It’s all about the blood…. Comprised of three novellas, Blood Lust gives listeners a snapshot look at the world of the Preternaturals Series. (Future installments of the series will be novels.)
KEPT: As a cat therian (shifter), Greta’s blood is already sought after to enhance spells and potions, but due to a quirk of her birth, her blood is potent enough to kill for. When her tribe plans to sacrifice her, Greta must ally herself with Dayne, the dangerous local sorcerer, and the only person strong enough to protect her.
CLAIMED: For a vampire, Anthony isn’t a picky eater, but he’s drawn to Charlee’s blood more than any other. Like a fine wine saved for a special occasion, he’s denied himself this pleasure. But one night, high from the potent magical blood of another, he claims his prize and loses control. Ashamed of almost killing the one woman who means anything to him, he wipes her memory of the event. When Charlee awakens with complete amnesia, Anthony is the only one who can clean up the mess he’s made.
MATED: Because of the vampiric blood that has run through her veins since birth, Jane has been a target for vampires who resent a human being “kindred”. She’s forced to disguise herself as a vampire groupie to appease them and safeguard her life. When she’s abruptly given to Cole, the leader of the werewolf pack, to satisfy a gambling debt, she discovers the blood running through her veins has a far greater impact on her destiny than she ever imagined.
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This is my first review of any audiobook. I found this author, Zoe Winters, wove the three novellas in Blood Lust very successfully. The writing and characters in each novella pulls you into the story. It helps immensely when you have the right narrator in this case-Chet Williamson- to set the pace. His voice lends the perfect balance to not only the female characters (not whiny or nasal), but excells with the male characters (deep voiced, dark and hypnotic). The fact that these deal with preternatural characters just ramps up the 'yummy' factor- shapeshifters(Therian), sorcerors, vampires and werewolves.
In each novella-Kept, Claimed and Mated- the stories while seperate were connected by intersecting characters from each one and expanding their own evolution of their romances. Greta and her friend Charlie (Charlotte) in Kept led to Charlie befriending Jane in Claimed which led to Jane's story in Mated. Their respective lovers, Dayne in Kept needed help from Anthony whose story continued in Claimed introduced Paul who traded Jane to Cole and their story continued in Mated.
The stories kept me involved. None of the characters were over the top or corny. The heroes had the right amount of inate protective instincts with strong senses of responsibilities-with a 'bad boy'rep. What's not to love? The women were strong, although I did find that Jane was more of a survivor than Greta or Charlie. I didn't like her at first -but she showed more dept in her character than the others. Can't wait for more stories from this author! Glad that I purchased this on a whim!
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
Blood Lust is a fun listen. There are 3 separate novellas, Kept, Claimed, and Mated. Each story revolves around a different paranormal theme. Yet the author ties them together seamlessly.
Ms. Winters is a talented writer and I hope Audible will soon be adding more of her books to their collection.
Also, Chet Williamson does a really great job as the narrator.
I was pleasently surprised by this book. Publishing rights limit the urban fantasy titles available in Australia and I've consequentially suffered through more than few disasters. With some trepidation I decided to give this unfamilar author a try and I'm glad I did. The short stories maintained a good balance between fantasy/romance and avoided being either too dark or too soppy. Definetly worth a listen.
I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.
This book is a compilation of three PNR novellas all by Zoe Winters. The characters do intersect and there is overlap, as you expect in a PNR series. Whether you listen or read this story, you get three romances for the price of one.
Kept is the first novella. It consists of Greta who is a cat therian (another word for shifter), and Dayne, a sorcerer with a very bad reputation. Greta is sentenced to be a sacrifice. Her mother, who is refusing to save her, but helps her to escape and sends her to Dayne for help. Dayne is in a bind because he needs therian blood to go after the head of cat shifter clain, but can't get it from his normal online source. When Greta shows up to his door, Dayne agrees to protect her until the full moon. There are several hilarious moments between the two. There is also many misunderstandings between the two.
Claimed is the second novella in this book. It contains the story between Anthony, a vampire running to be king vampire for the next century, and Charlotte (Charlee) a human friend of Greta. In a drug induced blood lust, Anthony drinks from Charlee and then attempts to wipe her memories, but completely erases her entire memories of herself. Anthony is forced to care for her while trying to win the tournament, to keep it from Lucas who is evil.
Mated is the last story in this book. We meet Jane in Claimed when she is trying to stay alive in the vampire world. She has been able to see vampires for what they really are, which is part demon, since she was a child. Vampires don't like that much. They are also not able to control her mind, like they can with normal humans. Jane is given to the alpha werewolf, Cole, as payment for a debt. We learn a lot about Jane's past, which is truly horrific.
This is a great PNR series. I can't wait to read more. I would highly recommend this series to people who like PNR stories. The sex does exist in these stories, but not to the graphic detail as in many other PNR stories. I don't this this subtracts from the story in anyway.
I listened to this story after reading it. I have to say, it was done well and I enjoyed going back and revisiting the characters. I think the narration is great. He does a great job with not only the different male characters, but the female as well.
The narrator's talent and voice was enjoyable yet, in my opinion, not suited to the material. I found all 3 stories choppy and just not engaging. I found my attention wandering. The world created in these stories just fell flat for me. I don't believe I will try this author again.
Absolutely! It's an awesome read, and has gotten me hooked on Paranormal Romance.
He's an excellent narrator, and helps the characters come alive even more so than they would if I was reading the book without his narration.
The book had me hooked from the start, and I look forward to enjoying more of Zoe Winters' work.
I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan, Stacia Kane, Kelly Medding and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
"OK book, but could do with another narrator"
I liked the book, but I think it would have been better with another - possibly female - narrator. It's always a bit cringeworthy when a man tries to imitate female voices and this particular reader's voice does not lend itself to the more ... mh ... sensual parts of the narrative either.
Apart from that, an enjoyable listen.
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