Early Review: Bound By Blood by Amanda Ashley

September 24, 2011 Uncategorized 0

*This title will be released on September 27, 2011*

Bound By Blood (Bound #2)

Title: Bound By Blood
Author: Amanda Ashley
Series: Bound #2
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (September 27, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1420121324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420121322

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Sexual Content:

Kissing. A couple brief, non graphic sex scenes.


Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.



Zack Ravenscroft loves women-all women-and they love him. The irresistibly seductive owner of the hottest casino in Vegas, Zack has tasted every wicked pleasure Sin City can offer. But never in his six hundred years as a vampire has he seen a morsel as delectable as Kaitlyn Sherrad, the mysterious young newcomer in town. Zack knows nothing about her-except that he craves her.

Kaitlyn is half vampire, half human-and all woman. As the cherished daughter of the Carpathian Coven’s master, she has been given every luxury a girl could desire. Now her only need is for a prince. But though she’s ready to gamble her heart on Zack, a powerful enemy stalks their every move…watches their every kiss…and waits to destroy their undying love…


BOUND BY BLOOD picks up twenty-one years after BOUND BY NIGHT and features the daughter of the couple from that book who is fresh out of college on her own for the first time in America.  Like her mother before her, I had some issues with Kaitlyn as a heroine.  She came across as very young and naïve.  I could have started a drinking game and gotten myself truly hammered by books end if I’d taken a shot every time Kaitlyn or some other character said she ‘was a big girl now.’  Zack, of course, was the different-girl-every-night type who inexplicably wanted to change his ways only moments after meeting Kaitlyn. 

Character clichés aside, I consistently felt like I was reading a romance novel from twenty plus years ago.  Modern readers may get frustrated with some of the more outdated character portrayals and mindsets, but overall, it struck me as more nostalgic than anything else.  On the plus side, the basic storyline is full of suspense and sprinkled with enough family drama, and vampire politics to keep the pages flying in this paranormal love story. 

Overall, I surprised myself by still enjoying this book despite it’s formulaic plot, overly familiar character types, and excess of romance novel tropes.  BOUND BY BLOOD is a fun, frivolous way to spend a few hours.  The romance is on the chaste side, but the multi generational love stories feel authentic and kept a smile on my face while reading.  If you like traditional romance novel formulas and want the added allure of vampires thrown into the mix, you’ll enjoy BOUND BY BLOOD too. 

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