Blood Bound

Traci Douglass
Blood Bound
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Tule Publishing
Release Date
October 2016
Book 1 of Blood Ravagers Series
Paranormal Romance

Anna Frost had a bad feeling when her twin sister, Liz, told her she'd run off with a member of the notorious Otherworld biker gang, the Blood Ravagers. And her unease skyrockets when her sister subsequently vanishes. The police have no authority and little interest, so Anna decides to take matters into her own hands by infiltrating the group to discover for herself what happened to Liz, where she meets….

Dante, half demon, half human. A mix of two worlds, accepted by neither, he's had no choice but to learn the hard way how to play whatever side of the fence kept him alive during his nearly 500 years of existence. Now, as second-in-command of the Blood Ravagers biker gang, his survival depends on keeping his humanity a secret. Dante's ultimate goal is to fulfill the vows he made over two centuries ago to create a world where half-breeds can live in safety and equality.

But when sheltered schoolteacher Anna finds unexpected, white-hot passion in the arms of Dante, will her quest for the truth cost him more than he ever bargained for? Or will they find a way to save Liz – and their love – together?

Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Jan 16, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
156 people found the following review helpful
She fears her twin sister is in great danger. When the the police won't help, she goes on the hunt for answers. It brings her to a dangerous group of demon outlaws. When one of the demons offers his own kind of protection, she chooses to take the risk. He has his own dangerous task to complete but can't resist her. Can they help each other survive or will they end up in even more danger?

Anna is on the hunt for her twin sister who has disappeared in a dangerous place. On the surface, she is a schoolteacher who seems very average. Underneath, she is in great pain and cuts herself to deal with it. Anna has long denied her magical abilities after they resulted in a death while her sister has embraced those abilities. Her desire for pain leads to her interest in Dante.

Dante is known as a half-breed. His father was a demon and his mother a human. He has to hide that fact as many would kill him for his link to humanity. He struggles with his humanity as he has to inflict pain to survive. He uses BDSM and the women who enjoy that lifestyle to get his nourishment without having to harm innocents. Dante is working hard to create a world that accepts half-breeds like him and is willing to die if that is what it takes. When he meets Anna, his focus starts to change. He wants to protect her. The fact that she enjoys the kind of pain he inflicts is very appealing to him.

BLOOD BOUND is the first book in the Blood Ravagers series. I sometimes felt like I was actually starting later in the series as events unfolded. Most of that feeling originated from Dante's actions. He has had a plan in place for a long time and the storyline is giving you pieces of what he has already done little by little so there was little involvement or investment on the reader's part. It didn't have a linear feel to the story. I would have preferred to have more information on her sister Liz and how she became involved with him earlier in the story before being introduced to Anna.

I enjoyed the story but really wish the events had been broken down into separate books. The first book should have been about her sister Liz and her getting involved with Dante in helping him. The second book would then focus on Anna coming to investigate her sister's disappearance and she and Dante developing a relationship. The third book would be more action-oriented and focus on the plan to keep hybrids safe. There is a great idea behind this book but it is just too much information relayed to the reader and not enough portrayed and developed.

I enjoy MC romances and paranormal romances and have read quite a few that combine both elements. Having a gang of demons is definitely an interesting take on the usual characters in these kinds of stories. You more often get shifters. This group is incredibly violent and is considered a one percenter club with involvement in crime and violence.There is an evil leader but we don't really learn much more about the other members of the club other than Dante. Again, there is so much to relay in this one book that character development doesn't get the focus it should.

The book jumps right into the story. You actually may feel like you are starting off later in the series because of all of the events that have transpired before the book begins that you learn about as the story unfolds. The author has an original idea and some interesting characters but it would have been a better experience for the reader if the story had been separated into different books and had more of a linear feel to it.
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