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REVIEW: “Blood Tied” by Jacob Z. Flores

ABOUT:

The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge: Book Two
Thad Blackmoor’s heart is as cold as his icy magical abilities. He considers emotions a waste of his time and prefers to study the arcane, using the sacred books of his coven to grow in his craft. He aspires to supersede his father and elder brother Pierce in power, and now that his younger brother, Mason, has tapped into the rare warlock power of darkness, he needs to work harder than ever.

But Thad’s ambitions are halted when he saves Aiden Teine, a fire fairy, from a banshee. Thad’s immediate attraction to Aiden catches him off guard and thaws his cold heart for the first time. As Thad, Aiden, and his brothers investigate the connection between the banshee attack and the vampyre and shadow weaver who almost killed them, Thad tries to dodge Ben, a sexy warlock who won’t let him be after a one-night stand.

Their search for answers leads them to the Otherworld, where something even more insidious is at work—something Thad will need more than logic to stand against.

 

BOOK INFO:
BloodTiedTitle: Blood Tied
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 22o
Release Date: 07/09/2015
Purchase Links: Amazon, Dreamspinner

REVIEW:

This was awesome! Blood Tied is the second book in the Warlock Brothers Of Havenbridge series.

Let me give you bit of background history on this series before we go into the book, ok? The story revolves around the Blackmoors. Oliver Blackmoor has three sons Mason, who is the youngest; Thaddeus, who is the middle son; and Pierce, who is the oldest of the three brothers. The Blackmoors are a family of warlocks who live in Havenbridge, a small town that guards The Gate.

The Gate is the source of all magic, and it needs to be protected. The Blackmoors, along with other two families are the ones who guard and protect The Gate. This series presents us a hierarchy within the magic world, not only with magical creatures like faries, vampyrs and other mythical creatures, but in the magic-wizard kind of way. According to the story there are three main types of magic. Black Magic, Gray Magic, and White Magic. The gate is protected by three families, each one of those families represent each one of the types of Magic I just mentioned.

As Warlocks, the Blackmoors are the representative part of the Black Magic part of the equation.

Each one of the books in this series is told from the POV of one of the three Blackmoor brothers. The first book was told from Mason’s POV, this second book was told from Thad’s POV. Please note that these books cannot be read as stand alones, you need to know exactly what happened in the previous book to be able to follow this one.

That said, let’s jump into my thoughts on this one.

First know that I liked it a lot. When I read Spell Bound I found the dynamics of the three brothers super fun and interesting. Each one of them has a very particular role, and seem very fitting into the youngest-sandwich-oldest brothers typical dynamics. When I read the first book I remember thinking that the author had managed to capture said dynamic very well, and I confirmed this in this installment.

Told from Thad’s POV, we get to know a bit more of why he acts the way he does, why he’s so reluctant to display any kind of affection, and even, to feel. For Thad, emotions are… dumb. They are distracting, and unnecessary, but most of all, they are dangerous, so he’s managed to supress any sort of feelings for quite some time now. The real reason behind this is both touching and heartbreaking.

The story revolves around the vampyr and the Shadow Weaver that we met in book 1. There is what seemed to be an attempt of an interesting twist… I say attempt because while it was interesting, it seemed a bit predictable to me. I still liked it a lot. You’ll see what I mean when you read this.

Just like in the first book we learn that love is a powerful thing, and that love makes us glow and grow. When Thad meets Aiden, this happens, and he feels so helpless around the guy that he falls head over heels for him but doesn’t know why or how… It just.. happens.

Aiden is a Fire Fae. He’s also a prince in the Fae Kingdom. There is a very interesting story/subplot going on there that I hope is explored in more depth later on. I found Aiden and Thad’s connection lovely and… hot. HA! I rarely ever buy this almost love-at-first-sight kind of thing, but I guess the magical element makes it seem a bit more plausible for me. There is a… corny… element to the dialogues. There was some eye rolling, I confess, but at the same time it made me smile a lot… so… yes. Weird. Not anyone can make me roll my eyes and smile like an idiot at the same time.

Not everything goes smoothly, because then… then… There’s Ben. Gorgeous, dirty mouthed, sensual and… Strange. Ben is a very important key in this Thadd’s story. He shows up pretty much at the beginning of the book. What was strange is that I managed to like the guy despite it all. Well, I didn’t like him all the time, but for the first 50% of the book I was kind of hoping that what seemed like a loose love triangle would finally settle and maybe they could end up as a throuple… I’m glad it didn’t happen, but yeah, at some point I felt so much for Ben that I thought it would have been a good idea… How naive of me… :P

There are also things that happened in the last book that get a follow up here, and things that are entirely cleared up.

My only problem with this installment is that there were a few things that didn’t quite wrap up, or that weren’t clear enough. I suspect that this was intentional, and that these things will be brought up again in the next installment… Which I hear comes out in December! DECEMBER!!! It’s SEPTEMBER! Gah! So unfair! … Anyway, like I was saying, I hope these things get cleared up in the next book. In. December. Ugh!

Now. Before I go, know that if you like fantasy books, with wizards, and corny boys you might like this book. It was also way sexier than the last book… Also, I mentioned something about a loose love triangle, I say loose because there isn’t really one… but my heart hurt anyway… So, know that there’s no cheating going on or anything of the sort. Actually that loose love triangle plays a HUGE part in the Blood Tied thing…

I hope you guys decide to pick this up, and if you do, Enjoy the read! :)

About Gaby

Mexican. Caffeine addict. Book lover. Early mornings enemy. Wanna be cook.

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