Review: Blood Ties by Lavina Lewis

Vampire prince Thomas Vanderguard has been alone for over two hundred years - ever since the deathblow that killed his companion Jacob. For centuries, Drones have sought to eradicate his family’s royal lineage so that a rival family may seize the throne and gain control of their territory. But Thomas's life of self-imposed solitude came to an end a little over a year ago when Daniel Alexander walked into his life. After months of refusal, Thomas finally gives in to Daniel's request to change him into a vampire even though he fears Daniel will meet the same fate as Jacob.

With a possible eternity of happiness stretched out in front of them, can Thomas keep his lover safe or is history about to repeat itself?

An enjoyable introduction in what seems to be a promising series.

Thomas has been alone and mourning the loss of his lover, Jacob, for far too long. His family has been at war with a rival family for centuries and is always under attack from their drones. He isn't willing to risk losing someone else he loves to them.

In this world there are born vamps and made vamps. Born vamps are more like humans than the made ones. The made vampires can't eat food or go out in the sun. There's also no telling how they'll react to the turning, if they'll keep their humanity or turn into killers.

When Thomas meets Daniel he immediately intrigued and protective of him. He keeps the other vampires away and stops them from pursuing Daniel. When he realizes that he feels far too much for Daniel, he pushes him away. I have to say, I really liked Daniel. He didn't fall for Thomas' crap and saw right through his act. Not only did he see through it, but he also completely won over Thomas' family. Yeah, Thomas was a goner. Really, his only option was to admit defeat and keep Daniel for himself. Which is exactly what he did.

Because Thomas had lost a lover in the past, he's fiercely protective of Daniel. Daniel wanted to become a vampire and be with Thomas, but because of all the uncertainty surrounding turning someone, Thomas isn't convinced it's a good idea. Thomas was protective and possessive of Daniel without being all "He-man You Are Mine Alpha" guy, which I always appreciate, especially in a vampire story. It's so easy to make them into growl-y cavemen, but Thomas' character was more than that. Daniel certainly made his wants known and he wasn't a pushover for Thomas. They really fit well together and I enjoyed their romance.

There was action, a few steamy scenes, some sweet romance and a bit of a cliffhanger. Blood Ties is a really good start to this paranormal series.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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