Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried but few have survived.
For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed seven years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.
She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy.
The vampire who despises everything she stands for.
What Aimée thought:
I’m a lover of all things fanged and Kane didn’t disappoint. When the paperback of Blood Shadows arrived I devoured the whole thing in the space of 24 hours. It’s fast paced, has sexual tension that easily beats Fifty Shades and its action packed, suspenseful and has a brilliant twist in the tale I didn’t see coming. The only complaint I had was when it ended because I really didn’t want to say goodbye to Kane, though I hear we’ll see more from the bad ass vamp. The first chapter of Blood Roses is at the end and made me long for more from the sexy, dangerous and irresistible third species men. I’d move to Blackthorn in a heartbeat.
The world Pryor has created is more dark and gritty. Life isn’t all sunshine and the characters make decisions that wouldn’t usually be acceptable or defendable in our time, but that’s what makes this book fantastic, and as the series goes on it only gets darker.
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“She was supposed to kill vampires, not save them. Those were the rules. That was the lore.”
A rare and powerful witch whose blood is lethal to vampires, Leila has always viewed her serryn abilities as a curse. After seeing her mother slaughtered as a child, Leila longs for a safe, quiet life.
That wish is shattered by Caleb Dehain – a vampire with a dark past and a darker heart. The most feared serryn hunter of his generation, Caleb now needs the help of one of the witches he despises to save his dying brother.
A serryn who has no reason to help him. Except that he has her sister.
Caleb and Leila are each other’s worst nightmare – but the slow-burning spark of attraction between them is undeniable. Will Leila’s blood be his damnation? Or could her kiss be his salvation?
What Aimée thought;
I feel like I should give this a warning. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book and the more I visit Blackthorn the more addicted I become, but people this book is dark. I thought Kane was a badass vampire but he’s no Caleb.
Leila and Caleb are the worst kind of enemies. He pretty much kidnaps her after she goes to Blackthorn to save his brother, not trusting that she hasn’t put a holding spell on him fearing as soon as she leaves, his brother will die. She’s torn because her sister is in love with Caleb’s brother, so a holding spell never crosses her mind.
There’s mild torture, on both parts. Huge attraction that only confuses them more, but underneath the dark and gritty, Leila and Caleb are made for each other. Both are vulnerable in their own ways and while Caleb can act horribly, he has his redeeming moments.
Trust is something neither can offer each other, but in the end will they learn to love and believe in each other?
As always, Pryor leaves us with another whopping teaser that will have you anxiously waiting for the next in this series.
Would highly recommend the Blackthorn series to fans of JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, Pamela Palmer and Lara Anderson.