Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor – Bloodthorn Book #1

This book got off to a rocky start for me. Let’s ignore the fact that the third page had the word realize written as realise and the word offense written as offence but we’ll come back to that.
It starts out with Caitlin Parish recklessly ignoring orders and blowing a stake-out by chasing after a master vampire into a night club, a master vampire who she describes as committing unsubstantiated heinous crimes and is so feared that no one will talk about him or report anything about him. And get this! She only has a tranquilizer gun! Her superior is warning her not to do it but she keeps going anyway.
kitten roar
As she is running she is thinking about how she has wanted to take this vampire down since she was little and the years she has spent investigating him and then she starts thinking about his “sensual lips” and how she has dreamed of him and woke up in a “sensual heat”. When the vampire overtakes her, taking the tranquilizer gun away from her and pointing at her and pins her to a wall with his body, she then thinks about how this 300 year old vampire is too powerful for her. Uh Duh! But Wait! There’s more! While he has her in that position, she tells him he is under arrest. At this point, I’m seriously thinking that the vampire needs to break her neck and the author will insert a new heroine.
The vampire, Kane Malloy, says, “Delusional as well as reckless. Are you seriously the best they’ve got?”
I think that is what saved the book for me. At least someone was thinking she was out of her league. I never did warm up to Caitlin but I liked Kane the whole time. He had me guessing all the way up to the end. The premise of the book is interesting and I really liked the setting and the caste-system world that the author created.
Now, back to the weird spelling of words! The author spelled words like realize and tranquilizer with an ‘s’ instead of a ‘z’ which really threw me off and would distract me. Also, the words offense and defense were spelled offence and defence. Is it a British thing? I’ve read other British authors and have not come across this yet. Maybe the author didn’t have a ‘z’ on her keyboard. The other thing that bothered me was that there were a lot of typos and grammatical errors in the book. I can overlook the weird z thing but not the typos and grammatical errors. When I pay good money for a book, I expect them to be proof read.

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