Sunday, April 20, 2014

Fire and Ice Book Tour: Review & Giveaway: The Bloodline War by Tracy Tappan

Title: The Bloodline War
Author: Tracy Tappan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Buy Link: AMAZON

THE BLOODLINE WAR, Book One in The Community Series

Beneath the streets of San Diego, California, a unique race of human beings called Vârcolac lives on the brink of extinction. Desperate to save their dying people, a brotherhood of warriors deploys to the surface to steal genetically superior women for a repopulation program.

A car accident changes everything…

A computer hacked hospital blood test confirms that Dr. Toni Parthen carries a gene that’s the key to salvation for a unique race of human beings. Abducted to a secret, underground community, Toni is asked to do the unthinkable: procreate with a man from a race called Vârcolac—a species that must consume the blood of other humans to survive. Then bizarre turns dangerous, because a new, mysterious enemy also wants her special DNA, and Toni finds herself in the middle of an all-out war to possess her.

Destined to be alone…

It’s the job of Jaċken Brun, leader of the Warrior Class, to keep the captured women safe from a demonic race of humans who rule a neighboring part of their underground world. His challenges multiply when Toni inflames the women into mutiny, and then there’s his biggest problem…his growing desire for the infuriating woman herself. Afflicted with a dark genetic makeup, Jaċken can never be with a woman. Until Toni uses her scientific ingenuity to find a way for her and Jaċken to be together. But then the new enemy faction unearths Toni and drags her to their hidden lair, where they’ll inflict an unspeakable cruelty on her to gain access to her valuable genes.

It will take every warrior skill Jaċken owns to save the woman he loves, but only if he can find her in time….


I want to start out with how much I enjoyed the new twist to the whole vampire and demon myths. It was very refreshing to read a book that wasn't the same ole same ole when it came to the mythology behind these type of race.

That being said - I had issues with the male characters. All of them felt like they were the same. There wasn't any distinction from one man to the other. It was just like an extension of one another. The women characters were better. They all had more individual personalities and they were very easy to like.

I loved the story line. I loved the direction it went and the ending. I loved how there were a few twists that I didn't see coming, which is always a plus.

The writing overall was very well. There were a few things that drove me crazy. Mainly the use of 'text' type lingo from the narrator and in the dialog.  For example saying 'TMI' as a narrative instead of too much information. Or, OTC instead of over the counter. And my favorite one that authors are tending to do - OMG. To me, that just pulls me out of it instantly.

That being said - I still very much enjoyed the overall package of the book.

I wouldn't mind reading the sequel. I liked the brother Alex. I'd like to learn more about him. 

Once i got into the story and turned the 'author/editor' mode off and attempted to overlook a few quirks that I had I really liked the story.

A solid 3.5 stars

About the Author:

After earning a master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, Tracy Tappan enjoyed several years of doing clinical work before devoting herself full time to writing. She was born with a fertile imagination that has compelled her to write gritty romance novels, spanning paranormal, historical, and military suspense genres. During nearly a quarter of a century spent as a military wife, she lived all over the United States and in Europe, enjoying seven years overseas in the diplomatic community, first in Rome then in Madrid. She is also the founder and creator of a fan-based website called The Character Couch, where romance’s favorite couples are brought into a session with therapist, Regan Malloy. 

She’s now settled back in sunny San Diego with her husband, a menagerie of pets, and two children who seem to think they can come and go as they please.

Connect With The Author:

The Character Couch


The author is running a giveaway on her site during the tour. USA residents only, please. Click here to enter to win!

Prizes (4 total): (1) $50 gift card to Chili’s Restaurant, (1) One pound box See’s Candy assorted chocolates, (1) $15 Amazon gift card, (1) swag pack, including Character Couch T-shirt, scented sachet, bookmark.

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