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Book Review: Blood Roses (Blackthorn #2) by Lindsay J. Pryor



Author: Lindsay J. Pryor
Title: Blood Roses
Series: Blackthorn
Book #: 2
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Release date: April 26, 2013
Publisher: Bookouture
Length: 398 pages
Heat level: Steamy, intense, and emotional
Review copy provided by: Author, in exchange for honest review, without any other type of compensation
Reviewer recap: After receiving a frantic call for help from her sister, Leila, a witch and secret serryn, is headed to the last place on earth she should ever go – Blackthorn. Home to vampires and other paranormals, Leila has to perform a spell to save a vampire who drank dead blood or lose her sister. What she doesn’t know is that she just stumbled into the compound of the most ruthless and well known serryn hunter, Caleb, and he knows what she is. Caleb, renowned for his steely control that lead to his successes in serryn hunting is feeling that control slip in the face of Leila. Their DNA tells them they are mortal enemies, but their hearts beat as one. But when a prophecy is revealed, can they put aside their love to sacrifice one another, even if it’s to save their own races and the very world they know?
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Total Score
8.1/ 10

User Rating
39 total ratings



A dark, forbidden love story, with a loyal, fierce librarian/witch, a sexy yet menacing vampire, and a soul crushing prophecy that could save their world or destroy it.


Started out slow and didn't pick up till three quarters in.

Bottom Line

Blood Roses was an awesome continuation of the Blackthorn series. Not only are Pryor’s characters and fathomlessly dark love stories fabulous, but her continual world building of Blackthorn blows me away. Blood Roses is a highly recommended read!

Posted April 30, 2013 by

Full Review

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Leila is a witch, a.k.a. an interpreter, someone who reads and interprets ancient texts and performs spells. She’s also a serryn, which is a very rare type of witch that was thought to be extinct. They exude a magnetic pull for vampires that makes their blood irresistible… and fatal. Being extremely gifted as an interpreter and surviving a horrific attack has contributed to growing up with her nose in a book and ingrained a serious hate for vampires. She’s extremely guarded, naïve and sheltered, but would lay down her life for her two younger sisters. Leila doesn’t think twice about going to Blackthorn to save her sister even when it means the secret of her serryn blood could likely be revealed.

Caleb, a former serryn hunter, controls his businesses and employees with an iron fist. Reputation in Blackthorn is everything. Appear to be weak and the sharks will be circling to take you down. Serryns have played a monumental role in Caleb’s past. It’s the reason he became not only a hunter, but one of the best, darkest, and cruelest. After more than half a century, he’s never had the urge to bite… until Leila.

Leila and Caleb’s courtship is tumultuous at best. Leila’s feelings for Caleb go against her natural instinct which make her feel immense self-loathing, while Caleb acts indifferent towards her, but inwardly feels the opposite. Both don’t trust one another and when a prophecy is revealed claiming that a serryn holds the fate to the future of the vampire race, Leila and Caleb must each decide between saving the world and protecting their own beliefs or their love.

Memorable Quotes:

A FUBAR’d situ…

“What is this doesn’t work?”

His gaze snapped to hers, eyes menacing at the prospect she might fail. “You said you can do this.”

“He might be too far gone.”

“If my brother dies tonight, your sister dies – slowly and painfully.”

Cheeky vamp…

“Look at me,” he said.

She closed her eyes for a moment, resentment tearing through her.

“Look at me or you’ll learn the hard way that I don’t like asking twice.”

She tore her gaze from the floor to glower up into his green eyes.

He smirked. “Well, if that isn’t a ‘fuck you’ glare, I don’t know what is.”

A lover and a fighter…

“So does this mean you’ve stopped running, Leila. Are you ready to face this?”

“Are you?”

“I’m ready to take you when I want, where I want, how I want. I have been from the minute you walked in here. You’re already mine. It seems you always have been.” He leaned back in the booth seat. He poured another drink but slid the glass towards her. “So let’s have a toast,” he said, keeping the bottle for himself. He clinked it against her glass. “One of us is going to save the world. Sounds like game on to me.”

If you liked Blood Roses…

If you liked Blood Roses and haven’t read the rest of the Blackthorn series, definitely check out Blood Shadows (Blackthorn #1 – paperback, Kindle), a chilling and dark love story that will have you guessing til the very end (Loved it! Unlike anything I’ve ever read!) and Blood Torn (Blackthorn #3) the story of Leila’s missing sister and the head of the lycan pack, Jask. Due to be released autumn 2013.

Rating: Blood Roses



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