Sunday, February 12, 2012

Book Review: Blood Avenged by Gabrielle Bisset

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Night Owl Reviews
Blood Avenged
by Gabrielle Bisset
Series:
Sons of Navarus Book One
Release Date:
Publisher: SP
Source: Author
Age Group: Adult
Category: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Pages:  225 pages in PDF format
Available Formats:
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My Rating : 4.5 Top Pick for Night Owl Reviews
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Back Of The book:
I am everything you desire. I am vampire.

Powerful and manipulative, Vasilije does as he pleases. A vampire beholden to no one, he takes what he desires, drinking deeply the pleasures this life has to offer.

When one of his own is staked, Vasilije must travel to New Orleans to exact his revenge. There he meets Sasa, a beautiful woman who arouses him like no other has for centuries. Vasilije’s need for vengeance is equaled only by his passion for her, but what he finds in his revenge is just the beginning...


First Lines:
The beat of the music slammed into his body like crushing blows from an angry attacker, each note reverberating in his bones. He sat perfectly still and let the beat thrum through him as he picked up the seductive scent wafting across the crowded room, carried by a thick cloud of cigarette smoke. Undetected by all but him, its subtle sweetness teased his nose with a promise of what was to come.


Teaser:
Vasilije answered and the voice on the other end of the phone spoke one word and then there was silence. Turning to Sasa, a knot formed in his stomach as he repeated what his spy had reported. They’d chosen the next one of them to die.


Plot:
A very unexpected book in every sense of the word! Given how many vampire romances I have read I'll say it takes a lot to get me absorbed in a book that I forget all others until I reach the end. Blood Avenged is one such book and was impossible to put down. Not because of it's high octane action or thrilling suspense, but because of the gut wrenching moments of passion and fear. Both elements were tastefully woven throughout the entire novel between Sasa, an empath human and Vasilije, a six hundred year old vampire. Page after page I was drowned by wanting Sasa to do anything to save her mother from death by sickness, but at the same token wanting her to grow a stronger backbone and fight for what she actually thought to be right. This point was a tug of war through two-thirds of the books all the while I completely understood her actions. 

From the start Sasa is forced into one decision after another that takes her into a dark world that she knows very little about. From working with a voodoo queen to help her ailing mother to accepting the help of the treacherous vampire, Tatiana, Sasa is sucked into a whirlwind of deceit, lust and power. 

Bad blood never dies and when Vasileje accidentally sires one of Tatiana's human 'pets' Tatiana finally acts on a six hundred year old grudge that propels the story forward by taking them from London to New Orleans and into a cat and mouse game of murder and justice with Sasa thrown in the middle. Playing as spy for Tatiana at first, Sasa uncontrollably falls for the one vampire that could kill her if he finds out who she is working for. Danger set aside, the thrilling lust and passion shared between the two dripped off the pages and seeped into my every pore, becoming my very own brand of heroine! You've been warned! And when you too become addicted to Ms. Bisset's vampires you'll understand. 

When the ending approached and I found the satisfaction all romance readers love to read, the fun and excitement didn't stop there. No, more deceit and a deeper mystery is partially unveiled giving me a taste of who Vasilije really is and who the Sons of Navarus are. And beyond that, an exciting glimpse into the next installment of this new series!

Writing:
I really enjoy reading indie published books, but I am very strict in needing them properly edited. Ms. Bisset is obviously like minded in this regard and holds her readers in high respect, because each of her books provide readers with clean and well written stories. She also writes with great attention to the emotions of her characters which always pulls at mine own, making me want to scream one minute with frustration and cheer the next as her characters grow into the 'people' I know they can be. Couple that with smooth flowing prose and you have Ms. Bisset's writing style.

Summary:
A very well written and emotionally exhaustive paranormal romance book! I loved it! I love finishing a book and thinking, "Wow, I've got no more left"! Bisset is rapidly climbing up in the world of PNR and is a definite must-watch-for writer! I can't wait for the next book in her new Sons of Navarus series!

Thank you for stopping in to check out my review for Blood Avenged by Gabrielle Bisset! I hope I've helped you find your next read.

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