Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Love & Blood Tour

Bronwyn Fitzgibbons was young and reckless. It was easy for Ronan to steal her human life and make her a vampire. She ran, but she never forgot him--or how he made her feel.

Rider saved Bronwyn from the new life she loathed and the new self she detested. His love restored her sanity.

Now Ronan is back to claim her. She struggles like hell against him, but she cannot deny the overwhelming power of her maker. Will Bronwyn surrender to the one who could possess her utterly? Or can she find the strength to choose the one who loves her as she is?

My Review and rating

This book for me started out a little bit slow. But it does pick up a bit of interest and did in fact keep me turning the pages. This is the first book in the Blood Ties Series. I can say that while I did enjoy it, and I will recommend it to others. It wasn't by far my favorite vampire book. Let me explain why. 

First of all the ENTIRE book is about love Triangles. Now for some that may be a grabber. But for me it was actually a *big sigh here* bit over done. In the first love triangle we have Bronwyn, who is in love with both  Ronan and Rider. As if this love triangle isn't bad enough we have another when we meet up with the werewolves (Carly, Tucker and Brock).  I'll leave them out so as to not spoil the story, but two love triangles in one book is a bit over the top for my tastes.

Secondly the story moves along at a fairly rapid pace but for me I never really got into any of the characters. I didn't understand Seraph and her involvement with Bronwyn. I also didn't really understand how the werewolves and vampires were enemies yet Carly and Bronwyn were best friends. There is a lot of back story that is missing and makes it difficult to understand and follow the story.

As for the love story itself. It was the oh so typical, I'm in love with a knight in shining armor (Rider) and an evil bad boy who is so wrong for me (Ronan), but rather than fall for the good guy I'm going to fall for the psycho twisted killer Ronan. Yep makes a lot of sense to me. 

All in all it was a decent enough story a little jumpy at times and difficult to follow but I did enjoy it and seemed to get more into the story itself in the second half of the book. I have to give this book a 3.5 to 4 stars because of that first half of the book. I can say if you like shorter stories you will enjoy this one. And I think that the author is on the right track and will only get better in future novels in this series. I will read the next book in the series because I am curious as to what is going to happen with Bronwyn.
*Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

Rider slid Bronwyn behind him as though she were a child who needed to be protected. “You should leave now, Ronan. Bronwyn and I have things to discuss.”
Ronan smiled at him and folded his arms over his chest, “I’m not leaving, Rider.”
“Are you guys going to whip them out to see whose is bigger next?” Bronwyn spat out, as she stalked up to her front door. Before she could turn the handle, Rider was next to her.
“Give me a minute and I’ll be right in.”
Bronwyn rolled her eyes and opened the door, shutting both men out. She heard shouting but she blocked it out as she walked straight back to her room.
Seraph stormed into her room an instant later. “Want to tell me what’s going on in the front yard?”
Bronwyn rolled her eyes. “Not really.”
Seraph’s eyes flashed and magic sizzled across her skin. “Let me rephrase that, what the hell is happening out there?”
Bronwyn knew better than to argue with Seraph when she got like that. “Ronan and I were on somewhat of a date and we ran into Rider; who in turn, snatched me up and brought me here. I believe right now they’re deciding who gets to come inside.” All of this was said in a bland sort of voice, as though two very ancient vampires were not about to start a bloodbath on the front lawn.
Seraph glared at her, “So what, you’re just going to let them fight?”
Bronwyn shrugged, “What am I supposed to do about it? They’re both older and stronger than me; I couldn’t stop them if I tried.”
Magic exploded from Seraph’s skin, her whole body glowed  with shimmering pulses, her eyes pure white. “Get the hell outside, Bronwyn,” She screamed in a voice that was not hers.
During the entire time that they had been friends, Bronwyn had only seen Seraph mad one other time, and it didn’t end well for the ones she was mad at. Seraph shoved her roughly toward the door to her room. She walked out and down the hall and out the front door. 

Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she's down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the "someday" section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.
Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.
Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.

Twiter: @jessicajgibson

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