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Blood Shadows (Blackthorn #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,682 Ratings  ·  286 Reviews
For vengeance - would you trust a vampire?

For justice - could you betray your family?

For love - are you ready to question everything you believe in?

Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death
ebook, 380 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Bookouture (first published November 7th 2012)
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Feb 15, 2016 Navessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I came across this book randomly, read the blurb, the glowing reviews and thought “Why the hell not.” I will NEVER be spontaneous AGAIN.

By page ten I should have known. I should have stopped. I read farther than I should have. Farther than I’m willing to admit to. For the purposes of this review, let’s just focus on the first chapter, shall we?

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Caitlin, our heroic MC and vampire tracking whiz, who has zero superhuman strength, zero metaphysical abilities (other t
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Wallflower Addict*
4.5 Blackthorn Stars!

I'm not sure why this series is tagged as YA... But it isn't, this is 100% adult UF.

What an absolutely intriguing story! Caitlin Parish is a shadow reader, she can reader a Vampire's shadow (this is basically like a soul) and by doing this she knows their deepest secrets and desires. She's been tracking Kane Malloy, a master vampire for years. He's the only vampire that can help her kill what's after her, her parents were killed by the same sinister creature, exactly 7 years
It's just me Shelly B
Gotta LOVE a sexy vamp!!!

“...he flashed a hint of that sexy smile, those deadly alluring incisors, she hated the way he ignited her inside. Hated the fact he was so damned sexual. So damned bad. So damned everything that deep inside she craved."

Come to Momma Kane Malloy!!! I'm officially in love with another vamp!! He's a powerful and sexy Master Vampire. It just doesn't get more perfect than that!

Caitlin Parish works for the agency that controls and helps regulate the "third species" and she's
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
4.5 Blackthorn Stars

"Strong isn't about not being afraid. It's about facing what you 're scared of."


Caitlin Parish, a VCU agent and shadow-reader, charged with policing vampires, lives in a black and white world, encased in fear. Since her parents deaths she is convinced that she is next. She refuses to believe and trust in anyone but the one thing she thinks she knows? Kane Malloy is bad and the only one who can help her escape destiny and the one creature that everyone seems to fear. Unstopabl
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A vampire book with bite!

I've become a little wary of vampire books in recent years because I feel like I've been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt at least a dozen times. Fortunately, this was one of those times I needn't have worried. BLOOD SHADOWS reminded me why I fell in love with vampire books in the first place, and why they will always be a staple part of my reading diet. Because when a vampire book is done right, it's right.

I'm really liking this book 1 of Blackthorn series. I think I got myself a new badass vampire to lust after. This book was choked full with sexual tension, convoluted plot, government conspiracy, bad guys that might not be bad and good guys that might not be good.

Caitlin was a shadow reader (someone who can mind read a vampire at close distant) and a VCU (vampire control unit) agent who had been obsessing in tracking down the infamous master vampire, Kane Malloy in order to get him to help her
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~

Caitlin Parish is a shadow reader and works for the Vampire Control Unit. She has been on a mission to get to master vampire, Kane Malloy, for quite some time. Her research on him has almost become an obsession. Plus he is really sexy so you know that helps..

Kane knows what killed Caitlin's parents. Caitlin hopes she can get him to tell her so she may defeat it. But Kane wants Caitlin for other reasons. Namely her soul as revenge for what happened to his sister, Ara
Dec 01, 2012 Linzi rated it it was amazing
Kane Malloy, master vampire of the murky world of Blackthorn, has enough brooding menace to make you shiver and sizzle at the same time. With a vicious reputation and a status as the Vampire Control Unit's Most Wanted, there's no doubt he's the vampire I have been waiting for.
Blood Shadows has a vibe reminiscent of J.R Ward's Black Dagger series, both sexy, unrelenting and blood-thirsty, but the significant difference between the Black Dagger vampires and Lindsay's Kane, is that he stole my hear
C.C. MacKenzie
Nov 27, 2012 C.C. MacKenzie rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for a well written burning hot vampire.
My perfect vampire hero would be a bad boy who takes the heroine right to the edge. And guys, do I have a doozy for you.
Meet Kane Malloy and boy is he bad to the bone.
My hardcopy of Blood Shadows arrived last Friday and cannot tell you how excited I was to receive it. This series first found traction during the New Voices romance competition where for two successive years author Lindsay Pryor reached the final four. I believe her reader comment
Nov 30, 2012 Aimee rated it it was amazing
I’m a lover of all things fanged and Kane didn’t disappoint. When the paperback of Blood Shadows arrived I devoured the whole thing in the space of 24 hours. It’s fast paced, has sexual tension that easily beats Fifty Shades and its action packed, suspenseful and has a brilliant twist in the tale I didn’t see coming. The only complaint I had was when it ended because I really didn’t want to say goodbye to Kane, though I hear we’ll see more from the bad ass vamp. The first chapter of Blood Roses ...more
Victoria Parker
Jan 15, 2013 Victoria Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting for Blood Shadows to be released for a couple of years now - a forever kind of delicious torture as Lindsay Prior came up with the goods and found Bookouture as the perfect publisher. Of course there was always a risk my expectations would fall sort after such a long wait but Lindsay created a fascinating book with strong characters and a powerful voice which made it impossible to put down.

I won't go into the details of plot etc (as many have before me) but the story itself wa
Nov 22, 2012 Tracey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! Lindsay J Pryor makes her debut as an author with the much anticipated Blood Shadows, her first book in the Blackthorn series. And boy has she done it with a bang! It's unpredictable right to the end. It's deliciously compelling. Lindsay's vivid imagery draws you into the world of Blackthorn where humans control the divisions of the third species.

Don't be mistaken that this is your typical vampire story where vamp meets girl, becomes her protector, they fall in love and vamp goes all soft a
Tima Lacoba
Nov 29, 2012 Tima Lacoba rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! is the best way to describe Lindsay J Pryor's introduction to the literary world - and the world of vampires, dark secrets, forbidden love and betrayal.
Her book, Blood Shadows, will keep you enthralled until you've turned the very last page to find out how it ends between the two main characters - Caitlin Parish and Kane Malloy.
Both are after the same thing - vengeance. Caitlin seeks to find and destroy the unknown creature which killed her parents, while Kane is out to bring to justi
Tha was very good!

It was sexy...

And it made me cry...

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A very nice start for a paranormal romance series! I am so glad that I decided to read this book! It was darker than what I thought it would be and that’s why I liked it even more! Attention: This is not a love story. This is a story of revenge, hard truths and of lust. Love doesn’t come and play until the very end and even then it’s not the easy kind of love.
Oct 28, 2014 Tate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was freaking BRILLIANT!!!


loved every second of it, kept me on the edge whole time.... until I read last word I would't know if they get together...let me tell, this was an epitome of love/hate relensionship


first we have...




then BAM!! when there was the final battle with soul reaper!!! I mean!!! GOD!!! that just finished me...




I honestly thought, like no way and again BAM!!



but the shock I got who killed Ariana!!! damn...


Fiona Chapman
Dec 15, 2012 Fiona Chapman rated it it was amazing
When this book was released, I was looking forward to an exciting love story between the heroine and a very, very, bad vampire. Blood Shadows, however, blew me away. The writing hooks you from page 1, the tension apparent immediately. This debut novel from Lindsay J. Pryor gives exactly what it promises, and more.

The story is an addictive mix of thrills, passion and on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense. Be prepared to be left breathless, not least from the turn of the last page, but throughout the
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Blood Shadows is book one of the Blackthorn Series. Caitlin Parish is an agent with the VCU (Vampire Control Unit), a policing unit that keeps vampires in check. She is in pursuit of Kane Malloy, a master vampire who is known for his ruthlessness and has eluded all attempts to capture him. This case is the most important case of Caitlin’s career, if she catches the elusive vampire it will cement her career, but she also has other motives for wanting him.

The characters in the book were absolutely
Jules Rhodes
Dec 18, 2012 Jules Rhodes rated it it was amazing
This might sound funny, but the reason I loved this book had nothing to do with the romance (though if you’re a romance fan I’m sure you won’t be disappointed).

I loved it because of the world. I loved it in the same way I loved Star Wars. Or The Lord of the Rings. Or The Hunger Games.

I loved the grittiness that made Blackthorn feel like a real place. The way the author built up layer upon layer of detail about the world without it ever feeling like that’s what she was doing was brilliant. I came
Incy Black
Dec 06, 2012 Incy Black rated it it was amazing
Kane Malloy, master vampire, is positively lickable. Caitlin Parish redefines cool, tough, subtly vulnerable.

Both share a Machiavellian desire for vengeance, Caitlin enforcing the law whilst Kane breaks it, preferring his own definition of justice.

The threat closes in from all sides, the sex is hot…and the writing, ah, the writing, it caresses the senses.

This is not a book to be flash-read, it needs savouring. Therein lies the reward, and what a hell of a reward it is!
Dec 29, 2012 Alisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alisa by: Ornella (Nyx)
Wow. Kane... wow. I tremendously enjoyed this book. Thank you to my friend for pointing out the fact that I would love it because it has a terrific plot and awesome smut :P

It did, people... it did have a terrific plot that had so many twists and turns towards the end. Pulled at the hearstrings a little. Had me anxious and hopeful and... all those other sentimental feelings and emotions that I usually don't do :P

AND it had great characters too - a strong heroine and a HOT alpha hero.

The smut...
I'm in the minority on this one. I did enjoy the story. The storyline was good, but it didn't reach its highest potential in my opinion. The characters were OK, Kane was a good Vamp-Alpha-tortured hero, Catlin well her character was not my favorite. I just wished more character development was ingrained in the story. Again just my opinion.
4 thrilling Stars

Looks like I just found a new entertaining and thrilling PNR series. What to say about Blood Shadows? Hmm.. It’s fast paced, steamy, and has a really sexy master Vampire.
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Caitlin Parish, gifted shadow reader and VCU agent has become obsessed with vengeance. Since her parents were ripped away from her, leaving many unanswered questions, she has made it her life’s mission to seek justice and set their souls free. With the clock ticking on Caitlin’s life she finally has tracked d
3 stars

‘Strong isn’t about not being afraid, Caitlin. It’s about facing what you’re scared of.’

Caitlin Parish lives in a world where vampires, lycans, humans and some other weird species try to live and function together. Caitlin is one of the people who are responsible for ensuring the peace in the communities and catching and punishing whoever threatens it. She is intelligent, brave and feisty. She is also determined to catch the one vampire who can help her survive a “threat” that is soon
4 Intriguing Stars!

Caitlin, a shadow reader, who’s character is stubborn as hell! You can’t blame the girl from not knowing who to believe, specially when the truth hurts. But I love the fight she’s got in her! Yet so lonely, it’s sad. Her POV is both amusing and endearing.

Kane, the hot and sexy master vampire whom Caitlin’s been stalking/chasing after. The more I read his POV, the more I love him.

What I like most about this book is how, in a way, unpredictable the characters are… both driven by
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Wow.. Kane..fanning myself, whew, he is hot, hot, and more hot. .lol. Master Vampire Kane is a super sexy vampire, and the steam with him and Caitlin was something. I am not one to read many books with too much.. let's just say steamy scenes. It's just not something I am comfortable with, but this book was done well, it's a great story, and has just some steamy parts that made me bl
Marked By Books
Jan 28, 2013 Marked By Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just give me a moment, I'm still trying to come to terms with the fact that this is only Lindsay J. Pryor's debut novel. I know she said that she's been writing unprofessionally for years, but still. Wow.

First off, I absolutely adore the world she's put into place here. Everything is so well formed with its own history and culture that it really feels like I'm living in Blackthorn whenever I'm reading. Every character has a story to tell (or not to tell if they have anything to say about it, ehe
Fiona Wilson
Dec 31, 2015 Fiona Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2013-reads
I read this book last year when it first came out and have just re-read it.

The story follows Caitlin Parish, a shadow reader within the Vampire Control Unit, in her attempts to hunt a vampire, Kane Malloy. She has been tracking Kane for years and now has him in her sights. He is wanted for many crimes against both humans and the third species, which include vampires.

Kane, in turn, has also been following Caitlin for his own purposes. What could be so important he needs Caitlin?

There is an underl
First off - let me say I am extremely picky about paranormal romances. That being said I loved this book. It had a rough edge to it. The author writes in a way that grabs you from the start and does not let you go till the end. It was filled with angst and sexual tension throughout. The hero Kane is a bad ass vampire, but he does have a vulnerable side to him especially concerning his sister who was murdered. Kane is looking for revenge against the ones responsible for her death and will stop at ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Catherine rated it it was amazing
*Review posted on Fiction Vixen*
Shari Kay
Feb 20, 2016 Shari Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr-uf

This was pretty darn good. Pryor is a new author to me, and I wasn't sure what to expect so I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this one.

Kane is a master vampire in a world where supernaturals, or third species, are out in the open. They have been mostly segregated by the human government into bordered areas that sound more like slums than neighborhoods. Caitlin works for an agency that polices the werewolves and vampires. She is very determined to capture Kane, supposedly
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“You breathe too fast to be convincing,' he goaded.
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