom. As a reader, I could feel her internal struggle as if I was reading about myself.
I absolutely adored Dom. He was mysterious in the beginning, drawing me in and wanting to know more about him. He is super sexy and protective of Mackenzie, which I always love in a hero. And what hero would be complete without a painful past? Dom's loss only makes him more endearing and lovable.
The story was solid, too. It was well planned and well executed. The story-building was believable and moved at a realistic pace. There wasn't a ton of action, but enough to keep me turning the pages and there certainly were moments when I felt my heart rate pick up. I love the connection that the author builds between the characters, as well. The psychic connection between Mackenzie and Dom is believable and adds intense emotion to the story.
Laurie London bursts into the paranormal romance genre with a novel that fans will love. The Sweetblood series will be well known and promises intense action, drama, suspense and romance!
Breaking a sweat!
When they get together, the sparks between Dom and Mackenzie sizzle through the pages. You can feel the passion and heat as their relationship grows.
If you love paranormal romance, vampires and suspense, this one is for you!
And be sure to check back next Wednesday when I review Embraced by Blood and giveaway a copy and swag to one lucky reader!