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By blood, by word, by magic….

Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special—a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood. Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.

But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath,Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma, and danger lurk around every corner… every touch… every kiss. And more blood will be spilled before it’s over.

©2011 Rachel Vincent (P)2011 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

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Good.....

Well written and well read. I listened to it straight through. Original story with enough plot twist to avoid predictability. Great opener for a promising new series.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Destiny
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 02-14-12

Buy this book!!!

OMG!!! This book was amazing! I loved the story, as well as the characters. I can't wait for the next one. I hope all of the friends are in it and they get to work together. I was a bit hesitant to get a book from this author because it seems most of her books are for teens. But this book was well written, dark and gritty, without a lot of angst. The only thing about this book that I did not like is that the lead female character takes too much on her shoulders. I understand her motivations but a woman can only sacrifice so much and still exist. Gabra Zackman was great as usual. I have listened to her in other books and I always enjoy her. Buy this book!!!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Another great book by Rachel Vincent

I was upset when the Shifters series ended, so I am pretty happy that Rachel has started a new series for grown ups!
Story is basically about people with supernatural abilities living in the regular world. Of course there are good guys and bad guys and twists and turns and love interests and friendships. I enjoyed this book all the way through. Its not life alteringly fabulous, but it is great entertainment!
The narration was good as well!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I'm Hooked, An enthralling new series, loved it.

I was hesitant to buy this one because I was so hooked on the Shifter series by Rachel Vincent and did not know if I could really get into something so different. This series took me totally by surprise. This is one of the most original story lines I have come across in a while and it was good. It’s an action packed Urban Fantasy/Paranormal fiction with some hot romance thrown in the mix. This book has it all. Characters you love to love and those characters you love to hate. If you liked the Shifter Series you will like this one although it’s much different, but its go good. I can't wait until my credits are loaded; I am going to get the next installment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Another Great Rachel Vincent Series

Rachel has an amazing knack for building unique fictional worlds. In a sea of carbon copy urban fantasy series, Blood Bound is a breath of fresh air. Her writing is both multifaceted and brilliant! Overall, Blood Bound is a dark and seductive thrill ride. I found myself getting pulled in the Rachel's Unbound world, and not wanting to leave. I enjoyed untangling the web that is Blood Bound!

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would get rid of the sudden changes in point of view. It happened a lot and was confusing at times.

Would you recommend Blood Bound to your friends? Why or why not?

I would not recommend it. I think there are many stronger series. It was ok, but pretty depressing.

Did Gabra Zackman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No, the narrator was ok, but not the best. I found myself speeding up the narration just to get through it.

Do you think Blood Bound needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It does have a follow up book and it leaves a lot hanging unresolved so hopefully the next book rounds it out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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This is a book you can get lost in!

What did you love best about Blood Bound?

The reluctant relationsip between Cam and Liv. The intricacy of the crime families, the people bound to them, and the way each sindicate operates.

What did you like best about this story?

How Ruben is a truly bad man with a little bit of heart left. There are tibits that came out a little bit at a time that were important to the characters and the story.

What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

The voices were genuine and the women were not histerical or over the top. Everything was just right except Cam's voice should have been stronger, or more masculine.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction, but I did root for the good and the bad guys. For some reason I want(ed) to see Ruben redeemed-or at least see Liv as more than "property". The ending was a bit disconcerting.

Any additional comments?

This was a great book. The world where it takes place is very intricate and well cunstructed. The relationships and events that transpired between the characters (past and present) are interesting and not predictable. There are many unanswered questions between them. They all have ideals and dreams, but are stuck in their lives due to bad decisions and deceit. Can't wait for the next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Take a walk on the urban side...

This one really grew on me!

It took me a little while to get into the story. I felt the same way about the Shifters series, like the main characters took some time revealing themselves. The setting is urban with a bit of grit, and there's a bit of a unique system of paranormal powers at play which the author uses very well. Liv really doesn't have a choice about helping her friend, and the powers she wields and the ties that bind her to the case are all wrapped up together with a great big bow. By the end there'd been a good bit of action and romance (similar level to the Shifters series, if that helps), a couple plot twists, and I was very invested in the characters! I'll definitely buy the next books!

Another thing that worked very well -- this story is told alternately from Liv's and Cam's points of view. Kudos to the narrator for pulling that off, since not everybody could! I understand the rest of the books in this series are going to do that too, switching to two different people each time while still following the same broader storyline. I think that's a really interesting idea, and so far, so good.

So yes, this story ends with a lot of unresolved issues! It's not a cliff-hanger ending, but there's plenty of story left to come.

This is also a mafia story with a paranormal romance twist! If I'd known I might have hesistated to buy the book, but I ended up enjoying this even though mafia stories usually put me off. But then this author has never failed to draw me in for a fun read, so I'm not surprised she could get past my usual reservations. The overall ambiance is sort of old school private gumshoe meets paranormal romance meets mafia story.

Overall, recommended! Slow starter but lots of plot, interesting characters in tricky situations, good narration.

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Good Story Line - so so narration

After listening to the authors Soul Screamers series and thoroughly enjoying it, I was looking forward to another great series. The story line was good. It kept me interested. However, the intonation of the narrator drive me crazy. Almost every line ended in a high note. This made me feel like there was no feeling in the characters statements. If the story had not been interesting enough for me to want to continue, I would have stopped after the first chapter. I really want to finish the series, but I may have to just read them instead.


Started the second book and the narration is much better. Only an occasional hint of the intonation issue. I am really enjoying the series now.

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Good story but....

I like this author and I love this narrator. The characters in this book were interesting and fully developed. (here comes the "however"..) However, I found the world setting of the story to be terribly depressing. Bleak. Violent and cruel. Maybe it's just me, weird mood or something, but wow.... don't read this is you are at all depressed or suicidal. Fortunately, this did not prevent me from listening to the very end and being glad that I did.

I couldn't tell if this book is to be a stand-alone or the start of a series, could go either way. If this author does write another book about this world I'll snap it up in an instant to see what happens next. Maybe the protagonists will have it a bit better next time.

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  • Wremmy
  • 12-23-16

Needs male & female narrators! Really really impo

Really hard to follow switch from his point of view to her point of view. Current narrator did a good job but this book really needs second, male reader too!