Title: Blood Ties
Author: Jessica Marting
Genre: Vampire, Romance, Historical
TBR Reviewer: Bella Star
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read!
Heat:3/5 - Blush Worthy
Max is returning home from his gallivanting ways because his uncle dies in mysterious circumstances. One the way home, he meets a lovely woman who just happens to be a vampire and nearly kills him. In comes Ada, vampire hunter...
I like Max and Ada. They have great chemistry together. Their romance is both sweet and sexy with a satisfying ending. I also love vampires which is why I am kind of disappointed with this story. There’s no real world building. Apparently holy water burns them and they can turn into bats. Stuff like that. There is nothing to separate this story from the others out there. I would have loved a real in depth look at this world. If you’re looking for a heavy romance with some vampires involved than you’ll probably enjoy Blood Ties.
Author: Jessica Marting
Page count: 134
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 5 Stars - A Must Read!
Heat: 2 - Flirty.
This book starts out in the near future (2017) Lily Stewart is utterly bored with her life, having recently moved to Toronto from a tree farm in the wilds and is working for a cryonics facility when she stumbles onto something the scientists running it rather wish she hadn’t. They drug her and when she wakes up, she’s being held at bay, in a cargo bay on a spaceship in the year 2867 (give or take a couple of decades). The captain of that spaceship, Rian Marska, wants nothing more initially to be rid of the inadvertent stowaway discovered in his hold, but then takes her under his wing (not literal wing, he’s human) as she tries to adjust to the life she has been handed.
There are bad guys a plenty, including a traitor and the aliens who originally froze Lily. Lily isn’t a shy,
retiring flower, though for most of the book she (understandably) wants to go home. When she finds herself in yet another bad position because of the evil aliens, she doesn’t sit back and wait for Rian to rescue her. Oh no, she takes the bull by the horns, a phaser and works to rescue herself.
She’s not a kick-butt heroine precisely, though she’s had self-defense classes and loves to play zombie video games in the 21st century. She’s courageous and willing and able to adapt. Rian was likable too, though more remote for most of the book. He had his own ambitions, which included being granted an actual captaincy of a battleship in the space fleet. He never counted on meeting someone like Lily though and his well-laid plans get thrown to the wayside when she pops into his life. He’s able to deal with the changes and ends up making as many adjustments to his life as she does to hers when she finds herself in the 29th century (though he doesn’t necessarily have to deal with being dropped into a future century the way she does).
Holy smokin’ space-ships, Batman! I’ve never read anything by Ms. Martin, but let me assure you I will leap at any chance to read more by her now. I’ve been looking for a good sci-fi
romance, rather than para-rom, and this gave it to me. The world building is top notch and you sincerely feel like you’re seeing the world (galaxy/universe) as it might be in eight centuries. Ms. Martin doesn’t
focus overmuch on the technology, which to my mind is a good thing, but does talk about some of the nifty technology available (replicators, custom-made clothes tailored to you – considering how much I
hate shopping, I’d go to the future in a heartbeat for this!, spaceships, and aliens). I loved this book.
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