ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Forbidden Blood’ by R.L. Kenderson.
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Title: FORBIDDEN BLOOD
Author: R.L. Kenderson
Series: Forbidden Series (book #1)
Publishing date: July 1st, 2014
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Next in line to lead the vampire species, Princess Naya Kensington has always abided by her royal responsibilities. At the urging of her best friend, Naya breaks the rules and crosses the line when she goes to a human nightclub. Following a chance encounter, Naya alters her life with a singular act forged from lust and blood.
Vaughn Llewelyn has secrets and obligations of his own, but he ignores them when he spots Naya across the nightclub. He wants her in a way he’s never felt before, and although he can’t possibly have more than one night with Naya, he knows no one else will do.
One night of forbidden love creates a bond that will forever change both of their lives…as well as their worlds.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘FORBIDDEN BLOOD (Forbidden Series book #1)’:
*May contain a few hints of Spoilers*
Upon receiving an ARC early-copy of ‘Forbidden Blood’ by R.L. Kenderson, I was very intrigued to see how the story unfolded after having read the synopsis for it. I’ve read many vampire related novels before and was honestly hoping for a nice twist to ‘vampires’ and not the usual same-old ‘traditional vampire’ story. I’m excited to let readers know that this story is not the traditional vampire story and has many entertaining facets. For those like me, who enjoy multiple P.O.V.’s(point of views) while reading a story, you’ll like this. There are nine P.O.V.’s throughout the novel, which include: Naya, Vaughn, Arianna, Kenzie, Payton, Damien, Celeste, Dwyer and a mystery ‘Shifter’ enemy.
Princess Anaya ‘Naya’ Kensington, is not your typical royalty. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and is set to become Queen, once her parents step down and will lead the vampire species. She has chocolate dark brown hair, violet colored-eyes and is beautiful with unique features. Naya lives her life at night, sleeps in the day and only feeds from female family vampires when hunger comes. She’s decided to continue to follow her parent’s wishes for her but she still tries to do a few things of her very own. She volunteers at an animal shelter and when she can, she goes out with her human best friend Kenzie that she met at college.
One night, Naya decides to take a risk and go out to the new human nightclub, Club Pulse with Kenzie. Kenzie is a free spirit, the opposite of Naya’s usually reserved personality. Once there, Kenzie begins flirting, while Naya just people-watches. Quickly, the night begins to turn into something else. Naya’s keen vampire senses, can feel that someone is watching her. She can’t find her watcher but she feels him there, somewhere in the club. Naya has no idea how much she does not know about what exists in the world around her, thanks to how much her royal parents have sheltered her. But on this night, her life will be changed after a chance encounter and deciding to satisfy her need to try something different.
Vaughn Llewelyn could be described as one very hot, tall, dark haired, blue-eyed, man with a sexy defined body that would make most women melt. The only thing about Vaughn, is that he lives in a world where he must keep certain secrets about himself from others. He has never gotten close with any females beyond satisfying his sexual needs. That was the case until meeting her. One night of temptation, pleasure and forbidden desires, a bond is made. Vaughn expected it to only be a one-night-stand with someone that he knew he should’ve never had. But something about her made him want to be protective of her, pull her close and make her his. Even if it is only for one night, he wasn’t about to deny what he wanted and needed no matter. By giving in, his life will be altered beyond his wildest expectations.
To add to the entertaining storyline of ‘Forbidden Blood’, there happens to be other species called ‘Shifters’ walking around beyond the vampires and humans. But they are not only what you would suspect. They’ve all lived separately but only the leaders seem to be aware of each existing species. Since not everyone is aware of the existence of certain species’, issues occur that will change the worlds of everyone involved and those around them. To top it off, there is someone or something out there, trying to cause more mayhem while seeking their vengeance. What will Naya do with the drastic changes in her life and can she juggle her duties as future Queen? Can Vaughn share his secret with the one he feels an overwhelming need to protect and love? Who isn’t safe and who can be trusted?
This story is definitely full of twists and engaging characters. If you love a story with entertaining Alpha-males, you’ll enjoy this story. It’s very sexy and keeps you interested in finding out what will come next. I do recommend this debut novel from this new series. There is a conclusion to an important part of the story but there are questions left unanswered in preparation for the next novels in the ‘Forbidden Series.’ I will definitely be looking forward to the future novels of this series. Great debut novel series Ranae and Lara! 🙂
Reader Warning: The story contains sexual content, sexual-language at times and mature situations. Recommended for readers – ages 18+.
★★‘FORBIDDEN BLOOD’ is the 1st novel of the ‘Forbidden Series’. What else is in the series:★★
FORBIDDEN BLOOD – Book #1 of the ‘Forbidden Series’ – This Paranormal Romance novel follows the story of Vampire Princess Anaya ‘Naya’ Kensington and Vaughn Llewelyn (To be released: July 1st, 2014) – *ARC Review Posted Above!*
FORBIDDEN HEAT – Book #2 of the ‘Forbidden Series’ – This Paranormal Romance novel follows the story of Vaughn’s younger sister, Payton Llewelyn and the son of a rival family, Damien Lowell (Expected release date: The end of 2014)
FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION – Book #3 of the ‘Forbidden Series’ – This Paranormal Romance novel follows the story of Naya’s human best-friend Kenzie and Vaughn’s close friend, Sawyer (Expected release date: In 2015)
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘FORBIDDEN BLOOD’ 4 1/2 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters while reading ‘FORBIDDEN BLOOD’:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘FORBIDDEN BLOOD’★★★
Naya’s thoughts: She wished she could meet a nice male of her choice, fall in love, and have children like any other twenty-something woman. Instead, she would mate with the male her parents would soon choose for her. Her mating would be devoid of passion, and any children she bore would be out of duty, not love.
Naya’s thoughts: He consumed her mouth with his slick, hot kiss, turning her on and causing her core to clench. This was a male marking his territory.
Naya’s thoughts: Something about Vaughn made him seem much more than human. Upon first impression, she’d thought he wasn’t human, but she knew he wasn’t a vampire, so that made him the most magnificent human…
Vaughn’s thoughts: Mine, he thought. He closed his lids and quieted. He hadn’t realized he’d shown his possessiveness, but the idea of her being with anyone else made him angry and jealous. When he’d thought about it before, it was just a future possibility. Now, it was a reality glaring him in the face, and he didn’t like it.
Emerson: “I like knowing that my blood is in your body.”
He brought her thumb to his mouth. He cut the pad on his fang and drew it into his mouth. He looked her in the eyes as he sucked, and the sensation between her legs became stronger. He ran his tongue over the cut and released her.
“And now, yours is in mine.”
Sawyer to Brent: “That’s right. She carries my scent, but she’s not some piece of ass. She belongs to me. So, if you ever speak to her that way again, I will make sure you are kicked out of the Pride. I don’t care whose kid you are.”
Unknown Enemy’s thoughts: No, he couldn’t risk losing his chance to be alpha. He had to kill all of Vance Llewelyn’s family, including the vamp -all except for Lilith. Once Vance was gone, he would make the alphena his.
Damien’s thoughts about Payton: He’d been watching over her for the last week, and he still couldn’t believe this was the same thirteen-year-old from ten years ago. He remembered her being skinny and flat-chested with braces back then. Sure, she’d been a cute kid, but now…shit, she was a beautiful woman.
Naya’s thoughts: She knew Vaughn and his family would be all over this,
but she couldn’t just sit back and do nothing. She grabbed her phone and made a call she never thought she would have to make. She silently thanked her parents for making her program this number into every phone she’d ever owned.
She knew the ones on the other end wouldn’t give up until everyone was home safe.
The phone was answered on the first ring. “Guardians.”
“This is Princess Anaya. I need your help.”
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