Saturday, April 14, 2012

Review: Amanda Ashley's "Bound By Blood" (Bound Book #2)

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1420121324
ISBN-13: 978-1420121322
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 1 inches
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Local Library

Synopsis Via Back Cover:


Zack Ravenscroft loves women-all women-and they love him. The irresistibly seductive owner of the hottest casino in Nevada, Zack has tasted every wicked pleasure Sin City can offer. But never in his six hundred years as a vampire has he seen a morsel as delectable as Kaitlyn Sherrad, the mysterious young newcomer in town. Zack knows nothing about her-except that he craves her...

Kaitlyn is half vampire, half human--and all woman. As the cherished daughter of the Carpathian Coven's master, she has been given every luxury a girl could desire. Now her only need is for a prince. But though she's ready to gamble her heart on Zack, a powerful enemy stalks their every their every kiss...and waits to destroy their undying love...

Saph's Review:

"Bound By Night" is Book 1 of this series and has been REVIEWED on this blog!

"Bound By Blood" starts several years after "Bound By Night.  Kaitlyn Sherrad is the now grown, half vampire and half human, daughter of Elena and Drake from Book 1.  She has recently relocated to Las Vegas in search of a job after receiving a college education.  While investigating the nearby casino, she discovers that the owner is mysterious Zack Ravenscroft, a man with curiously familiar habits.  But he can't be a vampire, can he?  And if he is, who's Coven does he belong to?  To answer the questions may take Kaitlyn down a road she isn't prepared to travel.

While discovering what she can about Zack she discovers that she's being hunted by the son of one of her now deceased grandfather's many wives, Nadiya.  Nadiya claims revenge against Drake for killing one of her sons during an attempt to pull power of the Carpathian Coven and the Fortress in which they live, from their father.  Kaitlyn is all grown up and "a big girl now" and this is when Nadiya seeks to use Kaitlyn to exact swift justice.  

I liked the book very much but want to discuss my dislikes first and get them out of the way.
First off, Drake and Elena didn't do Kaitlyn any favors by spoiling, coddling, and bending to her every whim and desire.  Sometimes I felt like I could replace Kaitlyn with certain celebrities we all know, and most likely don't love, and no one would ever be the wiser.  She was not at all a strong heroine.  Nadiya turned out to be the strongest female in the book and she's the villain.  Zack impressed me until my inner dialogue started talking with a drawl every time he called Kaitlyn "darlin" or said things like "huggin" and "kissin."  He's a Las Vegas vampire for goodness sake, not a cowboy in Texas.  The inability for Zack and Kaitlyn to figure out their otherworldly origins at first meeting was slightly annoying and when they finally did, some of the dialogue was corny.  And the kidnap/rescue scene??  Very anticlimactic - the wedding passage had more excitement.

Okay, I'm done bashing parts of the book now and can move ahead with how the book worked for me.
I really liked the story line.  Zack meets Kaitlyn and it's an instant attraction for both of them.  It happens a lot more often in real life than people like to give credit.  Kaitlyn becomes a magnet to a stalker guy who Zack eventually has to protect and save her from....aww moment!  The plot involves, as noted above, a feeble attempt by Nadiya to kidnap, use as leverage, then destroy Kaitlyn as justice for the death of her son at the hands of Drake before Kaitlyn was born.  Then there's the "Zack is the wrong type of vampire for Kaitlyn" scenario that plays out with Drake being the protective daddy.  In this book, Kaitlyn and Zack try very hard to keep Kaitlyn chaste and untouched before being betrothed.  We know in this day and age that doesn't happen too often.  

This installment of the Bound series allowed us to see how Amanda Ashley's hybrid vampire fares in the modern world.  We also see a love tested by many things--including an irate father--with the hope that the author completes the HEA most of us require from the books we read.

Again I say that I enjoyed the book.  It wasn't a book that I was obsessed with.  I was able to put it down and walk away at times but I never thought about not finishing it.  


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