Author: Amber Belldene
Publisher: Omnific, 298 Pages (July 23rd, 2013)
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NOTE: This is a Adult novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: KOS MARAS’s orderly life is in shambles—he must distribute Blood Vine to a population of ailing vampires, but Hunters block him at every turn. To make matters worse, each night he watches over a temptingly beautiful woman sleeping in his bed. He is convinced love cannot last a vampire-long lifetime and an entanglement will only cause them grief, but he doesn’t have the heart to send her away.
From a long line of blood servants, LENA ISAAKSON is destined to serve a vampire, but a string of humiliating rejections thwarts her pleasure. When Kos shows her kindness, she hopes he will claim her. Instead he proves himself a coward in the face of love and sends her to serve another.
Will the dark seduction of a rakish new vampire finally bring Lena the pleasure she desires or deliver her into the hands of Hunters who want to destroy everything the Maras family has worked for?
Review: 4 Stars - The second title in author Amber Belldene’s Blood Vine series – Blood Entangled might be the continuation of the Maras family of vampires but in this title we learn more about Andre’s son Kos and house cook and blood servant Lena Isaakson.
Kos is nothing like his father Andre. He’s kind and cares enough about those who he meets to not get too close. He doesn’t believe in forever love. He’s seen what love can do to a person, like what happened to his mother and what in turn happened to Andre many, many years ago when their bond went wrong. He wouldn’t wish that fate on anyone. He might be a vampire but he has a kind caring soul.
Then we have Lena, who we also met in the first title Blood Vine. She was hired by Andre to be the cook for the household (the other blood servants) and to be a blood servant as well. It’s all she’s wanted out of life, to fulfill her destiny just as her grandmother taught her. In blood vine something happened to make her question what exactly her destiny is and she was forced out of the household. Lena wants nothing more than to do what she feels she was born to do and that’s serve a vampire and cook. And when things went wrong she had no idea where to turn. That’s when Kos stepped in to help.
Lena has never looked at Kos any other way but in friendship. The two have things in common and like spending time together. When she’s forced back to the Vineyard to live she asks for Kos’s help to find her a permanent home with a new vampire family to take care of.
The story does revolve around their growing attraction yet there’s so much more to things than just these two. The hunters play a much larger part in this second title than before. Both vampires and hunters are finding out more about their pasts and what happened to cause the war between both. The history is interesting and I’m eager to know more that we should learn in the next book. I’m really excited to see where Belldene is going to take this story next.
The hunters have a plan and its set in motion. I didn’t know who was going to do what to fix things but I didn’t expect to happen what did. I felt Andre’s pain, which in turn affected all the others in the household as well. I have to give it to the hunters and having that ace up their sleeves. You never think that the bad guys will win and well… they might be ahead at the moment; I just can’t wait to find out how Andre, Kos, Bel and this crazy aunt who showed up Uta will retaliate next.
One thing about Belldene’s books is that there’s never a lull in the story. The books flow along and before you know it you’re met with a revelation, just as the characters are that throws you as a reader for a loop.
All in all I’ve become a fan of this series even more so with the second book. Especially with how much more the hunters are taking part in the much broader evolution of things. I like that we have a chance check in on characters who were featured in Blood Vine and that the secondary characters are also front and center, taking a much larger part of the story as well. In the end if you like vampires and are eager for a different mythology, then look no further! Take a chance, read these two titles and enjoy!