Feature book: Bloodgifted
Laura is turning fifty but looks twenty-five. She has inherited some freaky genetics, which means she has about double the normal lifespan and ages more slowly than normal. She is currently going out with a policeman, Detective Inspector Matthew Sommers, and while she’s affectionate with him, their sex life is lacking something, and he’s a little inattentive in their everyday encounters. She’s fond of her Aunt Judy who, along with her parents, has celebrated all her major life milestones.
Alec Munro, sired by Luc Lebrettan at the end of World War I, is the Princeps of the vampire world. He is charged with being a protector of the Ingenii (a 50-year position based on genetics) and is a doctor/ researcher. He’s not really interested in continuing as Princeps but is manipulated by Luc into continuing with the incoming (and unaware) Ingenii, Laura.
Laura is torn between her current comfortable, nice, but ordinary relationship with Matt and the just met but-his-kisses-make-me-tingle Alec. Matt seems fairly even-handed at the beginning of the book, but as the story progresses, he changes somewhat. Circumstances place Laura quickly into Alec’s protection, but he confuses her, swinging from seductive to caring and then to businesslike and back in rapid succession. HEA is sort of achieved for Laura, but the story isn’t finished yet.
Bloodgifted is not a stand-alone book—while the major action is wound up in this book, be warned, it does end with a cliffhanger. The vampire backstory is interesting—they have developed a structured society, and the current power-grabbing machinations revealed in the book reflect chafing at the imposed restraints of this arrangement. Those who enjoy drama may appreciate each reveal in this book, but by the time Philipe’s father was announced, around three-quarters of the way through, my quota had been reached.
The story is drama rather than action orientated, which will sound strange, as Laura needs almost constant rescuing, but there is a lot of sitting around and talking too. The head honcho referring to his daughter as ‘ma petite’ pulled me out of the story (having read it first in reference to Anita Blake and her vampire lover, it was off-putting in a father/daughter relationship—although if you haven’t read LK Hamilton, it won’t register). The story appears to be an interesting twist on the coming-of-age idea with the ‘age’ of the heroine being fifty, but with Laura not looking more than twenty-five, it loses some of its import. The love triangle between Matt, Laura and Alec provides interesting situations.
Reviewed by Gina
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.