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A rare and powerful witch whose blood is lethal to vampires, Leila has always viewed her serryn abilities as a curse. After seeing her mother slaughtered as a child, Leila longs for a safe, quiet life. That wish is shattered by Caleb Dehain - a vampire with a dark past and a darker heart. The most feared serryn hunter of his generation, Caleb now needs the help of one of the witches he despises to save his dying brother. Caleb and Leila are each other's worst nightmare - but the slow-burning spark of attraction between them is undeniable. Will Leila's blood be his damnation? Or could her kiss be his salvation?

Contains mature themes.

©2013 Lindsay J. Pryor (P)2014 Tantor

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" Blood Roses is a highly recommended read!" (Gravetells.com)

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  • Maria
  • Citrus Heights, CA, United States
  • 02-04-15

Not as Good as 1st Book

I don't know what all the hype is about this book. I think the H was a jerk. He totally had no honor and didn't keep any of his promises to let the heroine return home after she cured his brother. His reasons for keeping her were totally selfish, and he treated her badly. Whenever she would fight back, he would call her deceitful and continue to keep her prisoner, despite the fact he was keeping secrets himself.
The plot was interesting and I can see how it will tie in with the next book in the series, but the H in this one is a lose, lose for me. I didn't find him likeable at all. To be honest, I can't imagine the heroine being in love with him, not after knowing him for all of two days. He was her first lover, I believe she is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

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  • Mel
  • Chicago,IL United States
  • 12-15-14

very good

Great follow up to the first book - can not wait to see how this series will go! also from what I understand these characters stories are continuing so we dont get the HEA now but in later books. Very good read though.

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Excellent book just keeps getting better!

Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Roses to be better than the print version?

I haven't read books yet. Unfortunately audio does not have book 3 and 4 yet I can't wait so I will have to purchase books to read. Wish audible has all four books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Roses?

As with book one story line keeps you guessing throughout story. The most memorable part of story is when the escape starts.

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

I remember feeling sad and then happy for main characters

Any additional comments?

A great read won't be disappointed.

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A 5* TENSE, GRIPPING & EMOTIONALLY DRAINING PNR

Well Lindsay Pryor did it again, she kept me up til the wee small hours with this totally gripping and nail-biting second visit into the dark, dangerous and seedy world of Blackthorn to join the Vampires, Weres and other supernaturals who are all forced to live there. And that is where the innocent yet strong Leila, from the safe streets of Summerton, has been forced to venture into to save, not only her sister, but a dreaded Vampire too and that is where she met her worst nightmare..... and her heart's desire.

Handsome, sexy, Alpha Vampire Caleb is a successful Nightclub owner but he has a very dark past filled with torture, pain, unspeakable acts and degrigation.... done to him and eagerly done to others by him. Beneath his stunning good looks he is clever, ruthless, arrogant, very manipulative and an unpredictable bastard and he has just found out that Leila is more than a mere Witch, she's a Serryn and, as told in the Prophecy, one who must die at his hands..... for him and for the Vampire world.

This very well-written and described exciting story has so many twists, shocks and surprises as they both agonize over decisions that must be made.... life and death decisions that fate has thrown at them and unfortunately only one of them can survive. Tense and action-packed with passion, lust and sex but there's also a lot of turmoil and heartbreak too and a very clever 'pull your hair out' and scream "WHAT?" of a CLIFFHANGER because in this emotional book love just may not be enough.

Very well narrated by Anne Flosnik and told from both the H/H POV's with a few other character's thoughts too but the bulk of the story was between Caleb and Leila - their thoughts, words, actions and deeds.

Worth a credit? A PNR lover's dream book, very creditworthy and I've already pre-ordered book 3 which is an impressive and daunting 29 hr listen and, as much as I love Christmas, I can't wait for Dec 30th when it'll finally be released.

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Sparkling Vampire Need Not Apply

The vampires of Blackthorn are deadly, dark, sexy, and ultimately dangerous. They are sexy and good looking as beauty attracts their prey, their prey being humankind. Blackthorn vampire are apex predators living in a trash heap of their dystopian world. The paranormal species of Pryor’s series are segregated in an area called Blackthorn which is intermingled with other paranormal creatures and the human dregs of society. High End Vampires are treated better. Prior to the paranormals coming out, they lived like any other people; albeit in their own way. After they came out, they have been segregated, and policed by humans who see them both as a threat and less than human because instead of souls they have shadows. So in this dystopian world the soul is a qualified entity.
In this book vampire night club owner Caleb needs the help of witch Leila to save his brother Jask who drank a person to death. Well no good deed goes unpunished. Leila’s act of kindness ends up condemning her and possibly the entire human race.
The book is filled with social and moral issues of the plight of the vampires. So far in reading just two books I don’t know the reason for the segregation, but until some authors Pryor has not tried to world dump in her first two books. With each book I’ve discovered more about the world; which does feel more organic. If you are looking for a sweet happily Ever After romance, skip this book. I’ve seen reviewers compare these books to J.R.Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, they are not comparable. The reason being is that Ward’s vampires seem saccharine sweet compared to the cut throat vampires of Blackthorn. In the world of Blackthorn, I love you, doesn’t guarantee safety and surely no hearts and flowers. I love you could me I might need to eliminate you or one of your family members for the greater good. I liked this book but I had to suspend a lot of disbelief, because for my survival I would have staked Caleb, despite the mind blowing sex. Leila is too passive for me despite all her angry talk. I would have been grabbing a log from the fire and impaling someone, but then there would have been no book.
As I stated before these books are not HEA, they are HEA for now or when I might need to kill ya. :-)

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Great series

I love this series. The characters and the political/social setting are very compelling. Great job on the audio book that picks up on the nuances.

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accent of narrator irritating

story good except heroine kept doing same stupid moves . narrator's accent irritating. English accent is usually good, but not this one.

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These people make you hate them!

I love... I hate you... I love you but I don't trust you. I love you but I will kill you to be more powerful. There is no real growth in the characters. They are all idiots( let me trust you with the lives of my family knowing you will kill them) or masochists (make love with me before we murder each other). This is awful. I gave book two a try because the world created was unique but this is the second book of people that hate themselves and accept abuse as part of a romantic relationship.

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Fantastic Story and Ecstasy

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I really, really enjoy this series. It's a good thing the story lines are so absolutely delicious. Otherwise, I found it extremely difficult to like the narrator. It took me two or three starts before I could make myself trudge through her words.

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  • Kerrie Hjort
  • 04-19-18

Story line to similar to first book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the main plot as two people on opposite side of the war falling for each other was just too similar to the first book. It felt all a bit to forced.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lindsay J. Pryor? Why or why not?

I was think about trying the next book but I feel that it might be too much like the other two.

What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love the emotion that she brings to the story.

Could you see Blood Roses being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

It all felt too forced, two people that are so far on the opposite side being drawn to each even while they say the hate each other. Then in a matter of days they have fallen in love.

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  • Claudia
  • 03-02-15

Great continuation of the Blackthorn series.

It looks like every new book in the Blackthorn series grows darker and more addictive. In this continuation of the series, we're introduced to the Vampire Caleb and the Serryn Layla. Just as with Kane and Caitlyn, both appear to be polar opposites. Kane a former Serryn hunter and Layla a powerful Serryn. However, as their story progresses you start to see that they are similar. Layla is fighting her Serryn nature and has a strong need to protect her two sisters. While Caleb is fighting the monster that he was when he was a Serryn hunter and trying to protect his brother Jake.

This is a dark psychological romance and also intense as you are right there with Caleb and Layla as they fight their inner nature.

I can't wait to read Blood Torn!