Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Blood Match by K.A. Linde Blog Tour

As the provocative, sensual Blood Type series continues, the rare bond between Reyna and Beckham is threatened by betrayal, greed, and twisted secrets.

A desperate human. A powerful vampire. A world divided.

Reyna Carpenter was promised paradise. She was delivered into hell.

Giving up her body for money was supposed to be the hardest part of becoming a blood escort. She never expected to lose her heart to her dark, enigmatic boss, Beckham Anderson. After being taken by a depraved captor who plans to rule the world, Reyna will do anything to return to Beckham.

She just has to find the will to survive this game.

From the pawn, rises a queen.

Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story begins in Blood Type and continues in Blood Cure.

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“Please.” She wasn’t above begging. “I’ve waited so long.”

“I won’t bite you,” he said, his face sliding down between her legs. A fang nipped at the sensitive artery in her inner thigh. “But I bloody well want to.”

Did she even care if he bit her? It would be a relief after what she’d endured. A relief to feel that connection so acutely. But she wouldn’t press him this time. She remembered how they’d gotten carried away. He’d taken too much, drank too deeply, and she could have died. They needed to take it slow.

The blood. Not the sex. She needed that right now.

His finger slicked through her wetness and began to massage her clit. She vibrated from the sensation. She didn’t know if she’d be able to hold out before he was inside of her.

Then his eyes found hers again. His boxers disappeared and then his cock was in his hand. He massaged the length of himself as he watched her walk on a tightrope. Any second she was going to fall off and into oblivion. Nothing and no one had ever made her feel so good. No. No one had ever made her feel.

“So... close,” she ground out.

One powerful thrust seated him to the hilt within her. She cried out as he stretched her to the max. No warning or preamble just his cock inside of her, filling her to completion.

Her walls clenched around him. She was so close, but instinctively, she knew he wasn’t going to let her release without him.

Then he started moving. A slow pull out and a quick drive inward. Once, twice, three times.

“Not yet,” he said, his eyes commanding.

She tried to hold back. She could wait. Oh God, she could wait.

Then he started up the rhythm again. Setting his own course, owning and claiming her body. Reclaiming everything that he’d lost in that one moment of stupidity on her part. In his one moment of weakness.

She could see in his eyes the weight that loss had cost him. The toll it had taken on him for giving into his urges, for finally relinquishing his hold on himself. His eyes said he’d never do it again. His eyes were a promise.

“Becks, come with me,” she cried, clutching the sheets.

He grasped her hips and owned her body where he refused to own her blood. Taking everything she would give him, but not everything he wanted. Not everything she wanted.

She was so close. She looked in his eyes and knew they would finish together.

Reyna woke up screaming.

She jolted upright in her overly plush king-sized bed with its too many pillows and too much softness. Her hair was plastered to her face. Sweat coated her body, soaking through the thin white shirt she’d worn to bed.

Her eyes adjusted to the dim lighting and she looked around the small room. Everything was in place. Nothing had changed. Not a damn thing.

Beckham wasn’t here.

It had been a dream. A sick dream. A desperate horrible dream.

Her hand moved to her cotton panties and found the slicked wetness still there. The ache still building in her lower half from lack of release. The aftereffects of the dream. It had felt so real. So very real.

She had felt him moving inside of her. She had seen the love in his eyes. She had known his remorse.

But none of that was real.

That was her imagination at work. Conjuring his face just to torture herself with his absence. Remembering the feel of his body and the love in his eyes, only to know that he hadn’t found her. Aching for one more view of him.

It had been fifty-five days since she’d last seen his face.

Reyna made a mark in the notebook next to the bed.


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Heed that above. Blood Match most certainly ends on a humdinger of a cliffhanger. As the second installment of the Blood Type series, this cannot be read as a standalone. The novels are on the shorter side, more serial than a series, so it's imperative they be read in order.

Blood Type left off with a bang and Blood Match flawlessly continues a few weeks into the future, with zero confusion to the reader. From word one, I was hooked, reading the novel in a single sitting, unable to put it down... only to have the wind knocked out of me.

If you're a fan of Linde, you know she's the queen of angst and the gut-punch sensation, which is why I adore her frustratingly delicious novels. The ending of Blood Match is no exception, as Linde connects you to her characters, has you rooting for them, has them resonating in your blood, and then she flips it around on you and you're left floored.

Since you need to read Blood Type first, I'm not going to give a rundown of what happened in the first installment. Politics is the focus of the series, more so than the paranormal world-building, but they go hand-in-hand in importance, as it's fangy politics influencing human-run government. The fangs want to be in control. The humans are trying to keep their grip on the tenuous control they harbor. Elle, the underground revolutionary group, wants equality between humans and vampires.

Our heroine is a pawn in their war.

Reyna has been kidnapped, held captive, and used for the rarity of her blood type. The vamps want her for her blood, but so does Elle. Forever a pawn, with zero autonomy, Reyna has lost her naïveté, hardened by reality, she comes to understand how it's not good or bad but a rush to power, and power is the ultimate corrupter.

Dealing with a broken heart, learning to cope with her new situation, Reyna pulls a few immature, TSTL (too stupid to live) antics that had me groaning and rolling my eyes, but it was within her character traits so I let it go. She's pining away for Becks, yet also maturing by the second.

Blood Match was an excellent continuation and an even better lead-in to what I assume is the final climax of the series. I had held off for a few weeks before reading, sensing it would be a cliffhanger, and now I wish I waited a bit longer since the only thing I want right now is Blood Cure.

After a major cliffhanger in book one, I was very much looking forward to Blood Match. At times it felt is a little bit Fifty Shades meets The Hunger Games but without the BDSM, and I was in book heaven.

The story started well, but for me it slowed down a little in the middle. As we move through and Reyna’s circumstances change, and new characters are introduced, my brain was making up all sorts of theories about what was going to happen next. Am I the only reader that thought that Jodie was way too well adjusted? Anyway, as the story was dealing with regular life issues my imagination ran away with me. I kept waiting for something bad to happen. Reyna has a knack for getting into trouble everywhere she goes.

The slowdown in the middle of the story, it seems, was just to get us comfortable as the story ramps up and up until it gives us a killer final scene with an even bigger cliffhanger than the first book. I think I read that whole scene with my heart in my mouth with “Oh My God!” running on repeat in my head. I was left stunned. All my theories went out the window as my brain tried to figure out where to next. I can’t wait to get my hands on Blood Cure to find out how this fantastic trilogy ends.

If the first book in this series was about Reyna’s personal experience, this second book introduces readers to the wider dystopian reality surrounding Reyna and Beckham. I loved the history, the politics, and the complex struggle for power. Reyna is at the centre of this book but now she is more informed and more useful.

Despite the cover, this is more of a dystopian adventure than a paranormal romance. Reyna and Beckham’s relationship is essential to the story but it isn’t always at the centre of the book. Both are becoming interesting characters in their own right and it was actually the other friendships and alliances beyond the central romance that held my interest in this second book.

Especially reading pre-publication, the cliffhanger at the end of this book feels completely unfair. And unnecessary. This second book is brilliant, and the series is strong enough to keep readers excited – without the emotional blackmail at the end of this book. Needless to say, I can’t wait for the next story.

This is book two in the series, it starts right where book one finished, therefore should not be read as a standalone.

Reyna has been kidnapped and is being held by a man who wants to rule the world.

Reyna is trying to mend the pieces of her broken heart while trying to stay strong.

There is so much angst in this book, I loved it. I was hooked from the very first page and can I just say, holy cliffhanger Batman! It kind of destroyed me. I really cannot wait for the next instalment to this story. This author really knows how to keep you hanging on.

Also Available in the Blood Type Series

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For reviews & more info, check out our Blood Type post.

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 Match (Blood Type #2) by K.A. Linde to read and review for this tour.

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