Hi Everyone! It’s release week for my friend and fellow Paranormal Unbound blogger Amber Belldene–Blood Reunited, the third and last book in her vampire paranormal romance series. Here are my thoughts on the second book, Blood Entangled. I’ll share my thoughts on Blood Reunited on my personal blog tomorrow. 🙂
BLOOD ENTANGLED – High Stakes & True Love
The second book in Amber’s Blood Vine Series, Blood Entangled picks up where the first book, Blood Vine, left off. To save their dying race, vampire vintner Andre and his family continue their work to create and distribute the cure–their special wine. Meanwhile, their enemy, the fanatical and racist Hunters attempt to thwart them at every turn, using despicable, deadly methods. And through it all…love happens.
Kos and Lena are the stars of this second installment in the series. Rejected by Andre as his blood servant, Lena seeks a new home where she can nurse her emotional wounds and build a new life for herself. Andre’s son, beta hero Kos lends her a sympathetic shoulder to cry on and soon they discover a chemistry of their own. Despite their attraction, events and their own beliefs and politesse toward each other (sorry, no spoilers here) conspire to keep our lovebirds apart. Their internal anguish, written so beautifully by Amber, kept me turning pages and rooting for them both to get their love act together.
As with the Amber’s first book in the series, the secondary characters play pivotal roles and their stories are as riveting as that of Kos and Lena. My favorites, Pedro and Lucas, receive a fair amount of screen time and engage in some seriously steamy scenes. The author also set them up with a major conflict: Lucas is a reformed Hunter and Pedro a newly turned vampire. Can their love overcome their differences? Read the book to find out.
Blood Entangled offers up a lush California wine country setting, a vampire world rich with Croatian culture and vampire/Hunter history, well written and hot love scenes, and a high-stakes plot that will suck you into Amber’s world and leave you wanting more. Fortunately, there’s a third book in the series.
Recommended reading order:
1) Blood Vine
2) Blood Entangled
3) Blood Reunited
BLOOD ENTANGLED Blurb
KOS MARAS’s orderly life is in shambles—he must distribute Blood Vine to a population of ailing vampires, but Hunters block him at every turn. To make matters worse, each night he watches over a temptingly beautiful woman sleeping in his bed. He is convinced love cannot last a vampire-long lifetime and an entanglement will only cause them grief, but he doesn’t have the heart to send her away.
From a long line of blood servants, LENA ISAAKSON is destined to serve a vampire, but a string of humiliating rejections thwarts her pleasure. When Kos shows her kindness, she hopes he will claim her. Instead he proves himself a coward in the face of love and sends her to serve another.
Will the dark seduction of a rakish new vampire finally bring Lena the pleasure she desires or deliver her into the hands of Hunters who want to destroy everything the Maras family has worked for?
Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book. As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days.
Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths. Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco.