Cranberry Blood (Book One)

Elizabeth Morgan
Cranberry Blood (Book One)
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Release Date
August 2014
Book 2 of Blood
Action/Adventure Romance, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Note: This is a previously published work.

Killing Vampires? Easy.
Tracking someone? Simple.
Helping, and protecting a Vampire slayer . . . . Bloody hard work!

Thirteen years ago, Brendan Daniels made a deal with a psychic. In exchange for information on the whereabouts of a Rogue Werewolf, he promised to help and protect Sofia's granddaughter. Unfortunately, he had no idea what he was letting himself, or his Pack, in for.

Nothing about Heather is simple, from her weird dietary needs to her life's mission. The girl can handle herself, but the promise to protect her soon becomes a need, and one he can't fully understand.

Vampire Slayer.
Born Infected.
Addicted to blood . . . but not by choice.

Heather Ryan is the current Slayer in a long family line. Like all before her, she has spent her life searching for her ancestor, Marko Pavel, the Vampire her family has sworn to kill. If that isn't complicated enough, she is also a born "Infected", and to keep her from becoming insane or giving in to her darker side, she is on a very strict diet.

Now that her Grandmother Sofia has passed, it is up to Heather to take the family legacy into her own hands. Or at least, it would have been...if her Grandmother hadn't sent a Werewolf to help her.

What is the irritating Brendan supposed to help her with? Sofia never told either of them. Luckily, it doesn't take long for Heather and Brendan to find out that the Vampires have big plans, and that the Leeches have waited a long time for them both.

This title contains explicit language, violence, and some scenes of a sexual nature.

Book Review by Victoria Lane (reviewer)
Jan 08, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
156 people found the following review helpful
Like the cranberry blood mixture that Heather Ryan drinks four litres daily, CRANBERRY BLOOD by Elizabeth Morgan will leave a bitter aftertaste that dulls the taste of the blood. I give it 3 stars because while the plot and writing was great, it ended too soon with too little romance and too much unresolved plot at the end, thus dulling my satisfaction with the action and suspense.

In the novel, Heather Ryan has been trained since she was eight years old to kill vampires. Her mother was attacked by a vampire while Heather was in utero, and since the Fourteenth Century, Marko Pavel has sought, whether personally or via his vampire progeny, to kill every member of his family and their descendants. But Heather Ryan is different than any other; she believes herself to be an Infected, while others believe she is a living vampire. Some of the vampire community want to turn her, some want her dead and others want to use her – so says her recently deceased Grandmother, Sofia.

Grandmother Sofia has also sent a werewolf, Brendan Daniels, to protect Heather. While Heather refuses his help for most of the novel, ultimately, she has to thank him for saving her life several times. Brendan's pack is also pulled into the drama through separate attacks on their territory, and soon the vampires' plans to create a new hybrid species start to be revealed. Together they all work to destroy the testing facility and research gathered by the vampires thus far, but their efforts always seem to be a little too late.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel. Interesting plotline, though in some ways vaguely reminiscent of the Underworld motion picture series. The action and suspense was fantastic, and I was always looking for the next battle. The writing was well done – no plot holes or inconsistencies or useless scenes. Everything moved the plot forward.

On the down side, I felt like the book ended at the wrong place. There was so much left unresolved that I felt it wasn't really a cliffhanger. Cliffhangers usually involve one character's status or one suddenly discovered issue. At the end here, there is too much up in the air. I don't want to give any spoilers, but when you get to the end, you'll understand that it could have been just one character's status left undetermined and thus giving rise to the next book.

The other things I didn't really like was how often Brendan and Heather had the same argument over and over, and how there was so little "romance" that I hesitate to call this novel a paranormal romance in the first place. Even the "paranormal with romantic elements" seems a bit strong for the content. So aside from the violence, this novel can be read by any lover of paranormal fiction.

All that said, I can't wait to read the next installment in this series and see what happens to the missing characters and find out if Heather and Brendan actually have a romantic relationship.
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Book Review by Nadene R (reviewer)
Jun 13, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
101 people found the following review helpful
After reading She-Wolf, the prequel to the Blood series, I could not wait to begin CRANBERRY BLOOD. I was eager to have answers to questions that arose in the prequel. I was not disappointed as I got more than I had bargained for.

This story was awesome and I am not sure I can adequately put into words how incredible it was. From the moment I began reading, I was pulled into the story. I did not want to put it down until the end. Unfortunately, life got in the way so it took me longer to finish than I would have wanted to.

I first met Brendan Daniels in She-Wolf. He is a werewolf and the fourth in line for the Alpha position within his pack. It was on the completion of the prequel that I realised he would be playing a significant role in this installment. He had made a pact with a clairvoyant named Sophia wherein he agreed to protect her granddaughter when she turned twenty-one. He had no clue what this would entail, but being a man of integrity, he would honour his agreement.

Heather Ryan is not your typical twenty-one-year-old. First and foremost, she is an Infected, meaning she was infected with the vampire virus. She was unique to her species, meaning that she was not bitten by a vampire, but was born with the virus. Secondly, she is from a long line of slayers who were dedicated to killing an ancient vampire named Marko Pavel. Now that her grandmother is dead, Heather is determined to fulfill her destiny by hunting and killing the elusive Marko. What she never expected nor wanted was the help of a werewolf. However, to honour her grandmother's wishes, she agreed to accept Brendan's help.

The focus of this installment was on the vampires. Apparently there are various stages in the process of becoming a vampire, which I found interesting. The process was not typical of what I am accustomed to from this genre. There are the Infected (humans who were bitten but not turned until they received vampire blood) and full-fledged vampires. The vampires are conducting experiments and to achieve their goals they have targeted Heather. In addition, werewolves are on their radar. What are they trying to accomplish? Will Heather and Brendan be able to stop them before they accomplish their nefarious goals?

Without a doubt, I loved Brendan and Heather. I enjoyed their banter. Their initial encounter was so entertaining that I could not help but chuckle during their arguments. Their need to prove who was the better fighter was so cute and endearing. I could not help but to be drawn to them. Their chemistry was off the charts. It was evident that what started out as a quest to honour an agreement was turning into something more meaningful.

Brendan has a way to make you trust and open up to him, however, he prefers to keep his feelings close to his heart. He is not afraid to fight for what he believes and will lay down his life to protect those he cares about. Heather is a kick-ass heroine, however, beneath her tough exterior lies a vulnerable soul.

Sofia never revealed what was going to happen, the only thing she advised was that they cannot change their path. Her messages were cryptic and not easy to figure out. This made things rather interesting, especially for Heather and Brendan. What were Sofia's real intentions?

The story is full of action, adventure, and suspense. It had me hooked and I was eager to know what was going to happen next. There were some very intense moments that had me on the edge of my seat. There are some romantic elements, but this was not the focus. The manner in which it was portrayed indicates that this is something to look forward to in future installments.

Verdict: If you are a fan of werewolves and vampires and you are looking for a unique read then look no further. CRANBERRY BLOOD will offer you all that you need. However, be warned. Once you start, you will not be able to put it down.
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