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Bonded by Blood: A Sweetblood Novel | [Laurie London]

Bonded by Blood: A Sweetblood Novel

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy—Guardian enforcers who safeguard humanity and Darkblood rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors.
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Publisher's Summary

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy—Guardian enforcers who safeguard humanity and Darkblood rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors.

Now, Guardian team leader Dominic Serrano will be forced to choose between the vengeance he craves and the woman he can’t live without….

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….

©2011 Laurie London (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer CRANBURY, NJ, United States 02-28-11
    Amazon Customer CRANBURY, NJ, United States 02-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "So Freakin' Boring"

    The story droned on and on and on, and never picked up. There were many times I almost gave up on it, but hoped it would get better, it never did. The narrator was just awful, she made the story so even worse. Save your time and credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Huntingdon, TN, United States 11-21-12
    Robbie Huntingdon, TN, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2010

    I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.

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    "Enjoyable but Mushy"

    This was a fairly good read. The characters and settings were well drawn out during the first half of the book, with enough plot progression during this to keep me tuned in. If you like formula paranormal romance without a whole lot of surprises, this is your book! It was a nice start to a new series. Sometimes the first book in a series spends too much time on "world building" and not enough time building the characters and the romance, but the author does a very balanced job of this.

    I've seen some reviewers compare this to JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I didn't really see it. In BDB, the good guy vamps fought bad guys who were supernatural, but not vampires per se. Also, the heroes in BDB were more over the top and bigger than life, even for vampires. I see more similarities (almost too many) in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breeds series, which, I might add, is a marvelous series for paranormal romance fans.

    There are a few problems, which is why I only gave the story 3 stars. First, the book is loaded with the standard romantic fiction tropes that I, for one, am getting a bit tired of. The "gay male best friend", the "rushes headlong into danger despite all warnings because I'm a selfless person" and the "practically an orphan self sacrificing for my sibling" tropes, to name a few. Also, some of the dialogue between the hero and heroine was a bit over the top mushy. These are small things, but they did take something away from the book for me. Still, I have a tendency to like these series more the further I get into them, because I have more investment in the characters I suppose, so I have already purchased the second book.

    The narrator did a good job, but tended to make the mushy dialogue sound even mushier out loud. I'm not sure if that's a product of the writer or the narrator, but the combination didn't really work for me. Still, this was only a bit of dialogue, mainly towards the end, so it was only moderately distracting. All in all, yes, I've read better, but I don't feel like I wasted my time or my credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Drake 02-17-11
    B. Drake 02-17-11

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    "Boring"

    The story drags and the narrator is terrible. All of the vampires sound like pubescent boys. Don't waste your credit.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A. Welch Vacaville, CA, United States 09-23-12
    A. Welch Vacaville, CA, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm bonded by Dom"

    This book was fun to read and I really enjoyed it. Matter of a fact I am reading the third book now and have already purchased for forth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D.G. 09-19-12
    D.G. 09-19-12 Member Since 2011

    Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).

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    "Cookie Cutter Characters and Anemic World Building"
    What was most disappointing about Laurie London’s story?

    Bonded by Blood was a below average read. The characters were cookie cutter and nothing to talk about but the biggest problem in the book were the technical aspects, which needed a lot of work to make a cohesive book. The world building was an anemic mishmash of the usual vampire myths and some of the new themes we've seen in popular series like the BDB but with no explanation as to how these seemingly contradictory elements could work - I need more explanations about a world where vampires are born AND can be turned. The timing transitions were terrible. A few times I didn't realize that days/weeks have passed until I was several minutes into a chapter, so every time there was a transition I was left wondering if it was the next hour or the next week.The confrontation with the uber villain (which was of the mustache twirling variety) was anticlimactic and there was a conflict with the hero's brother that was so obvious that it was laughable. Oh and that end was just too freaking maudlin.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This is the first time I've listened Antonia Laury and I'll definitely listen to a book narrated by her again. I enjoyed her narration even if the book wasn't to my taste.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely not continuing this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 09-06-12
    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Sweet blood indeed"

    The story of Dom and Mackensie is not an intense one, but it is entertaining. It is a good opening to vampiric series. The story moves along fast enough introducing interesting characters that you will want to know more about. There are parts of the story that are mushy but that should not deter anyone from giving this series a go. The narrator does a terrible job trying to give accents to the characters. And if she is kept through the series she'll have a hard time giving voices to the additional characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 05-21-12
    Robin 05-21-12
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    "A little to hokie"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm not sure if there is anything that could improve the book. Maybe a better narrator could give it a rating of 3


    Has Bonded by Blood turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I have listened to many books in this genre and enjoyed them very much.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Antonia Laury’s performances?

    I bought the first two of the Sweet Blood series and I'll listen to them because, what the hay, I did pay for them. I won't be buying anymore books in the series, however. The herroin was just abit too dumb and her counter part was about the same.


    What character would you cut from Bonded by Blood?

    None. The story needed all it could get.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was just too hokie for me. Perhaps Laurie London could take some writing tips from JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood)..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RRWS 05-21-12
    RRWS 05-21-12
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    "A little to hokie"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm not sure if there is anything that could improve the book. Maybe a better narrator could give it a rating of 3


    Has Bonded by Blood turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I have listened to many books in this genre and enjoyed them very much.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Antonia Laury???s performances?

    I bought the first two of the Sweet Blood series and I'll listen to them because, what the hay, I did pay for them. I won't be buying anymore books in the series, however. The herroin was just abit too dumb and her counter part was about the same.


    What character would you cut from Bonded by Blood?

    None. The story needed all it could get.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was just too hokie for me. Perhaps Laurie London could take some writing tips from JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood)..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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