Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Blood Type by K.A. Linde

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.

Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story continues in Blood Match.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

As a huge re-reader of the Avoiding series, I was super curious to see what Linde would do in the paranormal genre. The author created an interesting world where the reader learns right alongside the main character. Flowing organically with ease, this type of delivery of information creates a smooth transition, devoid of info-dumpage.

Reyna was raised by her brothers, all of them orphans, in a world where only the rich live above the poverty line. This is a world where vampires roam and rule, and there are new laws and legislation going into place that affects the humans.

Reyna doesn’t wish to be a burden on her brothers anymore, unable to go college to better herself because they don’t have the money, yet unable to work because she doesn’t have a college degree, in a vicious cycle to keep those who are poor in an unescapable position.

Out of options, for survival’s sake, Reyna applies to become the blood host to a prominent vampire and gets more than she bargained for. In walks in Beckham.

I don’t want to give away the plot, as that’s the setup and nothing that’s not in the blurb or sample. I will say that Linde delivers the usual steamy, angsty, gut-punch of emotion tied up with a paranormal bow.

Reyna is left wondering if she’s good enough for Beckham, if he wants her, if he wants another woman more than her, this adding the angsty edge that is oh-so yummy. Reyna is part martyr, part naïve girl who does do some stupid running away, but she’s 100% survivor.

Beckham is the classic douche – strong, reserved, reluctant, demanding, emotionally devoid alpha male. Rich, in a prominent position, Beckham has an image to protect and a secret being kept, and any affection he may hold for Reyna could destroy it.

Blood Type was an angsty, juicy, fangy read, ending on a cliffhanger, and I cannot wait to get my claws into the next installment.

I really liked the whole premise of this story. It’s a new direction in a vampire novel that feels different and fresh. While I really liked the premise and found the story intriguing, I also felt it could have moved a little bit faster. My need for instant gratification had me starting to get annoyed with the dangling carrot, so to speak. I also felt that more background on Beckham would have better connected me to his character. But some might like his stoic and very elusive, evasive self. To me, he was all mystery with nothing to snuggle up to except short glimpses of lust-filled eyes and plundering, stolen kisses. I needed some type of vulnerability in him far sooner in the story because by the time he showed any type of real emotion, I had already made my opinion of him.

Reyna was a well written female protagonist and had everything I usually like in a leading lady. She is doing what she must for her family. She puts her brothers before her own welfare to keep them from working themselves to death in the mines. Taking Beckham’s money and fancy home for granted, albeit, as his hired employee, she becomes a bit vapid and flirts a bit too much with danger. Becoming a little too reckless in her role in this very dangerous new life with lethal vampires. Without spoilers, I liked the idea that Beckham may not be all he seems and could possibly have a different outlook than his fellow brethren. There’s a large cliffhanger that was played out nicely with a betrayal that you didn’t see coming. I’m interested to read book two and see where this story goes!

I have a confession. Despite being a massive fan of Buffy and Angel, I’m not really into vampire stories and Blood Type is the first vampire romance I’ve read. I’m not big on paranormal stories generally, but every now and then I try to move out of my comfort zone.

So what did I think of Blood Type? I thought it was brilliant! I was quickly sucked in to Reyna’s life. I’m a sucker for characters that are struggling to survive, so I connected to Reyna right from the beginning. Reyna goes from living with her brothers in a poor area and barely surviving, to living in luxury with vampire Beckham as his blood escort. She is now getting paid and has access to the best of everything. Beckham (or Becks as Reyna calls him – which made me cringe every time she said it), doesn’t give much away and doesn’t share much with Reyna. Their relationship develops over time, but it is fraught with difficulties that had Reyna’s emotions all over the place. It had my emotions all over the place too!

This is one of those stories where as a reader you can see the bigger picture and you get to watch the heroine (Reyna) discover and figure out what you had already guessed. Even being able to see the bigger picture, there were still unexpected twists and an ending that I didn’t see coming. Blood Type completely consumed me, and I am desperate to get my hand on book #2, Blood Match, which thankfully releases at the end of June. Bring it on – I can’t wait for more Reyna and Beckham.

K. A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding series and more than twenty other novels. She grew up as a military brat and attended the University of Georgia where she obtained a master’s in political science. She works full-time as an author and loves Disney movies, binge-watching Supernatural, and Star Wars. She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Blood Type (Blood Type #1) by K.A. Linde to read and review.

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