Blood Avenged

Gabrielle Bisset
Blood Avenged
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indie published
Release Date
December 2011
Book 1 of Sons of Navarus
Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance

I am everything you desire. I am vampire.

Powerful and manipulative, Vasilije does as he pleases. A vampire beholden to no one, he takes what he desires, drinking deeply the pleasures this life has to offer.

When one of his own is staked, Vasilije must travel to New Orleans to exact his revenge. There he meets Sasa, a beautiful woman who arouses him like no other has for centuries. Vasilije's need for vengeance is equaled only by his passion for her, but what he finds in his revenge is just the beginning...

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Jul 31, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
200 people found the following review helpful
Dark, heated and intense, this book was complex adventure from start to finish. Though there were some uneven elements in the plot, I was drawn and held by the two fascinating main characters, the wild passion that roared to life between them, and the dark quest that drew them together.

For over one hundred years, Vasilije has wandered the earth, creating vampires out of all those who took his fancy and finding pleasure in any number of willing women. Nothing, however, has held his attention, or dulled the pain caused by the murder of his own sire. After he turns a new human in London, Vasilije learns, to his surprise, that the man is the boyfriend of Tatiana, Vasilije's oldest enemy. Enraged, Tatiana vows not only personal vengeance on Vasilije, but to call down the official justice of the Archon, the ruling body of vampires, with dark agendas of their own.

In New Orleans, Sasa Lambert has devoted her life to caring for her mother, and is desperately searching for a way to ease her pain. Her talents as an empath means that she feels everything her mother suffers, so she knows even the voodoo treatments she has been seeking are having little effect. When she encounters a vampire in her favorite voodoo shop who offers to save her mother, Sasa is ready to agree to anything in return. Suddenly, Sasa finds herself involved in the murder of a vampire, and responsible for baiting Vasilije, the dead vampire's sire, into coming to New Orleans to seek vengeance.

No matter how much her mind might tell her that this vampire is dangerous and violent at best, and that his death is the only way to save her mother, her body cannot help but respond to his heated stares, and her heart begins to beat for him alone. But when Vasilije learns the truth of Sasa's deception, and he begins to unravel the web that has been spun around them both, will there be anyone left to keep Sasa safe from the vampires—or her own heart?

It was immensely gratifying to see in Vasilije a powerful, volatile, supremely Alpha creature. I'm not a fan of the modern humane vampire craze, so Vasilije's ruthlessness and possessiveness were all a return to those qualities that make me love vampire romances. I would have liked to get into his head a bit more, especially his thoughts about Sasa. A great deal of the reader's insight comes from Sasa's empathetic abilities; while this certainly strengthened the bond between them, I found I wanted to get under Vasilije's skin as well (and who wouldn't?).

Sasa was a beautifully drawn character. I could feel her pain, torn between her fear for her mother, her promise to Tatiana and her growing feelings for Vasilije. She knew her limits, but never backed down from a challenge or tried to hide from the reality of her situation. I wish I could have learned a bit more about her life as an empath, but I really appreciated her sympathy with all those whose emotions she touched. Her humanity beautifully balanced Vasilije's personality, and together, they were a sizzling, unforgettable couple.

There was a lot going on in this plot, with Vasilije's past blending with modern betrayals and the launch of a quest that will change the power structure among the world's vampires. I loved the complexity of the story, but there were times when it seemed there was too much going on, or that more pages were needed to flesh out all the elements of the plot. This was especially the case when it came to the Archon, their existence and their plots. I'm really interested to see how their presence plays out in the next book in the series, but I wish I knew more about them before the last two chapters of the book. Similarly, I would have loved to see Vasilije's relationship with Sasa fleshed out a bit, to see them work together more or to explore the dynamic between them. There is no doubt they had phenomenal chemistry together, but the balance between seeing and telling wasn't always enough for me.

This is my first Gabrielle Bisset book, and I highly doubt it will be my last. The promise of future action, and the addition of some very interesting future heroes will certainly have me coming back for more of the Sons of Navarus series. While some parts of this book were uneven or confusing at times for me, I was thrilled with her characters and her ability to take some pretty big risks with them in the course of the story. The relationship between Sasa and Vasilije was complex, fiery and constantly evolving, and I am eager to see how the threats that are looming at the end of their story take shape in future books in the series.
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