From Goodreads: Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he’s managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won’t rest until he’s dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he’ll risk anything to protect.
Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet—a rare blood type that’s addictive to vampires—makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed…then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won’t let Alfonso near her heart again—until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together… and into an assassin’s snare.
NOTE: Dang I read this out of order without realizing it was part of a series. I am definitely going to read the first one because I really enjoyed Laurie London’s writing style!
What I Loved: In Embraced by Blood, I was pleasantly surprised to read a story that I think harkened back to the beginning of paranormal romances. It felt like a classic good vs evil, paying for your sins, and realizing you deserve happiness once conquering your past type of story. Another thing I really loved was the balance of action and emotion. There was a scene between Alfonso (the leading man) and Zoe (the daughter of the leading lady) at a piano that was moving and ended with you laughing (Zoe was very serious about another character Jackson-whom I hope gets his own book- not taking the rest of the brownies). It was those moments thrown in between all the action and mystery that really made this book stand out.
What I Liked: I really like the idea of trackers, agencies, and a full blown structure for both sides of the vampire species in this book. Though there are differences between the good and evil, it was nice to see a balance between them. It just means that the showdowns are evenly matched and unpredictable. It is a very interesting paranormal world that Laurie built.
Complaints: The beginning was a little slow for my taste but once the story got moving it was very good. I wonder though if that is because I did not read the first book.
Why I gave it a 4.0: I think Embraced by Blood had all the elements I like in a PNR: love, romance, hea, strong story, strong characters, emotional moments, funny moments, and a believable world that I could escape to for a few hours.