Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bound by Blood

Title: Bound by Blood
Author: Amanda Steiger
Publisher: Changeling Press
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ISBN: 978-1-59596-860-9
Genre: {M/M} Vampires, Fantasy
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

For centuries, a sacrificial offering of a young human is given to the immortal Kin. When Daniel's beloved sister is chosen, Daniel volunteers to take his sister’s place. As Daniel’s horse plodded forward through the forest to a clearing, his fear is palpable. Like most humans, Daniel has grown up believing the Kin to be heartless monsters. However, with his first glance at Vale, all Daniel could think of was that the Kin trainer is stunningly beautiful.

Bound by Blood is a well-written sensual romance. The setting is a fantasy world. The storyline is following an age-old tradition to continue the peace. The characters are convincing. Daniel’s sister is loved by the whole village, while Daniel is merely tolerated. Daniel’s reason to change places with his sister is twofold; to save his sister’s future as well as saving his parents if his secret desire for men is ever revealed. Upon arrival at Vale’s home, instead of the expected cruel treatment, Daniel is gently seduced into experiencing the benefits of his true sexuality.

Vale is a compassionate man who is against random selections, as well as the current mistreatment of the human donors who are viewed as a food source only. There is an immediate magnetism between Daniel and Vale. The bond of love quickly follows. Their desire to remain together could lead to their death, yet both men are courageous enough to risk it. Amanda Steiger has created an amazing saga packed with social truths, emotions and spectacular lovemaking. I enjoyed Bound by Blood immensely.

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