The Blood Bride, By Imogene Nix 2


 

Hope and Xavier must fight for their lives and those of the innocents in a battle for good and evil. But will it be enough?Hope just wants to be an ordinary nestling. She went to college and escaped, but now she’s back and there’s a secret everyone is keeping from her.

Xavier is the new master of the nest, ready to welcome home the daughter of the house who he has never met. He’s unprepared for the woman who steals his breath and enchants him.

Now Hope and Xavier must fight for their lives and those of the innocents. After all, it is only by overcoming the rogues that they will have a chance of a timeless future together. But will it be in time?

My Review:
                Well I thought that human politics were bad enough, but I couldn’t imagine living in a world where I not only had to worry about that, but also vampire politics!  That would be insane!!!  Sadly, that is what Hope had to do  throughout her life, being a human under the protection of the vampire Master seemed to be more trouble than it was worth.  Especially when the Master turned out to be a complete HOTTIE!
                While this book was really interesting, the twists and turns that come up throughout the book will keep you on your toes; ok not really your toes unless you’re reading standing up!  But you get what I mean.  The different characters are extremely well done as well.
                Xavier’s character, like I said before is HAWT, but he is also a strong leader.  You could tell that by the way that he interacts with the other vampires that are under his protection, as well as the humans.  He puts the safety of everyone else above his own, even when things seem grim.
                Hope was well written, she was also very confusing at first.  Ok honestly, I am still sort of confused about her even now.  You could tell the different emotions that she was going through throughout the whole book.  When she was faced with her parents, or even when she was talking with Xavier.
                My only real complaint about this book was the amount of vampire politics that were talked about.  There were several sections that I had to read over a couple times to try to fully understand what was being talked about.  Besides that though, overall I thought it was a really good read.  If there is another book in the series, I will be sure to try to get ahold of it to read it myself!
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A mother of two, compulsive reader and bookstore owner. She lives in regional Queensland, Australia with her husband, 2 daughters, dog, cats and prize winning chooks. She has a particular fondness for Vampires, Star Ship Captains and things that go bump in the night.
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Teaser Time 🙂

He stretched in the bed, feeling the cool sheets around his body, savouring the experience of knowing he could rise when he wanted to. Luxuriating as he came to full awareness of his surroundings. His
bed. His home. His nest. A feeling of exultation swept through him. One he had experienced several times in the last six months since he had become Master.
Xavier had only recently been transferred to this nest, after Cyrus had been called to ascend to a seat on the Council with his predecessor Cressida, the most senior of the vampires on the Council.
A new Master had been required for the nest, a situation arising from the ascension of Cressida who had saved the child Hope from the rogues. The death of another of the Council meant that Cyrus had answered a call to accept a seat. It was an almost unheard of event for a nest to have two new Masters in under a hundred years, but Xavier had accepted his unexpected promotion. Not that he would take it for granted—no, he worked beside his vampires as required, so they knew he would ensure their safety while they ensured his.
The household he had taken over was well run, and he had no fears for the financial status, even though they had lost the manor and many assets during the dark days of clearing the rogues who had attacked the house. Indeed, he had been with Cyrus the night he had ascended and had seen the great strides Cyrus had made during his Mastership.
He swiped a hand over his stubbled face and a voice to his left said quietly, “Master, refreshments for you.” A crystal
goblet appeared in a white hand at the edge of his vision. He accepted it with a grunt, the ruby red liquid inside calling to him on a primal level. Blood wine. Sustenance that would ease the clawing hunger he always felt on awakening.
His teeth extended and his mouth opened. The first drop touched his tongue and a frisson moved through him, the ecstasy of drinking flowing into his body. He took his time, savouring the flavours.
Young.
Full bodied.
Tart aftertaste. The wine, the only human sustenance he could now enjoy. Food was relegated to a memory of things long past.
He closed his eyes as the last drop flowed, and breathed deep. Yes, a Master could very quickly become accustomed to this lifestyle, but not now and not today. He needed to meet this Hope, the one who had turned their entire world upside down. James had told him little about his daughter, save that she would need to remain within the house, protected from the world. That someday she would assume the mantle of leading the house from within, while her brother oversaw the legal and financial affairs of the nest.
He pushed the bed covers away, unconcerned about nudity as he padded to the bathroom. He might be a vampire, but he still bathed and shaved, a thought that made him chuckle. Even after all these years, when vampires had made their entry into the human world, humans outside nests thought vampires had no need for those daily rituals.
He moved through his ablutions. She would be waiting for him, but he would present himself to her in his most urbane incarnation. She would take her oath of fealty, then he would meet with his advisers, James and David leading the human contingent.
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