Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Bound by Blood by P.A. Lupton

Synopsis (Goodreads):
FBI agent and psychic, Brianna Reece, descends from an ancient and powerful bloodline of witches, only she doesn’t know it. But now that legacy has come back to bite her—literally.

In the shadows of night in Denver Colorado, a serial killer is hunting women, and FBI agent Brianna Reece is hunting the killer. Unlike any case she’s worked before, Brianna can’t ignore the prickling at the back of her neck when she glimpses the resemblance she shares with the victims. The investigation begins to touch even closer to home when it is revealed that all of the victims were also psychic.

Complicating matters further, Brianna is captivated by the FBI’s prime suspect Nathan Donovan. Though she senses he is hiding something from her, the attraction she feels for him is compelling, and unlike anything she’s ever experienced. Through a chance twist of fate, Nathan learns of Brianna’s ancestry and is forced to divulge secrets to Brianna that will change her life forever.

When she learns that the killer is an evil vampire, and he’s now set his sights on her, Nathan alone holds the key to awakening her dormant powers. Now he must race to teach her how to control her emergent gifts before she becomes the next victim.
My Thoughts:  This was definitely a fun read.  Chock full of vampires (evil and otherwise), witches (ignorant and otherwise) and dead bodies (pretty much all dead, no otherwise involved), it has a touch of romance (more than a touch, actually) and a bucket of family tragedy all wrapped up with a cool. funky, interesting take on how the witches and vampires came about.

Brianna was interesting.  She's been hiding her empathic gift from everyone her entire life.  Naturally when she meets someone she can't read she finds herself wildly attracted to him.  Which is awkward since he's a suspect in her investigation.  When the two of them eventually do hook up, Nathan has a lot of explaining to do to get her caught up on what she's missed out on by not knowing her heritage.  Which reminds me, their courtship was so sweet.  *sigh*  Talking and texting over the phone and random meetings just so they could spend time together.  I liked it.

While I had an issue or two with Brianna's involvement in the murder investigation (I didn't like that she justified not telling anyone about her connection to the victims.  I kept thinking that her keeping quiet would have compromised the case), I liked the overall feel of the book and the mythology that was created.  Brianna and Nathan were smokin' together.  I *always* like that.

More books by P.A. Lupton

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge
Bound by Blood was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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