Author: K.A. Linde
Publication Date: 24 April, 2018
Series: Blood Type, book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems.
For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival. In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her. Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed. For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.
Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story continues in Blood Match.
I have to tell you that I am so excited about this new twist on Vampires, this dystopian paranormal romance. Oddly I have never been a huge dystopian fan (minus Hunger Games of course, ha) but there is just something so right about bringing these two genres together and in particular with vampires as the paranormal element.
Reyna is a loyal as they come, to her brothers that is...her only remaining family, a family who have not just fallen on hard times but have been living in poverty, her brothers working themselves to the bone just to keep a ramshackle roof over their heads and a minuscule amount of food in their bellies. Reyna, unable to finish college, meaning unable to get a beneficial job does the only thing she can to help her families finances, she decides to become a blood donor.
Things go topsy turvy for Reyna however when she becomes (basically) a test subject in a new type of blood host arrangement. Instead of short term arrangements the vampire counsel is attempting to discover how long term arrangements between one vampire and one host will work out. Seemingly in their mind this is a win-win situation for everyone, but of course you know there has to be something nefarious going on underneath. Not only is Reyna invited into this new program but she's also placed with bad boy millionaire alpha, top of the 'game' vampire, Beckham.
When it comes to Beckham, he's a vampire you love to hate and hate to love. He's got a lot of annoying habits (one human in particular) and even more secrets. Yet, even at his worst moments if Reyna could see past her fears of the unknown and her naivety she would see that he is only trying to care for and protect her the only way he knows how. The vampire world as we know it has a different feel in this book but the basic truths of vampire society hold true. There are always machinations, always a hierarchy, and always some truly depraved among them. I loved that even with the dystopian-ness of Blood Type the basic truths that we have come to expect from a paranormal are still there. It gives this book a edgy comfort that will have you feeling safe in your read when you really never are, ha.
I will tell you this book, it ends on a pretty big cliffhanger so if you don't mind them go forth and read, READ NOW. However, if you are not a cliffhanger fan be warned. Buy the book but just wait for the next one, Blood Match to come out..maybe even the last, Blood Cure. I am so excited for this series. I am a HUGE paranormal fan and other than my tired and true authors (J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Carrie Ann Ryan...) I feel like paranormal has kinda fallen by the wayside so it is great to see a new fresh idea coming out, especially one like this that will have you hooked and begging for more!
~ HAPPY READING ~
That was the moment Beckham appeared in the doorway like a storm cloud. Reyna straightened in her seat at the expression on his face. He walked across the room like a tightly coiled spring ready to explode. “Ah Beckham, there you are,” Harrington said. “Excuse me, William. I need to speak with Reyna. Alone.” She hastened out of her seat and followed him around the corner. He tugged her straight through the kitchens, out the back door, down a corridor, and into a dead end. Then her back was slammed against the brick wall. His fist connected with the wall behind her, and she felt the wall shudder. Debris floated onto her shoulders. “You left,” he growled. “I . . .” “No.” He pressed his finger to her lips roughly. She stopped breathing and just stared up into his eyes as dark as night. Her body trembled under the feral stare. “You left without me.” The silence was weighted. All she could do was sit with their bodies nearly touching. His finger on her mouth. Her mind wandering to hellacious places. “You are my subject. Can you imagine what it was like when I found you missing? When you turned up with three of my kind?” She shook her head minutely. He bared his teeth to her, and she shrank back. “These are meant to drink your blood. To drink you dry until there is nothing left of your body but a dry corpse. We are killers. We don’t hesitate. Just because we’re wearing suits and seem more like you . . . does not mean we are like you. We are not like you. They especially are not like you. The only way you get to the top of Visage is to be fucking ruthless, Reyna. Do you understand?” “You’re . . . scaring me,” she whispered. “Good.”
Reyna Carpenter and Beckham Anderson return in the exhilarating follow-up to the provocative paranormal romance Blood Type.
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time. She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.