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Book Review: Blood Kissed: An Urban Fantasy Novel (Blood Heiress Book 1) by Vivienne Savage

Blood Kissed: An Urban Fantasy Novel (Blood Heiress Book 1)
by Vivienne Savage
August 1, 2017
255 pages
Running from danger is what Emmaleigh does best, but the monsters of her past are inescapable.
Years after ditching a corrupt coven in San Antonio, Emma is making a fresh start in Massachusetts as the owner of a new luxury spa. Her life couldn’t be more peaceful - until a near-death encounter with ruthless vampire hunters draws attention to her questionable history. 

According to the vampire elders, Emma’s old ties make her a liability. Given one chance to prove herself, she’s plunged headfirst into a journey to recover a stolen artifact from the hunters—and assigned her own champion. Unfortunately, he’s also her former lover, a master vampire with his own motivation for accompanying her.

Despite their differences, Emma and Adrian must work together to solve the mystery. Her past is coming back to bite her, and the only way off the council’s hit list is to discover why the hunters want the relic at all.

As an attendee of Once Upon a Book (OUAB) this summer, I set out to read as many attending paranormal writers as possible. I had the pleasure to meet Ms. Savage at the event last summer. A prolific independent author of paranormal fiction, she also writes as one half of the partnership Payne & Taylor.

Blood Kissed has been one of my favourite reads this summer. It’s the story of sassy vampire Emmaleigh Whittaker, spa operator and dutiful member of The Belleridge Coven of Dartmouth. When Emma is attacked by a militaristic group of vigilante humans, she’s drawn into a larger conspiracy and thrust headlong into danger. Emma is soon given an impossible task -- a task she must complete or her undead life is forfeit. Master vampire, and Emma’s one-time lover, Adrian Kennedy is subsequently drawn into the quest as Emma’s champion. Together the pair face near constant peril all the while making sense of their problematic relationship.

I love a good vampire story. Savage’s vampire construction consists of a political, organized system of sophisticated vampires. Emma’s world, while decadent and pleasurable, teems with repression and fear. Savage has a clear agenda to create powerful, independent, and capable female characters. Emma is smart, sexy, and self-assured. While she is supported by other characters, she isn’t constantly reliant upon them. Together Emma and Adrian make an exceptional team with a combustible dynamic. The pair is supported by an rich cast of characters including shifters, a goddess, and a demon. Blood Heiress has all the style, action, and sex appeal of great vampire fiction. Fans of Charlaine Harris’s (early) Sookie Stackhouse books will love Emmaleigh Whittaker as the blood heiress apparent.

Five Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
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Vivienne Savage is a resident of a small town in rural Texas. While she isn't concocting sexy ways for shapeshifters and humans to find their match, she raises two children and works as a nurse in a rural retirement home.

All works by Vivienne range from sweet adult romance to spicy shifter fiction with an erotic kick. Visit her site to determine which series is best for you!

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