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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Review: Kept (Blood Lust, Novella 1) by. Zoe Winters

Review: Blood Lust
Author: Zoe Winters

Kept (Blood Lust, novella 1 )

The First Novella in the paranormal romance Blood Lust Anthology by Zoe Winters

Heat Level: Sensuality. Brief, non-graphic sex.

The Blurb
As a cat therian (shifter), Greta's blood is already sought-after to enhance spells and potions, but due to a quirk of her birth, her blood is potent enough to kill for. For centuries cat therians have sought shelter with magic users, giving rise to tales of the cat as the witch's familiar. When her tribe plans to sacrifice her, Greta must ally herself with Dayne, the dangerous local sorcerer who is the only person strong enough to protect her.


I don't usually read novellas unless its in a series I am already reading. I picked this one up, because it was .99cents and I was looking for a quick read to download on my Blackberry.

This story had so much potential, a well thought out plot, and interesting characters, but it just didn't deliver for me.
Greta is a Therian, or werecat, and just days away from her 28th birthday. Greta stumbles upon a plot that will have her being sacrificed due to the circumstances of her birth. She is warned by her mother that she is in danger, and needs to seek shelter with the only magical being powerful enough to protect her.

Dayne is a very old sorcerer, and is believed to be evil by all the werefolk, and vampires in the region.He uses their blood to power his spells, but usually orders it on the Internet. Dayne doesn't trust the Therians or other magical creatures because of some past betrayals. He wants nothing to do with helping any Therian, but when Greta ends up on his door step seeking help he doesn't trust her, but can't turn her away.

The relationship between Greta and Dayne is cute, she keeps forgetting to take her mating heat suppressant pills, and he has to give her the sex she needs to make it through the heat. The flaw in these scenes are, the author builds up the sex scene, and then doesn't deliver on it. It was so frustrating to read! I mean why start the foreplay and then axe the scene? It was hard to connect with the characters emotionally, because all their walls were back up after the non existent sex scene.

The world building was believable, and the secondary characters were likable besides the villain. There are two more novellas in this series, I don't believe I will be reading them tho. I have to admit I like the sex scenes in my romance novels, I like the emotional build up that comes with them. I think if Ms. Winters expands on these scenes, and her character development this series could be something special.

All in all the novella was a good read and I did stay interested in the story line, I was just disappointed in the execution. I am reconsidering reading the second novella, to see if the author has expanded on the above mentioned issues I had with the book. I did like the story line after all.

2**1/2 Stars


*Kept (Blood Lust Novella Book 1)        
*Claimed (Blood Lust Novella Book 2)
*Mated (Blood Lust Novella Book 3)

Product Details

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 123 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: IncuBooks (November 25, 2008)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English


  1. Hey Tawania,

    I loved your review and wished that the sex scene lived up to your expectations, as it sounds like it could have been a good read! I'm still tempted to read it & at 0.99 cents I might give it a try.

    I am intrigued by the 'mating heat supressant pills' ;-) I don't think I have read anything like that in any of the other werecat books except for one where the character drinks wolfbane tea to prevent shifting lol!

    I look forward to reading your next review!

  2. Thanks! The 'mating heat supressant pills' were intriguing :) The only other books I have read with something similar to them in it is Lora Leigh's Breed series. The Breed series is an excellent series by the way,I love those books. The story line is good, and the sex is Hot Hot. If you haven't read them you should definitely give them a try.


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