Review & Giveaway: Bonded by Blood, by Laurie London

I just finished a new paranormal romance released this week by HQN, Laurie London’s Bonded by Blood (and is that a hot cover, or what?). Want to win a copy? Read on…

ABOUT THE BOOK: Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she’s cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life. For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laurie London grew up near Seattle. After working as a programmer/tester and as an underwriter for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie now writes from her home in the Puget Sound area where she lives with her husband, two children, her faithful dog, and her horse.
MY THOUGHTS: Among a certain element of the reading population (*ahem–clears throat*), a new hot and sexy vampire romance is always welcome, and debut author Laurie London’s Bonded by Blood didn’t disappoint.
            The vampire world of Bonded (first in a new Sweetbloods series) is divided–the Guardian enforcers, who protect humans and keep vampire existence hidden, and the Darkbloods, rogue vampires who traffic in human lives and the addictive blood of a certain subset of humans known as Sweetbloods.
            Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has grown up in the Pacific Northwest in a family whose female members have a bad tendency to disappear, and as soon as Dominic Serrano meets her by chance at a location she’s scouting, he knows why: she’s a Sweetblood.  
            Injured, Dom can’t resist feeding from her and then gives her a bit of his blood to help her recover–not realizing it will give him the ability to read her thoughts and emotions and create an irrevocable bond between them, both emotional and physical.
            Both Mackenzie and Dom are great characters, and the heat between them develops slowly through a series of dangers and a push-and-pull relationship as they’re drawn in a web of revenge and evil. London makes great use of her Pacific Northwest locations, there’s a sexy vampire, and some steamy love scenes. What else can a certain element of the reading population ask for?
Want to win a copy of Bonded by Blood? Leave a comment and tell me your favorite vampire. I did this a while back, and Zhadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series won. We have some new folks around so let’s see if it changes! (Mine is still BDB’s Vishous. Yeah, I knowweird.)  As always, +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, and +1 for Tweet / Retweet.
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

15 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: Bonded by Blood, by Laurie London

  1. Favorite vamp? That’s a tough one. Zsadist is definitely up there on the list. Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s series is top three too. But, I think I’d have to go with Spike from Buffy and the new comic series. I’m usually not a sucker for blonds, but his bad boy attitude pulls me in.

    Will RT too. 🙂

  2. My favorite vampire without a doubt is BONES from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series! Everything about him is sexy! He is gorgeous, dangerous, deadly, loyal, devoted to his love, very passionate and highly skilled. 😉 WHY CAN”T REAL MEN BE LIKE HIM! LOL I have said this before if real men were like him I probably would never get out of bed.;) LOL

    I am a GFC follower, Twitter follower, and re-tweeted it under my twitter name @DarkBloodyVamp. 🙂


    Thank you for this giveaway!

  3. I love your question (L) My favourite is absolutely Bones from Night Huntress series (by Jeaniene Fros). I always envied Cat because of having Bones with her =P

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    Thanks for the giveaway =)
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  4. Fav Vamp of all time? I would say, Wrath of Dark Lover. Hes every bit of a tough guy only to be weakened by a pretty face. As usual. Of course there’s Spike as well. 😀 Though I need to read the installment to the BDB with Zhadist in it to figure out why hes everyone’s pick. 😀

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  5. LOL. Holy cow, guys. I have not read the Cat and Bones series, but obviously I’m missing some major vampire hotness. It’s going on my “must-have” list right now so I can weigh in.

  6. Boy am I going to be showing my age, but my absolute favorite vamp is Barnabas Collins. I love Dark Shadows and of course it is my understanding that the new BC is going to be non other than Johnny Depp ( be still my heart )! +1 for comment and +1 for blog follower.

  7. Suzanne, every time I stop by Preternatura I find an other book I just have to read! LOL, a few months ago I’d never read a paranormal … see what you’ve done to me?
    I’m not showing my age because I watched re-runs as a kid but I go with Barnabus Collins for best vamp: Johnny Depp is playing him? OMG, just OMG! Don’t enter me to win, I just got Iron Duke so I’m good for a while 😉

  8. Oh, yep, add me to the Spike camp. 🙂 I’m also not usually into blonds, but I make an exception for him.

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  9. My favourite vampire is Bones from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.

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  10. Hi Suzanne!

    YES you have to discover BONES! You will fall in love with his accent and how his words and actions can make you melt!