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A Blood Seduction (Vamp City #1)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  2,405 Ratings  ·  413 Reviews
Take me down to Vampire City...

Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city's magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal who knows nothing of the power she wields.

Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Review now posted...
“Another person has been reported missing in downtown D.C. in a string of disappearances that has police baffled. This brings the total number reported missing in the past six weeks to twelve. This last incident is believed to have occurred near George Washington University.”
And so it begins....

The Story:
Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city's magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman fro
Katie Michaels
I should tell you this right off the bat: I found this book disturbing. I did not like the hero. I did not want him to end up with the heroine. I did not like the world in which it was set. And I almost did not finish it. The writing was good. The author definitely drew me in and made me feel things. They were just things I'd rather not feel when I'm reading a book.

The heroine is Quinn. For a while now, she has been plagued with visions of a shimmer in the atmosphere and glimpses of a dark world
I wouldn’t want to meet the vampires from Pamela Palmer’s newest series. The vampires in A Blood Seduction are a bloodthirsty lot. These vampires are truly evil – they feed on emotions as well as blood. They are sadistic and revel in their “food’s” pain.

Vampires are not the only monsters in this world. There are huge, hungry werewolves, Rippers (vampires with no conscience), and Traders who sell wayward humans to vampires. This is a brutal world with no escape..

Quinn Lennox and her brother Zac
Palmer’s taking no prisoners with this gutsy new series

Having lived in Washington, D.C. all of my life, I was expecting to be pretty well-versed in the environment of A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer. But instead we’re introduced to Washington, V.C. Nope, there are no typos there. V.C.–”Vamp City” for short–is the alternate dimension of D.C., taking us through a bit of a time warp in the process.

While not in first person, the story primarily focuses on Quinn Lennox, a scientist with NIH who
May 29, 2012 Book rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, to say I was disappointed would be an understatement of the year for me. First of all THIS IS NOT A PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL! It reads more like a Sci-Fy novel to me. I almost stopped reading half way through but wanted to see how it ended only to be disappointed even more when things are not wrapped up in the end. An Open-ended ending in this book was like adding salt to an already burning wound.

I really like Pamela Palmer's Feral Warrior series and wanted to like this because it is about
The ONLY way I'll read the next two books in this series is if somebody tells me that Arturo, the "love interest" will end up this way, thanks to Quinn, the MC (he totally deserves it.)

A Blood Seduction should have been called "Caligula with fangs." It's pretty much vampires running amok, torturing humans in every horrible way possible. Beatings, drainings, fuckings, burnings, gladiator style fights, you name it. The worst part is that these vampires have very few weaknesses and there's almost n
Mar 19, 2012 Nafiza marked it as zz-lost-interest-in  ·  review of another edition
So you're thinking "Nafiza, if you're not going to read it, why is it even on your list of books?" I'm going to forward your attention to the synopsis where it says:

Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city’s magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal who knows nothing of the power she wields.

I feel obliged to protest on behalf of all the not so beautiful women in the world. We, too, wield
Jul 29, 2012 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I didn't finish this one and for a number of reasons. Quickly, (because I don't want to dwell on it) Quinn supposedly has magical abilities and can see an alternate world. When she ends up crossing the magical barrier in a search for somebody, her and her brother stumble (literally) into an alternate place that's like a replica of Washington, D.C., but not aged since the late 1800s. Oh, and vampires rule the roost viciously with their human slaves. I probably should have stopped after the ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
This ones a blend of Paranormal romance/urban fantasy. It's too dark and gritty to be paranormal romance and missing some of the staples of that genre; on the other hand it is too focused on romantic interactions and the traditional romance tells to be considered pure Urban Fantasy. The world is truly dark in Vamp City- many of the torture scenes are hard to stomach and it's pretty explicit, brutal. The heroine is extremely likeable as she loves her brother, friends, and is compassionate but not ...more
Nope. DNF.

While many negative reviews focus on the violent aspects of Blood Seduction, I've got no issue with that. Vamps should be portrayed as dangerous. I don't enjoy armies of sparkly, conscience-burdened vampires, nor do I want every protagonist to be a clear-cut positive.

...Unfortunately, that's all I liked about this book. I could go into more detail about the flat characters & lumpy world-building, but it boils down to one thing: CRAPPY WRITING.

Here are some snippets.

pg 17: Can YOU
Riverina Romantics

I can usually get a pretty good feel for a book within the first chapter. The dialogue, writing style, character descriptions etc – like every other reader, I don’t usually find it hard to tell if I am going to like something from the start. But A Blood Seduction was one of those books where I was constantly standing on the sideline not really knowing if I was about to start loving it, or exactly the opposite.

When I requested this book it didn’t have any classifications on Goodreads, other than
Jan 11, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I am a fan of Palmer's Feral Warriors Series, which is PNR; so I was very excited to get my hands on the first book in her new vamp series that is more on the UF side. I've seen some mixed reviews and one of my blogging buddies, Jen @ Red Hot Books didn't care too much for it. I trust her judgement in books because we usually enjoy the same reads. And when I saw she was having a hard time with A Blood Seduction it made me want to read it even more to see if I agreed with her.

Well for the first t
Lady Lioness
I've moved this title to my Currently Reading shelf aka Limbo. I read up to Chapter 12, scrolled forward to read the last two chapters, and proceeded to close the .pdf with a 'Holy Shit.' I'm not going to rate this because I didn't finish it.

Now, I like Pamela Palmer's books, and I did think, a few weak spots aside, the writing was particularly strong. However, I want to make one thing very, very clear. This is NOT a romance novel. This is horror. Granted, my PTSD makes me a little more suscept
Fabienne Gilbert
I have a few choice words here

Although I did really enjoy and possibly, maybe even love this book a little I still wanted to scream and punch something when it came to the ending. One thing is for sure in this book all vampires are evil as hell... Or what I really want to say if a few choice other words.
I think there could have been a bigger brother + sister reunite scene to be honest. The romance also seemed a little too dominating in this for me and the plot highly predictable. Who knows I ma
Samina ~ Escapism~
Quinn has been weird lately. She thinks she can see fragments of scenes from the past. Old crumbling houses and dusty roads deserted by everything living. One day while trying to look for his brother Zack’s friend, they manage to get themselves into the world that Quinn keeps seeing. They land into his unknown world and are attacked by vampires. Quinn is saved by a mysterious Italian vampire named Arturo by her brother is kidnapped by these vampires. Then she is told that is in Washington V.C, t ...more
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
Writing a review for this book isn't going to be easy. I feel really conflicted by it.

Quinn is a woman who has never felt normal. She can see things that other people can't. Weird things happen to her when she goes through what she calls a Shimmer. These Shimmers seem to be glimpses into some other world. If she passes through one, her clothes change color. Because of this, she avoids moving around the city too much for fear that someone will witness one of these strange color changes.

One day, h
This review might include minor spoilers. // Edited and properly written review to come.

Dear Future Patricia,

the setting of this book was brilliant. A little like Ilona Andrews' Edge novels, A Blood Seduction is set in our world, but not quite. Female Lead Character Quinn can see, and first suspects she's finally turning loco, another world, just sometimes. When her brother's best friend and soon-to-be girlfriend is a few minutes to late, he suspects something's happened, and it has: Like many o
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I read something outside of my genre comfort zone, way outside of it and I loved it. I’ve read Pamela’s Feral Warrior series and loved them. When I discovered she was going to write a vampire series it was instantly a must read. Then once I dived into the scary world of Washington V.C (Vamp City) I discovered something. I did not have a paranormal romance in my hand. I had an Urban Fantasy. A very dark world where vampires are cruel and no one ever does anything without very selfish motives. The ...more
Valerie ~ Val Hall ~
Rating: ★★★★☆

I'm not big on reviews or put arguments in an orderly fashion so I'll just put some impressions.

First off I am familiar with another of Palmer's series (Feral Warriors) which I like for it's reliable PNR plot. The world building is not phenomenal but I still like to read it. Being familiar with her writing I was unprepared when I picked A Blood Seduction.

A year ago I did not read much UF, mainly PNR stuff. It helped that I read one or two dark fantasy in the previous months. This bo
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 29, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf
A Blood Seduction kicks off Pamela Palmer’s urban fantasy Vamp City series. For whatever reason, I assumed this was a standard paranormal romance with a HEA at the end. I feel the blurb is very misleading. It makes it sound romantic and this is not a romantic book. So with about 10% left in this book, as I was continuously frustrated with the romance, I realized, ah! This is an urban fantasy, where there is much to be resolved in future books. If I had known this was UF, I wouldn’t have been qui ...more
Apr 20, 2012 Lisarenee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A vampire may play with his food, but he never sets it free."

People in the Washington D.C. area have recently been disappearing at an alarming rate. In the last six weeks twelve people have gone missing. It's thought a serial killer might be walking the streets, but so far no clues or bodies have been found. The police are baffled.

When Lily, a friend of Quinn's brother, goes missing they start searching for her. Within minutes of Zack talking to her and just a short distance from where they w
Christen (GoldiloxReads and Whimsify)

For my VERY FIRST Terrible Girls Club feature I am buddy reviewing A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer with my good friend Cat from Addicted 2 Heroines.

Cat's Question : Ok, you know what I'm going to ask about first. What was your reaction to the way the story ended?

Goldilox : Wow, I did NOT see that ending coming but I'm so happy with the way it ended. It was more believable than what I thought was going to happen, given Arturo's character, and it has me really looking forward to the next in th
Bri •Books and Bri•
[sigh] I had such high hopes for this book. With world building comparable to Ilona Andrew’s On the Edge series, I was immediately taken in with the idea of a vampire city overlaying the ‘real world’ of Washington, D.C. The vampires that live in this parallel world, Washington, V.C. (Vamp City- I kid you not), are complete monsters, where in addition to thriving on human blood, they also enjoying feeding off the fear and pain of humans. Humans are beaten, whipped, tortured, and enslaved, all to ...more
So you think you loathe the glittery vampires, all hot, sexy and seductive? Well, get ready to meet their polar opposites in A Blood Seduction. There’s not an ounce of shimmer here. But you might grow to hate these vamps as much as Cullen & co. Because the vampires in this novel are dark. Seriously dark… and predatory. They feed off of pain or fear as well as blood and they do not apologize for their nature. If you don’t think you can cope with rape and torture scenes: DO.NOT.READ this book. ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I get so irritated by characters who huff and puff, threaten to take whatever they want whenever they want, and whisper terrifying things about themselves only to never follow through. Too many of them are all talk. In Pamela Palmer’s A BLOOD SEDUCTION, the first book in the new Vamp City paranormal romance series, we get Arturo. Finally a love interest who walks the line between hero and villain.

Arturo is a vampire who rescues Quinn from another vampir
Scooper Speaks
Jan 12, 2012 Scooper Speaks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Lines: "I own you, tessoro. I can watch you whenever I like." Cristo! The wrong thing to say to a woman he wished to calm. "Someday, you will trust me, Quinn Lennox." Though that was probably a lie. And not his first." (p. 82, e-galley)

This is an urban fantasy, not a romance. If you read A Blood Seduction expecting a romance you will be disappointed. As it is, the series is not going to be what people are expecting. I think that works. There can be no tedious "as normal in UF" reviews o
Apr 26, 2012 Torzilla marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, amazon-vine
DNF: read the first 50+ pages and could not get into this story. I'm just going to list what didn't work for me:

* not a very interesting start in my eyes. I don't make a huge deal about the first sentence of a story (though I do appreciate it when an author writes something funny or interesting), but the first sentence in this book was just so boring and monotonous, and really set the stage for how the remainder of the chapter was like.

* not a very interesting heroine. I still can't remember her
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
Damn damn damn!

Quinn is a scientist. As such, she has been looking for a logical explanation for all the odd things that have happened to and around her throughout her life. Such as her clothes changing color & seeing things that aren't there. Or at least things she think aren't there.

Through a series of unfortunate events, Quinn and her brother end up in Washington V.C., Vamp City. It is a near exact replica of D.C. from the 1800's, only without sunshine and more wear and tear. Almost imme
Jun 03, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what to say about this book. I enjoyed the concept, the original spin on the vampire lore. But the characters never clicked with me and I'm really repulsed by Arturo, the main love interest. This is the only PNR that I've ever wished for the couple to *not* get together. Quinn was a great character in the beginning. She was strong and saw Arturo for what he was. But then she's "attracted" to him and that's where things started to sour for me. Yes, this is a dark, gothic, Vampires ru ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Kara-karina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry, peeps, but I could see no redeeming properties in this book. In fact, it was such a trainwreck, I felt compelled to finish reading it despite being tempted to just DNF the whole thing.

The major downfall of A Blood Seduction lies in its characters. Quinn and Arturo do not know what the hell they're doing or feeling. You know WHY you would have trouble describing their characters? Because they blend in and accommodate whatever author decides to do next in the plot. They do not have dis
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Pamela Palmer is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Feral Warriors shape-shifter series, the Esri Series, and (coming in 2012) the Vamp City series. Raised in an Air Force family, Pamela lived in eleven different houses by the time she was fourteen. The two constants in her life—her family and her imagination. When her initial career goal of captaining starships didn't pan ...more
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