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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Review: Embraced By Blood By Laurie London

Title: Embraced by Blood: Sweetblood Series, book 2

Author: Laurie London

Publisher: Harlequin Books

Buy Link: Buy Embraced by Blood Here!

Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell

Blurb:

Is she a deadly temptation...or the one woman who can quench his eternal thirst?

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 draws them back together...and into an assassin’s snare.

Review:

Alfonso Serrano, former double agent for the Agency, was content to fade into anonymity and lick his wounds. After a debilitating knee injury while bringing down the dark overlord, and running from the blood assassin that was tracking him, he wasn’t much for socializing. When he found out the Darkbloods were now hunting Agency trackers to use for their sweet blood search, he knew he had to notify the Agency that his former lover, Lily, was a probable target. Lily DeGraff was the Agency’s top tracker, or she was. Lately her talents have faded and she is terrified someone will find out and remove her from service. When her trainee, Kip, is taken captive in her place, she has no option but to team up with Alfonso. With her shields firmly in place, Lily has no problem letting Alfonso know that there isn’t a place in her life for him anymore.

There is a lot going on in this book. You have the basic romantic story of will Alfonso and Lily reconcile. You have the basic story of will the Darkbloods win the battle. Then you have the subplots, Alfonso and his brother Dom, Lily and her father, Lily and her baby daddy, Steven. That’s not even all of the issues. Keep a notepad handy, you might need it. I did enjoy this book, I was just amazed at how much information the author was able to put in three hundred and fifty plus pages. Alfonso is dealing with tremendous guilt issues over his desertion of Lily and over his brother Dom. Understandable, but annoying. Lily, however, is hiding the fact that her tracking ability is on the fritz, and this is entirely due to cowardice. Not cool. It possibly delays the retrieval of Kip from the Darkbloods and hours of torture.


To me the secondary characters of Santiago and Jackson were more compelling. Especially Jackson, I just looooved him and the brownies. I adore a man with large appetites. Lily’s character flaw not withstanding, it was still an entertaining read and the spicy love scenes smoothed over what few ruffled feathers I had. There was some surprisingly humorous scenes, Alfonso meeting a naked Steven in a steam room springs to mind, that made me bust out laughing. I will most definitely be on the lookout for Jackson’s book. The Sweetblood series is a must read.

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