When Blood Calls (Shadow Keepers Series #1)

When Blood Calls (Shadow Keepers Series #1)

by J. K. Beck

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ISBN-13: 9780440245773
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: Shadow Keepers Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,305,575
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

J. K. Beck spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge her passion for writing. Now she uses her legal background as inspiration for her paranormal romantic suspense series the Shadow Keepers, set in and around a secret judicial system hidden within and mirroring our own. California-born, J. K. Beck lives and writes in Texas, where she hangs out with her husband and daughters and drinks far too much coffee.

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When Blood Calls


By J.K. Beck

Bantam

Copyright © 2010 J.K. Beck
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780440245773

Chapter One


“Rain,” Tucker said. “You wanna tell me why we’re always getting called out in the goddamn rain?”

“Clean living,” Ryan Doyle answered, eyeing his partner with amusement as he slid his ’63 Pontiac Catalina in beside an LAPD black-and-white. The flashing lights cast eerie shadows over the thickly wooded park, illuminating an ambulance and two unmarked piece-o’-shit vehicles that had homicide written all over them.

“And that,” Tucker said, pointing to the nearest patrol car as he continued his diatribe of bad fortune. “We got cops coming out our a-holes. Now we gotta deal with the whole f-ing system.”

Doyle slammed the gearshift into park. “I’m gonna assume you didn’t get laid last night, and temporary celibacy has soured your mood. ’Cause if this is going to be your attitude for this entire investigation, I’m putting in for a new partner.”

Beside him, Tucker spread his arms wide, then flashed the smile that had made him a celebrity among all the Division 6 females. “I’m good, man. Don’t get your panties in a wad.”

Doyle grabbed his umbrella off the floorboards and shoved open the Pontiac’s door. “Let’s do this thing.”

Tucker fell in step beside him, and they slogged toward an officer in a rain-soaked slicker who was currently roping off the area with crime scene tape. The officer stiffened as they approached, his eyes widening like a deer caught in the headlights. Rookie, Doyle thought, as the officer held up a hand. As if that could keep them out.

“You might want to step aside, junior,” Doyle said, flashing his badge out of politeness, but not bothering to slow as he lifted the tape and started to slide under.

“I’m sorry,” the officer said. “No one passes.”

“We got authority here,” Tucker said, staring hard at the guy. “So come on, rookie. Get off our backs and let us through.”

The officer’s face went through the usual jumble of confusion before smoothing out. He smiled, all polite cooperation. “Absolutely, sir. Detective Sanchez is right over there.” He pointed to a woman with a heart-shaped ass. “She’s in charge.”

“Not anymore,” Tucker said.

Doyle followed his partner inside the crime scene tape, unable to stifle his grin. “One of these days, you gotta teach me how you do that.”

“It’s a gift,” Tucker said. “Comes in handy with the ladies, too.”

“I bet it does. Doubt you could get the ladies any other way.”

“You wound me, man,” Tucker said, pressing his palms over his heart. “I’m seriously wounded.”

Doyle shook his head at his partner’s antics, but didn’t bother to respond. Sanchez had already spotted them and was on her way over, her Noxzema-fresh face pinched.

“Hold up, hold up,” she said. “You want to tell me who you boys are and what you’re doing at my crime scene?”

“That’s just it,” Doyle said, pulling his shield from the pocket of his raincoat. “I’m not so sure it’s still your crime scene. I’m Agent Ryan Doyle.” He nodded at Tucker. “My partner, Agent Severin Tucker.”

She peered at his shield and ID, then met his eyes, her own filled with confusion. “Homeland Security?”

Doyle nodded. Technically, it was true. With the passage of the Patriot Act, his employer—the American arm of the Preternatural Enforcement Coalition—had been formally set up as a division of Homeland Security. A secret division, but there nonetheless. And considering the type of terror the PEC chased, there was a certain circular beauty to the ancient organization’s new cover story.

She stared him down. “Are you shitting me?”

“No, ma’am,” Tucker said. “We at Homeland Security do not have a sense of humor of which we’re aware.”

She tilted her head and sent Tucker a scathing glance, because despite the soft shape, she was clearly a hard-ass. “Since when did killers mimicking some creature out of a bad B-movie cross the line into a federal crime?”

“Sorry, Detective,” Doyle said. “That’s classified.”

“Suffice it to say there’s been chatter,” Tucker added.

She looked from one to the other, obviously not buying their bullshit. Doyle watched Tucker’s face, saw that he was getting the look, and stepped in front of his partner. Tucker’s trick came in handy, but he couldn’t pull his sort of heeby-jeeby on the whole crew. And while Sanchez might be the only one making noise, there were at least seven officers hanging back, circling the body with intent to claim grazing rights.

“We got jurisdiction here, Sanchez. You need confirmation, you call this number and ask for Nikko Leviathin.” Doyle handed her a card. “Otherwise, we’re gonna go check out our crime scene.”

The gal stepped up, getting right in his face. He clenched his hands into fists, fighting a temper that rose like molten lava, ready to explode at any moment. He sucked in air, stifling the urge to lash out and show her right then exactly who was in charge there.

“You wanna play who’s got the bigger dick?” she said, unaware of the increasing danger. “You go right ahead. But this is my crime scene until my lieutenant or the district attorney tells me otherwise.”

“Those’ll work, too,” Tucker said, his hand firm on Doyle’s shoulder, the pressure just enough to keep Doyle grounded, to bring him back from the rising red danger. “In the meantime—” He cut himself off, then shot Doyle a warning look before turning and heading toward the body.

Doyle drew in a breath, then another, forcing the final remnants of the dark back down before he followed in Tucker’s wake. Sanchez looked ready to spit nails, but she hung back, her cell phone now plastered to her ear.

“So what’ve we got?” he asked, peering down at the ghostly pale form of retired judge Marcus Braddock. By all accounts, the man had been a shape-shifting son of a bitch, but that didn’t mean Doyle would wish murder on him. And this particular cause of death was the worst kind of murder. The draining of a human or a para-human was a Class Five homicide in violation of the Fifth International Covenant, and punishable by public execution. Bad shit all the way around.

Tucker was already squatting near the body, his hand reaching for Braddock’s collar.

“Do you mind?” a rat-faced little man said, firmly shoving Tucker’s hand out of the way.

“Careful,” Tucker said mildly. “Do that again, and you’ll lose a few brain cells.”

The rat hesitated, confused. Then Sanchez stepped up, her expression pure business. “Let him see,” she said. “They’ve inherited this mess. Guess that means they’ve got access to whatever they want.” She faced Doyle head-on. “Including my resources, I’m told. At least until your own team arrives.”

“And we appreciate the cooperation.”

Sanchez’s smile was like ice. “I’m sure you do.” She nodded toward the uniformed officer. “You’re relieved,” she said, then smiled at Doyle. “Limited resources.” She signaled to the rat with a jerk of her chin. “Go ahead. Show the Feds what they want to see.”

Ratboy slid his hand into a latex glove, then tugged the collar down, revealing the ripped flesh and brutalized muscle.

Bloody vampires. Despite the Covenant and the strict laws against contact feeding, it seemed like every time Doyle turned around one of the fuckmongers had sucked somebody dry.

He clenched his fists at his sides, hating their weakness. Disgusted by their lack of restraint. And, yeah, he’d seen all the damn statistics that showed that the vast majority of vampires could control the daemon within. That they didn’t feed on humans. That they didn’t kill. That they obeyed the law.

That they weren’t the walking, talking incarnation of pure, fucking evil that Doyle knew they were.

Statistics be damned. As far as Doyle was concerned, the only good vamp was a dead one.

Marcus Braddock may have been a prick—on and off the bench—but Doyle was going to make sure that the rogue vampire who sucked the life from him went down—with either a stake through the heart or an ax to the head.

“I would have said serial killer until you boys showed up,” Sanchez said, her comments pulling Doyle back to the moment.

“No, ma’am,” he said. “This is much worse.”

The rat and Sanchez exchanged a glance, and when she nodded, Ratboy cleared his throat. “We found this under the body,” he said, holding up a clear evidence bag.

Doyle took it, his eyes not needing the illumination from the flashlight that Sanchez politely held up. A silver signet ring, caked in mud. Even half hidden by the earth, the intricate craftsmanship stood out. A delicately carved dragon with a ruby eye, the body forming a circle as the beast consumed its own tail.

Tucker leaned in for a closer look. “Isn’t that—”

“The Dragos crest,” Doyle said, his smile cold and hard. Lucius Dragos, the last Dragos standing. Finally, after all these years, he had his old friend’s balls in a vise.

“Holy fuck,” Tucker said. “Talk about a gold-star evening. All this time without one piece of solid evidence, and now Dragos goes and makes a mistake like this? It’s too fucking good to be true.”

“That’s what worries me.” Doyle squatted beside the body, then tilted his head to look at his partner. “I need to see if there’s more.”

Tucker shook his head, then looked meaningfully at Sanchez and Ratboy. “You really want to deal with the paperwork?”

Doyle thought of the stack of reprimands and warnings that already peppered his file. Any more, and he was deep in some serious shit. “I’ll only get dinged if Division finds out.”

“Is there a problem?” Sanchez asked.

“Not yet,” Doyle said. To Tucker, he added, “You know I have to do it.”

“Aw, hell,” Tucker said, then rolled his shoulders in defeat. “Fine. Go for it. What’s a little official reprimand between friends, right?”

As Tucker looked deep into the eyes of Detective Sanchez, Doyle pressed his palm over Braddock’s forehead. Ratboy’s feathers ruffled almost immediately. “Are you insane? You’re not even wearing gloves. How can you—”

“I can explain,” Tucker said, crouching down next to the man as Detective Sanchez wandered away, suddenly remembering that she had an elsewhere to be. While Doyle concentrated on finding Braddock’s last thoughts, Tucker put some mumbo in Ratboy’s jumbo and sent the little worm on his way as well.

“I couldn’t go deep,” Tucker said. “Too risky. So you better find it fast.”

Doyle nodded, but didn’t speak. He was getting close.

Darkness. Surprise. Pleasure, even. At least until it turned. Shifted.

Then the fear came.

A mishmash. Horror. Pleasure. Pain.

None of it coming together, none of it coalescing into an image.

Just confusion. A jumble of confused emotions and reactions. Nothing to grab.

Nothing to hold on to.

“Come on, come on,” Tucker said, as Doyle closed his other hand over the body’s heart, trying to get purchase on the fading aura.

Dizzy. Gone.

Remorse.

And death, so cold and familiar.

And then, finally, a face.

The last image of death. The last conscious thought.

Doyle looked. And in his mind saw Lucius Dragos, fangs bared, as he bent close to suck the last vestiges of life from Judge Marcus Braddock.

Doyle’s teeth chattered and his body shook as he pulled free of Braddock’s mind. But he had Dragos now, had him dead to rights.

Exhausted, he tilted his head up to face Tucker. “We finally got him, partner. And we are going to nail his ass to the wall.”

Continues...

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When Blood Calls 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 192 reviews.
Lethy More than 1 year ago
Predictable but interesting. Good twist at the end. I would have love to read Doley's story.
Beguile_Thy_Sorrow More than 1 year ago
http://bit.ly/99UcmC Sara Constantine is a hard-nosed LA prosecutor who is used to seeing things in black and white, no gray areas. But when she is promoted to a high security position in the mysterious Division 6, Sara is forced to question all the boundaries she thought were steadfast. And Luke, the vampire defendant in her first big case in this strange new shadow-world, is the main reason for her new doubts on her rigid beliefs. Part urban fantasy, part steamy paranormal romance, When Blood Calls draws you in and keeps you guessing. Plus, side characters like Doyle and Nick have me excited to read the next books just to learn more about them :) Though beware there are also some darker crime elements that Sara deals with as an attorney for a murder case which involve girls being kidnapped and harmed. It sort of has a Law & Order meets Moonlight vibe to it. If you're looking for a great new series with intricate world building and intriguing characters, then check out The Shadow Keepers. Especially since you won't have to wait long for books 2 and 3! Book 2 When Pleasure Calls comes out Sept 28th and book 3 When Wicked Craves comes out October 26th! When Blood Calls is book 1 in the new series, The Shadow Keepers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read when blood calls & the shadow keepers (short story) and it took me no time to finish them! I was so hooked that i didnt want to put them down! I highly recommened these series of books i have down loaded the rest of them and preordered the ones to come! Cant wait
rosebud8 More than 1 year ago
It had adventure,romance, & mystery. Gread Read!
Rachelleah More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and the mystery! It was very well done. The characters were great and I loved the ending even though it was expected :]
ereadwithme More than 1 year ago
3.75stars actually. This is a layered and complex world that has vampires, all manner of shifters, djinns and other supernatural beings living alongside humans. During almost the first 15% of the book you're introduced to the major species and provided with some background that seems unassociated. Indeed a risky move for the initial introduction to what could be a long running series. As part of a challenge & a buddy read I was determined to continue. The pay-off was just about worth it. I don't care for flashbacks and there were a few of those that marred my enjoyment - those two items kept me from rating this book higher. The synopsis is quite accurate in the telling and there is no need to re-hash it. Both leads are likable, personable and multi-dimensional. They both present viable sides of a believable conflict that made the tension of the storyline flow well - once it started going. Some of the secondary characters didn't feel as strong to me and that is partially because so much of the story was spent on foundation and world building that there wasn't room without additional chapters. Hopefully this is something that can & will be handled in future releases for the series - after all if the secondary characters aren't interesting and this is a layered complex world there is no reason to continue. In addition to the leads, the idea of the shadow dwellers self governance and the ease with which they mirrored and worked with their human counterparts appealed to me. Another quite enjoyable tidbit was the climax and unveiling of the villain which was surprising. I also liked the layers of the shadow society as they were presented as mirrors of human society as well. The pacing was slow in places with the amount of detail relating to the world itself and the flashbacks but it did pick up for the majority of the piece; so it was uneven - again something that hopefully will be adjusted in later books. I liked the characters and the world enough to go forward with the next book of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was no spark for me for this book.
md47 More than 1 year ago
Liked it very much. It keeps you interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone who mainly stays in the paranormal romance genre, I was looking for a new author to add to my list. This was my first by this author. I too, had NO problem keeping charactors separate, didn't feel the sex scenes were too often, my only issue with the book was I thought it could have been longer thus making its good storyline great. Howver, I will read the other two as it was good enough to give me another author to read while I wait for new books from my favs to be published.
Debby More than 1 year ago
I bought this eBook on a whim, and was very pleased with the purchase. Granted, vampires, were-animals and other shadow creatures are not my typical read. However, this had an intriguing storyline to off-set. Supsense. Romance. Action and adventure. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know why, but the central focus on the "special agent" - if he's even the protagonist really annoyed me. I felt that it wasn't worth investing in these characters' drama.
FigarosMom More than 1 year ago
I haven't read anything by J. K. Beck until now, and I did enjoy it. I liked the suspense, but wish there had been less legal drama and indecision on Sarah's part. I was relieved when she finally decided to go with her heart. I would still recommend this book.
NewEngland More than 1 year ago
I mistakenly bought the entire series thinking it would be a good read, but now. The book was boring, drawn out, painstakingly dull, jumbled, the relationship is quick and assumed, there's no buildup. I started reading the second book only to put it down two chapters in when I just couldn't do it anymore. I'm going to take all three to the used book store and get credit for a decent book. FYI, there really is no drama or suspense. It's too predictable, quick and a big let down.
dearheart on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Assistant District Attorney Sara Constantine is promoted to Division 6, part of Homeland Security, an arm of the Preternatural Enforcement Coalition, after winning the conviction of a human serial killer. She hadn¿t known creatures existed and the Division¿s purpose is a secret from all humans not directly involved. Sara is thrown onto a murder case her first day; the accused brought in just that morning with very strong evidence against him. To Sara¿s shock and dismay she finds the man she¿d picked up in a bar two nights ago to celebrate the serial killer conviction, is both the accused and a vampire. They¿d shared an incredible night together, both feeling the connection.Lucius Dragos works as a hitman for the Shadow Alliance, wiping out evil when justice fails. Only this kill had been personal. Sara is determined to do her job and not let her personal feelings get in the way while acknowledging their connection. Lucius doesn¿t believe in black and white and leaving things to the outcome of the justice system, a point of contention between them as things happen and other lives are at stake. So begins the Shadow Keeper series involving the preternatural societies. This is a dark, gritty, romance with a little preternatural politics thrown in, containing a number of twists. The number of different types of Shadow creatures could make for quite a few books, but the series is starting off with three books being released one month apart.I enjoyed Sara¿s stand to remain true to her beliefs and convictions while she gives in to the inevitable romance. But I felt Sara was too accepting of various creatures and what they can do without much apparent adjustment on her part. The story contains strong emotional scenes involving the romance, the vampires¿ struggle to control their inner daemon, and the inability to stop a serial killer.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I wanted to like this book. I love Julie Kenner. She was one of the first authors I read when I began reading urban fantasy and paranormal stories. I don't mind a well done paranormal romance and I had high hopes for "When Blood Calls". Ultimately the book was just so so. I like the set up, I liked the world. The idea of an underground legal system that deals with parnormal creatures was intriguing. I found it hard to get into the story at the beginning because I never connected to Luke or to Sarah. They were very one demensional to me and they could have been interchanged with any other generic couple from a paranormal romance. They mystery of the death of a well known political entity and the interwoven story of a serial killer were a little more exciting. I was genuinely surprised by the twist at the end of the book. Still that didn't completely redeem the book for me. I found it to drag on and on. I just couldn't become invested. I will say that I liked a couple of the side characters including Nick and I may read the next story as it seems to be his story.
avernon1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
You hear about it all the time. Your girlfriend tells you that she had a one night stand with a hunk of a man. Your sister divulges that she had wild sex with a guy she met at a bar Friday night. This type of unexpected exploit may even have happened to you. It never means anything...it's innocent fun, an un-planned encounter that will never amount to anything. But....what if you can't stop thinking about him? What if, every time you close your eyes, you can still feel his hands upon you....his breath brushing against your ear as he whispers your name.....his rock-hard body pressed against yours as he makes you teeter on the edge of abandon? This is exactly the state Sara Constantine finds herself in at the beginning of "When Blood Calls".Sara is a hard-working prosecutor who has just won a very prominent case against one of the worst criminals around. This notorious victory wins her a promotion with a secret division under Homeland Security. She quickly discovers that her new job involves prosecuting supernatural creatures. Sara is thrust into a world filled with werewolves, vampires, shape-shifters, poltergeists, trolls, and soul-suckers....monsters. But the worse part of this nightmare is when she finds out that her first case is prosecuting Lucius Dragos, the dark, sexy Luke whom she had the erotic encounter with....and he's a vampire....a powerful vampire accused of murder. Sara has to determine if Luke is this monster killer that she is being led to believe or if he's the caring, complex man that made her glow under his touch.This is my first PNR book since I read the Twilight series and I must say, I was a little disappointed. The connection between Sara and Luke was not fully developed. Readers are led to believe that the one night of passion was enough to create a connection for life. The characters did not even interact enough to create a believable connection between them that would justify the deep love they apparently shared. Don't get me wrong, I do believe in "love at first sight" and even love after a one night stand. But you do need some time together to build upon that instant attraction. Sara and Luke didn't get much of an opportunity until about page 179. I so wanted to feel more for this hero and heroine, but there just wasn't enough there to make it truly believable.I did like the way that the hero Luke was depicted as the noble, self-sacrificing vampire, traits not usually synonymous with blood-sucking immortals, especially those who kill. It is these traits that Sara sees under the dark cloak that Luke wears. However, I did feel that Sara was very quick to accept Luke's murderous ways and turn her back on the law and the fight for justice that she started the book with. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it just wasn't outstanding, although the front cover is a hot, eye-catching piece of candy. Give this book a shot...I'd like to know what you think.
Mardel on LibraryThing 8 months ago
from an ARCJK Beck has written an entertaining paranormal fantasy - in fact, this is a dark paranormal fantasy. Under the name Julie Kenner, she has written a series about a demon hunting mom. She has shown that she can write two different genres, and both with different tones.When Blood Calls is a very entertaining book. One of the main characters, Lucian was a little melodramatic at times - although his character is a centuries old vampire, so that's understandable. The other main character, Sara, is a prosecuter who has a bit of a tragic past. The two come into contact with each other for the first time when she's out celebrating a career victory. He's celebrating a recent kill. Goodness. In one twenty four hour period, Sara is promoted to a new section of the courts, finds out the world is not as she originally thought and has to come to terms that there are supernatural beings in the world. She's been transferred to a secret court within the court systems. A court that prosecutes vampires, werewolves, gryphons and other, well "Others". But it get even more complicated that coming to terms with the paranormal, because the first case she's assigned to is Lucian Dragos' murder trial (remember his kill he was celebrating?). Of course she feels like she has to hide any previous involvement....and things get more and more complicated.One of the things I enjoyed very much was the different characters, and reading a few different pov's. I think JK Beck did a great job using different "voices" with each character. The older vampires were dramatic, the werewolf was gritty - it was fun to read.Another thing I liked was that even though is was a romance novel, there was not a lot of "heaving bosoms" and "throbbing...things" type of internal dialogue from the characters. There was a little bit - but it blended in with the story rather than overwhelming the novel. Another good (and very important to me) point, is the humor and ribbing between some of the characters. I wouldn't mind reading a book from Doyle's point of view - maybe in the future.There's also a hell of a twist in the plot. It was a great twist. I'm looking forward to reading the next two books - in fact as of now, all three books in the series are currently availabe. The other two books are titled When Pleasure Rules (Sept 28) and When Wicked Craves (October 26). So, if you like your romances with some dark and paranormal tendencies, this is a pretty good book to read.
Badass_Book_Reviews on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This story had a lot of promise.The Pro's: Good World Building, Not overly descriptive, paced pretty well. Interesting Secret arm of the government, sort of like Men in Black :)Con's: Shallowly written characters, instant Love, Not overly original concept, and some confusion on terms (Like Numen)The cover is gorgeous. The book was just OK for me. Nothing overly fresh about it. The plot was OK, pretty predictable. The differening Point of Views (which normally do bother me) added to the story, altho sometimes it felt like the author just used it to not have to develop her {main} characters further. I would have liked more introspection on Sara and Luke. I didn't really feel the love, nor could I figure out WHY they felt the 'pull" are they soul mates? That kind of thing?I would likely read more of this series, but it is not on my "must buy the day it comes out!" more like, "Herm... I need something to read. I guess this will suffice"
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I enjoyed this more than I have the books this author has written under the name Julie Kenner. I didn¿t love it, but I¿d be willing to read more in the series. I can definitely see it appealing to fans of Lara Adrian, Cynthia Eden, and Gena Showalter.The book opens with the vampire Lucius Dragos planting very obvious clues that he¿s just murdered a judge. It¿s not apparent why, although you know it has something to do with his ward, Tasha (who immediately reminded me of a cross between Drusilla from Buffy and Claudia from Interview with the Vampire). Shortly after Lucius is arrested by agents from the Preternatural Enforcement Coalition, we¿re introduced to human prosecuting attorney Sara Constantine. Sara is soon drafted into the service of a secret quasi-governmental agency responsible for prosecuting preternatural creatures ¿ and her first case is to prosecute Luke, whom she¿d just had a one-night stand with two days prior. (Sara¿s introduction to this new world gave me several Men in Black flashbacks.)I¿ve read a lot (maybe too much) paranormal romance over the past decade, which is probably why I don¿t find this as ¿fresh¿ as the blurbs on the book indicate, but it is interesting, with world-building that¿s both detailed and fairly easy to understand (although I never quite got the whole numen thing). None of the characters are as well developed as I might like, and the romance was of the one-night stand turns into instalove variety. Just as a final note, I know this is a review copy, but I really hope that the spelling of the name Leviathan as Leviathin is just a mistake that will be caught before the final version is sent to the printers. It was driving me batty through the whole book.
nazazael on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I felt the characters were well written, there was a mystery to the plot that was intriguing , and the pacing of the book moved along nicely. I enjoyed her take on the paranormal and look forward to the next two books in the series. I hope that she can keep the momentum going.
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing 8 months ago
When Blood Calls is a dark and edgy start to a new series. I like the concept of a super secret division of the government that prosecutes preternatural criminals. A great cast full of damaged, but redeemable heroes, and strong-minded women. I enjoyed the alternating points of view. It switched between the two main characters, and several of the secondary ones. The vampires in this book are intense, and some are struggling to maintain control. Loads of action, mystery, and steamy romance. I loved the connection between Lucius (Luke) and Sara. It was sizzling! There is a smorgasbord of paranormal beings in this book. Daemons, vampires, werewolves, goblins, and even trolls. The author built a very detailed world for her characters to inhabit. I find this can be both an asset, and a disadvantage to the first book in a series. It makes for an interesting setting, but all the time spent focusing on world building can feel a little tedious to the reader. This is really my only complaint about When Blood Calls. Still a great start to a new series, and one I plan to continue. J.K Beck is the alter ego of author Julie Kenner. You may be familiar with her series about a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom.
mountie9 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Good Stuff * Sara is an intelligent lawyer but still romantic and has an incredible sense of humor * LOVED some of the secondary characters such as Doyle and Tucker and would like to learn more about them, especially about the back story between Doyle and Lucius * Outstanding opening chapter * It's geeky I know but I loved that one of the characters was named Porter (as that is my maiden name) I know silly, but I cannot lie * Great relationship between Luke and Sara * Very naughty scenes * Loved her creativity with creating the underground Shadow world and what Vampires are -- nicely done * Well done how Sara gets introduced to the paranormal world * Storyline grabs your attention and doesn't let you go and you end up staying up till 2:00 am to finish (Hmm might have to put that point in the "Not so Good Stuff" section) * Lots of surprises that you don't see coming and characters are not predictableThe Not so Good Stuff * Didn't like the descriptions of the kids being killed (I know it was very mild compared to some, but I'm sensitive that way) * Would have liked some more humor -- but probably wouldn't have worked for the story -- but I like the way Kenner writes humorFavorite Quotes/Passages "No, Ma'am." Tucker said. "We at Homeland Security do not have a sense of humor of which we're aware." "Ah, I understand your confusion. Best not to get your facts from late-night television." "That man was a son of a Bitch""So are you, but you don't see me pulling out a stake."What I Learned * Maybe being a Lawyer isn't that bad * Vampires are sexy -- never mind already knew thatWho should/shouldn't read * Natasha won't like, but I still love her anyway * Anyone who likes paranormal fiction, urban fantasy or even those who just enjoy a good story * Fans of Law and Order style fiction will also enjoy, even if they are not paranormal fans * Fans of Jeaniene Frost, Marta Acosta and Jennifer Estep will also enjoy4.5/5 Dewey's
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing 8 months ago
While I was cruising the bookstores, with my awesome friend Susan, she recommended this book to me. I have learned to trust her, so I bought the book and started reading. I had not heard of these books before, but the summary sounded intriguing and I love paranormal so I started the book with an open mind.Much of this story revolves around attorneys and legal jargon. While I am a fan of shows such as Law and Order, it did take me a little bit to follow along with it all. The story starts out with a bang, then fizzled a little while the author took time to set the scene. I understand the need to set the scene, it makes sense, I just get a little too impatient for my own good. The turning point for me was about 50 pages in when Sara and Lucius lives intersect again while he is on trial for murder and Sara is his prosecutor. Since they have already spent the night together thinking they would probably never see each other again, it is beyond hilarious to me when they realize they now stand on separate sides of the law.The pace from there on out was fast and I sucked up every minute of it. I loved the banter back and forth between Sara and Lucius. Their chemistry was fantastic and the fact that it was slow building made it easier to connect with them. I enjoyed many of the supporting characters and felt like they were well developed and easy to connected with. I am hoping they will appear in future installments so we can get another glimpse into their lives.The best part of the book though was the twist towards the end. I really thought I had it all figured out and then Beck throws us a huge curve ball where I think my mouth literally fell open. I even read reviews before I read the book that talked about this, but I still did not see it coming. The twist took the book to the next level for me, just when I thought things were winding down, Beck picks the pace right back up and I was engrossed again.Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a good start to a new series that I am going to be sure to check out future additions of.
Mendoza on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Clearly going more for the Urban Fantasy (and I was very happy with it) feel than the paranormal romance. Or so I thought. I was very pleasantly surprised with the extent of the world-building and could easily see the ongoing relationship between Sara and Luke in future novels due to the dichotomy of their professions. Unfortunately, Sara¿s character took a turn I was disappointed in ¿ here is a young professional aiming to make a name for herself and being set up as extremely smart in her profession ¿ yet she pretty quickly gives into lust and goes all out for what she plainly should be holding back on for now.I was satisfied enough with most of the novel that I will be picking up the next to see where else this can go.