Book Title: Cranberry Blood (Book 1 of the Blood Series)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Elizabeth Morgan
Date Published: 25 August 2014
Killing Vampires? Easy.
Tracking someone? Simple.
Helping, and protecting a Vampire slayer . . . . Bloody hard work!
Thirteen years ago, Brendan Daniels made a deal with a psychic. In exchange for information on the whereabouts of a Rogue Werewolf, he promised to help and protect Sofia's granddaughter. Unfortunately, he had no idea what he was letting himself, or his Pack, in for.
Nothing about Heather is simple, from her weird dietary needs to her life’s mission. The girl can handle herself, but the promise to protect her soon becomes a need, and one he can't fully understand.
Addicted to blood . . . but not by choice.
Heather Ryan is the current Slayer in a long family line. Like all before her, she has spent her life searching for her ancestor, Marko Pavel, the Vampire her family has sworn to kill. If that isn't complicated enough, she is also a born "Infected", and to keep her from becoming insane or giving in to her darker side, she is on a very strict diet.
Now that her Grandmother Sofia has passed, it is up to Heather to take the family legacy into her own hands. Or at least, it would have been...if her Grandmother hadn't sent a Werewolf to help her.
What is the irritating Brendan supposed to help her with? Sofia never told either of them. Luckily, it doesn't take long for Heather and Brendan to find out that the Vampires have big plans, and that the Leeches have waited a long time for them both.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the first book in the Blood Series. I loved it!
Heather Ryan is a wonderful character. I liked her very independent and determined attitude, but sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her to stop being such a pigheaded idiot. She is a vampire slayer, and a darn good one at that. She is an infected (part vampire) herself; her mother was attacked while carrying her. She has to drink blood, diluted in cranberry juice, to keep healthy. Heather thought she didn't need or want help, but when Brendan Daniels turns up, she finds herself fighting more than just vampires - her attraction to this sexy werewolf.
Brendan Daniels is also a fantastic character. I was first introduced to him in the prequel to this story, She Wolf, but he was one of several secondary characters and he was not really focused on. I was glad to get to know him better in this book. He is a werewolf, sworn to help Heather after making a deal with her grandmother thirteen years previously. He has a lot of charisma and a wicked sense of humour, but he also carries a lot of pain.
I have been looking forward to reading this book. However, I was completely blown away by this story! I started to read and didn't stop until I had read the whole thing in one sitting; I was totally riveted by the storyline and the subplots within. The story is told through both Brendan and Heather's point of view. The characters, whether werewolf or vampire, were well thought out and well developed. It was nice to finally get more information about the Scottish werewolves and their lives. The vampires were truly terrifying, and not at all likable; they made me shudder!
There was a sexual tension between Heather and Brendan that permeated throughout the storyline; it fairly sizzled! I kept hoping that these two would make a move, but the opportunity never seemed to turn up. That being said, the danger they faced kept my heart pounding! Lance is one sick vampire; I am glad that he got his comeuppance. The revelation of the rogues, and their purpose, was a complete shock. In a way, I felt sorry for them; they were victims of a sick and twisted plot. The story has several twists and turns that I didn't see coming, and it ended on a cliffhanger that made me groan in frustration. Now I will have to wait for the continuing book in the series, which I sincerely hope the author is well on her way to having finished writing, because I am dying to know what is going to happen next!
Elizabeth Morgan has written a fast paced and exciting start to what would seem to be a fantastic series. I love her fast paced writing style, and the story flow was wonderful. I have added her to my favourite authors list.
Due to scenes of a sexual nature, as well as explicit bad language and violence, I do not recommend this book for readers under the age of 18. I do, however, highly recommend this book if you love erotic paranormal romances filled with sexy werewolves and a vampire slayer. - Lynn Worton
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