Series Review: Blood Vine by Amber Belldene

July 25, 2013 Uncategorized 0

Genres: Paranormal, Romance
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About The Book:

  • Blood Vine & Blood EntangledBlood vine
  • by Amber Belldene
  • Category: Paranormal / Romance
  • Pages: 290
  • Publication:  January 8th 2013 & July 23 2013
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Received From: Literati Author Services

 

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Synopsis:

 

Blood Vine:

 

In Blood Vine, bites are an inconvenient bliss, exiled vampires are wasting away, and the fate of their kind depends on the perfect PR campaign.

 

When public relations pro Zoey Porter arrives at an enchanting California winery, she discovers her sexy new client is the almost one-night stand she can’t forget. After her husband’s suicide, Zoey has vowed never to risk her heart again. But can she walk away from the intriguing winemaker a second time?

 

Driven from Croatia by his ancient foes, vampire Andre Maras has finally made a blood-like wine to cure his fellow refugees. Now he needs Zoey’s PR expertise to reach them. After his wife’s death, Andre has a vow of his own—never to risk another painful blood bond. And one taste of the tempting Zoey would bind him to her eternally.

 

His secrets stall her PR plans. Her jealousy is stoked by the blissed-out beauties leaving his bedroom. At every turn, he utterly fails to resist her. When she discovers he is a vampire, will she be lost to the golden-eyed Hunters, or lose herself to the emptiness in her heart, before she can help him save his kind?

 

Blood Entangled:

 

Book Two in the Blood Vine series:Blood Entangled

 

KOS MARAS’s orderly life is in shambles—he must distribute Blood Vine to a population of ailing vampires, but Hunters block him at every turn. To make matters worse, each night he watches over a temptingly beautiful woman sleeping in his bed. He is convinced love cannot last a vampire-long lifetime and an entanglement will only cause them grief, but he doesn’t have the heart to send her away.

 

From a long line of blood servants, LENA ISAAKSON is destined to serve a vampire, but a string of humiliating rejections thwarts her pleasure. When Kos shows her kindness, she hopes he will claim her. Instead he proves himself a coward in the face of love and sends her to serve another.

 

Will the dark seduction of a rakish new vampire finally bring Lena the pleasure she desires or deliver her into the hands of Hunters who want to destroy everything the Maras family has worked for?

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

Well, well, well… I’ve read so many Young and New Adult books that actually reading an Adult Romance was getting me all heated!

 

This time he was no tortoise. Lightning fast, he pinned her back against a tree with his hips. Growling, he bent his head to hers and began a kiss nice and slow, to rein in his animal instincts.

 

The plot for this is great but the way Amber Belledene is able to get Zoey and Andre together is fantastic. And although it’s sort of love at first sight, for some reason that didn’t bother me. Maybe because it was an adult book and wasn’t very “sweet” with the love making and all. They didn’t fall for each other the instant they looked into each others eyes and they even had some difficulties, sometimes themselves, along the way.

 

I just really enjoyed how Blood Vine came together. Ended fabulously and had me excited that I was also reviewing book two.

 

For book two, Blood Entangled, you definitely want to have read Blood Vine. You don’t HAVE to read the first, but I think it would be very confusing and you’re introduced to most of the characters in book one also. It’s almost seamless from Blood Vine to Blood Entangled but the second is just as good as the first. But Lena and Kos have a completely different set of issues to get through than the first couple. Plus quite a bit from Blood Vine to deal with as well! And this was handled wonderfully.

 

And at the beginning of Blood Vine I didn’t even really like Lena! So much happens with her and between her and Zoey and Kos that by the end of book two I really liked her.  But Bel and Kos were just as fun. They came out with stuff that just had me sitting there laughing in unbelief. I mean, why would vampires have to be stuck up ALL the time anyway, right?!

 

“Damn, it’s good to see those mofos,” Bel said, laughing.

 

But my favorite character was Pedro. That guy!! He is just so lovable!

 

Pedro said, “Ladies, let’s focus on the important things. You’ll never get old and you get to have super-hot bitey sex all the time.”

 

 

I haven’t read many vampire paranormal romances lately but this one is definitely one of my new favorites. The writing was fabulous and I am hoping that Amber is planning to continue this series. Lots of surprises in both books.

 

If you enjoy paranormal romance this will be up your alley. They are easy to read, fun plots that are quite heated. Definitely not for the young adult readers!

 

 

 

About Amber Belldene:

 

Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book.  As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days.

 

Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion.  She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths.  Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco.

 

 

 

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