Blood on Silk: An Awakened By Blood Novel

Blood on Silk: An Awakened By Blood Novel

by Marie Treanor
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Blood on Silk: An Awakened By Blood Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
wyntermoon More than 1 year ago
When it comes to any book, I am an extremely picky person. I usually start a book, but then sometimes not even half way through it, I'm searching for another one to read. This one I could not even put down. Some people said the book was slow and that Soloman's character wasn't thought out, well I disagree. I love the way the characters interacted and the dynamic between them, along with the dark tone that most vampire novels take on and the mythology and history that was weaved into it. I would suggest this one to anyone who truly wants to be lost in a book.
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PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
Blood on Silk (Awakened by Blood, Book #1) by Marie Treanor Genre: Paranormal Romance | Fantasy Scottish academic Elizabeth Silk is spending the summer in Romania researching historical superstitions for her PhD. While she is tracing local foktales, one subject in particular sparks her imagination. His name is Saloman, legend's most powerful vampire, a seductive prince staked centuries ago. Now, in the ruins of a castle crypt, Elizabeth discovers the legends are real. Her blood has awakened him. Her innocence has aroused him. But Elizabeth unleashes more than Saloman's hunger. An army of vampire hunters has amassed to send Saloman back to hell. Sworn to help - yet fearing Saloman's deadly blood lust - Elizabeth seeks to entrap him, offering her body as bait. But something stronger than dread, more powerful than revenge, is uniting Elizabeth to her prey. Caught between desire and rage, Elizabeth must decide where her loyalties lie...and what the limits are to a yearning she can no longer control. Elizabeth is finishing up research in Budapest when she gets a tip about a historic castle tale that would be a great contribution for the historic superstition thesis she is working on for her doctorate. Upon her visit, she discovers a secret tomb and accidentally awakens that last ancient vampire. While vampire rules decree that Elizabeth's blood upon death will fully strengthen the ancient Soloman back to full power, she becomes equally frightened and tempted by his mocking and lustful ways. Thus, as the two wickedly banter back and forth, Elizabeth pursues other options in hope to remain alive and joins a local vampire hunter organizations to learn techniques in taking down the undead. Yet, while the vampire world around them is all abuzz with the new arisen ancient and as her feelings for Soloman grow deeper as well as her mental bond with him develops new shocking abilities for herself, Elizabeth must decide just which side she should choose. I had delayed reading this series for awhile now and am kicking myself for it, since it was a wonderfully enjoyable book that I should have read long ago. I quickly bonded with Elizabeth and relished in the fact that she was a strong, likeable female lead by solely being studious and brave without coming off as overly cocky or too fragile. On the flip side, Soloman was very charismatic and amusing and their interactions together really complemented each other and created an easily believable love-hate relationship that kept me, as a reader, turning the pages late into the night. The silly mockery between Soloman and Elizabeth really kept the story alive for me and seeing that relationship evolve throughout the story while each were being torn away due to being different added much spark to the tale and had me jumping right into book #2 of the series as soon as I finished. So, if you're wanting a juicy paranormal romance with a bit of a comedic twist, you won't miss out with Blood on Silk. Likes: As a cultural/superstition history buff, I was easily fascinated by Elizabeth's work. Dislikes: I wasn't really a fan of the vampire hunters, but can understand how their presence in Elizabeth's life added much tension to the story due to the fact that she had to keep her attraction to Soloman secret.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt finish reading this book. One of the few books ever I couldnt find enough interest in to complete.
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Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Silk is a Scottish academic working on her thesis about the lore of vampirism and what conditions fostered the "myths." While in Romania, she is manipulated into awakening an ancient vampire, Saloman, who has been stilled in a crypt for over 300 years. The story takes off at this juncture as Saloman seeks to avenge those who caused him to be in repose and to reassume the power he once had. Elizabeth becomes a pawn for so many who have a stake in the matter. I fell in love with the story, Elizabeth and Saloman and had a hard time putting it aside. Elizabeth and Saloman have an unusual relationship to say the least and Treanor has crafted some of the most seductive writing I've come across in quite awhile. The interplay between them is written brilliantly and on point with the characters. The writing is really good, the pace is perfect, the characters are well defined and the leads are erotically sexy in a GOOD way:) The story is extremely interesting and unpredictable without being absurd. The vampire world is reminiscent of those of old so there are no gimmicks here, simply greed, jealousy, revenge and power struggles at play in a fascinating way.  It's great that this is a series because I want more. Ironically, Elizabeth is called the Awakener but you can assert that Saloman served the same role for her just in a different way. Only someone as guileless as Elizabeth  could have intrigued Saloman so completely.  Be forewarned...for fans of the Night Huntress series, this book has a scene in the Angel Club to rival Chapter 32. Enough said. I'm ready for the next book in the series.
Tishia More than 1 year ago
Blood on Silk is the first book in the Awakened by Blood series. It starts off with Elizabeth doing research in Romania for her thesis. After accidentally awakening an ancient vampire, Elizabeth finds out how right - and wrong - superstitions can be. Elizabeth was never one to believe in such folklore, and she even tries to convince herself it wasn't real when she has this well-known vampire awaken right in front of her. Saloman wakes up 312 years after having a stake driven through his heart by those closest to him. He feels betrayed and is determined for revenge. Saloman is the last of the ancient, powerful vampires. However, when he awakens, he is weak. He needs to take the life of his Awakener, Elizabeth, in order for his full power to be restored. Unfortunately for him, he is drawn to her and struggles with ending her life. Elizabeth is quite drawn to Saloman as well. She knows that he intends to kill her, but she also knows that something is holding him back. She is pulled into the world of the vampire hunters and knows that Saloman must die before he kills her first, and takes over the world. It was very interesting to see 2 individuals who intend to kill each other, but can't seem to get away from the attraction they feel for one another. I also liked reading about Saloman seeing the world for the first time in centuries. A lot has changed since he last remembered, and that brings in a little humor to the story. This book is very well written. The author builds a very complex and interesting world. I found the book to be a bit slow-moving though. I would have enjoyed this more if there was a quicker pace to it, and a little less of descriptive paragraphs. Also, I didn't really enjoy the secondary characters - though I understand why they are there. The thing I liked most is the attraction between the two main characters. There are some really steamy sex scenes. They had more of a sensual feel to them rather than being pornographic, in my opinion. The author does an awesome job at making you feel their attraction. The book doesn't really end with a cliffhanger, but it's not exactly a happily-ever-after either. It definitely makes you want to read the next book in the series to see how Elizabeth and Saloman's relationship will play out.
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blueyedirishgrl More than 1 year ago
This book had so much potential, but never delivers. I could not connect to the characters at all. They were one dimensional and just boring. Too many things were said that made absolutely no sense in context to what was going on at the time. Big waste of $9.99...should have just flushed it down the toilet & saved myself the time wasted reading this book.
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bookfanaticmom More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely awesome!!! I loved Salomon's character and can't wait for the next book in this series to come out. As a humongous Twilight fan I have been searching endlessly for some good reads that will keep me interested like Mrs. Meyers 4 novels did. This one is a definate keeper. The female character was also really intreaging. The only disapointment was that I wanted more and still do.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Silk researches the vampire mythos for her dissertation in the Romanian village of Dmitriu. Speaking Romanian with the locals, several mention a nearby castle ruin where they insist Saloman the vampire was staked. She visits the site and accidentally falls into a hidden crypt. Inadvertently Elizabeth opens up a sealed sarcophagus. The moment the lid falls off, Prince Saloman steps out from the sarcophagus prison that held him captive since he was staked three hundred years ago. Being an ancient vampire, Saloman is extremely powerful. He and his "savior" are bound by her rescuing him and their mutual desire as he craves her innocent blood and she yearns for his touch especially his teeth. However, she must decide if her attraction should tie them through the bond of blood or sacrifice her love to the encroaching vampire hunter horde coming to kill him. Although nothing new is added to the sub-genre, Blood on Silk is an entertaining vampire romance. Whereas Saloman is a typical; arrogant vampire right out of the casting, the key to the fine story line is Elizabeth who has readers wondering if she will be his eternal love or his Judas. Fans will enjoy Marie Treanor's entertaining tale Harriet Klausner
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth, a captive of academia, is a no-nonsense woman whose trip to Romania is solely for the completion of her thesis. Elizabeth is wickedly smart—sometimes too smart for her own good—but it is the solid head on her shoulders that has gotten her so far in life. And yet, devastatingly, it is Elizabeth, whom, in the first of Marie Treanor's thrilling Awakened by Blood series, accidentally but fatefully brings Saloman, the last of the Ancient vampires, back from his grave. And this is when her safe, sensible life goes perfectly, disastrously awry. There are so many things about this book that I love—I'm not even sure where to start! The plot is gripping and fast-paced, and the history of vampires in its wake, fascinating. The premise involving Elizabeth's attraction to Saloman is tragic, but absolutely absorbing. As Saloman's Awakener, especially as an Awakener who is a descendent of one of Saloman's original slayers three-hundred years previously, Elizabeth is a powerhouse waiting to be bitten, and yet, an initial spark of attraction—a desperate plea for affection—prevents him from killing her. Lust-crazed, he may be—in his past life, he always got what he wanted: sex and blood—but there's just something about her that keeps him from delaying the prophesied.  The dynamic between Saloman and Elizabeth is charming, witty, and absolutely smoldering! In their first catastrophic encounter, Elizabeth escapes from his clutches by sweet-talking him, and even making him laugh. But after that, it's no longer fun and games; it's power, sweet, succulent power... but in the end, it's desire that consumes them both. Saloman's quest to take revenge against Zoltán, the evil vampire who has been in rule during his rest, is severely hindered by the distraction that is the naïve and beautiful Elizabeth Silk. During his unpeaceful rest, Saloman had no choice but to be patient, to be dead with his eyes open, but even he knows now it is time for vengeance. Yet the startlingly tender Elizabeth—the surprisingly hilarious and clever girl who's smart in all areas, except for those of herself—prevents him from leading a direct path to Zoltán. To me, this was the typical forbidden love story, nothing original, but I loved it nonetheless. What I didn't really favor was how vampires seem really idealized: all of them are attractive, all of the powerful ones have the same clichéd paranormal powers (telepathy, inhuman speed, etc.), which is a bit annoying. But if that's what it takes to create a character like Saloman, a girl can dream, right? LOL. The fine lines between love and hate, good and evil, and loyalty and betrayal are crossed, then crossed back in Blood on Silk, and the ride itself will leave you squirming in arousal and panting for breath. Treanor's eloquent, sensual writing style definitely enhances the story. This book was hard to put down and definitely hard to let go of. As for characters, Treanor does a splendid job fleshing them out really well, both primary and supporting. Elizabeth is extremely relatable, in that she's a quiet sort of beauty, who is still insecure in identity and desire. She is contradictory in herself: lonely but self-sufficient, innocent but cynical, solemn but witty, fearful but unexpectedly bold, reserved but entirely passionate. She's torn between the well-researched, highly driven vampire hunters who only want to help her, and the beckoning of true desire and obscured evil; I think any reader will be able to sympathize with her frustratingly mixed feelings. Having brought Saloman back to "life" (because he's still technically dead... or undead), she has the self-determined obligation to save humanity and put him back to rest, but her unbearable attraction to him tampers with her emotions and he in parallel, prevents her from fulfilling her duties as well. Saloman, on the other hand, is the exact opposite: sexually experienced, mysterious, and quite shady, but an enchantingly complex and deep character. Not much is revealed to readers about him, aside from what he tells Elizabeth, but he's the most powerful vampire in the world—who are we readers to trust him? I obviously swooned over him... he's such a perfect evil hero! Marie Treanor cunningly and delicately shapes a lovable, devastating vampire, one who's more human than we think. His struggle and greed for power fuels his passion, evil, and destruction, which I think is perfectly portrayed. Saloman is all of alluring, magnetic, and dangerous, and throughout the book, is someone Elizabeth gets to know by heart, but then again, not really much at all. I'm looking forward to discovering more of him in the next book, Blood Sin (review to come!). Both Elizabeth and Saloman fall for the monster in each other—he, for the enemy and she, for the evil—and in between the throes of passion, both will commit the ultimate act of surrender out of lust. But the question is raised: is it really only lust? From both characters' perspectives, the shame, humiliation, and lingering insecurity of being in love with someone who may have ulterior motives is so true to life. The torture of Saloman's ever-presence that remains in Elizabeth's mind causes her to behave recklessly, and drives her into an emotional mess... but no one ever said love would be easy. And so readers recognize, love in Saloman was something she did not expect, but to be fair, love in Elizabeth was not Saloman expected, either. The unworldly and rather reclusive Elizabeth helplessly opens her heart up to Saloman, and he, even more tragically, does the same to her. Treanor magically and precariously sheds light upon the importance of living in the moment, in the name of love, while weaving a heart-pounding, steamy love story about two lost individuals who find each other even under the most extenuating of circumstances.  Pros: Saloman is a perfectly evil, dangerous, provocative, swoon-worthy, marvelous character // Elizabeth is extremely relatable and likable // Witty, sexy banter // Explosive love scenes // Awesome secondary characters that are also well-developed // Forbidden love is heart-wrenching and equally hot // Plot is well-formed, with many facets explored and still unrevealed // Stylistically smooth Cons: Elizabeth reacts lustily every time Saloman remotely comes near her and Saloman has an erection every time she comes remotely near him // Vampires are way too glamorized Love: "You really are a bit of a bastard, aren't you, Saloman?" "Oh no. I'm a complete and utter bastard. One can perfect these things over the millennia." Verdict: The pages of Blood on Silk are absolutely scorching hot. From the chemistry between the main characters, to the heartbreaking storyline involving a star-crossed encounter and fate, this modern vampire tale combines the mystique of the world's oldest paranormals, with the enamoring backdrop of Scotland, and it's one you don't want to miss. The characterization is strong, the sex hot, and the love powerful in Marie Treanor's Awakened by Blood debut. False hopes, unconquerable desires, and the repercussions of unspoken longings convey a powerful message in Blood on Silk: that when it comes to love, sometimes doing the right thing, isn't always the best thing  9 hearts: Loved it! This book has a spot on my favorites shelf  Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher, via Bewitching Book Tours, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you both!)
firemaiden04 More than 1 year ago
I bought this on a whim after seeing it on a display, and I sort of regret spending money on it. This book lacks depth in an extreme way. I feel like I started a book that was midway through a series, and I was expected to already be very familiar with all of the characters. Except this is the FIRST in a series. There was minimal character development, and the conflict wasn't very convincing. The sex scenes were probably the best part of the book...they were the only part I found even slightly engaging. I was expecting it to be a fluffy read, but there wasn't a whole lot of fluff. All in all, it fell flat, and I never really felt drawn into the book. If you really want to read this, I would suggest getting it from a library, because I doubt you'll be going back to read it ever again, and why bother having this take up space on your shelf?