When Blood Calls (The Shadow Keepers, #1)
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When Blood Calls (The Shadow Keepers #1)

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Attorney Sara Constantine is thrilled with her promotionâ��until she finds out that she must now prosecute vampires and werewolves. The first defendant she’ll be trying to put away? Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.

When Lucius kisses a beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s hoping only to avoid the p...more
Mass Market Paperback, 388 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2010)
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LethalLovely~Let Me Hold Both Your Hands in the Holes of My Sweater
Sep 05, 2010 LethalLovely~Let Me Hold Both Your Hands in the Holes of My Sweater rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all those wonderful insects who love to grub on the feces. I'm sending you a copy, baby!
My Thoughts: I'm going to try to write this review spoiler-free. It's going to be difficult but I have complete confidence in my highly intelligent, extreamely busty self. Extreamely busty.

Recap: Sara Constantine is a newly promoted attorney who gets the bitch slap from hell when she finds out that her first case is the prosecution of the guy she played hide the sausage with a few nights ago, Lucius Dragos. And he's a vampire, oh my!

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Shawna
3 stars – Paranormal Romance

With author endorsements from Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Gena Showalter, and Lara Adrian and an interesting premise, I had high expectations for the first book in J.K. Beck’s new Shadow Keepers series, but unfortunately When Blood Calls, although somewhat steamy, was a bit disappointing and fell rather flat.

Prosecuting attorney Sara Constantine is promoted to a new position with a secret division under Homeland Security after winning her most recent, high-profile cas...more
Missie
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The 'bad' romance between the two main characters, Sara and Luke, was strange. I guess I can buy that in a matter of a couple of days, a centuries old vampire, Luke, falls in love with a woman he had a one night stand with, but it didn't really help make his ruthless assassin character believable. And Sara, an up and coming prosecutor who supposedly lives and breaths the law, was downright laughable with her willingness to throw all her better judgment (an...more
Vivisection
Desperate for some smut, I stood in the grocery store perusing titles. Dismayed by my choices, I still picked up all the books and read the backs. Hoping against hope there would be something less sucky than normal. Knowing it was wrong, knowing it would come to no good end, I saw my hands place this book in my basket.

It started well even if there was vamp sex and all. The author was a lawyer and created a nice little parallel judicial system for supes including arcane laws that often override...more
Hbeebti
The only reason I gave it 4 and not 5 was because there wasn't enough romance for me. lol Loved how the story played out in this one tho. Luke was just yummy. I really enjoyed the twist at the end. I thought maybe and then was like nah. But um wow ok yeah thats how it went down. This book is like Law and Order paranormal style. A huge chunk of the book is about murder and how done it. I found the way that the vampires were described refreshing. The law for them was hardcore. Cant wait to see wha...more
Erika  Badass
This story had a lot of promise.

The Pro's: Good World Building, Not overly descriptive, paced pretty well. Interesting Secret arm of the government, sort of like Men in Black :)

Con's: Shallowly written characters, instant Love, Not overly original concept, and some confusion on terms (Like Numen)

The cover is gorgeous.

The book was just OK for me. Nothing overly fresh about it. The plot was OK, pretty predictable. The differing Point of Views (which normally do bother me) added to the story, alth...more
Bookaholics
When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck
Paranormal Romance- Aug 31, 2010
4 1/2 stars

When Blood Calls is a promising and electric new series by well known author Julie Kenner. This is a suspenseful read that has some cool plots twists and a fascinating if shady underworld that is sure to enthrall!

Sara Constantine is a tough and beautiful prosecutor on the fast track. She is driven by personal tragedy to bring justice to her city. But her success has captured the attention of those in power and she is shocke...more
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Attorney Sara Constantine has just won an important court case, sending a brutal serial killer to jail for life. While celebrating her victory at a local bar, she shares an explosive night with a mysterious stranger.

Sara is soon promoted and is hand-picked to be a prosecutor for a secret and ancient organization called the Preternatural Enforcement Coalition (PEC). The PEC operates under the Covenant, a series of laws put in place for millennia. All Shadow...more
Urbanbookbabe
Wow, this was definitely a page turner!

Just when I thought I knew whats going on, and it all figured out, WHAM!!! the twist in the storyline turned me for a loop. I really enjoyed reading this book.


Lucius Dragos is at a local bar when in order to avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he planning to kill he grabs the beautiful brunette sitting next to him and kissed her. And oh what a kiss it was!

What started off as a diversionary kiss turned in to an explosive night of passion that is all-consu...more
Contessina
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Paranormal Haven
Prosecutor Sara Constantine has just won a major case and while out celebrating, she is swept into the arms of a handsome stranger who she spends one incredible evening with. A couple days later she finds she has been promoted to the secretive Division 6 where she will now prosecute the criminals of the paranormal world. Before she can truly recover from the shock of learning she lives amongst werewolves and vampires, she finds that for her first case, she will be up against Lucius Dragos. The m...more
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
The first time I heard about When Blood Calls and The Shadow Keepers series many months ago, I knew I wanted to read it. The series was being marketed as a "dark, edgy" paranormal romance and that's just how I like my paranormal romances... and I thought this book delivered!

Sara Constantine was an attorney and she just was just promoted to a very secretive division of Homeland Security--one that deals with the paranormal population living unbeknownst to the human population. Sara was suddenly th...more
Christie
When Blood Calls is a dark and edgy start to a new series. I like the concept of a super secret division of the government that prosecutes preternatural criminals. A great cast full of damaged, but redeemable heroes, and strong-minded women. I enjoyed the alternating points of view. It switched between the two main characters, and several of the secondary ones. The vampires in this book are intense, and some are struggling to maintain control. Loads of action, mystery, and steamy romance. I love...more
Sharal Hunter
When Blood Calls is the first book in The Shadow Keepers series. This is a little bit darker than what fans of Julie Kenner have come to expect, but writing as J.K. Beck introduces us not only to a more dark side of one of my favorite authors, but also a start to a paranormal series that is more sinister than what I've read before.

I loved the world J.K. Beck creates that Sara Constantine finds herself a part of with her promotion. She will continue to prosecute villains but now those villains ar...more
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Sabrina
It's something I never thought I'd be able to say, but this book actually brings something new and fresh to vampire lore! J.K. Beck has created a new world with a very creative and compelling take on how vampires are created and what they do to stay "alive". I usually steer clear of vampire romances lately because they are like cookie-cutter imitations, but I was really excited to get into this one.

Likewise, I was equally interested in the entire world of creatures that the author has created a...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy.blogspot.com

J. K. Beck’s (aka Julie Kenner) new series, The Shadow Keepers, introduces us to hidden world of vampires, werewolves, and demons and the harsh, but just system that tries to contain them. In WHEN BLOOD CALLS, Beck thrills and chills in this multilayered paranormal romance that bleeds, bites, and sizzles on every page.

Full of warring political factions, centuries old vendettas, government agencies like the PEC (Preternatural Enforcement Coalit...more
Julie
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a little while know that I research books before I purchase them. I check with my reliable bloggy friends and I check Goodreads. That is mainly why I rate books a little high – I only buy books that I think I’ll really enjoy. Well, I was at the bookstore last week and I had forgotten my trusty book planner at home. You know, the one where I write all the books I want to read someday and all the release dates that I want to recall. I decided that I w...more
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Kitaba gelirsek benim ara ara sıkıldığım bir kitap oldu maalesef. Öncelikle işe polisiyenin bu kadar karışacağından haberdar değildim. Ben fantastik bile olsa işin politik tarafıyla pek uğraşmayı sevmiyorum. Bu y
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Beth
Sara Constantine was a prosecuting attorney in LA with lots of potential. After winning a huge case against a serial murderer, Sara heads out to the bar to celebrate. A beautiful stranger kisses her while she is sitting on a bar stool and flames ignite for a night of passion. Her stranger name is Lucius Dragos and both leave the encounter with hopes to continue what was started.

Impressed by Sara's success, she is approached to work for a special prosecuting division of homeland security. She so...more
Roswita
Sara Constantine, prosecuting attorney, meets Lucius Dragos while she's out celebrating a recent court win. They end up at her condo together for a night of passion. Sara thinks she's found a man who just might be worth keeping. Then her boss (the District Attorney) offers her a job with the Division, the department that deals with Homeland Security cases, or so she's been told. As it turns out, the department actually deals with paranormal cases, and Sara is introduced to a whole new world fill...more
Cherise
When prosecuting attorney, Sara Constantine, wins her first really big case against a child predator and murderer she celebrates with a drink at a local bar. After a surprising and satisfying make-out session with a sexy and mysterious man, she ends up taking him home for a little bedroom aerobics. What should be a one night stand ends up making Sara feel like it is so much more.

The next day Sara is offered a job with an agency everyone assumes is some secret branch of homeland security. That’s...more
Karen
The murder of retired judge Marcus Braddock draws Los Angeles District Attorney Sara Constantine into the world of Division 6. She's heard that Division 6 is part of Homeland Security, but never imagined it was the public face of the very private Preternatural Enforcement Coalition. Her first case in prosecuting the Shadow creatures of LA's true underworld is against the notorious Lucius Dragos. The same Luke who has been distracting her for days -- since she allowed into her bed for an unforget...more
Kaori
Dec 22, 2010 Kaori rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PNR Lovers
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Terra
This was one delicious book and a wonderful start to the J. K. Beck name. Oh my, talk about wanting to have a romp in the dark with a blood sucking stud muffin. Yowzer! Hawt is too mild for this book and it has a wild pace that will keep you moving and guessing.

Sara Constantine is plagued by nightmares of vicious, dangerous, murdering beasts due to see her father killed right before her eyes when she was just a child. Now as an adult she is an attorney for the percussion of those that would harm...more
Darcy
Oct 24, 2010 Darcy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I thought this book was a great introduction to this world. I loved that Sara and Lucius met during a really hot one night stand, one that in most normal worlds leads not further, but in the world of fiction of course they will encounter each other again and it will be in a situation where they are on opposite sides.

I liked Sara, but she just accepted her new job and the way her eyes were opened to all sorts of new creatures just too easily. I kept expecting her to freak out a little, but it ju...more
Sarah
This was an awesome read ;-) really enjoyed all the interlinked story lines with the characters..Lucius was portrayed as a bad boy vamp but all he did was to protect his own kind..he would sooner serve his own justice than wait for any court to gather the necessary evidence.I love how Sara and him connected as they had both suffered the same kind of loss within their family unit and the chemistry between them was electric!!!!
The author did a great job with this book..it was very different to som...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Sep 29, 2010 Vanessa theJeepDiva rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Vanessa by: Alycia
The last 40 or so pages of this book were awesome. The rest was just meh. I felt from the beginning that I had seen this movie, watched this TV show or read this book. The book had an overall feel that left me thinking of, lack of originality. There were a ton of characters in this book and some of them seemed to draw my attention away from the plot of the book. Characters and their pasts were mentioned. As the reader it would have been nice to know what the conflicts were, but instead we just k...more
Cathy
Very good dark paranormal romance/urban fantasy. While I had a few quibbles with the levelheaded ADA having sex with her defendant just after finding out that he was a murderer, being unable to keep their hands off each other is a romance novel staple. Other than that, I liked the characters and the paranormal elements and, as always, Ms. Beck/Kenner's storytelling is great. Heck, she got me to read a romance, didn't she? If you're squeamish about hot sex or psycho serial murderers, this isn't t...more
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Julia A. Beck was born in Mountainview, California, USA on 1965. Her father was an aeronautical engineer, and her mother worked as a secretary. She grew up in Austin, Texas, where she attended Lyndon Baines Johnson High School, graduating as valedictorian of her class. She went on to the University of Texas, where she received a bachelor's degree in communications (radio-television-film). Afterwar...more
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