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Blood Shadows (Blackthorn #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  3,164 Ratings  ·  353 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
Paperback, 380 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Bookouture (first published November 7th 2012)
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Apr 22, 2013 Navessa rated it did not like it

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
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
* If you are the type of person who will be upset to read a critical review of your favorite series, then please just keep on going. I have books and series like that. #noshame There’s no need to come and tell me I read it wrong. Yes, I marked this as “did-not-finish.” Yes, I rated it without completing the entire book. I read over 100 pages. That was enough.

I'll start with my biggest issue: Caitlin. She’s a “special snowflake.” She’s 23 and a “slip of a girl” (with a “fragile physical appearanc
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
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
This series hit my radar when I saw that the lead male in this book, Kane, actually beat-out Jerricho Barrons in an "Alpha Showdown". Really? Color me intrigued because Jerricho Barrons is alphalicious.

To be hotter and more alpha-y than Barrons, this Kane guy must be on fire, baby!

Yeah, this was worth an investigation. And, being the giving, self-sacrificial girl that I am, I decided to take one for the team and meet our mystery man myself.

Let me start by saying: Dibs!

Okay, now that this most
Overall, I guess I liked it... ish... Maybe? Hmm...

There were things that I enjoyed, the idea mainly, and even Kane at the beginning. I enjoyed the plot twist, it was a bit unexpected and appreciated (why I gave it 3 stars, not less).
But well, those first days, they were too long and boring and damn long!

I admit, I was curious. I expected Kane to be a badass from the beginning 'til the end (but guess what? That didn't happen!). Of course, he ended up being the good guy. I know, I shouldn't have
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
Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
I don't know... How about a 3?

Yep, I'm going with a 3. I read this one with the lovelies over in the MacHalo crew because there was a rumor that the male lead beat out Barrons to win the Alpha Showdown. So we were like

Let's just say I definitely wanted to read about the guy that is able to beat Barrons at anything (view spoiler) so of course I jumped in on this BR despite the fact that I already have two ARCs on my nightstand plus another on my iPad, oh and I have been getti
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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.

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
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
Mar 18, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
5 Stars!


Loved this the first time I read it and loved it just as much the second time around. Is it perfect? Hell no! Do I care? Hell no! Was I up all night reading a book I've already read before? Hell yes!

Vengeance, trust, betrayal, love and a sexy vampire. Yum!!

Caitlyn works for the VCU ( vampire control unit). She's a shadow reader. One touch to your pulse and she will read all your memories. She couldn't wait to get her hands on the master vampire Kane. She wanted to bring
DNF @19%

I don’t remember the last time I read a book and genuinely hated it from just a few pages in.

Kane is a powerful vampire who has been brutally killing people for decades. The special vampire police unit is after him. Caitlin is the lead on the case. She is determined to get him, not just to advance her career but to get revenge for her parents although she’s really not sure what happened to them. Her cop story is highly typical of UF/PNR cop/PI ones. Her parents were murdered, so now she’
Nov 22, 2012 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Re-read and now it is a 5-star-review! Hot and steamy read with very interesting plot!

The following review is from the first time I read it but I am not changing it!!


That was very good!

It was sexy...

And it made me cry...

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 mo
Nov 30, 2012 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Danielle (Danniegurl)
Wow. Review to come.

I'm annoyed cause I made my last status update and it's nowhere to be seen. I basically said idk if I can go on to the next book yet because the couple changes and idk if I can handle that right now.


WOW. This book. No really, this book. I dove in and I dove in deep. First it was darker than I expected but was a fascinating world that I kept going even though it was darker than the mood I was in.

Caitlin thinks that Kane is her last resort and only option t
C.C. MacKenzie
Nov 22, 2012 C.C. MacKenzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2012 Victoria Parker rated it it was amazing
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
Tima Lacoba
Nov 29, 2012 Tima Lacoba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

RATING: 4.5 LOVE LOVE Hearts!!<3 :D

It's been a long time since I last read or found an AMAZING PNR series, and Lindsay J. Pryor definitely heightened by expectations for the next book. Really enjoyed this one. Diving into book 2 now!
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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
Feb 16, 2014 Tate rated it really liked it
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
Nov 28, 2012 Fiona Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jules Rhodes
Dec 18, 2012 Jules Rhodes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 28, 2012 Incy Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jun 16, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Jilly
2.5 stars

I actually read this book back in June (yes, I'm ridiculously behind on my review writing again!) after finding out that the main character Kane beat out both Barrons AND Kate Daniels in the Alpha Showdown. Those are two of my favourite characters ever so for them to be beaten by someone from a series I'd never even heard of before had me incredibly intrigued. I'll admit that I went into this with very high expectations and perhaps that's why I ended up feeling disappointed but to be ho
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 29, 2012 Alisa rated it really liked it
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...
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“Strong isn't about not being afraid, Caitlin. It's about facing what you're scared of.” 33 likes
“You breathe too fast to be convincing,' he goaded.
'You don't breathe enough to judge me.”
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