#Review “Unchained (Blood Bond Saga Vol 1)” by Helen Hardt

Unchained (Blood Bond Saga Vol 1)  

by Helen Hardt

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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4/5 Stars!

Held captive for a decade, vampire Dante Gabriel is at last free.

Taken as an eighteen-year-old, Dante endured being chained, tortured and humiliated regularly. He was also forced to feed—and feed from—someone who called herself the Queen.

His freedom is bittersweet when he finds his father and uncle left to find him after he disappeared ten years ago and never returned.

The world has changed in Dante’s absence. He’s confused and stumbles often. He’s missing the knowledge of his full vampire ancestry, something taught to vampires after they turn eighteen.

But of course, someone kidnapped him before his teaching could begin.

However, what confuses Dante most is his obsession with ER nurse Erin Hamilton, the nurse who walked in on him as he gorged himself in the hospital’s blood bank.

And why does she appear obsessed with him?

With help from remaining family members Emilia, his sister, River, his cousin and Bill (Guillaume), his grandfather, Dante works to reclaim his life and the mystery of what happened to him all those years ago.

Though seemingly unrelated, missing patients, blood shortages, and a homeless man with too much knowledge about vampires deepen the mystery.

Dante’s sense of urgency leads to reckless and violent behavior, but he knows he’s running out of time—the Queen is coming, determined to reclaim him.

Though he is “free,” Dante is still mentally captive. Even if the Queen wasn’t in his head, he’s suffering from a serious case of PTSD, with no time to heal. His frustration and anger leap from the page. Great writing!

Erin’s no dummy. She’s pragmatic to a fault and troubled by her attraction to Dante. It’s not the Typical Romance trope of I know I should stay away from him, but I can’t drivel. Erin’s obsession controls her and cause her to act out of character. Things are happening to her she cannot explain, but despite her fear, she’s still driven to protect and be with Dante.

Unchained is a good read that pulls you right in.

The author does a good job of world-building in Unchained, not following the usual myths and concepts of vampires, but establishing new ones with small, subtle changes.

My only issue with this read is the growing relationship between Dante and Erin.

I love a slow build to romance, but the start/stop routine with these two became tedious for me and I began to lose interest in them as a couple. Don’t get me wrong, they have definite chemistry, but it was the trouble brewing around them—Em and Jay, River and Lucy, Dr. Zarah, Ghost? What ghost?, bug bites, and why is Bill acting weird—that kept me anchored to this read until the end. And I’m looking forward to the next volume. I have questions and I need answers.

Enjoy!

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Blood Bond is a paranormal romance saga and Unchained is volume 1 in a five-volume series. Each volume contains three installments with Unchained containing installments 1-3. Volume two–Unhinged, 3–Undaunted, and 4–Unmasked are all available. Volume 5–Undefeated, releases in May.

All installments are also available separately.

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Unchained (Blood Bond Vol 1)

Synopsis

Vampire Dante Gabriel is starving. What he craves is red gold—human blood. After being held captive as a blood slave to a female vampire for years, he has finally escaped. Unchained at last, he follows his nose to the nearest blood bank to sate his hunger.

ER nurse Erin Hamilton expects just another busy night shift…until she finds a gorgeous stranger vandalizing the hospital blood bank. Though her logic tells her to turn him in, she’s pulled by stronger and unfamiliar emotions to protect the man who seems oddly infatuated with her scent. Chemistry sizzles between them, but Dante, plagued by nightmares of his time in captivity, fears he won’t be able to control himself…especially when he discovers a secret she doesn’t even know she’s hiding.

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#BlogTour “Unchained (Blood Bond Saga Vol 1)” by Helen Hardt

Unchained (Blood Bond Saga Vol 1)  

by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Helen Hardt

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Add to your TBR

Unchained (Blood Bond Vol 1)

Synopsis

Vampire Dante Gabriel is starving. What he craves is red gold—human blood. After being held captive as a blood slave to a female vampire for years, he has finally escaped. Unchained at last, he follows his nose to the nearest blood bank to sate his hunger.

ER nurse Erin Hamilton expects just another busy night shift…until she finds a gorgeous stranger vandalizing the hospital blood bank. Though her logic tells her to turn him in, she’s pulled by stronger and unfamiliar emotions to protect the man who seems oddly infatuated with her scent. Chemistry sizzles between them, but Dante, plagued by nightmares of his time in captivity, fears he won’t be able to control himself…especially when he discovers a secret she doesn’t even know she’s hiding.

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Reviews for Unchained, Volume one in the award-winning Blood Bond Saga by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Helen Hardt.

“Helen gives us the dark, tormented vampire hero we all love in a sensual paranormal romance with all the feels.  Be warned… the twists and turns will keep you up all night reading.  I was hooked from the first sentence until the very end.”  ~New York Times bestselling author J.S. Scott

“A genially written and enthralling romantic suspense that will take over all your senses…” ~MammieBabbie

“Unchained was unlike anything else I’ve ever read before!” ~Natalie the Biblioholic

A dark, intoxicating tale.” ~Library Journal

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#1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.
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#ReleaseBlitz “Floor Time (Stewart Realty Book 1)” by Liz Crowe

Title: Floor Time ( Stewart Realty #1)
Author: Liz Crowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 11, 2019
Publisher: Buoni Amici Press
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Jack Gordon is Ann Arbor’s most delectable bachelor. He’s made millions as a top-selling real estate broker. His rugged good lucks and over-the-top personality helped him build a virtual black book most men would kill for. Having been burned once however, he’s sworn off anything resembling an emotional connection with any woman. But an undercurrent of dissatisfaction runs through his life. His frustration grows as he seeks something even he can’t quite put his finger on.

Thanks to a life of discipline and focused routine, Sara Thornton has fast-tracked herself to the top of the Ann Arbor real estate market. As her career skyrockets, the fulfillment she seeks remains out of reach. One thing she knows for sure: she will never join the Jack Gordon groupies in her company, no matter how tempting it might be.

A chance encounter, then a difficult transaction, throw Jack and Sara into temptingly close contact. After their first, smoking hot hook-up, he decides she could be the elusive happiness he’s seeking. Right about the time she decides to avoid him like the plague. But fate keeps forcing them together, so Jack decides to make The Big Gesture.

Floor Time: the epic beginning of the best-selling Stewart Realty saga—full of romance, humor, family dynamics, white-hot heat, and long-simmering desire between two stubborn, successful, and compelling people.

This second edition is refreshed and re-edited.

Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

Liz Crowe writes intense true-to-life stories that make you feel. Whether it’s anxiety, love, fear, hate, bliss, or loss woven into her plot lines, you will feel it deep down to your very soul.

–Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Liz Crowe is one of those rare authors who knows how to take the emotions of her characters and make them real for her readers, binding you to the story.”

—USA Today and Internationally Bestselling Author Desiree Holt

“Liz Crowe is my drug of choice for unconventional romance that pushes the envelope of my comfort zone.”

–Bestselling Author of the Enigma Series, Ditter Kellan

“I’ve learned to expect the unexpected with any Liz Crowe novel—along with 3-dimensional characters and well-written, realistic plots.”

–USA Today bestselling author AM Hargrove

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