Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bound by Blood by Tara Manderino

In his two-hundred and fifty years as a vampire, Alex only observed, never intervened with any of his progeny, yet what else can he do when a little girl of his lineage is kidnapped? When he meets Lisa, the child’s nanny, his protective instincts kick into gear, yet he finds he must expose her to ever increasing danger as they search for the missing child. To protect Lisa from perils she is unaware of, he harbors her in his own home.

With Lisa’s help, Alex is able to determine who has the child. Learning why she was abducted rocks him on his heels and sets off a transcontinental search that leads to ancient myths of the Cardinal’s Ruby; the stone in Alex’s ring.

Alex and Lisa have one shot to save the child, but will they be able to stop the impending destruction raining down?

Tifferz Take~
Bound by Blood is not your typical vampire story. Lisa is a nanny for the Morgan's little girl Sandy. Sandy is kidnapped from a park. We meet Alex as he is hot FBI agent. I liked Lisa's protective nature of Sandy right off the bat. Lisa just wants to get Sandy back. Alex is mysterious and has his heart in the right place. He is used to telling people what to do and have them listen. Lisa does not always listen. The Morgans you can tell not everything is on the up and up with them. Louis is a friend of Alex and adds some fun to the mix.  I liked significance of the ring and that to uncover the mystery Lisa needed her dads help. They all had to work as a team. This was not a one man show. To me when Lisa gave Alex the ring back ~how she got it back was unrealistic. I also thought that Mr. Morgan would have been more worried about Sandy. The whole pretense that she was with Lisa that everything would be fine just does not fly with me. It was also a bit hard to keep up with the time in the book. I honestly thought I had things figured out but Ms. Manderino sure knows how to throw in the unexpected. This action packed adventure filled with mystery and a hint of romance held my attention. I simply had to know how things turned out.

I honestly think this story could have been magnificent if it had a proper editor. I also found I had some questions after the story was over For example~ How did Sandy react when she went home? What did she remember? What did she tell her father? What happened with Lisa and Alex? Did Lisa go home to England and mend the broken rift with her parents? Did Lisa's dad and the Phil get to talk? What happened to Louis? I felt things ended and things were not tied up.

I also felt that things were not always consistent for example Alex tells Lisa how to kill vampires and then later she says she has no clue how to kill a vampire. I am still a huge fan of Ms. Manderino and look forward to reading many more stories she has written. It truly amazes me how she can write so many different types of stories.

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