Blood Type

Blood Type

by K.A. Linde

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ISBN-13: 9781524798086
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Blood Type , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 10,575
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

K. A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding series and more than twenty other novels. She grew up as a military brat and attended the University of Georgia where she obtained a master’s in political science. She works full-time as an author and loves Disney movies, binge-watching Supernatural, and Star Wars. She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.

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Chapter 1

“Number four hundred and ninety-two.”

Reyna stared down at the crisp piece of paper she had been clutching the last eight hours. She blinked in surprise and recognition: 4-9-2.

“That’s me,” she called. She raised her hand in the air to get the administrator’s attention. It was about time. She hadn’t expected to be waiting here all day.

The administrator walked through the stark white hospital ward. Her heels clicked rhythmically against the tiled floor as she approached Reyna from the front of the room. Her blond hair was straight to her shoulders, and she had on a white uniform that matched her surroundings. The only bit of color was the blood-red symbol on the pocket of her shirt.

Visage.

The largest company in the world. It employed more people than anyone else in recorded history. Visage primarily specialized in what they called body employment services. Reyna had always thought that was a fancy term for blood escorts. Whatever people wanted to call them—blood escort or bodily employment—they were just depressing terms for people desperate to get by in this terrible economy. And she was about to become one of them.

But she couldn’t think about that right now. Even just to herself, she couldn’t joke about it. Not while she was sitting in this stale white room waiting for her own turn for testing.

Her own turn to become the thing she feared the most.

“Four-nine-two?” the woman asked.

“Yes,” Reyna said. She was embarrassed that her voice shook when she answered.

She stood stiffly, stretching out her sore muscles. Sitting in a crappy white chair for eight hours wasn’t exactly conducive to being active. Her hands shook, and she tucked them into the pockets of her worn-out jeans to try to hide them. She still couldn’t believe this was her life, that she was about to do this. Brian and Drew were going to kill her.

The woman ignored her discomfort.

“Right this way, four-nine-two.” Her voice was flat and lifeless, and she droned out the number printed on Reyna’s card with barely concealed boredom.

“It’s Reyna,” she told the lady curtly.

She had a name. She wasn’t just some number.

The woman nodded minutely. Her big brown eyes stared through Reyna. She clearly didn’t care what Reyna’s name was. This was a job, and she was following orders. No more. No less. It was as much as Reyna had come to expect from everyone in this godforsaken place.

“Follow me,” the woman said.

Reyna sighed and did as instructed. There was no point in fighting it. She had made up her mind to go through with the Visage testing. She was here of her own free will. If poverty and near-starvation could be considered part of her free will.

Not that that mattered to the administrator. Or likely to anyone at Visage. They didn’t care who she was. She was just another subject in the system.

Dozens of people had gone through this before her just today. Thousands had gone through testing in the last ten years since Visage had unveiled its plan to employ humans as blood donors for vampires. It had been a most fortuitous circumstance for them at least. Millions of people out of jobs in one fell swoop, and then out of the gloom and doom came a knight on a white horse to save them all.

An end to the fear of what lurked in the darkness.

An end to being hunted for their blood.
An end to the economic struggles entirely—so long as you gave up the very thing they had hunted humans for.
Ten years later and not much had really changed. The majority of people still lived below the poverty line, and now the populace was more tied to Visage than ever. But Reyna couldn’t change that any more than she could quell the fear building in her stomach at the thought of becoming another mindless drone for the conglomerate.

Reyna wondered if any of the people who had come before her had been nervous about their decision. At this point, the only choice was between Visage and dying of starvation. She didn’t exactly prefer the latter option when she could do something to put food on the table for her brothers. That was all this was about anyway. She couldn’t stand the sight of them wasting their lives away toiling in the factories, when she could be doing something, anything to help their situation.

Reyna fidgeted at the sight of the big white door looming ahead. The door that sealed her fate to Visage. Can I really do this? Do I even have a choice?

Unaware of or at least unconcerned with Reyna’s fear, the administrator turned the doorknob. It didn’t make a sound as it slid open before her.

Reyna swallowed hard.

“Right this way,” the administrator instructed.

Reyna could just make out the long stark white corridor beyond the door. She started to sweat.

Once she was through that door, there was no turning back. The testing would commence. Reyna’s arm itched at the very thought. When she had been approved to complete her application earlier that week, Visage had given her a packet explaining what was to come.

The gist of it was—needles.

Lots and lots of needles.

Reyna gagged. She hated needles. Always had. She didn’t even know where the fear stemmed from. If she’d had a traumatic experience as a child, no one who was still in her life knew about it. Considering what she was about to do, it was ridiculous to fear needles. They were going to be the least of her worries where vampires were concerned.

But if there were another choice, then she would have already found it. Visage was the only option, the absolute last option.

Just the way they liked it.

Still, seeing the white door gaping wide in front of her made her reconsider. It was the first time all day she’d had that reaction. She was set in her decision to work for Visage. She had come to terms with the decision over the course of the last couple weeks when she had snuck away to apply to become a blood escort. No one else would hire a warehouse rat. She had finished out secondary school only to be faced with a direr situation than she could have dreamed. Without a college degree she was useless, but to afford a college degree she needed money. Yet no one would hire her without a degree so that she could afford to go get one. It was an endless pathetic cycle that only infuriated her more.

So, her brothers started taking more shifts and working consistent doubles. The thought of her two brothers slaving away in the warehouses just to stay afloat through this depression made her sick. She wanted to do something. No. She needed to do something. She couldn’t let them work day in and day out in such horrible conditions for pitiful wages.
Visage didn’t care that she was a twenty-one-year-old girl without a degree. They cared that she had the one thing the vampires desperately needed—blood.

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Blood Type 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
JDG84 More than 1 year ago
Linde has outdone herself, again! I have come to expect graft and unexpected when it comes to KA Linde’s Writing and Blood Type was no different. Linde’s leap in to PNR was something I have been anticipating for a long time. With this leap, Linde brings a fresh, thrilling, and unique PNR story unlike any other! She brought her A game when writing this story. From the oh so sexy and broody Beckham to the beautiful but headstrong Reyna....any PNR lover or non-lover is sure to fall for everything about this story! This heart pounding, heart-stopping takes your emotions on a wild ride, you won’t want to get off of anytime soon. The only thing left to say? You want this book! Read this book and...I need more Beckham and Reyna ASAP!
Books6565 More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from the library.....glad I didn't pay for it! The concept was interesting but the characters were really lacking. Beckham was definitely the strong and silent type but he took it to another level. It was hard to connect with him because he was just "there". And the heroine, Reyna was just annoying and very immature. Her character was so whiny and indecisive that I stopped reading in the middle for 2 weeks. Due to financial circumstances, she becomes a permanent "blood donor/slave" to a mysterious and powerful vampire. But for someone who needs the job, she constantly acts out and back talks her employer......which is odd and annoying! Then she goes back and forth in her feeelings for Beckham......side note: I did not like her nickname "Becks" for him...it did not fit his character or their relationship. But the most annoying part was when she kept putting herself in dangerous situations, even when she was warned. Why would she go off on her own to have a cry when she is in the most dangerous place of all (Vault). The injury that happens at the end is her fault because Beckham's focus was split. I really did not like her at all. Unfortunately because of this, I will not be continuing this series.
TheLifeofaBookAddict More than 1 year ago
Without giving too much away….Reyna feels like she has no other options left in terms of making money to help assist her and her two brothers, Brian and Drew. So she turns to Visage to become a blood escort. Even though she feels like doing this is the only way, she is still scared and a little hesitant because of how her brothers might react to the news. Vampires seem to be the more dominant/ superior species at the moment, while a huge chunk of the human population is poor and barely making enough to sustain themselves. There are quite a few prejudices between the humans and vampires. Each one seems to think they’re better than the other. And not many people want to help bridge the gap that divides them. Reyna is the curious sort, she loves to ask questions and it’s hard for her to just sit back and no nothing when she believes someone needs help or some action needs to takes place. Her life may seem like a fairytale once she gets a permanent position with Beckham Anderson, one of the top vampires at Visage, but appearances can oftentimes be deceiving. He is serious, very handsome, dedicated to his work, and hates people asking questions. Reyna coming into his life was not something he asked for, but he’ll make it work. They don’t make the greatest first impression though. Especially where Beckham is concerned… “The only thing that was really very clear was that Beckham Anderson was a complete and total asshole.” Okay what else do I have to say about Blood Type...Well I feel like no matter what I say I won’t be able to do this book review justice. This book too me by surprise. It felt like one of those drinks a bartender makes that is delicious from the first sip, but it doesn’t really hit you until you start to move. I have read other books by K.A. Linde, but they were all contemporary romance stories with tons of angst and drama thrown in. Which I loved. But this book is a paranormal romance and I was a little skeptical. I should not have been. It was just the right read for me. Even if this is your first time venturing into the paranormal world, Blood Type would be a great place to start. The story was addicting. I could have finished the whole thing in 24 hours, but I dragged it out, just so I could make the story last a little bit longer. This book did end on a cliffhanger, but luckily book 2, Blood Match releases June 26, 2018!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Blood Type by K.A. Linde Book One of the Blood Type series Publisher: Loveswept Publication Date: April 24, 2018 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems. For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival. In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her. Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed. For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her. Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story continues in Blood Match. What I Liked: Vampire romance stories are BACK and I am so excited! For the last few years, I've been wanting to read some adult PNR novels that are vampire-focused, and well-written. It has been a while since the vampire craze, so when I started to see some pop up recently, I figured it was safe. I read Megan Erickson's Blood Guard and really enjoyed it, and when I saw this book on NetGalley, under the same publisher as Blood Guard, I knew I wanted to read it. I've not read any of K.A. Linde's books but I've heard such great things about them. I am so happy to say that I enjoyed Blood Type, and I am definitely going to be continuing the series as soon as possible. I don't usually read continuation series in adult romance (companion series only!) but I bit the bullet with this one and I have no regrets. This story takes place in a world of desperation and violence. Humans are struggling to find work, to feed themselves, to stay alive. Vampires either want to drain them, or coexist in peace. Reyna Carpenter has depended on her brothers long enough. She decides to take a position as a permanent live-in blood escort for one of the most powerful and intimidating vampires, Beckham Anderson. Beckham is cold and aloof and almost seems like he doesn't want her in his space - he doesn't feed from her, like he is supposed to. But beneath his granite exterior lies a dangerous predator who will stop at nothing to keep Reyna safe - and make her his. The neat thing about this story is that it's not just a sexy vampire romance novel. The world-building is pretty elaborate and almost realistic in a way. There is so much poverty and hunger and desperation, and people are willing to do whatever it took to make ends meet. In the vampire "world", there are powerful, rich ones who govern the others, and there is tension among the vampires, because some want to treat humans like feed bags, and others want to live peacefully with humans. You can imagine where this is going - there is a lot of unrest between vampires and humans, and among vampires. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
sincerelykarenjo More than 1 year ago
5 ★ - Dangerously Fun, Pleasantly Tantalizing and Deliciously Sexy! It’s been such a long time since I’ve read vampire books, so I didn’t really have super high expectations for this one. The cover definitely lured me in and I was in the mood for something steamy and sexy. Well, this book completely took my breath away. It was so damn good and way better than I expected it would be. Oh and that insanely wicked cliffhanger...Ughh I don’t know what to do with myself. So glad I saw this book on Netgalley and took a bite cause I am addicted and dying to get my hands on the next installment!! Blood Type by K.A. Linde is dangerously fun, pleasantly tantalizing, and so deliciously sexy. I was extremely enamored by the world building and storyline that I found it almost impossible to put the book down. It’s dark, mysterious, and quite terrifying at times, but incredibly fascinating. I’ve never read anything by this author, but I can honestly say that I am completely hooked. It’s definitely one of those books that would keep you up late at night fighting sleep as long as possible. I know I did and no regrets... Even if I had to load up on caffeine for work the next day. K.A. Linde also knows how to keep you on your toes. The plot twist totally took me by surprise. I kind of knew there would be something in the end that would leave me in an emotional mess, but I was not prepared for that at all. It was like someone ripped my heart away and stomped on it over and over. I was hurt. angry and scared for Reyna and so sad for Beckham. Don't want to spoil all the juicy fun so just be prepared for the FEELS. I thought Reyna was a great MC. She was a tad bit whiney at times, but she had plenty of qualities that made her likable. She was passionate, determined, and a fighter. Beckham… where do I even begin. He was enigmatic, sexy, charming, and dangerous. He was hot and cold and at times even a little mean. He frustrated me and I wanted to slap him so many times, but like Reyna, I was undeniable drawn to him. Their chemistry was amazing and the push and pull between them was so addictive. This book sucked me in, stole my heart and left me breathless. There’s romance, suspense, humor, steam, and characters you can’t help but root for. Blood Type by K.A. Linde is without a doubt an awesome thrilling paranormal romance book. I really enjoyed exploring this dark and dangerous dystopian world where humans and vampires coexist and I cannot wait to find out what happens next. I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
KTCastle More than 1 year ago
The synopsis of the book caught my eye. And once a paranormal romance (specially vampire romance) fan, I decided to go back to my roots and see what K.A. Linde could create in this genre. I have to say that I’m really glad I followed my heart. Reyna Carpenter is a girl pushed to do the unthinkable, offer her blood to the Visage (a company dedicated to feed Vampires by employing humans). Knowing everyone would disapprove of her decision, she leaves her home without telling her brothers; only to be offered a permanent position with the vice-president of the company. She is courageous and has noble intentions, but she doesn’t know at all what awaits for her after she signs the contract. Beckham Anderson is a complete mystery. An important vampire who seems only to be concentrated in work, not bothering to know Reyna or even feed from her. He keeps to himself and provides her of everything she might need and more, managing to constantly overwhelm her and making her run. The story is constantly twisting and changing, first letting us know about the current situation of the world the characters live and giving us an ample understanding behind Reyna’s decision to join Visage. Little after the book starts, Reyna feels attracted and frustrated towards Beckham, but there’s so much going on that they can’t seem to find a way to get together until the very end. This is an exiting story that keeps you turning the pages. One thing happens right after the other, and when you think everything is going to settle… there it goes again. The argument between humans and vampires is different and refreshing for me, while it preserves the bases anyone would expect in a paranormal story. The story between the characters, on the other hand, seems to develop as they know each other and start trusting one another, surrendering to what they feel and are. But, the romance between them isn’t that visible since this is only the first of three books that will tell us how Reyna’s story end. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
The_Scarlet_Siren More than 1 year ago
I find myself fascinated by the world that K.A. Linde is building in her new paranormal romance, BLOOD TYPE. The reader is immediately thrust into this new world, a world where vampires and humans coexist, although not always peacefully. The class divide is startling, and much of society lives in poverty, which leads to Reyna’s life-changing decision. The entry into this world is jarring for the reader, as we’re not given any backstory as to how or why the society has become what it is, but for me, that is one of the strengths of this novel, the way it immediately has the reader absorbed and invested into the WHY of it all. I will admit that the first half of this story did stall for me a bit, with a lot of repetitive situations that became tiresome, but the air of mystery that surrounds this vampire society compelled me to keep reading, desperate to know more. However, the second half of the book really takes off, and K.A. Linde delves deep into vampire politics, and how that is entwined with the current government, and what all of that means for vampires and humans alike. My favorite part of vampire novels is their society and structure of their race, so this had me excited and kept me turning the pages. If I’m being honest, I struggled with Reyna’s character, while I was taken in my Beckham’s aloof persona. I am excited to get deeper into their relationship, however. There is still so much to explore between them. There was some serious chemistry between the two, and I’m looking forward to some explosive scenes in the future. The secondary characters are strong, and I’m excited to see their arcs throughout the rest of this series. At the end of this story, I found myself shaking my kindle, hoping more words would fall out. K.A. Linde has definitely drawn me into this new world and I can’t wait to see what she brings to us in BLOOD MATCH. I not only want to know more, I NEED to.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Having read Linde’s more contemporary romance books before, I didn’t know what to expect of Blood Type, but I was impressed with with the overall story. Being the first book in the Blood Type series, we are introduced to the main characters Reyna Carpenter and Beckham Anderson as they go through a series of events to be together. Now this was a very interesting read, the setting itself was different from any other book that I’ve read in the past and for that I applaud the author for taking the setting outside the box. This book is set in a dystopian world where vampires co-exist with humans, yet they are ones who hold the ultimate power. At the beginning of the book we get to meet twenty-one-year old Reyna Carpenter, as she makes her way to the hospital facility of Visage Incorporated. The company is the largest in the world and it specializes in what they call body employment services (who Reyna calls blood escorts). These individuals who are in need of money will in some cases visit Visage to become blood donors for vampires. In this world there are various districts where the economy is really bad and technology is not advanced. Reyna happens to live in The Warehouse District where any technology from cellphones to cars weren’t available to most people. It is for this case that Reyna has taken upon herself to provide for her brothers any way she can and that’s how she decides to become a blood escort. But she is offered to be in a new program, one where she will be staying with the sponsor permanently and that’s when the story truly takes off. Her sponsor is non other than Beckham Anderson, Senior Vice President of Visage Incorporated and as the two start to get to know each other the more she starts to like him. Yet, there are matters that could get complicated and a new law is about to threaten any kind of future they might to have with each other. As VP of Visage Incorporated, Beckham Anderson enjoys its advantages and he is more than willing to take on a blood escort. But never expected to meet Reyna and like her. She is not just any blood donor to him, and he soon starts to do little things to make her happy while she is living in his penthouse. Though their sexual chemistry is there, he refuses to give up control and will not feed off her either. As they spend more time together, there more he wants to be with her but there is a new law that could end up pulling them apart. I wish the story didn’t end with a cliffhanger, but it does and from the ending it looks like the second book is going to be great as well. The characters are total opposites who somehow work together really well. Reyna is determined to get any job in order to provide for her family even if it means risking her life/freedom. On the other hand, Beckham is more mysterious and keeps to himself a lot. There are little things that he does for Reyna that charmed her and she felt comfortable around him pretty quickly. We do get to find out why they’re the way they are as we get to learn more about their pasts. What I didn’t like as much was how easily Beck kept playing with Reyna’s feelings and how many chances she gave him. It was frustrating at times, but it somehow worked at the end of the book. The book reminded me of the movie, Daybreakers, it has a similar plot line minus all the romance. I really enjoyed reading something different from K.A. Linde, it was a good start to the series which I highly recommend checking out!
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Having read Linde’s more contemporary romance books before, I didn’t know what to expect of Blood Type, but I was impressed with with the overall story. Being the first book in the Blood Type series, we are introduced to the main characters Reyna Carpenter and Beckham Anderson as they go through a series of events to be together. Now this was a very interesting read, the setting itself was different from any other book that I’ve read in the past and for that I applaud the author for taking the setting outside the box. This book is set in a dystopian world where vampires co-exist with humans, yet they are ones who hold the ultimate power. At the beginning of the book we get to meet twenty-one-year old Reyna Carpenter, as she makes her way to the hospital facility of Visage Incorporated. The company is the largest in the world and it specializes in what they call body employment services (who Reyna calls blood escorts). These individuals who are in need of money will in some cases visit Visage to become blood donors for vampires. In this world there are various districts where the economy is really bad and technology is not advanced. Reyna happens to live in The Warehouse District where any technology from cellphones to cars weren’t available to most people. It is for this case that Reyna has taken upon herself to provide for her brothers any way she can and that’s how she decides to become a blood escort. But she is offered to be in a new program, one where she will be staying with the sponsor permanently and that’s when the story truly takes off. Her sponsor is non other than Beckham Anderson, Senior Vice President of Visage Incorporated and as the two start to get to know each other the more she starts to like him. Yet, there are matters that could get complicated and a new law is about to threaten any kind of future they might to have with each other. As VP of Visage Incorporated, Beckham Anderson enjoys its advantages and he is more than willing to take on a blood escort. But never expected to meet Reyna and like her. She is not just any blood donor to him, and he soon starts to do little things to make her happy while she is living in his penthouse. Though their sexual chemistry is there, he refuses to give up control and will not feed off her either. As they spend more time together, there more he wants to be with her but there is a new law that could end up pulling them apart. I wish the story didn’t end with a cliffhanger, but it does and from the ending it looks like the second book is going to be great as well. The characters are total opposites who somehow work together really well. Reyna is determined to get any job in order to provide for her family even if it means risking her life/freedom. On the other hand, Beckham is more mysterious and keeps to himself a lot. There are little things that he does for Reyna that charmed her and she felt comfortable around him pretty quickly. We do get to find out why they’re the way they are as we get to learn more about their pasts. What I didn’t like as much was how easily Beck kept playing with Reyna’s feelings and how many chances she gave him. It was frustrating at times, but it somehow worked at the end of the book. The book reminded me of the movie, Daybreakers, it has a similar plot line minus all the romance. I really enjoyed reading something different from K.A. Linde, it was a good start to the series which I highly recommend checking out!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I really had a good time with this book. It is no secret that I love a good vampire story so this book got my attention right away. I thought that this vampire world sounded just different enough to be really interesting and I knew that I would have to make reading it a priority. I was pulled into the story right away and found myself trying to read every moment that I could. I found this book to be an incredibly entertaining romance. Reyna feels like she has no other option left so she signs up to work for Visage, a company that pairs vampires with humans willing to be fed upon. Usually these positions are temporary with blood donors cycling to a different vampire after a number of weeks but Reyna is selected for a new program where she will be assigned to a single vampire on a permanent basis. This is how she finds herself moving into Beckham Anderson's penthouse. This story is told from Reyna's point of view and I liked her right away. I felt her desperation and her fear. I also understood why she felt the need to question everything she didn't understand although there were more than a few times that I wanted to warn her that speaking up may not be the wisest choice. Reyna was confused by Beckham, or Becks, at times and he was very hard to read during parts of the book especially at the start of the story. This book had enough excitement to keep things very interesting. The world that the book is set in is a little different than I have read before so I really enjoyed just getting to experience the world along with Reyna. The book did take a few rather exciting turns. I was able to guess a few of the twists but others came as a total surprise. I really liked Becks and Reyna together and thought that they had fantastic chemistry but this was definitely a romance that was very slow to start. I would recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance. This book does end with a lot of unresolved issues that will most likely be dealt with in the next book in the series. I am very excited that we will get the chance to watch the relationship between Reyna and Becks develop over the course of the series. I can't wait to read more of this amazing series! I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! The cover is okay, but it doesn’t really say paranormal/vampires! This is the first book in a new Vampire series, and it is the first time I’ve read anything by this author. This is for adults only due to the violence and steamy content! Also it does end in a cliffhanger which had me screaming because I wanted to know what happened next! This world is very interesting and unique. I haven’t read anything quite like it before. Humanity is suffering, and Reyna is just trying to help her family the only way she can. This world twists and turns and keeps you guessing. I kept reading not quite sure what would happen next or if I would understand the implications of each new thing discovered. I still have a lot of questions about the vampires in this world as well as the politics. I like Beckham, but he definitely had some moments where I wanted to slap him. I need to know what happens to both Reyna and Beckham! I high recommend to any Vamp fans who need a unique world that you haven’t seen before! I can’t wait for the next book!!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I am a vampire fan. I thought I had every version of vampire there is. Blood Type is a great combination of my favorite types of vampire books. The vampires in this story are powerful, have no real care for the humans other than for their blood, and cannot see beyond what they want. The exception to this rule is Beck. He cares but is still a vampire and has to play the vampire game. I love that he isn't able to show his hand but takes care of Reyna by pushing her away. From the beginning I knew there was more to Beck but I love that I had to read the entire story before I found out what that more was. Reyna is honorable. She grew up poor and undereducated. Yet she wanted to do more. She wanted that job, that she wanted to be able to help support her family but she didn't know how. Until she found out about the new program that would make money to help her brothers and ease their burdens. That program led her straight to Beck. From the very first meeting the sparks were there. There was no doubt that while she was there to sustain Beck with her blood, there was something more between them. I was excited to read more and find out what would happen between the two of them. Blood Type is a series and it ends with a cliffhanger. Usually this annoys me but with this one it makes me excited to read the next books.
StephG72 More than 1 year ago
The first in K.A. Linde's new series, despite this being PNR, I think I have to classify this as "vampire-lite." Yes, the whole vampire-human thing is central to the plot, but given the details of the way the story unfolds (which I won't go into here), it's not as much in the forefront as you might think. Reyna's hand is somewhat forced by her circumstances, but I still wanted to shake her several times throughout the book for all the waffling/flip-flopping she did. Beckham is cold and remote and I never felt that I got a good read on him. Much of that is because the book is written exclusively from Reyna's perspective and that might have been by design - I'll have to see how the rest of the story plays out. Linde does an good job of world-building and creating an intriguing future (?) where poverty is rampant and vampires have risen to the top of the economy by creating a business model around humans providing blood. Fair warning that this is a true trilogy and the book ended on a cliffhanger. So if that's not your "thing" either pass or wait until all the books are out. *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems. For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival. In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her. Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed. For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her. Review: Very interesting start to this new series! I really enjoyed this world that the Author invented. The story was fast paced, mysterious and action packed. Now, this story does end on a cliffhanger, so if that bothers you may want to wait until all the parts are out to read it. I liked the way the Author made the humans the more down trodden and the vampires are ruling everything. You have the gritty, run down side where the humans live and the modern, clean side where the vampires live. I really liked Reyna, she is smart, independent and not afraid to do what she needs to do to help her family and herself. She is although a little out of her league with all the vampires and machinations going on. Beckham is definitely your typical brooding vampire. For most of the book I don't really like him. Of course, later we learn there is more than meets the eye with Becks. Once they are actually together they have super chemistry and the intimate scenes are sexy and well-written. Like I said before this does end on a cliff hanger and I cannot wait to read what happens next. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
AnnettePopaReads More than 1 year ago
This was my first ever PNR ready. I've just never been a fan of it but now OMG I Am !!! This story was unlike anything I was expecting. from beginning to end this story with capture you . I love everything she write and now I'm just waiting for book 2
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Blood Type is absolutely a must read for the Vampire fan. It's dystopian fiction at the next level. Lusty thoughts and fear keep Reyna at a distance from the man she calls her Sponsor. She isn't what everyone claims she is. She is just trying to help her family out. She is just trying to survive. But all that is in jeopardy now... Because Reyna thought it would be any easy job, disgusting but easy, and there is nothing easy about Beckham Anderson. Nothing easy about this life. Nothing easy at all. The tension is electric in this book. The lust, fear, and blind trust are all pushing and pulling the reader in every direction. And when you are sure it can't get better- when you are ready to lose your mind, K.A. Linde ends Blood Type. And now I'm left hanging and panting and just waiting... Waiting for more. waiting for answers. Waiting for the fairytale.
SpiderEffect More than 1 year ago
Can you imagine a world where vampires reign over the human race? A place where humans are living in poverty and barely surviving. One of the most controversial ways to earn a living is by becoming a blood escort for the vampire race. This ‘occupation’ is like a slap in the face to the human race. Having one of their own act as the lifeline to the vampires that are determined to reign over all of humanity. With no job prospects in site, Reyna Carpenter knows that money is scarce for her family. No one wants to hire someone without a college education, and there are no funds to pay for Reyna to attend any such college. Feeling as though she can bring much needed income to the apartment she shares with her brothers, Reyna signs up to be a blood escort. During her induction, Reyna is pulled from the rest of the new hires and offered a special incentive. To become a donor for one of the most elite vampires…..Beckham Anderson. Trepidation takes hold of Reyna’s thoughts, but she is determined to see this through until the end. A focus to help her brothers receive the life that they deserve. What Reyna quickly learns is nothing is as it seems. Like with Beckham is confusing and full of mystery. A combination that excites, frightens and sends thoughts swirling for Reyna. As Reyna quickly learns, appearances can be deceiving and life will never be as it was. What an intriguing and complicated world KA Linde has created with Blood Type. A place where vampires reign supreme, and the human race is embroiled in an impending rebellion. There is mystery and danger lurking around the corner, and Beck and Reyna will find themselves smack dab in the center of it all. The beginning of this book was definitely engrossing, and pulled me into this tale of a vampire dominant world. A place where the dynamics of society are the complete opposite of the world as we know it. Then the second half of the book hit me with a depressing let down. A confusing relationship that didn’t hold the addiction, tension or captivation that one experienced during the buildup of the plot. Reyna and Beckham did not hold the heat or romance that one would have expected based on the path that the author had led the characters towards. The plot didn’t seem as smooth and had a ‘choppy’ direction that really took away from the appeal of the story. Then you will discover an ending that leaves you with more questions than answers. A realistic expectation given how the book ‘ended’. While most will find this paranormal romance appealing, I was left with a plot predictability that often times left me with the desire to rush through the ‘fluff’. The last paragraph pulled me back into the story though. Leaving me hoping that Beckham and Reyna have a bit of redemption of the romantic kind. So – I have my fingers crossed that all will pan out with the release of the next book.
LouisaB More than 1 year ago
From the first page of this book, I couldn't stop reading, hours upon hours of reading.  Reyna is strong, loving, caring and will do anything, seriously anything, to help her brothers. Living in a, some might say a dystopian world, a world and government essentially ruled by Vampire's she's desperate to help.  She's signed up to be a "donor" for Visage but is given the opportunity to have a permanent sponsor.  She will make twice as much money as she thought, donating Blood to Beckham, a higher up at Visage. Beckham isn't the most welcoming man, but he has his moments of sweetness with Reyna.  Reyna finds herself in precarious situations (a lot) and Beck is the one who gets her out of the dangerous situations, he is concerned for her safety, but he's also the man whose company is ruling the world, he's often dismissive to Reya which confused her immensely. Reyna often finds herself wanting to hate him, but just can't. Everything is not what it always seems. For the PNR reading, this book is you can sink your teeth right into (pun intended) and for my non-PNR readers - this book, just might be the one to change your mind forever.  There is suspense, angst (of course), so hotness (of course), hot vampires, bad ass heroine and honesty within these pages that you will also be hooked the moment you begin. Beware - there is a book two (and three), so there is a bit of a cliffhanger, but it's going to be so worth the wait! Ok - So I have said this a few times when writing reviews for PNR books - I DON'T READ PNR...but I think I need to officially abandon that statement forever.   So NOW, I am going to say to this friend...OMG, get to reading Blood Type by K.A. Linde because I am hooked.  I have been a K.A. Linde fan from 2012 when she released Avoiding Commitment - one of the angstiest series I have ever read!
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
A delicious and sexy paranormal romance with a touch of suspense/mystery in the guise of political/government intrigue!!! A definite must read!!! Note: This review contains NO spoilers I am still reeling after reading this!!! I am still thinking about these characters after I have finished reading. Blood Type is an intense read filled with political and government intrigue, with some intense romance.... a definite page-turner. The world building is imaginative and believable. And the characters... Wow, the characters! K.A. has created characters with intense and complex personalities. The setting itself varied from place to place. The various locations of the city contrasted starkly against the decadent vampire community of the rich. The way K.A. described these locations created an atmosphere of desperation and hard.ship, and in other locations, hedonistic and ostentatious. It's pretty obvious throughout the book that which locations had these qualities. K.A.'s details of these locations even made me cringe... The story's pace flowed evenly, but of course, it had it's intense moments. I couldn't stop turning the pages, except when I fell asleep... Haha!! But, I got so wrapped up in Beckham and Reyna's story, I just couldn't stop reading. The interesting twist comes at the end... Yup, at the end!!! A freakin' cliffhanger! Well, it is to me, but this cliffhanger did reveal a lot where questions came up throughout the story. Blood Type had an espionage feel to it that created that suspesne/mystery feel. Gah!!! Now I have to wait for the next book...
KimberlyR More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love paranormal romance, and I was so hyped to find out K.A. Linde was writing a story about vampires. She definitely didn't disappoint, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this series because I'm ready for more. The story follows Reyna Carpenter, a human who accepts a position with Visage as a live-in blood escort to the sexy, mysterious, and broody Beckham Anderson. What Reyna soon finds out is not everything is as it seems, and there's a lot at play behind the scenes and out of sight. Also, what's a girl to do when she's hired to give blood to a vampire who should want her blood but doesn't seem inclined to partake? What I really enjoyed about this book was the dystopian feel and spotlight on issues that plague our society today. Vampires and humans may coexist side by side, but vampires are wealthy and essentially rule the upper class while most humans struggle to make ends meet. Reyna, who became a blood escort to help her family, gets to experience life from another perspective. However, she can't forget the poverty she's witnessed and gets a front row seat to a lot of the politics around vampire-human relations. Of course, we can't have a K.A. Linde book without some angst. Oh, the angst lol. So good, and so worth it. The tension and building romance between Reyna and Beckham was fantastic. I really love Becks (even though I wanted to smack him at times), and I can't wait to see how his character and dynamic with Reyna develops. Blood Type ends on a cliffy, and I'm not even mad. I just NEED Blood Match to come out so I can dive right into the story to see what happens. Overall, this was a great read, and I'm looking forward to more. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
VoxLibris More than 1 year ago
If you're like me (and God bless you if you are because you need all the blessings you can get), you swore off vampire paranormal romances a while ago. Well, it's time to jump back on that train, dear readers, because KA Linde has a fantastic series brewing featuring vampires. There is a new world out there, and it is ruled by the vamps. Not Edward-esque vampires, either. Beckham and his ilk may be gorgeous and perfect looking, but this brood is far more interesting and complex. Only the wealthy vampires are thriving because they can afford to hire people to be their "blood escorts," which means a class battle of sorts is brewing. I liked how KA Linde uses that plot thread to make you connect even deeper to this story. It isn't just vampires and humans, it's haves, have-nots, privileged and poor. Of course there is a romance, and since this is the first book of a series, you can be sure that the romance builds slowly. KA Linde makes you question whether Reyna and Becks will wind up together, whether they have enough in common to be a couple. There are a couple of scenes that broke my heart for Reyna, and there was one scene that left me weeping for Becks. This is a spicy, intense start to what no doubt will prove to be a spicy, intense series. I can't wait for the next book!
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
(4.5 stars) I’ve been a fan of Ms. Linde’s since she made me fall for the number one ahole, Jack while reading Avoiding Commitment. I’ve watched her dip her feet in different genres. First with fantasy with the Ascension series and now PNR with Blood Type. I can say without a doubt I will read anything this woman writes. I won’t lie, I didn’t warm up to Beckham until the end of the story. I love a good jerk, but a vampire jerk LOL takes the cake. Believe it or not the vampires aren’t the scariest thing in this story. The scariest thing for me was how I could easily see our world turning as rock-bottom as this make-believe world….minus the vamps. With that cliffhanger of an ending I am super excited that this series will be released months apart.
StephPhillips More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. Blood Type is a twist on how vampires will rule once they come out of hiding and take over the world.  The mix of humans and vampires isn't what one would think it would turn out to be.  Human jobs are not typically high paying. Reyna is desperate to help her brothers out with some type of income so she visits the lab to have her blood tested.  Once tested one of the company big wigs, Beckham, claims her as his blood servant. There's a few ups and downs in this story with Reyna and Beckham.  Not everything is as it seems. Reyna needs Beckham to help keep her safe and alive. She doesn't see it that way because secrets are held close to Beckham's chest. If you're one who loves to read about vampires - I think you may enjoy Blood Type.  I can't wait to read Blood Match!
momof3infl More than 1 year ago
Gah!! Blood Type needs to be your next book! So fantastic! Oh my god. Throughout the reading of this book, I kept asking myself why I normally didn't read paranormal. It was sooo good, I couldn't put it down. Blood Type follows human Reyna, who in this dystopian like world where vampires are the upper crust, and humans are the underlings who sell their blood for money, is trying to be less of a burden to her brothers and basically sells her soul to a vampire. Now, if that premise isn't enough for you, (are you crazy?!?!) her vampire just happens to be this alpha hotness supreme controlled vampire named Beckham. Seriously, swoon over that name some more, I just did-again. Now that you know the story, just know the feelings that come with this book are intense- in true K.A. Linde fashion. I love the passion, the hate, the angst, the political feel underneath it all. Blood Type is seriously one of my favorites so far this year. I cannot wait for the next book, even though if I had to take a guess, it will be crushing me. This phenomenal series is not to be missed!
Jill__D More than 1 year ago
5 stars for - Blood Type - the first book in a new paranormal romance series by K.A. Linde. I was blown away by how utterly unique and exciting Linde's spin on the vampire world was. I do want to give those who need it forewarning though, that with this only being the first of three planned books it ends in a cliffhanger of epic proportions. Reyna Carpenter was the youngest in her happy family of five but after her parents died she always felt like a burden to her older brothers. Reyna decides to take matters into her own hands and help out the only way she knows how and applies for a job as a blood escort since she can't qualify for any other work. Reyna's only thoughts were that the money she will make for the temporary position will help her and her brothers afford their very meager apartment and minimal food with little if any being leftover. What she never in a million years would expect is an exclusive offer to be placed permanently in a new program with an executive at Visage that comes with so many bells and whistles and a steep pay increase but the only drawback is she can't go back home to tell her brothers and she must decide in the next handful of minutes or the offer expires. Beckham Anderson is one of the senior officials within Visage - a corporation run by vampires. Visage technically is the company that runs the world and Beckham sits on the executive level of that company. Beckham is a man with many layers who we know very little about, he is cold and calculating for so much of the book you have no idea how you feel about him. Then seemingly out of no where with about thirty percent or so of the book left it was game over and I firmly found myself on #TeamBecks! Do yourself a favor an READ. THIS. BOOK! So much mystery, danger and Linde's signature angsty romance are all mixed together to take you on one heck of a journey like never before. I promise you that you've never read a vampire romance like this before and it will leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat until the very last page!