A Kiss of Blood (Vamp City Series #2)

A Kiss of Blood (Vamp City Series #2)

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by Pamela Palmer
     
 

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Only one woman can save vamp city . . .

One of the few humans who managed to escape the deadly twilight world of Vamp City, Quinn Lennox vows never to return. But the vampires want her back, for only she has the power to renew the magic of their crumbling world and free the vampires trapped within.

When the dangerous and all-too-seductive Arturo Mazza comes for

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Only one woman can save vamp city . . .

One of the few humans who managed to escape the deadly twilight world of Vamp City, Quinn Lennox vows never to return. But the vampires want her back, for only she has the power to renew the magic of their crumbling world and free the vampires trapped within.

When the dangerous and all-too-seductive Arturo Mazza comes for her, Quinn knows she can never trust him after the betrayal she suffered at his hands. But with her beloved brother's fate hanging in the balance, and her own power beginning to emerge, she chooses to risk all on yet another perilous journey back to Vamp City. And though she tries to deny it, her heart begins to hold hope that even a ruthless vampire can learn the meaning of true love . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Palmer follows A Blood Seduction with more turbulence between Quinn Lennox, a human sorceress who can't access her own power, and Arturo "The Snake" Mazza, a vampire who lies to her, manipulates her, and uses her for her power. As they continue their adversarial and sexually hyperactive association, Quinn and Arturo seek a way to free Quinn's power and save her brother, Zack. Though the goals are large, not a lot is actually accomplished by the book's end, which leaves the City still in danger of collapse, Quinn's obsession with Zack and his illness unchanged, Zack still missing, Arturo still lying, and Quinn only marginally more in control of her power. Arturo is nothing like a romantic hero, and Quinn's attraction to him and vulnerability to his machinations make her look weak and foolish. The plot is merely a tasteless vehicle for the delivery of graphic depictions of sex, torture, and depravity. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062107534
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Series:
Vamp City Series , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
863,829
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(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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A Kiss of Blood (Vamp City Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
TheBookNympho More than 1 year ago
Last year when A Blood Seduction came out many didn't like it because it was VERY dark. (I loved it for that reason) Well this time around Palmer pulled back on the dark, mind you Vamp City is not filled with rainbows and fluffy unicorns but we get to see a different side to some of the vampires this time around. Which brings me to the other problem some had with the first book... the "hero". Many were turned off by Arturo as the love interest. I was on the fence. Yeah he was the lesser evil in Vamp City. He was a lying bastard. He was... He was... He was... See the pattern. Arturo starts making up for some of the things he did to Quinn when they first meet. He starts showing a softer and trusthy side. No he did not make a complete 180 and no Quinn doesn't trust or forgive him completely. But that doesn't mean the two doesn't have some SMOKING SEX while they are working on their trust issues. But the two are becoming closer and developing feelings for each other and Palmer is completely selling it! She has said that their relationship will be one that will build over the series and in A Kiss of Blood we see the small steps toward a relationship forming between the two. They both need to change and grow and I think with each book we will be rooting more and more for them to be a true couple. One much like Cat and Bones, Mac and Barrons. A couple that are equals and partners. Not an alpha male taking care of a weak heroine. Quinn comes to realize that not all vampires are evil in Vamp City. She makes new friends and sees that if she learns to open up that she could possibly have a small circle of friends that will come to her aid when she needs them the most. Quinn's magic skills grow over the storyline and that chick is going to be one strong ass bad. While Quinn is dealing with her issues, her brother Zack is learning to deal with his. He feels useless since he could not save the two women in his life; his sister and best friend Lily. Zack with working out and building strength of his own and I think we will get to see him shine in the next book as he works on trying to find and save Lily. If the darker elements in A Blood Seduction turned you off, you should give the series another try by reading A Kiss of Blood. I think you would agree that by the end, you'll be wanting more of Arturo and Vamp City.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Quinn Lennox vowed to never return to Vamp City but the only way to save her brother is for her to renew the magic. Focusing on saving her brother, Quinn returns to face the horrors of a world failing and its inhabitants deteriorating. Arturo has been keeping a close watch on Quinn, but when they are reunited the distrust of his betrayal is almost too much. With her brother's life on the line, Quinn must learn to trust those around her including Arturo.  Discovering a world with more worth saving, finding allies in unlikely places and making promises she must keep or die trying Quinn is about to face the challenge that could cost her her life. A Kiss of Blood is an intriguing and exciting story of parallel, paranormal world on the brink of destruction. The story is fast paced and suspense filled. I did find the ending anti-climatic, of course holding us till then next installment...but somewhat disappointing. I liked, leaning toward really liked this story so I'm giving A Kiss of Blood 3.5 stars. I received this ARC copy of A Kiss of Blood from Avon in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication June 25, 2013.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed the second in the series better than the first, the end of the book totally ticked me off. It felt as if the book was only half written, and abruptly ended. I can't even consider it a cliff hanger, but just half of the story. No resolutions for any of the characters, just a build up to what promised to be a great second half of the book, then boom, nothing.... just every loose end left hanging. I enjoy reading series, but I have never run across one that didn't have some level of resolution at the end. It is to bad since I do enjoy most of the characters and would normally want to read more about them, but not if every time I get mad at the lack of a resolution to anyrhing!
LMDi More than 1 year ago
It's different, but still well done Some may have considered the first book in this series to be too dark, but here’s the thing: That’s what I liked about it. Not the graphic elements per se, but the fact that the characters didn’t have clear agendas or motives. You didn’t know who was a friend or who was just using the heroine Quinn for their own ends. Or, ultimately, who (if anybody) she could trust. These characters were reminiscent of the kind you’d find in a George R.R. Martin story, and that added to the drama and suspense because I never felt that any of the “good” characters were truly safe. Any one of them could have died in that horrid place. It also made me wonder if any of the monsters could be redeemed. A Kiss of Blood veers into safer territory as a paranormal romance, and it also expands the world of V.C. Creation of an “Underground Railroad” adds a new dimension to the story by showing that this alternate world has the capacity to harbor altruism as well as depravity. Quinn is much more pro-active this time, and that’s a welcome change. She’s driving the action rather than just being buffeted by it. Arturo is much more the traditional hero now, but his transformation seemed more abrupt. (Yes, I was hoping he’d redeem himself eventually, just not so quickly or easily!) I would recommend A Kiss of Blood to anyone who likes paranormal romance. You don’t need to read the first book to know what’s going on here, and the story moves you along as Quinn gets more deeply involved with Arturo and learns more about her powers, her family and the dying world that she may or may not want to save.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Time is running out and Vamp City is still in its path to destruction along with the Vampires and Humans that live there. Though, Quinn Lennox vowed to never go back, the only way to save her brother is to do so. If you read the last installment (Vamp City), Quinn learned that she may be the only person that can save this world. Everyone that knows of her is hoping she is the answer to saving their world including the handsome complicated vamp, Arturo. Now, their relationship or lack of it is kind of twisted. Though it’s obvious Arturo loves her, he had not been very good to Quinn and that’s saying it lightly. However, Arturo has vowed to protect her and never hurt her, again. I love the fact that their relationship was never instant, even when the attraction was almost immediate. With Arturo’s status and relationship with his sire, Christoff, I’m not at all surprised with his past actions. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making excuses for him but I have to give it to him, he is making amends. And I’m glad Quinn is giving him the benefit of the doubt, making their journey to a bit more exciting. I’m sure hoping their relationship to blossom to a stronger bond. I really like Quinn, I think she is pretty courageous in taking this almost impossible task. But again, she is willing to do anything for Zack, no matter what it takes. Zack on the other hand, I’m not too sure of. His character is definitely on its way to being a strong one, physically and emotionally. However, I feel like he has an underlying turmoil that is waiting to explode. Let’s hope that it will be spent towards saving his friend Lily, who is also stuck in VC. There is a possible love in that friendship as well. Her side story is definitely intriguing. By the end of this book, it looks like she will be associated with a group that can be affect Quinn’s mission of saving this world. A Kiss of Blood can only be described as Dark, Gritty with a hint of romance and it is one of the best from its genre. It was fast pace and it will keep you intrigued the whole time. If dark and gritty is your style, then this series is worth your time. Though is probably not needed, I do recommend reading Vamp City which is the first book of this series. *Review copy provided by publisher
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Second in series
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MIJul More than 1 year ago
Why did I pay $6.64 to pre-order this if it is only $1.99 to purchase now????
MBMarsh More than 1 year ago
Kiss of Blood, the second in the Vamp City series by Pamela Palmer, starts off not long after A Blood Seduction ended. Quinn is preparing herself to go back into Washington, VC. Zach is starting to suffer from some magical sickness that only seemed to start after he had briefly left DC to go to PA to be with his parents for a little while. Even though he returned to DC, he seems to be getting worse by the day. Quinn has made friends with a guy across the hall, Mike, who is a writer. He keeps her company and doesn’t seem to be looking for anything more than someone to pass the time with. When Traders suddenly show up at her door, Quinn freaks. It turns out that her “freedom” wasn’t quite as free as she believed. Arturo has had someone watching her the whole time, and he himself has been keeping tabs on her as well. He needs her to return to VC to help renew the magic that would mean the survival of VC and its inhabitants, despite the fact that she has already failed at this task once. Due to Zack’s illness, she feels in order to save him, she must return to VC so he can either get better, or they can find out what is causing his illness and start treating it. This book is pretty good. It follows the storyline well, and gives us more insight into the characters and why they act the way they do. We start to see redeeming qualities in Arturo and as easy as it is to hate him for betraying Quinn the way he did, I can understand why he did it at least to some degree. Palmer gives us more of an understanding of the depravity of some of VC’s inhabitants as well. It gives the characters hope that with the renewal of Vamp City’s magic, some of the madness that vampires such as Cristoff suffer from can be lifted and they can potentially go back to being the not-so-nasty vampires they were before the magic started to fail. Supposedly many of them were much easier to get along with and had better morals in the past. We really start to see the extent of the madness that Cristoff is going through in several brutal scenes while looking for information on Quinn’s whereabouts. Arturo’s loyalty is really going to be tested. He can’t keep up the charade forever, especially when Cristoff is becoming increasingly paranoid. It’s going to be pretty ugly when that happens. We are introduced to some new characters, which helps to fill out the story and give the reader more of a personal investment in the story. It also helps to convince Quinn to do everything she can to renew the magic, and not just for the sake of her brother. She has to learn to trust in those who are trying to help her, but I can understand why it would be hard for her. As hot as Arturo sounds, after everything he has done to Quinn, I don’t think I could trust him either. The other characters we are introduced to have done nothing to break her trust and truly want to help. They gave me a reason to believe that there are “good” vampires and other inhabitants in Vamp City despite what some of the other Vampires and Traders are up to. My main complaint is this, I really did not like the way it ended. I felt there should have been a little bit of something more, but that is the nature of a cliffhanger I suppose. It seemed like the story just stopped. Like you should have been able to turn the page and continue reading that scene, or just more of the story. I didn’t feel like there was any sort of conclusion to that part of the story. ARC provided by publisher via edelweiss
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical bodice ripper accessorized with fangs. Insanely repetitive worrying from Quinn about whether or not to "trust this male" and whether to drop the panties a second, third, and fourth time. Might as well because the smokin' sex scenes were the only redeeming thing about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the first book and liked this one also, but it felt like the first half of something. I don't mind a series, but believe that each book should stand on its own.
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TracyV112 More than 1 year ago
good series so far but the ending was not good at all in the 2nd one.. Ending left me with nothing but disappointment.. .
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There is nothing more frustrating to an avid reader than not being able to finish a story. This is the second book in a series and the rest is not finished. The ending of this book is with the advertisment of the first book! How crazy is that? The books are good but I would not have started them if I had known the series was not completed. I prefer to read a book with some kind of character resolution. This author did not even end it with an excerpt of the next installment.