Bond of Blood (Texas Vampires Series #1)

Bond of Blood (Texas Vampires Series #1)

by Diane Whiteside

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ISBN-13: 9781440619151
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Series: Texas Vampires , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 646,864
File size: 391 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Diane Whiteside is the author of the Novels of Texas Vampires.

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Bond of Blood (Texas Vampires Series #1) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Darla on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This is, if I'm not mistaken, the first in a trilogy featuring the Texas vampires we met in The Hunter's Prey. And boy, did it make me homesick.It has the same sensuality of the anthology, but this time there's a romance as well. Grania is a wildlife veterinarian at the Texas Hill Country Raptor Center, and Don Rafael Perez is a 700-year-old vampire who controls the Texas territory.Rafael and his territory are being threatened by old enemies, so when Grania shows up in the woods when he's feeding, his initial response is suspicion. All too soon, though, it seems that they have a rare connection, and his suspicion is replaced by a desire to possess and protect her.Grania is no less surprised, because Rafael is the man who's been in her dreams since she was a child.I really enjoy this series (I'm including the erotica anthology here) because it's sensual and well-written, but also in large part because it's unusual. Most vampires in fiction come from northern or eastern Europe. Don Rafael and his oldest compatriots come from Spain. There are Spanish terms for all the positions in his territory--his military commander-in-chief, for example, is the alferez mayor, and a vampire sire is a creador. He also uses Spanish words sprinkled here and there. There's a glossary at the back of the book, but I only referred to it on occasion. It was interesting to get the exact translations, but the terms were easily understandable from the context.The conflict with the old enemy was tense, and I appreciated the concept that Don Rafael had learned over the course of two centuries of torture at his hands, to lose to him. It added a nice psychological edge to the final battle.The only quibble I have is that in the beginning of the book, an owl speaks to Grania, and that thread isn't followed up on.I'm looking forward to more books in this series.
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this to be better than the average for the vampire erotica genre. Characters were pretty well written.Seven hundred years ago, Don Rafael Perez was brought across into the world of the vampire and in those long years has risen from slavery to control the largest territory in North America. Now, a man who has been his enemy for five centuries has risen to challenge him, in the process wrecking havoc among mortals. That is quite enough for any one vampire to have to deal with, but suddenly, Rafael has a distraction; Grania, a scientifically minded woman who finds herself drawn to him in a most unscientific way. Though he would like to take the time to enjoy her interest, there are larger concerns that could destroy her as well as him. As we traverse between the present and Raphael's long a go past you see where Grania ties in. I hope we weren't supposed to be surprised when it finally comes out because it was obvious from the get go.THis wasn't the best, but I did find it enjoyable and will look for more fromthis author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The concept is excellent , but the telling of it is very poor. The book very hard to read. I understand introducing a new lore and language but to have to stop and look up a meaning in the back is akward . Just not worth the time or money.
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Lamenting_Angel More than 1 year ago
Steamy is all I can say. Along with the history, mystery and action this book had be asking wheat happened next all the way till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the idea of the story is a good one, I feel it was poorly executed. The idea of a Spanish knight-turned-vampire is intriguing, but reader beware: if you are not familiar with many Spanish terms, you get lost in translation. I found this to be the case for myself, and I wish that there had been a disclaimer in the description of the book that stated I would need to become familiar with Spanish words in order to enjoy it. Had that been the case, I simply would not have purchased it. I do regret my purchase.
Wjosslyn More than 1 year ago
This book is a favorite of a friend of mine so he let me borrow it and I started reading. It started out okay. I got through the first chapter without any problems. Then the intimate scenes started and I felt like a voyeur on some scene between amateurs. It was so awkward. I have read intimate scenes before and have not had any problems. They flowed with the rest of the story and generally fit well into the direction the story was going. In this book, the scenes seemed designed to be the wet dream of a thirteen year old boy. Actions and words that are more suited to a young adolescent than an adult woman writer abounded. I skipped several pages worth of these scenes, trying to get to the story line for the sake of my friend. Finally, about half way through, I gave up. I couldn't take the awkwardness anymore. Don't bother reading this if you have a desire for a novel and not a pornographic writing.
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I give this book my BIG THUMBS DOWN! It was soooo BAD that I couldn't even finish the 10th page. Sorry. But this is an author that I will not purchase again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the romance of Grania and Rafael and hope to see more stories showing the rest of the Texas Vampires as they evolve and find 'love'. Although I struggled with some of the flashbacks and keeping track of who was speaking what 'Spanish, French, or English' at times the author has created some complex characters that were a treat to read. The story showed balance and integrated the romance with the suspense and I truly enjoyed this sexy, lethal, and humorous bunch of vampires.
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A knight will always be true to his faith and his oaths, and these will give him the strength to face and overcome anything. Born in the 13th century Don Rodrigo of Galician followed his liege, Don Fernando, through battle and peace. His true happiness though came from the love he shared with his wife Blanche and their children, and he would have done anything to keep them safe. After many battles, Don Fernando died, taking his army¿s hopes with him, but they fought on in his name¿until their final defeat at the hands of the Syrian army. Pulled off the field by his Arabian cousin, the badly injured Rodrigo had a chance of making it home to his beloved family but as he and his close friend Fearghus were healing, the escudero that he mourned as dead stole into Achmed¿s home along with a Syrian and took them. It took two centuries, but after being tortured, forced to become a vampiro and used as a sex slave, Rodrigo escaped. 700 years later, Rodrigo is now Don Rafael Perez and he holds both Texas and Oklahoma under his rule and his protection. Found as a baby in a raid of Mexican drug traffickers, Grania O¿Malley was brought up in an orphanage, unadoptable because her parents¿ deaths were unconfirmed. She made the best of her situation and worked to help the younger children around her and later she put herself through school. Finally, finished with both school and her teaching stint, Grania is on her way to her dream job, being a vet for the Hill County Raptor Center. The first time they set eyes on each other, Rafael and Grania can feel a strong attraction, almost bordering on obsession. Rafael fights the attraction as he can¿t afford a distraction now that there¿s a very real possibility that soon he¿ll be in the middle of a war. When Grania first sees Rafael, she can¿t believe how much he resembles the knight that has been in her dreams all of her life. She knows that he cannot be her knight Rodrigo is just a dream¿isn¿t he? Bond of Blood by Diane Whiteside is an interesting story, taking place in the present with Rafael¿s past told through Grania¿s dreams. Although the story of the past is gripping, the scenes of the present are slow paced and could have used more action I found myself putting Bond of Blood down a few times. I also wish the transitions were done better as there were several times that I had to go back or skip ahead to figure out what was going on. The characters, both main and secondary, are all multi-faceted and feel real and the world that Ms. Whiteside created in Bond of Blood is wonderfully done. If you love a well-told tale, Bond of Blood is definitely a good read. Lyonene Reviewed by Joyfully Reviewed
harstan More than 1 year ago
For seven hundred plus years, Spanish knight Don Rafael Perez has been a vampire and now he leads the Texas Oklahoma chapter. Madame Celeste head of the New Orleans contingent warns Rafael to cooperate or her assassins will take care of business. He knows that means the evil Diego, a former agent of the Russians who wantonly kills and enjoys torture Rafael knows that first hand. Now Rafael plans to destroy his foe, who murders anyone in his way as collateral damage is road kill to this malevolent person.--------------- However, Rafael¿s world spins out of control when he meets Texas Hill Country Raptor Center veterinarian Grania O¿Malley his shock is less than hers as she recognizes him as the hunk that has starred in her lustful dreams. As they become acquainted and begin to fall in love the mortal animal doctor is stunned further when she realizes her beloved is a vampire, whose prowess thrives on sex something she gladly offers him. Celeste and Diego know how to destroy their enemy as Rafael has an Achilles¿ heel, Dr. Grania O¿Malley.-------------- BOND OF BLOOD is an exhilarating heated vampire romantic suspense that makes the world of the undead alive through the political power struggles. The action-packed story line stars two courageous ethical star-crossed lovers who know their heated chemistry is taboo. The villain is an evil killing machine who brings the non-sexual intrigue and tension to Diane Whiteside¿s terrific paranormal romantic suspense thriller.------------------ Harriet Klausner