Blood Lust by Alexandra Ivy #Review

Blood Lust by Alexandra Ivy #ReviewBlood Lust by Alexandra Ivy

Series: #3 The Sentinels
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Zebra Books on May 31, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The encounter with the sinfully good Bas in the previous book had me excited that this was to be his own book.  Bas is a lethal High Blood Assassin, but he has an Achilles’ Heel, his daughter.  Now he might have just found a second weakness when Molly’s mother rushes back into his life bringing portents and prophesies of danger.

The Sentinels has proven to be an exciting, action-packed series with a unique paranormal twist on the immortals.  Each book has a separate romance and situation and yet there is a clear series arc and a few ongoing stories in the background so I don’t recommend getting them out of order.

In this story, Bas has just retrieved Molly from her kidnappers and did his reluctant part to help the High Bloods of Valhalla stop a powerful evil, but now he wants to avoid the hero-types and get his life of a mercenary back on track.  Unfortunately, that is not to be when Molly’s mother, Myst, returns to his life.  They had one night together and then she ran only to return and leave the baby Molly with him.  Now she wants time with their daughter.  Bas isn’t in the mood, but then he senses something might be behind Myst’s behavior and he will have the secrets of this frustrating female who he never could forget.

Myst left behind her child to protect her and she left her with a man that even that short acquaintance has ruined her for other men.  She knows what Bas thinks of her, but she had her reasons.  She has been on the run and she wouldn’t allow Molly to be with her if she were recaptured.  And then there is the foretelling she did that named herself as the one to unleash a weapon that would destroy her kind, the High Bloods.

She only planned to get in, make sure her child was safe, and get out, but Bas has other plans and he’s not allowing her to keep her secrets this time.  Worse, he insists on helping her get all the answers so they can prevent the disaster she saw in her vision.

Alright, this one was a fast, easy read with an action-based plot.  The players and situation are introduced and things race into motion from there.  This is Bas and Myst’s story, but it is also a continuation of Lana, the Valhalla Mave leader and her lethal Tagos protector along with the situation in the Human First camp.  I enjoy the inclusion of these other storylines.  Everyone is rushing to figure out the secret about the ‘weapon’ of Myst’s foretelling and it’s like a treasure hunt with two teams of hunters.

As usual with the author’s stories, there is a blend of passion and action.  The Sentinels concept like X-Men humans who are feared and hated by many non-gifted humans is a good one.  I always enjoy what gifts will be the highlight of each new installment.  The romantic pair are a rogue assassin with a magic gift and a foreteller with telepathy.  I loved seeing Bas and Myst go from wary and suspicious to a pair who need each other and partner for what matters.  Bas likes to pretend that he is all bad boy, but he really has a heart of gold even if he feels rules are optional.  Myst has never know a home or acceptance so she is used to running and doing for herself.  Loved watching her learn that there are good people who will help her.

The action wound down to an exciting end with some fun surprise twists and danger moments along the way.  Always fun to see how the author will extricate her good guys from a tight spot.  It was a rush to the finish and now I am left eager for the next installment.

I would recommend these for those who enjoy action-driven, heated, fast, and easy paranormal romance.

My thanks to Kensington Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Romance Roundabout #184 PNR

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • God, I already have too many series that I want to try. You are definitely making me want to try this one. Great review!

    • I’m such an evil book temptress, right? Haha!

  • Debbie Haupt

    Ooh love the sound of this and the heat level interests me too wowza 😉

    • Oh, it is an exciting action packed ride and this couple do have some sizzle, Debbie. 🙂

  • oh YES!!! So glad you enjoyed this one. I read the second book and really enjoyed it and so want to pick this one up. You definitely convinced me to one click this one.

    • Super, Renee! I wanted this one too after the way Bas was in book two. I really hope Lana gets her story soon.

  • It looks like she is falling

  • I read my first Alexandra Ivy book earlier this year. I really enjoyed it. You’re wanting me to try this series too.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I was a carry over fan from her older Guardians of Eternity series and read a prequel to this one and was hooked. Eventually I’ll get to her panther shifters.

  • I have read the first two if these and a novella as well if I remember right. Wasn’t Bas bad at first? Glad you are still enjoying this series so much!

    • Well not exactly bad, but not exactly good. He as trained as a Sentinel Assassin and helped take down a bad leader, but then he left because he doesn’t like playing by the rules. He started a mercenary business and took on some shady jobs, but no outright evil stuff.

      Yes, I do love the series. I hope the leader, Lana, and the leader of the Sentinels (can’t remember his name) get their story soon.

  • Oo I really do need to give her books a try. Oo again on him being a daddy and them having history. Always makes for an interesting read.

    • I started with her Guardians of Eternity years ago and was glad this series was around when she finished that one. She’s got other series and I might get to them someday.

      Yes, Bas and his daughter showed up in the last book and I was smitten. His romantic history was a surprise so I enjoyed seeing who the mother of his little girl was.