Kissing. References to sex
The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely-wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
BLOOD RIGHTS is one of those Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance mixes that really combines the best of both of those genres. Excellent nuanced worldbuilding set in Paradise City, but with a consuming romance that builds gradually and seductively though every chapter. Chrysabelle is a comarré, basically a geisha/slave to vampires, a hybrid human raised and prized for her pure blood. The culture of these comarré was riveting. The training, history, secrets, skills, etiquette, and symbiotic relationship with vampires was endlessly captivating. And it set up the star-crossed romance between Chrysabelle and the outcast vampire Malkolm perfectly.
Chrysabelle and Malkolm have the kind of relationship that you can’t tear your eyes away from. Love and hate, desire and despair, rage and gentleness. There were so many volatile emotions flying between these two, and yet every single one was cultivated with such deliberate care and purpose that they felt completely honest and raw. It was just beautiful to experience. And as this it the first book in the series, their relationship promises to become even more explosive in the future. I lacked the same strong connection with some of the supporting characters, but not enough to really detract from my enjoyment of this otherwise fantastic and unique debut.
Overall, BLOOD RIGHTS offers a fascinating and provocative new twist on human/vampire relationships. The world we are introduced to is both frightening and utterly addictive. After the cliffhanger ending, I’m salivating for the next book in the House of Comarré series called FLESH AND BLOOD which will be published in November, followed by BAD BLOOD in December.