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Blood Shadows (Blackthorn Book 1)

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Blood Shadows tells the story of a gifted law enforcement agent, who can read "others" with her touch. That ability has enabled her to ensure many convictions in court. Her current target is master vampire Kane Malloy, but that pursue has more than a professional demand behind it. Fourteen years ago, her father was killed. Then seven years ago, it was her mother's turn to die. The way they died makes Caitlin believe that she is next and that only Kane will be able to help her survive. Kane Malloy knows exactly who Caitlin is and he has prepared for her. Fourteen years ago, his sister was raped, debased, and brutally murdered. But before she died, she left him a trail to find her killers. Avenging her death has been all that has kept Kane sane. Now as his plan starts to fall into place, he will take Caitlin and her need for his help, and turn it into his prized revenge. He needs her soul. She needs to live. But what happens when they fall in love? Blood Shadows has all the ingredients of an amazing book. The characters are interesting and captivating, the plot has enough turns and twists to turn readers into pretzels, the delivery is good, and the narrator knows her stuff. Yet, I felt that things dragged a bit one too many times. The heroine is stubborn and her sexy vampire counterpart is powerful and demanding. I guess my problem came with the resolution of the major conflict. It was like, come again? In my humble opinion, the story should have continued a bit longer until it reached its closure.
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I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book kind of gave me a bit of dark feeling. I know it is only the first book in a very long series. I like Caitlin and she is a very deep and strong character. She is not perfect but that is what makes her so relateable. I am not sure about Kane at this point and I still have a few questions about him even after finishing the book. I tend to over think things sometime while reading.
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This is going to be a feast for the right reader. Someone who wants an angsty read, heavy on melodrama with bold characters and plenty of steam. I tried to get into this book but just could not. 

Blood Shadows has everything I could want in a story; tragedy, pathos, betrayal. I should have loved it, and could not get past the opening chapters because it is TOO MUCH intensity. In everything -- from every one. Almost every sentence feels like it needs exclamation marks. 

The beautiful young heroine has endured tragedy and is now in a position to make the responsible parties pay. And gifted with special abilities, is uniquely qualified to get the answers she craves. But you know what? She's too young. Too universally respected. Too reckless. And too stubborn to listen to anyone else. And grown assed men twice her age let her get away with that stuff cause, well aside from the author wanting it that way I don't actually know why. 

Yes she is uniquely gifted, but veteran cops don't cut the young turks any slack. Especially if they are gifted. If anything they have to work harder for their props. But minutes after disobeying a direct order and, endangering the whole crew of agents she couldn't possibly wait for because she had to nail her suspect Right Now Dammit, she is given a vital role in a momentous case. 

Oi.  Give me strength.

She didn't get her man btw. He disarmed her in less than 0.2 seconds. Gave her some Very Interesting Memories (made me jealous) and vanished before backup arrive. Special abilities without the Krav Maga to back it up leaves Little Miss All That pretty vulnerable. But that's OK because he walks into the station less than an hour later. And things proceed to get interesting.

Clearly there will be all manner of secrets revealed, motives unearthed and if I'm reading the vibe correctly, major sparkage between the two major characters. I really want to get to know the anti-hero, Kane. He looks promising (and by promising, I mean HOT) But I don't have the patience or the energy for this chick. I'll try this one again next year.

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for my honest opinion. #bloodshadows#netgalley
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I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion and review. 

I am a sucker for stories with mystery and suspense. Mixed with some Supernatural fantasy.

Caitlin is  an up and  coming shadow reader/VCU agent on the tail of a sexy master vampire Kane. Unbeknownst to the VCU she has her own agenda in finding Kane. She's searching for the unknown entity that killed her parents. Everyone else tells her she's crazy when she finally gets her hands on Kane. Her suspicions are confirmed.

More motivated than ever she goes home with all intentions of being captured by Kane. Keen also has ulterior motives for watching Caitlin over the past seven years. When he finally gets his hands on her he starts to realize that his motivations may be changing.

I really enjoyed the level of detail provided with each of the characters within the book. I honestly felt a bit of whiplash between can I trust them can I not. What's real what's not. I did not feel that I was certain as to where the story was going to go and that is not always something I get when I read books so that kept me on my toes and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I highly recommend this book to those who love paranormal Romance and suspense. I certainly will be continuing the series myself
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Blood Shadows the first title in the Blackthorn series was written by Lindsay J. Pryor was very entertaining for a PNR. Enemy’s separated by what he was, a vampire with something she wants. Years ago, Caitlin Parish’s parents were killed one by one and Kane knows who and why. The only way to extract this information is to find Kane and use her ability to read his shadow. 

This story had a nice plot which flows nicely all the way through. Nice chemistry between the two main characters. The banter between Caitlin and Kane is what I loved the most about this story. A great start to this series must catch up since this series already have seven books out and the 8th one due out in a couple of days. I highly recommend this new series.
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How this book has evaded my radar for so long I will never know. I was asked if I would review this and after reading the blurb I was all in. I love paranormal romance books, I have read so many over the years and love discovering a new author/series. 

Those who are fans of the genre will know the basic plot line, however, this book will throw you many curve balls.

The Set Up

Caitlin is a member of the Vampire Control Unit (VCU) and feels she has something to prove. She is a shadow reader, able to read the shadows of the third species (think vampire, lycans etc.). This is why she was accepted into the VCU, she’s the strongest shadow reader they have. 

She’s a great female character. She’s strong, principled and fights for what is right but has a very vulnerable side. Caitlin has great depth to her and that always makes for a better read. She is out to prove herself and has taken on the case of Kane Malloy. The vampire no one has yet been able to bring in. She has become obsessed with his case, it all consumes her. 

Kane, a master vampire on a vengeance mission since the death of his sister. When the book starts you only see Kane from Caitlin’s point of view, from what she has learnt from the files. Yes he has a fearsome reputation, but as the story progresses you learn so much more about him.
 
The World

This was interesting, it almost reads as a dystopian future. Areas are split into locales, for humans depending on your wealth you can live in a purely human ‘safe’ locale. Right down to ones purely consisting of criminals and the third species. 

It’s very easy to follow, and helps that all the action takes place in two main locales. 

The Story

So far I don’t feel I’ve done the book justice. This is so much more than a para romance. The building relationship between Caitlin and Kane is complex. Each involved on either side of a conspiracy that Caitlin know’s nothing about, nor does she know just how far that goes. Her world is about to be shattered.
The book sends you on many twists and turns. Other characters are introduced which I feel will be integral to the rest of the series. The main story is wrapped up this one book, however, Lindsay has set up an over arching bigger plot. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

Final Thoughts

This is a dark, gritty and intense novel. I read this in two sittings, unwilling to put it down for any longer than necessary. The sex scenes are hot – all important in a para romance for me. Kane and Caitlin are believable as characters, as in the romance between them. The other’s you come across are also well fleshed out. 
Blood Shadows will get you thinking, it is a really good read and if you are a fan of the genre it is one you must pick up. I personally cannot wait to return to Blackthorn and find out what Lindsay has next for us. 
Many thanks to Kim and netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This is definitely not what I expected. Gritty, violent, and filled with twists and turns, it made for a good read but at times I found it very hard to follow. I guess I expected a different ending for Caitlin and Kane but was sorely disappointed. The story did not hold my attention. I'd like to read something else written by this author, just not anything in the Blackthorn series.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy for me to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I always enjoy a good vampire tale, and this first book in the series was no exception.  The vampires are deadly and sexy. If you read J. R. Ward you would enjoy this series.
Thanks to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
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Received as an ARC from Netgalley. 
DNF 40 pages in. I didn’t like the weird chemistry between Caitlin and Kane (I also didn’t like that they had similar assonant names) especially when she thought he was going to rape her and she was still into him?? Not a fan. The narrative was okay but a little contrived - the scene between Max and Xavier was what pushed me over the edge as it was just so on the nose and basic. As soon as they mentioned a prophecy I literally rolled my eyes. I didn’t like Caitlin as a protagonist - the idea that to be a ‘tough’ woman you can’t show emotion etc. I just find utterly ridiculous. I felt that there was a lot of plot going on all at once that was being obviously spelled out for the reader (via Max) rather than letting it play out naturally. All in all, was not my cup of tea.
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I was not real sure about this book. Caitlin was ok. Her inner monologue really irritated me. I could understand her some anyway. She wanted to find what had killed her parents. Especially cause it was coming for her. 
Now Kane had been compared to Barron’s I don’t see it but ok. Now he did have his own brand of Alphaholness but is that really what you want?? Now I will read the next one cause I have to know what happens next. Maybe I will get a great surprise.
I loved some of it but then it would be what?? Maybe I need to read it again cause I maybe need a repeat.
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This is the first in a series, meet Caitlin, working in the agency that ties to keep the peace between humans and supernaturals. At the moment the lycanthropes aren't the issue is is the vampires, the Master vampire Kane Malloy. The Vampire Control unit have been after him a long long time, many have went after him and died. Kane is brutal and his reputation proceeds him, Caitlin has studied him for years and is now going after him. It isn't just work for Caitlin, it's personal, both her parent's died horrifically and the thing that killed them will be coming for her, time is running out but Kane might just be the one to help/save her.

I really liked the investigation on this one, humans trying to keep things just right with vampires, lyncathropes (werewolves) and other supernatural entities around. Kane is stunning and Caitlin isn't just going to have to keep her head straight to stay alive, she refuses to admit there is an attraction but there is and Kane feels it too. He is a womaiser and females flock to him, Caitlin won't be another notch in his post but she does need to get close to him, an inner battle to keep her wits and ultimately get Kane to do what she needs.

There is A LOT of sex in this book which isn't an issue but some of it graphic so headup for those who aren't a fan, quite a lot of the vamp books have this inter species attraction/sexual element. I did have a bit of an issue though with her being this strong girl but swooning although fighting it but body betraying her as a reoccurring theme. To be fair even the old Dracula movies, pre sex stuff the humans would go into a trance so it keeps in line with that but the agent and her past I suppose I expected/wanted more from her. I did like getting to know more about Kane, the unit itself and what it tries to do. It isn't often, be it a book or movie we get to see officials interrogating a vampire and who doesn't like originality in a book, especially as we have so many with vampires. 

A good story, somewhat different in parts, sex, lies, family, monsters, curses, law enforcement and that is just for starters. There are more books in the series that I will be checking out, a good foundation book I think to kick it all off, 3/5 for me this time. This was my first time reading this author but it won't be my last as I do want to see where the books go next.
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Ok, so I sort of liked this book. It definitely had tons of potential. While the overall plot, with its twists and turns kept me interested, the romance did not. The concept of a vampire and a member of the vampire police HEA caught my attention. I enjoy a good love/hate relationship anyday. But in this book, the chemistry between the main characters was practically nonexistent. The romance felt forced, rushed even. There wasn’t really enough backstory on either character to help me connect with them. 
Overall, it wasn’t terrible. I enjoyed many parts of the book but in the end, it just wasn’t for me
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Paranormal romance and vampires, what's not to love? This book has it all and I was hooked from beginning to end. The characters felt real and were well fleshed out. The plot was engaging with plenty of action and angst. Great pace. Can't wait to start on the rest of the books in this series.
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I'm new to Lindsay Pryor as a reader and couldn't pass up the chance to try a new authors take on vampires. Pryor created and interesting world and engaging characters. My only complaint was that Pryor used words that didn't really seem to fit the story. It felt like she had opened the thesaurus and picked the most unused options - equidistant, flexion and praising. I read 5 to 6 books a week so my vocabulary is fairly well rounded but these word felt strange as I read them.

Other wise I enjoyed my time with Kane and Caitlin. Their story was thrilling and I spent at least 80% of the book trying to decide who was really telling the truth and who wasn't! That to me is the sign of a good read. Frustrating characters that I loved. The connection between Kane and Caitlin was always there, you could almost feel it through the pages but Lord were they confusing to each other. Each with a agenda of their own and that doesn't even include the outside forces working against them. I'm curious to see where the rest of the Blackthorn series will take readers.
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Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this eARC. This did not influence my review. My opinions are my own.

I was so excited when I found out about this book! A paranormal romance involving vampires? Yes please! I thought the plot had a great pace, and the characters were to die for (hehe). I definitely enjoyed this book!
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I love paranormal romance and I love books with vampires this means this book was a perfect match.
It's entertaining and enjoyable, and I'm happy i discovered a new exciting series.
The plot is engaging, the characters are fleshed out and interesting.
I look forward to reading other installment in this series.
Recommended.
Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for this ARC. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, all opinions are mine
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I would have enjoyed this book so much more if I didn't hate one of the main characters.  While I loved Kane, I could not stand Caitlin.  It was her attitude and arrogance that really ticked me off throughout the whole story.  The two of them have been stalking the other for years before they finally come in contact.  Neither are prepared for the way the other makes them feel and very quickly find themselves falling for each other.  They each have their secrets though and are using using the other for their own revenge.  Kane seeks it against those that brutally murdered his sister, and Caitlin seeks it against a creature that has killed both her parents and is coming after her next.  The majority of their relationship is physical and they don't see eye to eye on practically anything, so I have no idea how these two fall in love.

The world created here was interesting and even had new species.  I liked the idea of this "soul ripper" and that there was more than just the typical paranormal going on.  There's a prophecy in the background and people willing to do whatever it takes to get more power.  Typically a first book in series tends to lay the groundwork to come, but I think this one fell a little flat on that point as it focused mainly on the two main characters and their family.  But maybe it was on purpose as we go on things will just keep building.  We'll see.
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