Series: Sweetblood #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published by: HQN on July 24, 2012
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Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions:
Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors...
Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface-a power that serves him well as the Guardians' region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can't read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories.
Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous traitor in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side-and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both...
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Laurie London’s vampires are beyond seductive!
The Sweetblood series continues with Guardian commander Tristan Santiago. When a team of Guardians are attacked while raiding a Darkblood warehouse in Seattle, their commander realizes there must be a traitor in their midst. To uncover the truth and find the traitor, Santiago enlists the help of Roxanne Reynolds, an ex-Guardian turned teacher who now works at the Tracker Academy in Florida and temporarily filling in for her friend Lily. Roxy’s skills as a tracker are legendary and while she might be a just a teacher now, she’s come to Seattle with a purpose, to find her fiance’s killer. Tristan’s close friends come up with a seamless plot to find the vampire who endangered their lives by having Roxy and him pose as lovers. An undercover mission soon turns very real for these two as they find themselves in a tangled web of passion and desire.
This is by far the best book in the series! Tristan is a stubborn, powerful Alpha who is inclined to get his way no matter what, until he meets Roxy who knocks him off his feet with her undeniable charm. As the two go “undercover” we learn more about them and how looks can be quite deceiving, sure they’re both gorgeous, but there are many facets to these two characters that makes their romance real. To see Tristan go from an arrogant Guardian to a confused and lovesick puppy is heartwarming and truly entertaining. The author does a great job of easing into the romance despite the obvious attraction between Roxy and Tristan.
Roxy is my favorite heroine in this series so far, the woman really holds her own in a series where the heroes are big, strong, protective warriors. I praise Ms. London for giving us a heroine who knows how to defend herself and kicks major butt on her own! This is not to say that the other heroines in the Sweetblood series are dainty flowers, there’s just something extra special about Roxy. She’s just as strong as Tristan but never shows off about it…I love a heroine who turns the tables by saving her hero and Roxy proves she’s more than just a pretty face in yoga pants!
Aside from the great romance throughout the book there’s a suspenseful plot that keeps you engaged with plenty of twists and turns. We get to see some familiar faces that add a sense of comfort to the story and give us an update of the previous characters and couples of the series. SEDUCED BY BLOOD is the shining star of the series with it’s constant action, sexy chemistry and a touching love story between two unlikely soul mates. The writing is so stellar in this series that each book can definitely be read as a stand alone but I’d highly recommend reading them in order (says the reader who started on book #2 and still has yet to read the first!) It’s hard to think Ms. London can top Tristan and Roxy’s book but something tells me I might be eating my words in the near future!