Romance, heartache, humor, action, treason and a compelling and clever word building, Megan Erickson plainly hooked me right in and made me wish to never get out.
A kickass heroine and a vampire in touch with his feelings showing more humanity than possible… Just AMAZING all around!
Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.
Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .
Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change mydestiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.
Author : Megan Erickson
Title : Blood Guard
Series : Mission #1
Number of pages : 213
Publisher : LoveSwept
Release Date : September 12th, 2017
Genre : Paranormal Romance
I love it when I discover an author who can satisfy my different cravings. Megan Erickson writes, contemporary romance, M/M, as well as PNR and after sampling a little of each I can safely say I’m impressed with her ability to switch genres whilst delivering solid world building and dependable characters.
Something to know about me, Fantasy is my first love. I came to romance books super late but I remember loving the light romantic aspects in my fantasy reads back then.
Now with PNR, both my favorites genre are colliding to deliver two of my favorite things. A way to escape reality through imaginary worlds combined to the seductive and titillating side of romance.
The blurb of Blood Guard is pretty self explanatory, I didn’t hesitate one second after reading it, it screamed three things at me : alpha male, fiery heroine and adventure. I had to read it. Now.
With Blood Guard, Megan Erickson certainly delivered beyond my expectations.
First with her compelling and clever world building, she managed to efficiently set out a complete universe without drowning the rest of the story. I liked learning about the different vampire species and customs through Tendra and Athan discussion. It wasn’t as deep and extended as say—a Tolkien novel— but just enough to establish the basics without smothering the reader with pages of descriptions. The advantage was to learn about the world and follow the events unfold at the same time.
Second I knew she could write sexy. And boy did she prove me again that she was devilishly skilled to set the pages ablaze! I mean a book with vampires, I was expecting some level of hedonism and iniquity, right? Well, safe is to say, Megan Erickson knows quite a few things in the debauchery department. And she gave just enough to make this book sexy, dirty without feeling depraved. Or maybe just a tiny bit 😉
Third, I love a great alpha male, especially in paranormal romance I like a man that takes charge, but what I loved even more here—against all odds— was how strong, capable and fierce the heroine, Tendra, was!!! Such a smart ass young woman! I loved how rather than feeling sorry for herself she faced her troubles and big bad vampires with a heavy dose of sarcasm and derision. It gave the whole story a refreshing and fun side.
I need to point out how easy it was to connect with the heroine. I’m not a huge fan of the 1st person POV but here it worked like a charm. The characterization was on point, and I was especially pleased to meet a vampire in touch with his feelings, showing more humanity than I thought was possible. It gave another layer to their forbidden affair and I loved the heartache behind it! Just the right dose of angst!
And last, by successfully mixing romance, heartache, humor and action, Megan Erickson hooked me from page one, with Blood Guard she put her own spin on Vampires and gave life to interesting and complex characters, opposing snark and bite. Jut amazing all around!
My thirst for hot vampires was not only quenched but it turned me into an addict! I need more. It was extremely entertaining and a perfect start to a new series. I can’t wait for the next book, Blood Veil, which should release early 2018.
Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.