Blessed and cursed by their hidden abilities, the Sentinels have no choice but to live, and love, on the edge of humanity…
The Sentinel assassin, Bas, is facing the greatest challenge of his outcast existence. His young daughter, Molly, has been kidnapped. But her disappearance has brought the return of her mother, Myst, whom Bas has never forgottenor forgiven.
Haunted by a vision that she's destined to create a weapon that will destroy thousands, Myst was never impulsiveuntil she met the irresistibly handsome Bas. But with the Brotherhood, the enemy of the high-bloods hunting for her, Myst had to stay on the run, to keep her child, and the world, safe. Now, with the most important thing in both their lives at stake, she and Bas must embark on a treacherous journey to save Molly, to confront the truth of Myst's fateand to face their fierce desire for one another.
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"Ivy knocks it out of the park…A strong paranormal romance with an excellent backdrop of intrigue and supernatural war." Fresh Fiction
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Alexandra Ivy graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons. To stay updated on Alexandra's Guardian series or to chat with other readers, please visit her website at www.alexandraivy.com.
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By Alexandra Ivy
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.Copyright © 2016 Debbie Raleigh
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Bas had retreated to his penthouse suite in the luxury Kansas City hotel after fleeing from the clusterfuck that recently destroyed his highly profitable business.
Not that he gave a shit about the money.
He had enough wealth stashed in various properties around the world to last him several lifetimes.
And he gave even less of a shit about ending his role as the leader of a renegade band of mercenary high-bloods who defied the laws of Valhalla to sell their various talents for an indecent price.
It'd been fun, not to mention highly profitable, to create his merry band of misfits, but he'd made more than his fair share of enemies over the years. A fact that had come back to bite him in the ass when a former employee had kidnapped his precious daughter and used her as leverage to try and gain control over a volatile high-blood who could have started Armageddon.
Now all he wanted to do was find someplace safe to raise Molly.
He could, of course, have gone underground. Keeping a low profile was easy for a man who had his talent for altering his appearance. But he wasn't going to drag Molly from one seedy location to another.
She needed love and peace and stability in her young life.
Things he fully intended to give her. Once he figured out how to avoid being arrested and thrown into the dungeons of Valhalla.
He was in the process of plotting his future when he heard the pitter-patter of tiny feet.
He turned to watch Molly enter the salon, her stuffed hippo, Daisy, clutched in her arms.
Joy pierced his heart as he studied his daughter's sleep-flushed face surrounded by her silvery curls. Christ, he still got up a dozen times a night to make sure she was safely tucked in her bed. Molly, on the other hand, barely seemed to remember her time as the witch's captive. Thank God.
"What are you doing out of bed? Did you have a bad dream?" She flashed a smile that could light up the world. "Mama called me."
Bas swallowed a curse. Molly often spoke about Myst. Almost as if she was a constant companion instead of the woman who'd given birth to her and then promptly disappeared.
"Called you?" He gave a teasing tug on a silvery curl. "On the phone?"
She giggled, the dimple he loved appearing beside her mouth. "No silly. In my head."
"It was a dream," he gently assured her.
Her bronze eyes, which perfectly matched his own, widened. "No. It was real."
"She talks to me all the time."
Bas bit his tongue. He couldn't tell his daughter that five years ago he'd had a one-night stand ... no, it hadn't even been that.
Myst had come into his office, desperate for a job. She'd claimed to be a clairvoyant, but she hadn't been capable of providing even one reading of the future.
He hadn't had much choice but to tell her that he didn't have a place for her on his payroll.
Not only because she didn't bring the skills that could make his business money, but because he'd been rattled by his intense reaction to her fragile beauty.
He was nearly three centuries old. He'd had countless lovers. Some had been passing acquaintances, some he'd enjoyed for several years.
But none of them had ever come close to making him a conquest.
Which was why he hadn't been prepared when Myst had stepped into his office, nearly bringing him to his knees with the force of his instinctive, gut-wrenching desire.
Even now the memory of her beauty haunted him.
Her pale, exquisite face that was dominated by a large pair of velvet-brown eyes. And the long, silvery blond hair that looked as if it was spun silk.
She was danger. Pure female danger wrapped in the warm scent of honeysuckle.
Unfortunately, before he could get rid of her, Myst had caught him off guard when she'd burst into tears.
He might be a bastard, but he'd been unable to toss a sobbing woman out on her ass. So instead he'd given her a good, stiff drink to calm her nerves. And then another.
And the next thing he knew they'd been naked on his couch and he was lost in the spectacular pleasure of her body.
Bas gave a sharp shake of his head, his hand reaching into the pocket of his slacks to touch the locket he'd carried for the past five years.
He'd wasted too many nights recalling just how good it'd felt to have Myst pressed beneath him, her legs wrapped around his waist.
The only thing that mattered was that she'd disappeared from his office the second his back was turned. And then, nine months later, slipped through his security to abandon Molly in his private rooms.
What kind of woman did that?
"Okay," he murmured, fiercely attempting to disguise his opinion of Myst. "What does she say?"
"That she has something she has to do, but she misses me," Molly said. "And that soon we'll be together again."
"I don't want you to be disappointed if she can't come," he said gently. He tenderly smoothed her silken curls. "You have me. And I'm never going away."
"But she is coming." Molly bounced up and down at the sound of the door to the suite being opened. "See? I told you."
Bas surged upright, his hand reaching for the gun holstered at the small of his back.
What the hell? How had an intruder gotten past his security system?
"Molly, go to your room."
"But it's Mommy."
There was the unmistakable scent of honeysuckle drenching the air before a silver-haired female stepped into the salon, her yellow sundress swirling around her slender legs. Bas hissed, feeling as if he'd been punched in the gut.
She was just as beautiful as ever.
Perhaps even more beautiful.
"Myst." The name was wrenched from his lips.
Her delicate features were impossible to read. "Hello, Bas."
He gave a shake of his head, trying desperately to dismiss his potent, intoxicating response to the sight of her.
"What the hell are you doing here?" Her gaze shifted to the tiny girl standing beside him, a luminous smile lighting her fragile features.
"I've come for my daughter."
* * *
Myst had learned to endure living in a constant state of terror.
It wasn't like she had a choice.
For years she'd attempted to avoid her inevitable fate, always on the run, always looking over her shoulder.
Stupidly, she assumed that she'd become so accustomed to her sense of dread that nothing could rattle her.
Until five years ago.
The day she'd first met the man who was standing in front of her like an angel of retribution.
Not that she'd felt dread when she'd walked into his office. She only wished she had.
No. If she wanted to be brutally honest, she'd tumbled into instant lust. Who could blame her? Bas Cavrilo was a stunningly beautiful male.
His features were carved by the hand of an artist. A wide brow. A narrow, arrogant blade of a nose. Full, sensuous lips that hinted at a passionate nature beneath his stern facade.
His skin was a pale ivory and satin smooth unless you counted the small eye-shaped emerald birthmark on the side of his neck, and the thin horizontal lines tattooed beneath it.
In contrast his hair was as black as midnight and cut short to emphasize his male beauty.
And his eyes ... Lord, those eyes.
A tiny shudder had raced through her at her first glimpse of the metallic bronze eyes that held a cunning intelligence.
She'd felt as if something vital had been switched off in her brain. That would explain why she'd so recklessly chugged the scotch he'd offered after refusing to give her the job she so desperately needed.
And then another scotch had been chugged....
The next thing she knew she was giving in to the passion that had exploded between them with electric force. Once sanity had returned, she'd slipped away, hoping to put the crazed incident behind her.
Of course, she couldn't be so lucky.
Instead she'd discovered that she was pregnant, and she'd learned the true meaning of terror.
Now she licked her lips, her heart thundering like a freight train in her chest as she forced herself to meet the scorching bronze glare.
"How did you get past my security?" Bas snapped.
Before she could speak, Molly was darting forward, ignoring her father's biting fury with the confidence of a child who knew that she was well loved.
"Mommy, Mommy!" she cried.
Myst fell to her knees, enfolding the wiggling bundle of sunshine in her arms.
For a perilous second she closed her eyes, savoring the pure joy that briefly drove away the nightmares that were Myst's constant companion.
"Hey, baby," she murmured softly.
A shadow fell upon her as the tall, lethally dangerous assassin moved to tower over her. "I asked you a question."
She pressed her cheek to the top of Molly's soft curls, staring at the original Renoir painting that was hung on a far wall.
"I heard you."
"Then you have no excuse for not answering."
"You didn't hire me, remember?" she muttered.
There was a startled silence. "I remember everything," he at last said, the words oddly husky.
Myst shivered. Heavens. His voice was magic. Low, and whiskey smooth. Sometimes she woke in the middle of the night, imagining she could still hear him whispering words of pleasure in her ear.
"You're not the boss of me."
He snorted, unimpressed. "And?"
"And I don't have to answer to you."
Tiny arms wrapped around her neck as Molly smacked a moist kiss on her cheek. "I missed you, Mommy."
Her arms tightened around her daughter, tears filling her eyes. "I missed you too, baby. More than you could ever imagine."
She heard Bas swear beneath his breath.
"Molly, go back to your bed so Mommy and I can have a little chat."
"No, I don't want to go to bed," Molly pouted, burying her face in Myst's neck. "I want to stay with Mommy."
"Molly." The edge in Bas's voice warned that he was at the end of his patience.
Keeping her arms around the fragile little girl, Myst rose to her feet and carried Molly toward the door that led to the back of the suite.
"It's okay." She brushed her lips over Molly's forehead. "I'll tuck you in."
Molly gazed up at her with shimmering bronze eyes. "I don't want you to leave."
Pain sliced through Myst. She'd known this was going to be difficult. But she hadn't realized it was going to feel as if her heart was being ripped out.
She forced a smile to her lips. This was for Molly.
After everything her daughter had been forced to endure over the past week, a visit from her mother was the least she could do for her.
"I'm not leaving," she said, pretending to ignore the large male form prowling behind her like a panther shadowing its prey.
The hair on her nape stirred, her mind urging her to flee as she walked down the short hall that led to two bedrooms. She chose the nearest, heaving a silent sigh of relief at the sight of the toys piled in the corner of the elegant black and gold room.
The last thing she wanted was to accidentally intrude into Bas's privacy.
Not that she feared he would toss her on his bed and strip off her clothes. Her lips twisted. His expression when she'd entered the suite had revealed what he thought of her.
And it was nothing good.
But it would have been ... unnerving.
"You swear you won't leave?" Molly pleaded as Myst crossed the lush black carpet to settle her daughter on the bed. "A pinkie swear?"
She gently tugged the gold comforter over Molly's tiny body. "I swear."
"You shouldn't make promises you can't keep," Bas growled from behind her.
"We can discuss it later," Myst muttered, concentrating on her daughter, who was snuggling into the mattress with her stuffed hippo pressed to her chest.
Although they'd been in constant mental contact, she'd never had the opportunity to savor Molly's delicate beauty or the pure innocence of her soul, which glowed around her with a golden aura.
She was ... perfect.
And worth every sacrifice that Myst had to make.
"Will you tell me a story?" Molly pleaded.
Myst gently pushed a silver curl off her daughter's cheek. "Of course."
Molly flashed her a dimpled grin. "I want to hear the one about the princess who saves the troll and he turns into a prince. That's my favorite."
"Her favorite?" Bas growled, abruptly grabbing Myst by the arm to tug her away from the bed. "What's she talking about?" Myst made a sound of impatience as they halted near the doorway. Okay, Bas had every reason not to trust her. She got that. She truly did.
But she only had a limited amount of time with Molly.
She couldn't afford to waste a minute.
"It's a fairy tale that I made up," she confessed, forcing herself to meet the bronze male gaze even as tiny shudders raced through her body.
Who wouldn't shudder when an assassin was scowling at her as if he was considering where he intended to dump the body?
It had nothing at all to do with the fingers that had loosened their grip and were absently stroking up and down the bare length of her arm.
"Fairy tale?" he snapped.
She shrugged, wishing she wasn't such a shy, timid mouse.
If she was one of those beautiful, sophisticated women that seemed born with the knowledge of how to manipulate men, she could use her wiles to convince this man to let her stay.
As it was ... she had no flipping idea how she was going to perform that particular miracle.
"It's a harmless story."
The stunning metallic eyes narrowed, the air heating. Bas was not only a witch, he was a born Sentinel, which meant his body temperature ran hotter than other people's. Especially when they were pissed off.
Or in the throes of passion ...
She slammed shut the door on that agonizingly vivid memory, watching as the bronze eyes narrowed, his heat spiking.
Almost as if he'd managed to catch her wicked thoughts.
"Mommy," Molly called from the bed.
Myst released a breath she didn't know she was holding. Thank God for a timely interruption.
"Coming." She moved to step around the male only to come to a halt as his fingers tightened on her arm. She tilted back her head to glare at his painfully beautiful face. "Let me go, Bas."
He refused to release his grip, but his fingers instantly eased. She blinked in confusion. Was he afraid he was hurting her?
That seemed very ... unassassin-like.
"Have you been sneaking in to see Molly?" he growled.
She shook her head. "No."
"Then how did you tell her a fairy tale?"
Myst hesitated. She wanted to lie, but she feared he would sense she wasn't telling the truth.
Probably not the best way to convince him that she could be trusted with their daughter.
"We're psychically connected."
His dark brows lifted in surprise. "You told me that you're a clairvoyant."
"That's one of my gifts," she agreed, her voice carefully devoid of emotion.
Her lips twisted in a wry smile at the disbelief in his tone. She was used to being dismissed as a mere scribe with meaningless powers.
He looked ... offended.
"You didn't tell me you were a telepath."
She shrugged. "You didn't ask."
"You applied for a job. I assumed you would have shared your complete resume." He leaned down, wrapping her in the scent of clean male skin and scotch. "Or were you keeping secrets even back then?" His lips brushed the top of her ear, sending streaks of lightning through her body.
Danger, excitement, and pure lust twisted her stomach into a knot.
Dammit. She'd spent the past four years isolated in the bowels of a Russian monastery. She wasn't prepared to deal with the cascade of sensations.
She struggled to suck air into her lungs. "I wasn't a telepath when I applied for the job," she said in hoarse tones.
He frowned, his fingers resuming their absent path up and down her arm. Was he even aware of what he was doing?
Her skin shivered with delight.
"Is that supposed to be a joke?" he demanded.
She grimaced, understanding his annoyance. High-bloods were born with their mutations, even if some didn't reveal themselves until after puberty. Most people only had one, but a rare few could claim a combination.
Like Bas, who'd been born with both the magic of a witch and the superior strength of a Sentinel. And even more rare were those powers that appeared later in life, seemingly out of nowhere.
None of the healers had an explanation.
It simply happened.
"The talent didn't reveal itself until I was pregnant," she grudgingly confessed.
He lifted his head, genuine amazement in his eyes. "A spontaneous manifestation?"
He studied her with a searing intensity. "Fine. You should have told me you were in contact with Molly."
She forced herself to hold that raptor gaze. Bas was a natural leader with a male confidence that easily intimidated others.
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Bas had a penthouse in a luxury Kansas City hotel when his highly profited business had been all messed up. He had been the leader of a renegade band of mercenary high bloods who defied the laws of Valhalla to sell their talents. Then a former employee kidnapped Bas’s precious daughter Molly and used her as leverage to try and gain control over a volatile high blood who could have caused the end of the world. Now Bas just wanted to find a place to safely raise Molly. Molly needed love and peace and stability. Molly had been a witch’s captive but she barely seemed to remember. Myst was Molly’s mom and had left her on Bas’s bed when she was an infant and left. Molly was the product of a one night stand but Bas didn’t want Molly to know that. Myst had been talking to Molly in her mind when she had been captured and since she was home. Then Myst showed up and got passed Bas’s security and had come to see Molly and keep her word to the child. Myst was a telepath and was psychically connected to Molly. Myst had spent the last four years in a Russian monastery. But once seeing Bas again she felt hot desire. Bas had been born with the magic of a witch and the strength of a Sentinel. Myst had went to Bas originally for a job saying she was clairvoyant but when got pregnant for she received a second talent- telepathy. Bas found he was still very attracted to Myst and wasn’t happy about it. The monks who had turned Bas into a perfect killer had taught bas emotions were enemies. Myst had been seeing visions of the Sentinels being destroyed since she was a child. Her parents had sold her to the Brotherhood- who were enemies of the Sentinels. The Brotherhood found out Myst could build a weapon that could destroy the Sentinels. Myst had a difficult childhood and eventually escaped the Brotherhood and had been on the run since. As much as Bas doesn’t want to admit it he and Myst still had hot chemistry was still there.But most of all Bas didn’t want Molly to be hurt by Myst. Bas found out Myst had not wanted to leave Molly but had to protect her. Now Bas was determined to keep Myst as well as Molly Safe. I really enjoyed this and the story had a good plot. Molly is so sweet and loving she really adds to this story and i adored her./ I want a Molly ! i loved how Myst would do and did anything for her daughter even give her up to her father so Molly could be safe including keeping her promise to her and showing at at Bas’s home to see Molly. I liked how protective Bas was and alpha in pretty much all he did. So yeah did love the characters. I liked the ins and outs of this story a lit also. If I could I would rate this a 4.5 or 4.7 but since I can’t a four will have to do. Bas was kinda a good bad guy. I recommend this book.
**I received an ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** ----------------------------- I have heard a lot about this series, but have not yet managed to read the previous two books. Enough details were provided in this story line for me to read the book and enjoy without having read the others. Bas and Myst are two very complex and intriguing characters, and their story is a great read. Bas isn't used to relying on others, but when his daughter's mother comes back into the picture he doesn't have many options that will allow him to both protect his daughter AND keep her mother safe - from others and herself. Myst has been running for most of her life unable to trust anyone - including herself - because of a prophecy she made many years ago, but if she is going to protect all high bloods including her daughter she must learn to trust Bas. The tale is written in a clear manner with lots of detail. The story pulled me in, and kept me entertained. I need to make time to read the rest of this series soon!
Book three was as good as book two. I liked Bas in book two so I was excited to read about him and the mother of his daughter, Molly. Their story was both passionate and sweet and at times emotional. They had a lot of secrets that they needed to reveal (or at least she did) in order for them to move forward. Their search for an understanding of Mysts' vision that foretold that she would create a weapon that would destroy Valhalla took them from Kansas City to France and then to Valhalla, so they had an adventure. Throw in the Brotherhood as the villains yet again; this time, run by a psychotic woman, kept the story moving along nicely. It wasn't dull or slow and I liked watching the cold mercenary/assassin Bas go from cold and angry to warm and protective of Myst. Molly played a role in this one more than in Blood Assassin. She ends up going to Valhalla to keep her safe while Bas and Myst seek out answers about her vision. She wins over the Mave and the Tagos, and she becomes a hostage to the psychotic woman who was the leader of the Brotherhood when she was arrested and thrown into the prison at Valhalla. She escapes her cell and finds her way to the nursery (accidentally) and when she meets Molly, she uses her to get Myst to come to her to give her the weapon she was supposed to create. I enjoyed the story and how it unfolded.
Very much enjoyed the interactions between Myst and Bas.
It was Bas's turn. So excite I was when I began. Okay. Let me say that there was no. Absolutely, no disappointment in the mere hours it took me to read this one. Holy. Holy. Holy. Action. Suspense. Action. Drama. Action. Romance. This was so anticipate. Molly, Bas, and Myst. Things were bound to come about and picking up were the last left off. No you don't have to have read the one before. Its just great background into all the connections and build ups. Ivy loves her characters and you can glimmer all that just from reading her books. She set up new/side/secondary characters with possibilities that could present later for them to become more to the reader. Anyway I was babbling. Bas loves his daughter. There was one other that he loved also. When all comes out on why she has been running, Bas makes her priority also with keeping their daughter safe. The love between the two shines bright and hot. You just have to know there is more coming. Alexandra Ivy can write some paranormal immortal romance with action, drama, suspense, and oh my steam, heat, scorching goodness all the way round. What is next????? **This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 Bas!!! Finally!!! I was so happy to get a review copy of Blood Lust. I have been wanting to read Bas’ story for a while now. He is such a good daddy to Molly! And how can you not love a badass assassin who is like putty with his little girl. You can’t!! I was also happy to learn more about how Bas met Molly’s mom and what happened between them. I really enjoyed this story. The tension between Bas & Myst is fun. They are so good together. And Molly... oh sweet little Molly!!! I just want to hug her. She is one tough little girl. I will say that you will want to start this series from the beginning so that you can get a better understand of Bas and he past. I can’t wait to see what is next for us in this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Kensington Books, Zebra in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
This is a fast paced read with lots of drama and suspense, definitely held my interest throughout. The characters are amazing, I love Bas, Myst and Molly. The chemistry between Bas and Myst is steamy and Molly is so adorable. So easy to get caught up in this paranormal world.
Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Blood Lust (The Sentinels) by Alexandra Ivy http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-5ih Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: May 31, 2016 Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 5 Stars REVIEW: Alexandra Ivy is one of my favorite paranormal romance authors for a reason. She delivers exciting and hot paranormal romances. I love her Sentinels series! Blood Lust is the third book in the series and this new addition is full of action, danger, and steamy romance. Alexandra Ivy created an exciting and seductive new world that drew me in and took me along on an adventure with the characters. I loved Bas and Myst together and their daughter Molly was just adorable and stole the spotlight. I'm addicted to this series and have it on my must buy list. I can not wait to see what else Alexandra Ivy has in store for us in this series. Each book in this series is a standalone but I recommend you start at the beginning. Paranormal romance lovers will love this series. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was great! Blood Lust was interesting till the very end! I haven't read the previous books, except for book 2.5, which I loved, so I'm am definitely looking forward to reading the previous books as well as any future books in this series; especially what happens with Wolfe and Lana, who we get some glimpses of in Blood Lust; I love forbidden romances, and I'm also looking forward to other books by Ivy. In Blood Lust, Bas' daughter has recently been kidnapped, but luckily she has been saved unharmed. The kidnapping has brought her mother, Myst, back into their lives, but Bas isn't very trusting of Myst because after having one night with Myst, she disappeared, only to return 9 months later to leave their daughter, Molly, with Bas, and disappear again. Myst has her reason for leaving her daughter, but Bas doesn't know them, so his opinion of her isn't exactly pleasant. I'm so glad the issue of why Myst left is solved rather quickly because I hate when people don't talk with each other, and aren't honest about their feelings, so I was glad that Bas and Myst didn't play games with each other. Myst has had a vision that she will be responsible for creating a "weapon" that will kill her people, and she doesn't want the enemies of her people to get their hands on it, so she has been on the run. After hearing about Myst's problems, Bas decides he needs to help her out, so he and some his friends, are trying to figure out more about Myst's vision; what the weapon is, and how can they stop it. Bas is great, and I liked Myst too, and they have a sweet connection. The romance was adorable, and the intimate scenes have the right amount of steam. I enjoyed reading about Bas and Myst's connection growing as they learn more about each other. The action scenes were great too, and I love Ivy's world building. I love reading books about warriors finding love, so Blood Lust was a terrific read for me, and Ivy does a really great job of drawing the reader into the story. I couldn't stop reading! That's always a good sign!
BLOOD LUST is the third installment in Alexandra Ivy’s adult The Sentinels paranormal, romance series focusing on a rare supernatural species known as high bloods –blessed (and cursed) with powers and magical abilities. To protect the high bloods from themselves and discrimination from the outside world and the human organization known as the Brotherhood, the ‘freaks’ and ‘mutations’ are secluded in the domed city of Valhalla organized with a social infrastructure and hierarchy of Sentinels, Assassins and more. This is assassin Bas, and clairvoyant Myst’s second chance story line. BLOOD LUST can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information is revealed where necessary. Told from several third person perspectives BLOOD LUST follows the rebuilding of the relationship between Bas and Myst. Approximately five years earlier, Myst found herself on the run from the Brotherhood, a fanatical group of humans bent on destroying the high-bloods of the world. Enter Bas, the man she ran to for protection and the man that would father her child during a one-night stand. Fast forward to present day, Myst is still on the run but hopes to see her daughter one final time before searching for the truth about her fated visions, and the weapon that could destroy the world. What ensues is the search for the Brotherhood, and the rekindling of the relationship between Myst and Bas. Although I am not a clairvoyant, I immediately guessed the source of the weapon ;) . We are introduced to Bas’s best friend Kaede, a man who has sworn fealty to the high-blood assassin; Molly, Bas and Myst’s five year old daughter and not without some power of her own; Lana-the high blood Mave who is the high-blood leader; and Wolfe-Mave’s guardian (and Tagos) and the man who has pledged his life and his love for the woman in charge. The requisite evil belongs to Stella-the leader of the Brotherhood, and a woman who claims she can speak to God. The world building continues to focus on the discrimination against those who are different but also introduces two new ‘powers’ that have remained hidden for a very long time. BLOOD LUST is an exciting, emotional and entertaining story about friendship and family, truth and lies, forgiveness and love. The premise is imaginative and energetic; the characters are passionate and charismatic; the romance is a second chance for two people brought together by a common evil.
Giddy squealing, Bas is getting his day. You heard me right, we are getting the story behind the mysterious criminal and assassin, Bas and his lovely daughter Molly. Bas’s daughter was kidnapped making Bas call on resources that could land him in jail. Escaping their clutches, he finds himself back in need of their help when his daughter’s mother suddenly reappears. Myst has been on the run from the brotherhood. A vision showed her creating a weapon of great destruction that could destroy the high-bloods. She is doing everything she can to stay out of malicious hands. She even gave up her daughter to keep her safe. After the kidnapping Myst must see for herself that Molly is ok. Bas let Myst slip through his fingers once, he isn’t about to let it happen again. When he discovers Myst’s secret he will do whatever it takes to remove the threat from her and their lives. While you are completely engrossed in the main story, Ivy has a way of weaving in side-characters' storylines that make you want to grasp onto their plots as well…Way to reel us in hook, line, and sinker. I have to say that I loved Bas. He is a smoldering anti-hero type character that can’t seem to help himself from letting his good guy show through. Once again, Alexandra Ivy pulls out that golden pen to give us another fabulous, boldly written, action packed, steamin’ hot romance. I received this ARC copy of Blood Lust from Kensington Books - Zebra in exchange for a honest review.
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 'Blood Lust' by Alexandra Ivy is book three in the "The Sentinels" series. This is the story of Bas and Myst. Bas met Myst and was quickly attracted to her and her to him. So much so they created a child on their first meeting pretty much. Myst disappeared but came back to bring a baby she had from their encounter. Bas thought after leaving the baby..Myst was just a selfish women. But a few years later she turns up to visit her daughter. Bas finds out then that she has been communicating with their daughter and is upset about it. But Bas finds that Myst didn't want to leave her child...that she didn't have a choice. A group of people are hunting her down and Myst has to stay on the run to keep them from finding her. This was a really hot, sexy, alpha male, drama type romance....loved it.
What can I say about Blood Lust? This book is sexy. It is action packed. It will keep you guessing and dying to know what will happen next!! Now, if you know me, then you know that I am always and I mean always on the look out for an exciting paranormal romance. This is my first book by this author and after reading Blood Lust, I can not wait to read more!! Blood Lust pulls you in from the very first page. This story is well written and entertaining. From the moment you are introduced to Bas and Myst, you are dying to know more. These two share a history. One that can not be forgotten and the pain from their mistakes, unforgiven. However, things are not always what they seem. Myst has her reasons for doing what she did. A vision that she has, has the power to change the course of her life forever….. Blood Lust gave me everything I was looking for in a great paranormal read. I loved the characters and found myself really intrigued by them. I loved the chemistry between Bas and Myst. Yes, Myst made some mistakes and kept secrets, but she had her reasons for doing it and her feelings for Bas never faded. I just couldn’t wait to see what would happen between these two; if they would be able to find their way back to one another. Overall, I really enjoyed Blood Lust. It was a quick and easy read for me. It hit all my marks and had me begging for more. As I previously stated, this was my first book by this author and after reading this, I can not wait to read more of her books in the future.
The Sentinels are monk-trained warriors who maintain order amongst the High Bloods, that is: witches, healers, necromancers, psychics, and telepaths. Bas Cavrilo is a renegade; he has broken ties with the official organisation to sell his talents to the highest bidder, within reason. Five years before, Cal had had a fateful encounter with the lovely Myst, who left him the daughter she had following that one time. Bas loves his daughter, Molly, with all his heart. Molly had been kidnapped the year before, and when Myst appears at Bas’ door, even though he never forgave Myst, he will do everything in his power to keep them safe, however his heart might be at stake… BLOOD LUST is the third book in Alexandra Ivy’s Sentinels series, and it can easily be read as a standalone, because Ms. Ivy explains everything subtly, concisely, and very clearly so that no one will be lost, and all will be thoroughly entertained. Ms. Ivy is an exceptional worldbuilder and storyteller, and BLOOD LUST is a perfect example of her considerable talents and why she is so successful at what she does. Bas and Myst’s budding relationship is built mostly on instalust, but handled so cleverly that I believed every single minute of it, besides their obvious love for their daughter. Bas is a terrific character: as macho as he is, he has a tender heart and is never pushy. Myst appears a fragile little flower, but she is at least as strong as Bas, and I loved how the dynamics between the two shifted as their relationship bloomed. Every character is exceptionally well fleshed out, and one of the most notable features of BLOOD LUST is the bevy of powerful female characters. I also very much enjoyed watching the shenanigans of a deliciously wicked – and very believable - villain. BLOOD LUST is positively riveting, the plot iron-clad; it’s a fast paced book, and well-balanced all around; everything blends fluidly. Best of all, the more the story progresses, the more gripping it becomes, and there was a fabulous plot twist. Of course everything made even better by Alexandra Ivy’s crisp and eloquent prose. Don’t hesitate for a moment: BLOOD LUST is worth every second of your time! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Myst suddenly appears in the home of Bas shortly after their young daughter is returned from being kidnapped. Myst has been in hiding trying to find out what one of her visions means so she can prevent the horrors she fears she may spring at some point in the future on an unsuspecting world. As Bas and Myst discuss the situation and come up with a plan they get to know one another better and come up with a plan to find the answers Myst so desperately is seeking. This is the first book in this series that I have read but it is able to stand alone without reading previous books and does not end with a cliffhanger. I really liked Myst and Bas together and their daughter Molly added to their story and the overall story as well. I want to know more about Wolfe and Lana and wonder if Kaede will get a story of his own, too. This was a fun and easy supernatural fantasy romance filled with suspense, good and evil, hot scenes, alpha males, magic and a whole lot more. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.