Friday, April 28, 2017

BOOK REVIEW TOUR: BLOOD VOWED by TRACI DOUGLASS





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Title: Blood Vowed
Author: Traci Douglass
Series: Blood Ravagers 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 13, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release, Netgalley and Edelweiss

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Reverend “Rev” Walker, expected some backlash after he foiled The Council’s attempts to overthrow the Blood Ravager Biker Gang. What he hadn’t expected was to wake up in the last place he ever wanted to see again—a dank cell of The Council’s Siberian dungeon. Drained and chained, he faces certain death if he can’t escape from the hellish prison. Now, his only means of escape depends on him accepting help from a fellow prisoner, a woman whose very existence is a lie and the only one capable of awakening Rev’s long-dormant heart.

Claire Deveraux is Dygarian, a race of shadow-shifters who have been slandered and hunted to extinction by The Council. But Claire has used her years of enslavement well, reading her captors’ secret texts and hearing their whispered secrets. Now, after being locked up for a crime she didn’t commit, she plans to use her knowledge of the dungeon’s maze-like interior to gain her freedom, or die trying. Then a new prisoner arrives, a man Claire has dreamed of and knows in her heart is her destined mate, if only she can break through his walls.

On the run and threatened from all sides, will Rev and Claire learn to trust each other and their growing feelings for one another before it’s too late?



The story began with the main character, Reverend (Rev) Walker imprisoned by the Council.  The Council is an evil organisation made up of supernatural beings whose main intent is to gain absolute power. To achieve their goal they enslave and imprison supernatural beings who they feel are inferior to them but have powers they can utilise in their quest for power.  Reverend a vampire and former assassin for the council, turned leader of the Blood Ravagers gang, was one such supernatural.  He is determined to destroy the Council and put an end to their tyranny; however, capture and imprisonment were not a part of his plan.

Claire Devereux is a Dygarian (Shadow Shifter) and the last of her race. She has been a slave to the Council since childhood. Circumstances have led to her being imprisoned, but her determination to escape and take revenge on the Council and the assassin who had destroyed her family gave her the will to survive.  To achieve her goal, she sought the help of the vampire Reverend Walker. What she did not know, however, was the man whose help she sought was the one she wanted to destroy.

One thing I noticed that is common to most paranormal romances is the speed in which the main characters falling in love.  Blood Vowed was no exception.  The moment Claire and Rev their desire for each other was evident. Initially, Rev tried to fight his attraction to Claire because of the guilt and secrets he harboured as it relates to responsibility for her race's extinction. However, this battle would prove his hardest.  

The writing pulled me in. The story flowed, and the pacing perfect.  The intense action and the gripping suspense made for an exciting read.  I enjoyed the banter between Rev and Claire, which I  found funny, endearing and sweet. Watching this powerful and deadly vampire brought to his knees by love was a remarkable sight. She brought out feelings in him he thought dead and buried.   I found his remorse for his past actions genuine, which, is evident in his attempts tried to make amends with Claire.

 I loved Claire.  She is self-conscious when it comes to her appearance. This was expected in light of her confinement since childhood.  Then if you had green skin and red hair, you may have a reason to be insecure. Anyway, on a serious note, she is not a woman to sit back and wait for things to happen. She will go toe to toe with her enemies.  She is a determined woman and once she puts her mind to doing something there is no stopping her as Rev soon discovers.

I liked how the situation between her and Rev was resolved.  I loved how the battle scenes unfolded, and I found the outcome epic.

Verdict:
Blood Vowed is a story that I read quickly and with lots of enthusiasm. I cannot wait to see what next the author has in store for her readers.


“Deal’s off.” He stepped around her and crouched behind a mound of snow near the small Nenets outpost. “Goodbye.”
“Hello.” She knelt beside him. Her cold arm nudged his and explosions of awareness rocked his system. Her scent—cloves and vanilla—drifted to him, teasing his senses with each breath. This was getting way out of hand and annoying as hell. “So, we kill them and rob them?”
“No.” Rev gave a long-suffering sigh and pointed. “We aren’t doing anything. I will steal what we need from those supply huts over there.”
Claire gave him some serious side-eye. “What do I do?”
Fuck off? “Stay put.”

He growled then disappeared in a flash. Moving faster than human eyes—and most immortals—could see, Rev zipped to the supply huts and peered inside. Nabbed two thick, fur-lined parkas, boots, rough woolen underclothes, gloves, and hats, then zoomed back to the snow mound. Arms laden with stuff, he dropped it all on the ground, then quickly pulled on his new duds. Not exactly his usual Deadwood meets Dead Zone attire, but it would do for now.
Claire sorted through the things then turned away from him to dress.
Seriously? He shook his head. She was going to be modest now after she’d damned near drawn and quartered him back in the passageway?
“Don’t look,” she said over her shoulder before letting her tattered gown fall to the snow.

Too late.
As she tugged on a pair of wool leggings, Rev couldn’t stop staring at the smooth stretch of her spine, the soft curves of her hips, the globes of her buttocks. Throat dry, he blinked, catching himself just before he reached out to touch what his body so desired.

“You’re peeking, aren’t you?” Claire said, her tone laced with accusation.
“No.” Rev coughed, still staring. The lie had creaked out like a noisy old floorboard. He swallowed hard to clear the constriction of lust from his vocal cords and looked away. “No.”
Torn and twisted, he pulled on his heavy fur parka then wrinkled his nose. The thing smelled like dead caribou with the carcass still stuck inside, but at least it was warm. As he flipped the fur-lined hood over his head, he once again mourned the loss of his cowboy hat.

The Council would pay for that, and so many other crimes.
At last, Claire turned back around to face him. “How do I look?”
Rev opened his mouth, but his sarcastic remark died on his lips.
With her pink cheeks and glittering eyes, she looked…
He frowned. She looked…
Well, she looked like his every female fantasy come to life.


Cursing his fate, he stalked off toward what he hoped was civilization.
“Wait!” Claire caught up with him and blocked his path yet again. “Here.”
Before Rev could stop her, she reached up and adjusted his hood, her gloved hands cupping his cheeks as she pushed his hair behind his ears then scooted the thing this way and that, nose scrunched. Unfortunately, her touch only notched the heat in his blood higher.

He caught her wrists and stared down at her, his icy gaze meant to intimidate. “Stop.”
The answering flicker of want in her eyes, mixed with equal parts fury, only served to enflame him more.
“No,” Claire said.

Other Books in the Blood Ravagers Series
Blood Bound

Blood Bound (Blood Ravagers Book 1) by [Douglass, Traci]
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 1 is available at Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBooks


Blood Freed
Blood Freed (Blood Ravagers Book 2) by [Douglass, Traci]
Elizabeth “Liz” Frost has always been the wild one. But now, with a niece or nephew on the way and her promise to become half of the new psychic Oracle team for the Blood Ravagers Biker Gang, she’s ready to turn over a new leaf. And what better way to start than by answering the call when gang leader Dante needs help? Her mission: to travel cross-country to get the information the gang needs to complete the Oracle Binding Ceremony. Should be easy, right? Except for the incredibly tempting lone-wolf shifter named Dex who’ll be her riding partner and protector on the journey.
Dexter “Dex” MacCallahan is tasked with guarding Liz Frost, one of the gang’s beautiful and bewildering new psychics. Dex can’t refuse the mission, but there’s one small problem. The time of his Rut is approaching, a rare occurrence where male wolf-shifters must physically bond with their chosen mate or face certain insanity and death. It could cost him not only the new life he’s built, but also his battered, scarred heart.
Together, Dex and Liz must search for the information they need before his old nemesis and a rival gang annihilates all they hold dear. But when the simmering chemistry between them boils over into searing hot passion, will they risk losing their hearts to save the ones they love?
Book 2 is available at Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBooks


About Traci Douglass:


Traci is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. Her stories feature sizzling heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes and heroines who are smart, tenacious, and always give as good as they get. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and she loves animals, chocolate, coffee, hot British actors, and sarcasm—not necessarily in that order.

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