Blood Type #1
ARC provided by publisher to facilitate this review
A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems.
For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.
In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.
Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.
For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.
I find myself fascinated by the world that K.A. Linde is building in her new paranormal romance, BLOOD TYPE. The reader is immediately thrust into this new world, a world where vampires and humans coexist, although not always peacefully. The class divide is startling, and much of society lives in poverty, which leads to Reyna’s life-changing decision. The entry into this world is jarring for the reader, as we’re not given any backstory as to how or why the society has become what it is, but for me, that is one of the strengths of this novel, the way it immediately has the reader absorbed and invested into the WHY of it all.
I will admit that the first half of this story did stall for me a bit, with a lot of repetitive situations that became tiresome, but the air of mystery that surrounds this vampire society compelled me to keep reading, desperate to know more.
However, the second half of the book really takes off, and K.A. Linde delves deep into vampire politics, and how that is entwined with the current government, and what all of that means for vampires and humans alike. My favorite part of vampire novels is their society and structure of their race, so this had me excited and kept me turning the pages.
If I’m being honest, I struggled with Reyna’s character, while I was taken in my Beckham’s aloof persona. I am excited to get deeper into their relationship, however. There is still so much to explore between them. There was some serious chemistry between the two, and I’m looking forward to some explosive scenes in the future. The secondary characters are strong, and I’m excited to see their arcs throughout the rest of this series.
At the end of this story, I found myself shaking my kindle, hoping more words would fall out. K.A. Linde has definitely drawn me into this new world and I can’t wait to see what she brings to us in BLOOD MATCH. I not only want to know more, I NEED to.
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