Review: Life Blood, Book 1: A Reverse Harem Immortal Devotion Series (Immortal Devotion #1) by Raylin Marks - .Red Wine & Books

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Review: Life Blood, Book 1: A Reverse Harem Immortal Devotion Series (Immortal Devotion #1) by Raylin Marks


Print Length: 290 pages
Publisher: Amazon Digital (December 9, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: I will sacrifice my blood for them.
They will lavish me with their love.
Forever.
Just when Elle thought her life couldn't suck more, she met them.
Vampires.
Four extremely hot and mysterious cousins that had a supernatural pull she couldn't explain. Life gets flipped upside down and turned inside out when the secret of who she is and what she can do is revealed.
Braden, Logan, Cole, and Zac develop an unbreakable bond with Elle. They won't let go. They can't. She is a Life Blood.
These four cousins will do anything to protect her from the danger of a psychopathic vampire who will stop at nothing to get to her. Elle will never be the same again. But does she even want to be?
Because love bites. In a good way.
The Banner cousins and their appetite for more than just Elle's blood will have you flipping pages to experience their story of unyielding love and devotion.
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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This is a quick read that is as interesting as it is, occasionally, predictable. The author did  good job of setting the stage for future novels, and I really enjoyed some of the interesting twists she put on vampires. For something that has been around for so long, it is always refreshing to see an author do something different. I was intrigued not only by the idea of vampires getting stronger by feeding off of other vampires, but also by the fact that in this world, vampires can either be bitten, or born. 

Ellie is what they call a life blood. Meaning, her blood is made for them. But she is also, more than just a human. Her special blood replenishes itself quicker than a humans meaning that she can feed them without the fear of them draining her. 

Now, because this is not a slow burn romance, there is a feeling of "insta love" that goes on between these characters which can get quite annoying, but at the same time there are also some feelings of confusion and disbelief from Ellie, as well as some jealousy from her men. I found these little additions to make this story feel more real. Yes, they are all bonded together. But that doesn't mean that this will be easy for any of them. 

Where this book loses some of its magic for me is the men constantly making decisions for her and each other and not explaining why (or when they do the explanations are so weak its easy to see why she doesn't listen). We understand that Ellie is in danger and needs their protection, but they also need to understand that her life as she knew it was over. They moved her into their house to keep her safe, but then they tell her she can't go back to work? And when she gets the chance to visit her mom they simply forbid her from doing so by saying it "seems dangerous", but without telling her why. Of course she doesn't listen. 

And of course some predictable story-lines follow. Although even with this there were some twists thrown in that evened it out somewhat.

Overall, those who enjoy supernatural reverse harem novels where the characters experience an instant attraction (and some do engage in naughty fun times), then you will most likely enjoy this one. I would read more from this author (and will most likely finish this series or at least the next book to see where this goes).

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                                Life Blood is available from Amazon.com


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