June 25, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Embraced by Blood by Laurie London

Embraced by Blood (Hqn) Embraced by Blood (Sweetblood, book 2) by Laurie London

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet—a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires—makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed…then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again—until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together… and into an assassin's snare.


This second installment in the Sweetbloods series already had me captivated before I even picked up a copy.  My two favorite characters from the first book where going to have a second chance at love!  Alfonso is the true embodiment of bad boys, as he’s on the run from the Darkbloods he infiltrated and betrayed in the first book. My slutty gal pal Lily, who is a single mother, ends up on the run from Darkbloods because of her ability to sniff out Sweetbloods.

London effortlessly allows readers to find out where the good vs evil stands, and the love story, without dumping huge amounts of information all over the place. There’s good vampires (those who don’t kill humans) and bad vampires (AKA Darkblood radicals who kill-kill). Most humans are unaware of the vampires walking among them and the many battles fought over them.  Sweetbloods are humans with “super” blood.  It can make vampires stronger, and it’s allure is like crack. 

Right up front I will say that this story was a bit more predictable then the first book—Bonded by Blood.  The whole thing did feel a bit cookie cutter-ish.  The romance between Lily and Alfonso getting there second chance at times had my inner cynic cringing at the ease of how things fell into place.  Yet, the romantic in me couldn’t help but fall in love and enjoy the chemistry.  What I did enjoy more then the first book is that both characters are vampires, so I felt like I got more dish on the creatures of the night then the first book.

This is one hot’n sexy vampire read!  London takes the classic vampire into her own hands, making the world and mythology distinctly her own.  Alfonso was well worth the wait, and I gladly crown him as the King of Bad Boys.  Lily is a sexy and complicated leading lady who gets what she wants and can clearly take care of herself.  Even if the plot was a little bit less then the first book Sweetblood fans will be very satisfied to have more of their favorite vampires.  February 2012 can not come fast enough!!

Sexual Content:  This book has plenty of steamy scenes and references to sex.  There is a scene that takes place in a sex club.

Rating: 4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it

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Amazon: Embraced by Blood (Hqn)

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embrtourOne lucky winner will get a signed copy of Embraced by blood, plus 1 set of Sweetblood trading cards!embracedcards


  1. You do not have to be a follower to enter, but this is for shipping addresses in the US only!
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This giveaway will run from June 25th to the 29th.  All personal information will be deleted after a winner is chosen by random.org.


Tim Greaton said...

Great review!

Rebecca said...

Hi, I've been wanting to read this series. Thanks for the chance to win, and for a great review. I'm a new follower! Would love it if you stopped by my blog :)

Shera (Book Whispers) said...

It really is a great spin on vampires.

Very cute blog, the name is so fun!

BLHmistress said...

I love this series, Laurie does a fab job spinning a new tale of vampire lore.

Debbie said...

Looks great, thanks for the chance to win a copy.

June M. said...

This book looks great. I was referred to your site by Roxanne Rhoads. I looked around and became a GFC follower :D
June M.
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jfort357 said...

This book looks so intriguing!!! Luv the cover!! This is also a great blog site!!! Thanks for the awesome review & giveaway!!! I shared it on my Facebook page!!! :-)

Lisa said...

Bonded by Blood was Great and would love to win a copy of EMBRACED by BLOOD!! Wonderful new Series!!

Shera (Book Whispers) said...

June M.: Thanks!

jfort357: The cover really is hot!

Thanks I try to keep the site hip and up to date. ^_-

Lisa: Bonded by Blood was amazing!

Tanya1224 said...

Ooh...very nice! I'd love to win this book =)
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Laurie said...

Good review. This is one I have on my TBR. GFC seems to not be working right now so I will have to put off following for now but I am following you via Twitter. :)

I already own this book in digital format so there is no need for me to enter your contest this time.
Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this opportunity!

Annie said...

Looks gooood!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Loved book one and can't wait to get my hands on this one!

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

StacieDM said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Jenn said...

I didn't leave a comment so I don't think I've entered this yet. Hope not, if I entered twice sorry :( Awesome giveaway. Really appreciate it.

Shera (Book Whispers) said...

I'll keep an eye out Jenn. Thanks for letting me know.

latishajean said...

I loved the first book can't wait to read this one! Great giveaway thank you so much.