The Bloodline War
Book 1, The Community Series
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2013 BRONZE MEDAL AWARD WINNER for ROMANCE—Independent Publisher’s Book Awards (IPPY)
“If you like Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Lara Adrian, Larissa Ione & J.R. Ward, you have to read this new series by Tracy Tappan!” ~ Fan review
Vârcolac warriors kidnap a woman with a unique bloodline for their town’s repopulation program, but the willful doctor incites a mutiny, and the leader of the Warrior Class has his hands full containing the revolt…and his burning attraction for the exasperating woman.
Dr. Toni Parthen never knew she carried a unique, supernatural gene until the night she was kidnapped for it. Imprisoned in a secret underground community, she is asked to do the unthinkable: procreate with a vampire male in order to save their dying race. Headstrong and independent, Toni doesn’t cower in the face of her new, sinister reality. Instead she incites the other captured women to mutiny. But danger lurks around another corner. A ruthless demon faction is also after her powerful DNA, and she is suddenly thrust into the middle of a bloodline war. As her world explodes into violence, her only hope of survival lies with the dark, formidable vampire who wants nothing to do with her.
A rare half-vampire, half-demon, the leader of the Warrior Class, Jacken Brun, has vowed never to allow his tainted bloodlines into the community. Already a heavy burden, this oath becomes nearly impossible to bear when Toni’s special scent and infuriating troublemaking ignite a voracious hunger in him. Avoidance is key. But when war wages around Toni, led by the man who devastated her years ago, Jacken must choose between honoring his pledge or claiming a forbidden love.
Content guidelines: contains profanity, violence, and adult situations.
A Series Destined to Shine
Since the first of the year, I have read well over 100 books. They ranged from short stories to over 800 pages. They covered the entire spectrum of the romance genre. They were written by debut indie authors and bestselling authors like J. R. Ward and Nora Roberts. Some were exceptional and will grace my library for decades. Some I have already forgotten. I can say with no hesitation and no qualms whatsoever that The Bloodline War is the BEST book I have read this year to date. It was soooo hard to keep this review under wraps until the post date because I wanted to grab people, and tweet people and say READ this book!! Read it now, now, NOW!! I was literally doing a happy dance through most of the story.
Yes, it is about a secret race of vampires. No you have read NOTHING like this. It was smart. It made sense and it made me laugh. I mean it made me cackle like a hyena in heat. It was uber sexy, but I wouldn't classify it as an erotic romance. It was more the sexual tension and the chemistry between Jacken and Toni. There were some graphic scenes, but they meshed with the gritty tone of the book. Anything milder would have seemed fake and not fit at all.
This story does have main characters, Jacken and Toni, but it has so much more. It has an entire cast of humans and Varcolac that play just as an important part as the H/h. The world building is exceptional, and there are bad guys coming from every direction. There are so many surprises in this book, it's like Christmas morning. There are discoveries being made right and left, and best of all..... There is a female revolt!! I don't do spoilers, but these mates don't settle for a pat on the head and a "Honey, I'm home from battle" schtupp. These human women have their vamps by the short curlies and they're not afraid to give a painful yank. I loved it!
I couldn't give this book a simple rating. I had to give it infinite gold stars. It was just that wonderful. Tracy Tappan, I thank you for the honor of reading your book.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! (And boy, can Tracy write a hero!)
I LOVED THIS BOOK! (And boy, can Tracy write a hero!)
The story was so full of twists even from the very first chapter. I thought I knew the direction it was going, (because I have read my fair share of vampire novels), but I was completely wrong. That's what was so refreshing about this book. Also, the mythology surrounding the vampires is unlike any that I have read before, which was also refreshing.
I also like how not just the main characters were featured in the story. I learned about the lives of other minor characters who, hopefully, will get their own books in the series! Each male was SO alpha, and yet so devoted to his woman, family and duty. I also want to know what happens not only with the war itself, but with the singles who are still single at the end of the book!
Jacken is one of my all-time favorite heroes. He is so dark and tortured, and yet it's clear that he has so much good in him that just needs a way to come to the surface.
I would absolutely keep reading this series. Tracy is a very talented writer; not only is the book well-written in a technical sense, but she had me almost chomping at the bit to see what happened next! I found myself limiting the number of pages I read to make the book last longer, but before I knew it, I was done!
I am eagerly awaiting the next installment, and I am now a HUGE Tracy-fan!!!
***A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review***
Well written paranormal romance. This author can create a world and make you feel like you've been there.
This is more than a two person story. Some of the secondary characters star equally as important and give the story so much more depth. I really liked getting to know the other people in this story all at the same time other than two at a time in each of their own books. Nice change.
Having lived in San Diego for 28 years, I love that it is almost its own character in the book. When the author mentions places you know and have been to, it just adds another layer to the vision. I will definitely be reading more of her books and recommend you do the same.