Title ~ Bloodline
Author ~ Barbara Elsborg
Publisher ~ Loose id
Published ~ 1st April 2014
Genre ~ M/M Paranormal Romance
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
No one can tattoo better than Inigo, a two hundred year old vampire, who works on human and supernatural skins. But he’s never tattooed a faerie and when a bunch of them insist he comes with them to tattoo one of their kind, saying no proves not to be an option. His skin is Oberon, the faerie king, and Inigo fears this will be the last tattoo he’ll ever do.
The moment Micah lands in the faerie king’s bed chamber, he knows the guy is trouble. But if he’s to save his sister and his family, let alone the job he’s paid to do, he has to stay in Faerieland and endure Oberon’s sadism. When he’s thrown into a vampire’s cell, covered in blood, he fears this day will be his last.
This book follows on from Jumping in Puddles - though there is no need to read that one first.
Well that wasn't your common or garden "Once a Upon A Time" fairy story, but it was a hell of a lot of fun! Nice one Ms Elsborg! You've just put a nice big smile on my face.
This one took me back to my days of reading paranormal/urban fantasy. It was a genre I was into just before my m/m obsession got a hold of me but it was one I always enjoyed. I have a thing about fairies... always have had, and I like it even more when there's a good and bad faction within them, and there's one hell of a sadistic son of a bitch fairy king in Bloodline!
Oh my he's a doozy! I was doing my pantomime "Boo Hiss!" routine at him beginning when long-time, exiled faeries, Micah Norwood and his sister Ellie, go back through a portal from our world (in this case, London), to Faerieland where they try to return the 'Kewen'- a long lost fairy treasure - to Oberon the Seventh, king of the Faeries. They're trying to clear their family name of false theft and disgrace which had their family banished to our world but Ellie lets slip some news that Oberon has been trying to hide from his subjects, that could result in his being dethroned and this evil piece of work has no intention of letting that happen so to protect Ellie, Micah ends up staying behind whilst his sister is sent back to retrieve a certain Bill of Sale that Oberon means to destroy. Not a great move as Oberon is psychopathic, unfeeling, callous and vicious and once he gets him into his clutches, he takes great pleasure torturing, humiliating and sexually assaulting Micah, biding his time, until Ellie returns so he can get rid of any loose ends threatening his kingship. Loose ends that include all Micah's family members. Oooooh! Wicked, wicked faery!!
But all that comes later, as the book actually opens with us meeting the gorgeous, permanently eye linered, loveable, constantly quipping, rascally vampire:
“ Good evening Fairies," Inigo said, "My name is not Inigo Montoya but Inigo Rafael Cavendish Fitzwilliam McIntosh and my father isn't the issue, but prepare to die anyway."
Two hundred years old, funny, dry humoured and full of witty banter, Inigo is one of the characters you just can't help loving as soon as he appears and he just grew on me more and more as the story rolled along. He feeds on his victims but only enough to keep himself satiated, finds his 'meals' on Grindr, and isn't averse to getting a bit of sexual pleasure out of it if needed, but apart from one instance, he never kills. Basically over the years he's coasted along, teaching himself different professions. At this stage in his life he's as a tattooist at 'Demonink' and because his rep is high in the paranormal community, he's kidnapped by three nasty ass faeries and taken to Faeriland where he's told in no uncertain terms he's to give Oberon an elaborate tatt on his back, one that only the true faery king can wear. Faery skin is not easy to tattoo so he's given some special blood to add to the ink, which he surreptitiously takes a sip from and steals, as its like nectar to our cheeky vamp! Can't say much more about this as it's really important to the plot, but you get to see what creature the blood comes from and the amazing results of it as the story along!
He sees Micah, shackled in Irons, bespelled mute and rendered helpless and he has to watch while Oberon goads and humiliates him. To test the validity of the blood in the ink he makes Inigo tattoo Micah's peen. Ouch! Despite the circumstances both of them feel an initial pull when they first see each other but the situation isn't great for making eyes, especially not with the threat of Oberon's wrath hanging over them. Now things never really ever go to plan in this entertaining story and its at this point that the shit really hits the fan, as the tatt won't take. Oberon throws a major thrombie and has Micah beaten unmercifully and then thrown into a cell with Inigo ... his faery blood a particular temptation for any vamp. Thats how the two guys get together, and when the tale really starts to take off! They escape together and from then on its a frantic fun filled race to dodge Oberon's equally cruel, psychotic fairy hunter Cavan, find a missing Werewolf, save Micah's family, clear their names, bring down Oberon, find some very important missing faeries and put the true king on the throne! And all the while this is happening, Micah and Inigo are quickly falling... first in lust, then... deeper in love the longer they're together...and HOLY FAIRYDUST! They're hot in the sack! We're talking Fairy-Vamp lurve and I was liking that...a lot! Sizzling chemistry and loads of sparkling sexual tension!
‘One look at Micah's long, thick lashes and those dark green eyes, and the bottom fell out of his world. This was a day of firsts, because he'd never wanted to kiss anyone so much in his life. Shit what's happening to me?'
The whole book is packed with a plot that twists and turns... never losing pace or entertainment value. Being able to flit between the two worlds gives the story a contemporary feel at times and a fairytale feel at others. In Faerieland you get the magical, over in London you get the modern. Interesting supporting characters in an alternate world where if you can come up with a paranormal creature then I guess it'll be wandering somewhere in there and I reckon if we do get more in the future there'll be more species to come. Here we've got Vamps, Were's, faeries, zombies... and Roman!! Owner of the paranormal agency that Micah works for but I'm not telling what he is, you'll have to find that one out yourselves but I'm hoping if Barbara's teaser in the epilogue is right, we get Romans story next. He's quite a character! Lots of mileage in this universe and I really hope that Ms Elsborg gives us more.
One thing I did like was that even though some of the scenes over in Oberon's court are graphically violent, torturous and dark in tone, the book never slipped into serious or gloomy. Inigo's dry, witty sense of humour, his one liners and self deprecating tone and the sexiness of their romance lifted this into more of a fun filled romp, but thankfully never a farcical one, so like I said I finished with a huge grin on my face. That's the beauty of setting a story in a world where there's magic and mayhem... you would probably be rolling your eyes in a real time setting but you can just let loose in a fantasy one, not overthink it and let the imagination soar. There were times when I had to really concentrate on the plot because there's so much going on and a fair amount of characters to keep track of but what the hell... overall I had a ball and really enjoyed myself! I think if you're a lover of the paranormal you'll be quite taken with these guys. I know I was
Pulling my hair out by Barbara Elsborg
Micah in ‘Bloodline’ first makes an appearance in ‘Jumping in Puddles.’ He’s the youngest of the Norwood family, brother of Ellie, one of the main characters in ‘Jumping.’ I hadn’t said much about Micah in that story, just described him and gave him a little role at the end. So you’d think when I came to write a story about Micah himself, it wouldn’t present too many problems.
I spent more time thinking and worrying about ‘Bloodline’ than I have for almost any other story I’ve written. I had to stick to the story line I’d started in ‘Jumping.’ I’ve had not to do that before and it was tricky. It gave me renewed admiration for those who write series. They must have to store a lot of information in their heads or maybe on their laptops. I kept having to check I wasn’t contradicting myself.
But then I invented Inigo and suddenly, everything flowed. It gave a purpose to the story that hadn’t been there before. Instead of making Oberon a romantic lead as I’d first intended, I made him a villain. The Kewen that played such a large role in ‘Jumping’, still had a role in ‘Bloodline’ but it didn’t have to be central. That gave me scope to develop other ideas.
I had planned to write about Pixie and Asher – the other siblings but another character came to life at the end of ‘Bloodline’ that I find more appealing. Roman. But I know I’ve set myself another mountain to climb. More notes to make on what I put in ‘Bloodline’ so I don’t make a mistake with Roman’s story.
Now I know why I usually don’t link books!
Jumping Puddles by Barbara Elsborg
Jago doesn't just inherit a title after the death of his parents, he's saddled with the crumbling money pit of a mansion that's been in his family for centuries. With his medical career on hold, he struggles to secure the future of Sharwood Hall, trudging uphill with no finish line in sight.
The sins of a past generation fall on faerie Ellie and her family, and each year they must trek to the exact center of the UK to recharge their energy. Until they find the Kewen, treasure guarded and lost by their ancestors hundreds of years ago, they're banished from Faerieland. Ellie's father has spent fifty years searching, now it's his eldest child's burden.
As a stunning woman sweeps into Jago's world in a thunderstorm, he can't stop thinking she's too good to be true. For little reason other than her sweet and generous heart, Ellie is helping to put Sharwood to rights and leaving him more and more suspicious she wants something other than him. When family and duty clashes with trust and love, it's debatable whether a perilous leap of faith, directly off a bridge into treacherous waters, will keep lovers from being swept apart
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Barbara Elsborg lives in West Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.
After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.
Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they are to write.
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