Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
One of these days, I’m going to review a book for VBC that I’m not going to like and I’m going to have to give it a really bad review. Thankfully, today isn’t that day.
A bit of a history lesson is in order. I’ve had a cold that has come complete with watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing to the point of my cat making an appointment for me to get a distemper shot. It hasn’t been pretty. I’ve just wanted to sleep. But I had a book to review. So I opened Tempted by Blood and started reading…and could not stop.
After meeting brothers Dominic and Alfonso in the first two books, we come to Jackson Foss, a vampire from the American South with a body, smile and swagger to die for. The accent is icing on the cake. Jackson is the ultimate bad boy. His piercer can undoubtedly attest to that. Jackson is a Guardian protecting Sweetbloods, humans who have the gross misfortune of being born with blood that is exceptionally addictive. The Darkbloods are the faction of vampires in the Sweetblood world who believe that vampires coexisting with humans and not draining them as a food source is a waste. They prey upon Sweetbloods.
Enter Arianna Wells. She’s no Sweetblood, but her cousin who she has temporary custody of is one. Unbeknownst to Arianna, Darkbloods have already had the girl in their custody once. Krystal (with a K), the young cousin, was rescued by Jackson and the Guardians from a brutal Sweetblood harvesting ring. Now Jackson appears back on the scene, securing an unwilling spot in Arianna’s life to keep both her and Krystal safe.
Now the complicating factors. Arianna runs a blog, which led Jackson back to her house after he wiped her memory. The pictures taken from her camera phone of a vampire attack she did not remember made it to her Paranormalish blog and the Guardians were not happy. Arianna also works for a company that’s a public face for a Darkblood organization. Jackson also feels himself reverting to the old ways, with an increasing need for energy and blood and a surge of violence that makes him realize leaving the agency may be his only option. Guardians who revert don’t receive a retirement package, they receive an execution.
A human with a Sweetblood relative who is apparently immune to Jackson’s ability to wipe her memories is now stuck with the vampire, all to keep Krystal safe from Darkbloods. Jackson wants to appear more human for her. Arianna could care less that he’s a vampire and wants everything he has to offer.
Nefarious co-workers, overzealous vampire supervisors, nosy friends, a Cadillac that has received more hits than a month of UFC matches all add to the story. It’s a vampire and a human, can they make it? Same story, different day, right?
Wrong. You want these two to work, just as much as everyone around them does. Every character in the Guardians’ world is endearing, even Santiago, who is not the favorite vampire of many in the Guardians.
Do they get their happy ending? It’s a paranormal romance novel; of course they get their happy ending. I would absolutely recommend this series. Tempted by Blood promises intense action, moldering broody vampires and women who can bring them to their knees.
Sexual content: Moderately intense sexual situations