Title: Blood and Sacrifice
Author: Jessica Gibson
Series: Blood Ties Novella Series (#2)
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 2013
Edition/Formats Available In: Ebook
Bronwyn stopped in her tracks when she saw someone very familiar leaning against the building across the street, dressed head to toe in leather. “I’m guessing you all decided on a field trip at the same time?” She said sarcastically, as she zipped across the street.
“Well, someone has to clean up after his mess,” Carly scoffed.
Bronwyn’s lips thinned out, “I saw him, earlier. He seems to be out of control.”
“Hmmm, I wonder why that is?” Carly pressed a finger to her lips in mock concentration.
“Look, I don’t need a lecture from you, too. I got enough from Seraph.”
Carly smiled. “You know, I want so bad to stay mad at you. It would be a heck of a lot easier if I did. But, it’s too damn good to see you.”
Bronwyn’s tough exterior melted, “I know. I’ve missed you so much. Is Tuck here, too?”
“He’s looking for Rider; we followed him here. I didn’t even know you were back in the States. Seraph told us, yesterday.” There was a hint of something in Carly’s voice.
“Look, I know this is an f-ed up situation. I had to make a clean break, though. I couldn’t live half in and half out with Ronan.”
“You ruined him.” Carly’s voice was harsh.
Bronwyn laughed. “Really? Rider is a big boy; far older than I am. His choices are his own. Did you really come here to make me feel guilty? If so, you may as well leave now.” Bronwyn’s tone was cool.
“Who are you?” Carly took a step back.
“I’m the same person I’ve always been, Carly, I’m just not fighting it anymore.” Bronwyn leaned in and kissed Carly’s cheek before heading off into the night.
Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she’s down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the “someday” section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.
Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.
Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.
Other Books by Jessica
Blood Ties Novella Series
I read both of the books in the series back to back. The first book in the series “Love and Blood” is about a girl, Bronwyn, who gets changed into a vampire by Ronan. She leaves Ronan because of the man he is and the vampire he wants her to be, a sociopath. She finds Rider, also a vampire, who changes her life forever. But she cannot seem to get away from Ronan. He keeps coming back for her time and time again. Can she withstand him long enough to get over him? Or will the power he has over her as her maker win out over her love for Rider?
This book moves pretty quickly. I felt maybe a little too quickly. There wasn’t much to the story and I had it read in a matter of a few hours. There wasn’t a whole lot of narrative so we don’t find out too much about their surroundings or their characters. The story drags a little for me as it didn’t seem the author knew what she was going to do with it. There wasn’t a whole lot of thought put into it, but I did like that it was a quick read.
Don’t get me wrong, the story like is good. I think there is more that could have been done with it, but I will leave that maybe for the next book. The characters are very solid. There isn’t a whole lot of wavering and there wasn’t too much emotion behind it. The decisions were sound and make swiftly. So…no dragging out! I like that! This story gets 3 out of 5 stars.
The second book in the series “Blood and Sacrifice” is a pick up where the other left off. After Bronwyn’s decision, the story begins to move in a different direction. There is a lot of responsibility behind her decision and her friends are quick to remind her. Rider is out of control. Will Bronwyn be able to reign him back in or will she lose him forever?
This book was a little more thought out for me. There was a lot more descriptive language so we knew what was going on around us as the reader. There were some small hurdles to get over and they are home free…or so they thought. The relationship bewteen Bronwyn and Ronan are solid in this book. She made her decision wisely. The story was quick. I had it read in a matter of a few hours, but I was ok with that because I felt like the story was going somewhere. But what really got me….was the end. I was floored. You will be too. 4 out of 5 stars.