Title: A Blood Seduction
Author: Pamela Palmer
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Series: Vamp City (Book 1)
Publication Date: May 29, 2012
Format: Paperback, 384 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062107496 (Avon Romance)
ISBN-13: 978-0062107497 (Avon Romance)
Reviewed by: Kristie
Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city’s magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal world…one who knows nothing of the power she wields.
Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her.
What Arturo can’t do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself.
But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red. Welcome to Vamp City…
Quick & Dirty: A great start to a dark new series where the vampires are sexy and frightening. Everything is not as it seems in this world.
Opening Sentence: Perched on her stool in the chilly lab of the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, Quinn Lennox studied the lab results on the desk in front of her.
Quinn Lennox has been plagued by increasing visions of objects that she calls Shimmers. The Shimmers make Quinn feel uneasy but they also change her clothing and car interior when she passes through them. Sometimes Quinn can see things through the Shimmers, like old buildings and carriages. At the same time people have been reported missing around Washington, D.C. Unfortunately for Quinn, her brother’s friend, Lily disappears. Quinn and her brother Zack spend some time looking for Lily until they stumble upon a Shimmer that only Quinn can see.
Quinn and Zack pass through the portal into a strange world. They can’t make it back through the portal so they decide to explore this new place. The world is dark and the buildings are old, some are in really poor shape, and the roads are not paved. Screams carry throughout the dark and then they are attacked by a pair of vampires. Quinn and Zack are separated from each other and are taken as slaves. Quinn has been taken in by Arturo, a vamp who feeds on blood and fear. Arturo quickly realizes that Quinn isn’t a normal human being, that she has sorcerer blood living in her. Arturo tells Quinn that she is needed to renew the magic of Vamp City because the world is collapsing and shrinking in on itself. Quinn doesn’t care about her supposed magic all she cares about is rescuing her brother (not so much Lily for some reason) and getting the hell out of Vamp City.
Arturo delivers Quinn to his master, Cristoff, a nasty vampire who feeds off of pain. Quinn is torn between escaping, finding her brother, learning to harness her powers and her growing attraction towards Arturo. Vamp City is not a good place to be trapped in.
Most of the story is told from Quinn’s point of view, very little is told from Arturo’s perspective. Zack probably has more scenes than Arturo does. Quinn is a smart girl who makes quite a few stupid decisions, decisions that she is pretty sure could kill her but she knows she couldn’t live with herself if she didn’t do anything about Zack. (As someone who has a brother named Zack these scenes probably played with my emotions more than normal.) Quinn’s feelings towards Arturo are questionable because he is a “snake” with his smooth words and lies. She knows he isn’t the most trustworthy but he hasn’t once hurt her (beside the time when they first met when he acted like he was going to rape her to feed on her fear). Arturo is a vampire that you just want to believe is good down to his core but he doesn’t do much to alleviate that sentiment.
“There is no such thing as a good vampire,” a fellow slave tells Quinn and it is basically the theme of the vampires in A Blood Seduction. The vampires may look sexy and delicious but they are definitely not lovable teddy bears, not only do the vampires feed on blood, they feed on pain or fear and they relish in their emotional feedings. The world-building in this book is spot on, from historical Washington D.C. to the different types of vampires to their slaves, especially the immortal slaves. The level of violence in this world is high with vampires who can torture their immortal slaves and then wipe their minds of the scary event so as to not ruin their slaves. Thankfully, the violence isn’t really described in detail but a number of bloodcurdling screams really let the imagination fly.
I went into A Blood Seduction thinking that it was a Paranormal Romance but the story definitely came off as Urban Fantasy. Quinn’s story is by far not finished and this book left me craving for more. I want to know what will happen next. If you like a good dark urban fantasy set in a creepy and pain filled world, I would recommend A Blood Seduction.
“Do you want to stop? And let me take my own shower?”
“Never. My control is exquisite. And there is nothing I want more at this moment than to touch you. Not sex, not blood, not fear. Just to touch you.” His hands traced wide, warm circles over her back.
She blinked. “Why aren’t your hands cold anymore?”
He pulled back with surprise, meeting her gaze. “You can feel the warmth?”
“Yes. You feel hotter than I am.”
A funny look crossed his face. “When I touch you, when I kiss you, I feel as if I’ve stepped into the sun for the first time in centuries. You smell like sunshine to me. And I feel a warming of the flesh I’ve not known in far too long. I thought I was being fanciful.”
“You’re actually warm to the touch.” She looked at him curiously. “Is this my magic?”
“I do not know.” He frowned, his fingers running through her hair. “I wish you had no magic.”
“Because then I could keep you for my own.”
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FTC Advisory: Avon/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of A Blood Seduction. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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