Forbidden Blood: A Vampire Romance Novel by Felicity Heaton
Read: 14th – 18th June 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Forbidden Blood is a standalone paranormal romance novel (approx 272 pages) set in modern day London featuring those supernatural creatures of the night, vampires. Although this book is set in the here and now, Ms Heaton has created a vampire world and society that reminds me of a past era – possibly 17th or 18th century where hierarchy and the rules of etiquette are a minefield for those not in the know.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
New York Times and USA Today best-selling paranormal romance author Felicity Heaton presents:
Forbidden Blood (A Vampire Romance Novel)
In a dark world where vampires exist and where Source Blood, a rare human blood type, can bestow godlike powers upon them, the vampire Venators of the Sovereignty fight to protect the humans by banishing those who drink it to the endless dark.
Exiled from his family and with only his duty to sustain him, Kearn has been on the trail of an elusive Source Blood abuser for three years. When he saves a beautiful human female from the vampire’s grasp, it turns out she’s the lead he’s been waiting for. Amber is a Source Blood and the perfect bait, but for who?
As they race to catch the vampire and survive the cruel games he plays, Amber is pulled deeper into Kearn’s world and discovers the painful secrets he hides behind his handsome but emotionless exterior—hurt that she has the power to heal if she is brave enough.
Forbidden Blood is a dark, sensual tale of betrayal, revenge and a love that knows no bounds.
So, what did I like about it?
My regular followers will know that I’m a big fan of Ms Heaton’s writing style; it’s the way she creates a very believable paranormal world and then packs it full of multi-faceted characters with very real human foibles and weaves their individual stories around an engaging background arc that it just draws me in and keeps me gripped. Forbidden Blood did not let me down.
I loved the first couple of chapters, they are almost nightmare like, my adrenaline was pumping and disorienting – fantastic. We were introduced to our hero, Kearn, and our heroine, Amber, while Ms Heaton laid down some background about what Source Blood is and gave us a glimpse into the vampires’ society.
I enjoy a story more if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and has oodles of gumption and I wasn’t disappointed here; Amber was all of these and more. Kearn is just my kind of hero, a predator and skilled assassin and I loved getting beneath that ruthless, stoic exterior. In fact, I liked the way that Amber, Kearn and all of the characters in this story were written, none of them were flat 2-dimensional creations, they all felt very real for me.
I loved the inner dialogue of both our leading characters, the way that Ms Heaton’s prose helped us to understand the strength, importance and beauty of blood to a vampire. I felt that some of the ‘connected by blood’ scenes in this book are more romantic, more erotic than sex scenes I’ve read by other authors – although when Amber and Kearn do finally have sex it was amazing!
What a mix of emotions this book elicited in me; tears trailed down my cheeks at times (love for ones family is always a complex thing even before mistakes are made and trusts are broken), my heart went from pounding with desire and titillation to pounding with fear and apprehension, my blood boiled at the injustice of Sovereignty rule and vampire society, my inner detective enjoyed trying to piece together the little clues as to who’s the villain of the story may be, I really enjoyed the twists and turns in the thriller aspect of this tale and my heart warmed for the beautiful blossoming romance between Kearn and Amber.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Absolutely nothing, that’s why it got 5 stars!
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I loved this book; there wasn’t anything about it that niggled or didn’t work for me. Forbidden Blood is a gripping paranormal romance with a HEA ending in Ms Heaton’s signature style.
Due to some of the more explicit sexual and violent scenes I understand that this book might not be suitable for everyone, but if you’re not offended by content of this nature and enjoy relationship/romance stories with some gritty story-lines then I’d recommend Forbidden Blood to you.
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