Claimed (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Blood Lust Novella 2) [NOOK Book]

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In the midst of a power struggle for vampire king, it soon becomes clear to Anthony that the only way to protect a fragile human in ...
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Claimed (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Blood Lust Novella 2)

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Overview


In the midst of a power struggle for vampire king, it soon becomes clear to Anthony that the only way to protect a fragile human in his care is to claim her as his mate. Meanwhile, his deepest wish is to have his lover awakened from the memory loss that took everything... not just the memories he meant to erase.


Blood Lust (book 1) (Kept, Claimed, Mated)
Save My Soul (book 2)
The Catalyst (book 3)
Life Cycle (book 4)

Shorts:
Cat Fight
Dark Mercy
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Editorial Reviews

Feeling Fictional - Sarah .
Being a vampire fan I couldn't help but love Anthony - he really is great hero material & I loved how everything was resolved at the end of the story. I'd definitely recommend giving this series a try but I would recommend reading them in order. If you're a fan of the paranormal I'm sure you'll enjoy this - Zoe has a great writing style that is full of humor, action and romance.
Book Blog - Reena Jacobs
Anyone out there ever play Dungeons & Dragons?... What does that have to do with Claimed? Anthony. I’d definitely classify him as lawful evil. Add that to his rash behavior, and Claimed ended up with some funky situations. :) I have to say, I rather liked him. Once in a while I think of something he did/said and crack up laughing. I try not to think about him in public places, cause I’m not quite ready to go to the loony bin.
Mama Kitty Reviews - Mama Kitty
5/5 Meows

Zoe writes characters that you either love or hate. They’re well-developed, funny/witty/just plain evil, and seem like real people (or vampires) to me. I love Charlee, Anthony, Paul, & Jane (the heroine from the next book, Mated), but I hate Linus and Callie. And that’s really a good thing, since Linus and Callie are the villains and you’re actually supposed to hate them.
Books According to Freya - Freya Eulalie
Claimed, a very apt title for a book that certainly claimed my attention from start to finish and after. As an avid reader of everything paranormal espically in the romance genre I almost devoured it the minute I read the synopsis.

The strength and moodyness of our hero makes him a man or vampire that all woman will love as he struggles with allowing a female human into his territory.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940150545199
  • Publisher: IncuBooks
  • Publication date: 5/12/2010
  • Series: Blood Lust , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 162 KB

Meet the Author

Zoe Winters writes quirky and sometimes dark paranormal romance and fantasy. Her favorite colors are rainbow and clear.

She is known for her preternaturals series which combines romance front story with larger urban fantasy back story which develops over the course of several books.

Her world contains: demons, vampires, werewolves, werecats, and other shapeshifters, magic users such as witches and wizards, angels, and humans who are unaware of the magical world around them.

Zoe can be found at zoewintersbooks.com To subscribe to her newsletter, fill out the contact form.
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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Kudos for an evil vamp who stays true to himself!

    Anthony is an evil vampire. I like that. He's not a tortured, brooding soul who yearns to rid himself of his vampiric curse and lead a normal life with a wife and 2.5 kids behind a white picket fence. He takes blood from often unwilling victims and puts the vampire whammy on their minds so they forget. Then, he visits them again the next time he's thirsty. The only reason he doesn't always kill them is that it would create an inconvenient mess for him to clean up. Charlee works at a book store and thinks Anthony is just another patron. They flirt and argue but their banter never goes farther than that, until the day Anthony feeds from her in a fit of drug-induced bloodlust. It turns out that she was the one human he was actually fond of and would not have fed from her under other circumstances. He then makes another mistake and wipes her memory--all of it. He is faced with the choice of protecting the amnesiac human or killing her. This is a complication he could live without, given that it comes so close to his upcoming bid to challenge for the leadership of all vampires. What's a hero to do when the hero is actually a villain? Claimed is the follow up from Zoe Winters to her novella, Kept. The first book is an entertaining romp through a world of evil sorcerers, sexy shapeshifters, and unwitting human victims against the backdrop of a modern day world very similar to or own. The story in Claimed begins shortly before the climax of Kept, plunging headlong into the action from an entirely different perspective. At its heart, Claimed is a paranormal romance tale. What sets it apart for me is the vampire lead. He begins the story as an evil vampire and remains true to that throughout. He doesn't have an implausible epiphany that turns him into one of the "good guys." I am not a huge fan of romance, but I do like good storytelling. From page one, Ms. Winters presents characters that fall into that delicious area of gray between good and bad where most of us exist. Her style ensures that only the best parts of the story make it to the page. There is no need to trudge through a dozen pages of mind-numbing introspection to get to the next good part--it's all good parts. This may be romance, but there is more than enough action to keep urban fantasy readers on the edge of our seats. My only disappointment came when I finished reading the book and realized I would have to wait for the next one in the series.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Didn't want to stop reading!

    Claimed is one of the most clever and fun novellas I've read. Ever. I love the characters. Anthony, the vampire hero, is bad but with a moral center. Charlotte, the human heroine, gets clingy and uncertain in the beginning, but considering that she's lost her memory, that makes her more real. And she regains her inner strength and her sly humor before she regains her memory.

    The plot is great, too. There were twists and surprises that had me whipping through the book. I was sorry when it ended, but happy that the third book of the Blood Lust trilogy was available.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    Another Winner in the Blood Lust Trilogy

    Claimed is the second novella in Winters' Blood Lust trilogy that starts with Kept. Kept was a great story about a cat-shifter who has to seek protection from her own people in the arms their sorcerous enemy. It's also a keeper.

    I mention this because Claimed picks up, not where Kept left off, but while it's still going, sweeping the reader into the story by allowing us to re-live Kept's climax through the eyes of Claimed's hero, the vampire Anthony. Despite the dramatic circumstances of the story's beginning, Anthony's take on events is both fresh and full of snarky humor. Until he manages to screw up royally and start the chain of unfortunate events that carry us through Claimed.

    For the heroine, this story brings back Charlotte, or Charlee, the fun and loyal best friend we met in Kept. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who wanted to know more about her and was happy to see her taking center stage in this next story.

    As events unfold, Winters weaves a tangle that makes the reader wonder how the characters will ever get clear. And really, don't you love that?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    Anthony and Charlee's Story

    The story of Cary Town's preternatural beings continues in Zoe Winter's exciting second novella Claimed. We briefly meet the nearly 500-year old vampire Anthony and his human obsession Charlee in the first book Kept. Anthony has longed to taste Charlee's blood but has managed to keep his lust under control, that is until the night he drinks the drug-tainted blood of a powerful shifter. No longer able to control his hunger, he attacks Charlee and feasts on her blood almost killing her. Ashamed of what he has done and not wanting Charlee to think of him as a monster, he attempts to wipe her memory of the assault but mistakenly gives her complete amnesia. The timing of Anthony's indiscretion could not be worse, as he is competing in the tournament that will decide the next vampire king within days. His main rival for the crown Linus, a cruel vampire who wants to return the coven to the ways of the dark ages, would love nothing more than to take Charlee and use her in her most vulnerable state to hurt Anthony. He decides the only way to protect Charlee is to claim her as his own, but at what cost? Will his coven accept a human mate? And will Charlee accept him if she ever remembers the truth? I loved this story! I really enjoyed the first book Kept, but I liked this one even more. For a short book, there was a lot going on, but the story never felt rushed. The premise was original - a vampire has to fix his mistake of wiping a human's mind clean, a human he happens to care for a great deal, which conflicts with his vampire nature. The characters were well-developed. I was particularly impressed with Charlee's character. I think it would be difficult to write an engaging character with complete amnesia, especially one we didn't know much about to begin with, but the author seems to have done so effortlessly. Anthony was the perfect sexy tortured hero (tall, blond - I'm thinking Alexander Skarsgard, of course), and I loved the glimpse of his inner demon we're given as he looks into the mirror. The two had great chemistry complete with deep, comflicting emotions and sexual tension. The snarky banter between them added nice humor to the story. I was intrigued by the secondary character Jane, a goth-girl vampire groupie, though underneath there is much more. I'm happy to say her story is told in the next book Mated. What I love about this series as a whole is the solid world building and variety of preternatural beings living in that world. There are sorcerers, shifters, vampires, guardians, wizards and, of course, humans. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. I would definitely recommend this series to fans of paranormal romance.

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

    Still My Favorite in the Series

    I admit this is not what I typically read, but the plot sounded intriguing so I bought it. I'm glad I did! Anthony, the vampire, loses control with some drugs pumping in his system, so he attacks Charlee (a mortal) and almost kills her. To save face, he tells her to forget. Except, she forgets much more than the attack. She forgets who she is! I really liked that twist. From there, it's a matter of getting her memories back and forgiving him for what he did to her.

    This book is very well-written. Zoe has mastered the art of world building. She paints a vivid picture of the world that is carefully concealed from the one we know; it's a world of vampires, shapeshifters and other creatures. The characters were developed too. Anthony was my favorite because he had a sexy quality about him. He might have lost control, but he's got a conscience and battles his love for Charlee. Charlee is a strong female lead, but she's not so hard and cold that she doesn't have a heart.

    The pacing was good. Nothing dragged, and the sequence of events happened smoothly. This isn't one of those stories where the misunderstandings and hard feelings drag needlessly on. And the ending was great. I love how Charlee admitted her love for him! Definitely a great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    A Real Treat for Winters Fans

    In Claimed, the second and long awaited installment of Winters' Blood Lust trilogy, we pick up where Kept (Blood Lust) left off, following vampire Anthony Burgess as he totally mucks things up with the human woman he loves. It's a good, classic paranormal amnesia story with a sexy hero and a sassy heroine, set against a backdrop of a tournament for vampire king. Winters' fans are in for a real treat with this one. It's definitely something you can sink your metaphorical teeth into.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Enjoyable

    I really enjoyed reading this series. Highly recommended the complete series

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    a good chance all us mere humans might get pawned

    Anyone out there ever play Dungeons & Dragons? Don’t be shy. I know some of you all were as nerdy as I was growing up. I bet some of you still play the game. What does that have to do with Claimed? Anthony. I’d definitely classify him as lawful evil. Add that to his rash behavior, and Claimed ended up with some funky situations. I have to say, I rather liked him. Once in a while I think of something he did/said and crack up laughing. I try not to think about him in public places, cause I’m not quite ready to go to the loony bin. Hmm…Charlee. I wasn’t so fond of the amnesic Charlee. She was a bit of a flake. She also spent a lot of time being pawned by vampires throughout the story. This is just a preference, but I rather like strong, decisive heroines. Even so, she had some great lines, such as: “Then you show up, all dark and brooding with your coat flapping out behind you like a comic book villain, and you’re upset I’m not acting like me?” Of course it makes me think of Anthony again, and I start laughing. But it’s okay, cause I’m at home in the privacy of my bedroom. On to the spoiler free plot. In many ways this book is a standalone. However, I believe some may be confused with a few of the references on the first few pages if they haven’t read Kept. Get past that, and you’re good to go. I didn’t bother reading the blurb for Claimed, so it was quite a twist for me that Charlee lost her memory, and how she lost it even more so. I loved it! Everyone’s freaking out around her and acting weird, and she’s in lala land. Meanwhile, Anthony has his own agenda. And if he doesn’t achieve his goal, there’s a good chance all us mere humans might get pawned. Well, Anthony and Charlee’s story is over, but really I want to hear more about them. I sure hope the aftermath of their lives show up in Mated and the soon to be released novel Save My Soul, even if it is hearsay.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

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    Short but decent

    Decent storyline. The male was a little too emotionally detached, but not terrible. Good mindless entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    i liked this set

    I liked this set

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Another great

    Great book again cant wait to start book 3

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Great Book

    Even better than the first!!

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    LOVED THIS BOOK!

    This book was better then the first one. You cant help but love Anthony. Great read! Could not put it down.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    Don't Miss This One!

    Zoe Winters is on my reading list from now on.
    Anthony is not to be denied.

    I read all three books in the "Blood Lust Series"
    You won't be able to put them down!

    Kept, Claimed, Mated - Join the Fun!

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

    Love it!

    This is the second novella in the trilogy and I love it! Yet again I had a hard time putting this book down! Love it!

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

    She's Done it Again!

    Once again, Zoe Winters has written a winner! Continuing with some of the characters introduced in the first Blood Lust novella, Kept, she writes a story that I just didn't want to put down. I found myself sympathizing with Anthony, who unintentionally hurts the one he loves, even though I wanted to kill him for doing it. Zoe has a way of making us love the monsters. I love Anthony. He's a vampire, he's dangerous, and he's extremely hot! The characters in this story are layered, flawed, and believable, even in a make believe world. I can't wait for the next novella to come out!

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