Sunday, June 27, 2010

: Blood Bargain by Maria Lima :

Keira Kelly is coming into her unexpected and unexpectedly awesome powers… and Rio Seco, Texas ain’t ever gonna be the same!

Something is not right at Wild Moon Ranch…

Keira Kelly has settled in with handsome Adam Walker, but happy-ever-after is not so easy when your vampire lover seems determined to deny his true nature. With Adam starving himself of blood and growing weak, Keira needs to work out how to persuade him to take care of himself, something she’s finding difficult to do—even with the advice of her brother Tucker, a millennium-old ex-Viking shapeshifter. And people have started disappearing in the Rio Seco area, making Keira worry about what this could mean, both for her friends in Rio Seco and to the community she and Adam have been creating at the ranch. But her investigation only seems to bring more trouble, especially when a clue leads her to an abandoned cemetery that Keira knew well when she was younger…one that has always been extremely important to her magical family. Evil is definitely walking once again in the Texas Hill Country. Can Keira discover where the danger lies…before danger discovers her?

So the story continues on - Keira has moved in with Adam, Tucker and Nicko have a relationship unlike anything Keira has ever seen from her brother before. Then Adam's condition changes until one day he is in a self induced coma. Keira soon finds out the cause of his problems stems back to her and she is so angry and needs to find a way to bring Adam back.

Following Keira and Tucker trying to find the lost teenagers, thrown in with Adam's coma and her BFF Bea being stalked by Pete, the missing ranch hand and the whispering she hears in her head - things are never dull.

I liked the way the story progressed and pace it moved at. Throughout the book, the ancestry on her mother's side kept popping up and I knew somehow that it would lead to a new direction in the story. Yes - it was the Faery folk that had placed the ward around La Angel statue, and once overcoming that and meeting up with Daffyd, some answers are given to events that had taken place throughout the book.

I enjoyed this book. I love the twists and turns, and the fact that even though there is a love story there between Keira and Adam, it doesn't take over the book. There is so much going on, that you know their story is there, but you enjoy all the other happenings of the book as much. The characters and plots are believable, and the writing is quite intriguing and informative throughout.

I recommend you read this book. I loved it.



Jackie said...

You gave a higher rating on this one, good on you it did get better. I have also read the 3rd which am sure you are now reading.

The story does not end there is a 4th which is to come out in October which I cannot wait for, even though the orangeish cover does not really do much for me. It is called Blood Heat...

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Denny said...

I agree the cover for Blood Heat doesn't do anything for me either, but after finishing Blood Kin, I am really keen to see what happens to Keira and Adam. Don't you think it was nice to see Tucker & Nicko still together? I loved it - so nice to see more than one relationship survive from book to book.

Jackie said...

Denny, that is one of the charms of the series for me the fact that "couples" stay together and relationships flourish in a positive manner. When Maria Lima penned the books I am not sure the publisher really realized how "good" they were in more ways than just reading.

jackie b central texas

BTW are you keeping up on the new show The Gates with the link or was the first installment enough for you?

Denny said...

I am keeping up with it ... watched the first 2 episodes and looking forward to the 3rd ... hopefully it will be as addictive as Vampire Diaries.

And I agree with you about the couples - I think she really hit on something with this series of books.