Reviewed By: AsianCocoa
Forbidden Blood is a paranormal romance full of conflict, mystery & suspense and action. The book opens up with Amber as she walks home from her going away party at a local London pub. As she is walking towards the Undergound station she feels like someone is following her. She gets cornered at the end of a narrow street by three evil-looking men. One of the men cuts his hand and forces her to drink his blood. He then cuts her neck and compels her to taste her own blood. She’s confused and afraid but can’t stop the urge to do as the man commands. But then another mysterious man drives up in his Audi to rescue her. She willingly gets into this stranger’s car to get away from the other men. Even though the evil man is still able to control her through her blood she knows she will be safer with her mysterious rescuer.
Kearn has been a Venator for the last 60 years. It’s his duty to punish vampires who abuse Source Blood which is rare human blood type that has drug-like affects on vampires. If vampires drink enough Source Blood their strength and powers are amplified beyond belief. Kearn is a vampire who has a lot of emotional baggage to deal with. After becoming a Venator he was disowned by his family and shunned by the vampire community. When we first meet him he is a broken, lonely man who shows little emotion and who feels his only purpose in life is to hunt down Source Blood abusers for the Vampire Sovereignty.
After saving Amber, Kearn realizes that she may be his only lead in catching an evil vampire that has eluded him for the last three years. He decides to use Amber as bait to flush him out. At first Amber goes along with it because she knows Kearn may be the only person that can keep her safe from the vampires that were following her. While working and living together, the two begin to fall in love with each other.
I liked how Felicity Heaton had me completely immersed in this story that took place almost exclusively within this strict vampire world she created. The reader is introduced to the hierarchy of vampire society and the different supernatural powers and strengths within it. Amber’s transition into this world as a human made her an endearing and likable character. She was afraid of all the vampires at first but when she finally realizes that Kearn was one too she accepts him and does her best to follow the rules and customs of the rigid vampire society. I also liked how Amber and Kearn could feel and gauge each other’s emotions through their blood connection. They could “speak” to each other through their blood. It made their love story that much more emotional. Their journey was a slow buildup but their bond was unbreakable towards the end of the book. The mystery and suspense kept me on the edge. The family secrets and betrayals made me gasp. And I was so surprised by the ending.
Forbidden Blood is the first book in the Venator series and I am looking forward to reading the next one. This fabulous paranormal love story gets 4.5 out of 5 stars.