A Blood Seduction (Vamp City Series #1)

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Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can't do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built...

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Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can't do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Christina Dodd
“Pamela Palmer’s stories catch you, captivate you, and never let you go.”
Kerrelyn Sparks
“An amazing, action-packed series! I’m as hungry as a Vamp for the next book!”
Christina Dodd
"Pamela Palmer’s stories catch you, captivate you, and never let you go."
Kerrelyn Sparks
"An amazing, action-packed series! I’m as hungry as a Vamp for the next book!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062107497
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Series: Vamp City Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 195,317
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

When New York Times bestselling author Pamela Palmer's initial career goal of captaining starships didn't pan out, she turned to engineering, satisfying her desire for adventure with books and daydreams, until finally succumbing to the need to create worlds of her own. Pamela lives and writes in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Ugg!!

    Loved her previous series, tried and tried to read this book but I HATED!! it. So much ugliness and vileness I couldn't stand it. I finally gave up after 126 pages. If you like the dark, cruel and depraved side of fantasy maybe this book would be for you, but it left me feeling like I'd rolled in a pile of rank fish guts that had been left out in the sun for a week!! You just can't even shower that kind of ick off! I read for enjoyment and there was nothing enjoyable about this book for me.

    29 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Books

    Alright, i am ten years old i love reading i am 5 galexys far far far
    Byond readers my age so i resort to readin adult and teen books.but the junk people put in these books is amazing i cant go 2 capters into a book without reading something about sex,drugs,cursing, or abuse or something like that. I read for the pleasure of it and quite frankly i cant go a day with out reading even an paragraph and this isnt helping bn please put more child friendly books that kids and adults can read because aparently it is either 2 year old books or crazy inapropriet adult books PLEASE I DONT HAVE ALOT OF MONEY AND CANT GO ON THE CREDIT CARD!!!!!!!! IWANT TO LOOK FORWARD TO FREE FRIDAYS KIDS HAVE NOOKS TO NOT JUST ADULTS. ~the W

    21 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Warning would have been nice

    I've read a few vampire/paranormal books and this one has the same creepy vibe as the K.M. Moning series. This is not a fun romp, this is for folks who like the Saw series of movies. If gore floats your boat, hey, read what you like. It disturbs me a bit, though, that rape and torture have become so mainstream that this didn't even have a mild heads up on the description. I'm pretty surprised B&N put it out as a free book, actually. No disparagment intended towards the author, I'm posting because I sometimes look at the "most helpful" one star reviews, and hope to give fair warning to any other non-horror fans. I was expecting more of a romance type book myself.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    hhhmmm, where to start with this review. I have very mixed feel

    hhhmmm, where to start with this review. I have very mixed feelings about this book. I didn’t love this book, I didn’t hate this book, I am not sure if I like or not. I really really really wanted to like this book. I like the idea behind this book. But didn’t really connect with the characters.

    I really wanted to like Arturo (our hero? I am not sure I would call him that), but is he is a rat, a snake, a really dirt bag, I could go ON and ON about his dirt bagness, but I won’t. I kept hoping through the whole book he would change, but no he was a dirt bag right up to the end.

    Quinn, oh what can I say about Quinn our heroine in this book. Her loyalty to her brother is great. She can take a punch like no one’s business, but damn that girl for trusting such a self serving vampire.

    There were moments in this book that made me like these two, but for the most part I struggled with them.

    I am hoping that as this series goes on the books get better. A Blood Seduction was a little rough for me. And let me tell you there truly is no such thing as a good vampire in Vamp City.
    So if you are looking for a happily ever after story this is not for you. If you are looking for a vampire story were ALL the vamp’s are bad then you need to get a copy of A Blood Seduction.

    15 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    I’ve been a huge fan of vampire stories since Barnabas Col

    I’ve been a huge fan of vampire stories since Barnabas Collins (the original one, not the Johnny Depp version). I’m a huge Buffy the Vampire Hunter fan. I enjoyed the Twilight books. I loved the early Anita Blake books. A Blood Seduction is not like any of those iterations of the vampire myth and, while it’s categorized as a paranormal romance it has much more in common with the dark urban fantasy genre – at least in this first book. I expect the romance to ramp up as the series continues.

    (spoiler alert)

    Vamp City is dark, scary, dangerous, and humans don’t have a chance, yet Quinn Lennox overcomes all the reasons she should run back to her world and makes the best of a bad situation, all for the love of her brother, Zach. Zach is everything to her and she risks everything to find him and return him to safety. That makes her brave, courageous, a heroine to admire and root for. I really liked how she started out rather timid but grew through the story into a woman who would not be thwarted in her quest to save her brother, even if it meant her life – or worse.

    To me, this is the epitome of a great heroine – someone who steps out of her safe, normal (sort of) world and takes on more than she ever thought she could.

    And then there is Arturo. If ever there was a vampire caught in his own odd sense of loyalty it’s this guy. He’s described as a snake, a betrayer, but there is only one person he won’t stand against in Quinn’s defense – Cristoff – his maker and his master.

    Arturo is a snake on the outside, the loyal aide of the sadistic Cristoff, and he’s loyal for a reason – though we don’t know what it is yet! But if anyone else goes for Quinn he’s there, keeping her as safe as he can while keeping his loyalty to Cristoff in place…until he finds a way around that loyalty that doesn’t burn any bridges…yet.

    I'm not in love with Arturo yet, but i'm fascinated by him and can't wait to see this bad boy with a soft heart for Quinn grow into a better man...um, vampire...as the series continues.

    This is not a vampire story for the faint of heart – there are parts that verge on horror – but I can’t wait to read the next book in the Vamp City series. The characters are complex, the magic intriguing, the world scary, dangerous, and wonderfully described, and, at the end of this book, the promise of so much more story hangs in the air waiting for the reader to return to Vamp City.

    11 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    gross

    I always get the free Friday books so I didn't dig too deep. That was my fault. I'll be more careful after this one. This book is well written and well thought out but.....yuck. I don't care for rape, torture or slavery. The ''banquet'' was really bad. If you like movies like Hostel or Saw you may like this. If not, don't get it. I won't get anything from this author in the future. I am happy I didn't pay for this.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Since I love Pamela Palmer’s Feral Warriors series I just

    Since I love Pamela Palmer’s Feral Warriors series I just knew I would love her newest series. Pamela Palmer has a way of capturing you and holding you so you don’t want to put down her books.

    That is what happened here. Even though I did not like the plot at all I still could not put it down. The story was just way too dark for me. It was more Urban Fantasy/Horror than Paranormal Romance. The hero, Arturo, is the worst hero I have ever read. I found nothing redeeming about him. I like Quinn and understood her determination to find her brother but what I don’t understand is how she was even remotely attracted to Arturo.

    Will I read book two in the series? No. This was way too dark, gruesome and not enough romance for me.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    A Dark Tale

    This story was a bit hard to take at times, with all the violence and gruesome scenes. The "romance" part was so light as to be almost non-existent. The ending did indeed leave the reader hanging, but in my case, I won't buy the next book in the series to see how the story ends.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Hello Damon Salvatore! Set in amazing world, I absolutely loved

    Hello Damon Salvatore! Set in amazing world, I absolutely loved the hero, Arturo who you just love to hate. Sure he can be a bit evil, but then he shows just a glimmer of the good guy you know is hiding and can't help but want to root for him. He reminds me a lot of Damon Salvatore from Vampire Diaries who I am absolutely in love with. Arturo is a vampire and is very dark but he has a soft side when it comes to Quinn. I'm looking forward to watching his evolution throughout the rest of the series and I absolutely can't wait for the next book!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very goo

    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very good book!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Palmer is my favorite but

    I expected this to be a series where one couple falls in love then in book two another does. This however surprised me bc its a continuation series. The first book sets up so much plot and leaves you wanton for mmore at the end. However in my personal opinion i wanted it to somehow close a few loose ends. It didnt. And im a little disappointed. However palmer is still an extraordinary and effective writer.

    As for the main character. I felt completely helpless with her journey. She has all this power yet is powerless. It annoyed me.

    Going into this story with my favorite author enthusaium, i came out of it with so many questions left unaswered....i dont mean to be mean, but i dislike that feeling and am really sad i have to wait for the next one and buy the next one only to probably to have more questions once more.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

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    Started out great, then got stuck in the same place about 1/3 through

    A whiney female & a vampire without a backbone!!! It was like a broken record.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Wonderfully dark Urban Fantasy!

    A Blood Seduction is a terrific start to a new series. Palmer weaves together two separate worlds, our world and the world of Vamp City, flawlessly. Be warned that this book is extremely dark. It is not for the faint of heart or those who have weak stomachs. There are some very intense, graphic, and disturbing torture scenes. The vampires in this novel are extremely evil and pretty much soulless. There are a few exceptions, but none of them are actually good. However, if you can stand the torture scenes and sheer darkness of the book, the story is amazing. It's full of mystery, action, romance, intrigue, and well-developed characters. I can't wait to see what happens next in Vamp City.

    A Blood Seduction is told from various limited third person POVs. Somehow, Palmer manages to do this and still maintain an air of mystery around Arturo and his true intentions. There's a sense of urgency throughout the entire story because you don't know if Quinn's going to live from one minute to the next, and she's a likable character. Also, you don't know if Arturo is going to screw her over or be a knight in shining armor. The whole thing leads to a lot of frustration, but also the inability to put the book down. I read this all in one setting because I had to know what was going to happen. To me, that's the mark of a good book.

    All of the characters are well-developed, although extremely flawed. It's easy to tell who the narrator is following because of the very distinct personality traits of the characters. Also, the narrator's voice changes with each character change. It's almost like free indirect discourse, but a little more defined than that. I'm so torn over how I feel about Arturo. I can't decide if I like him yet or not. On the one hand, he's a very compelling character who obviously has some good in him, but on the other hand, he's such a freaking snake that I can't trust that he's actually going to do anything good in the long run. I almost like him because of my conflicting emotions about him. I would like to see more of his good side in the future, though. Quinn is likable and easy to relate to. She has unwavering loyalty, but a few self esteem issues and a bad temper. I like when characters are flawed. It makes them more realistic. The story follows Quinn the most, but slips into Zack's and Arturo's POV sometimes as well.

    The world Palmer created within Vamp City is intriguing and fascinating. The rules are clearly defined, but because no one is ever honest, it's hard to know which rules are actually true and which ones were made up to give people a false sense of security. An idea of an alternate universe that's stuck in the past and exists over our world is an interesting concept. The fact that some people can pass in between the two worlds and that people go missing because they are getting kidnapped and brought into the other world is even more fascinating. Palmer puts in some nice details about the landscaping, too, such as only dead trees can grow in Vamp City. And it's either dusk or night time... never full daylight. Also, even though Vamp City was created in 1870, it seems to be a mash-up of various time periods. Events like the Games and the banquets that are held and everything are throw backs to earlier times.

    The pacing for the story is spot-on, and there is never a dull moment within the plot. The entire plot is filled with action, adventure, suspense, and/or romance.

    Good read!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Didnt like it

    Struggled to get through this book. Towards the end it got a little better but not much. Hated the ending because of course you will have to read another book to finish the story. Needless to say I wont be reading it. Alot of gorey parts in this book. I hated the main male character. He is a vampire who constantly lies throughout the book to the main female character, Quinn. Just didnt like it..

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Retarted

    Retarted free friday -.- ^_^ itsthe devil

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Pamela Palmer did an extraordinary job of sucking me in to her l

    Pamela Palmer did an extraordinary job of sucking me in to her linear world of vampires. I loved every bit of this complex world she had created and now, I can truly say that I have become more fond of this genre.

    Twenty seven year old, Quinn Lennox has powers beyond her imagination that she has managed to tamp down since she was a child. Though she has done a great job hiding it, weird things still happens in her daily life and had gone stronger the past few weeks. After her Brother’s friend, Lilly had gone missing, both she and Zack had discovered an existing linear world of Washington D.C. also known as Washington V.C. An alternate world of Vampires that ruled over humans. Thriving as it is, this world is dying and in need of a savior itself.

    In an attempt to rescue Lilly, Quinn and Zack were separated and captured. Quinn was captured by the dark and mysterious vampire, Arturo Mazza. As all the other vamps in this world, he uses humans for his personal use as help, blood/sex slave. Arturo is one hot vamp! As said in the book, he is indeed the “epitome of rugged handsomeness”. He is also evil and dishonest but a hero all the same. A contradiction you wouldn’t believe. I equally love and hate him.

    I enjoyed both Quinn and Arturo. Though the romance is not strong the sexual tension is obvious and it is apparent where their relationship is going. Trust will be a big one for these two. They are also both kick ass heroes as you will see them fight for what they want and believe in.

    I loved the character and world building of this complex world. Ms. Palmer had explained this linear world with ease. She explained how the world came to be, different life factions, politics and characters pasts etc. There’s so much going on with a several key players but not once I felt lost.

    The ending left me very curious. There are several outcomes with unexplained reasons that I'm dying to find out about. I cannot wait to what Ms Palmer has installed for us.

    This Dark Urban Fantasy with a light touch of romance is the first of this series and is expected to have at least 5 books I cannot wait to devour each of them as they are released!

    *ARC provided by publisher

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

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    A Must Read!!!!!

    I'm not usually a fan of urban fantasy so when I was asked to read this I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the book. I am a fan of Palmer's so I gave it a try. What happened was me getting totally involved within the story and not being about to put it down. I just loved it. Now that said, I do have to tell you that at times it's a little dark, and it's also somewhat light on the romance, but the romance is there. My biggest problem with the story is that I have to wait so long to find out what's going on in Vamp City.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    vampire porn

    Fine once you ignore the porn aspect of it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Frustrating!

    Stats: 220-ish nook pages. Dark urban fantasy, think Moning's Fever series. Rated R sex and extreme violence. I won't buy the next book because I hate the characters. One betrays left and right while the other keeps forgiving the betrayals. Frustrating! It is well written and free, so give it a try if you can handle some darkness and violence--the bad guys ALWAYS win in this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Yuck

    Not to my liking.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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