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Handsome Bastard (Ancient Blood #1)

3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Handsome Bastard Kate Hill "Part of the Ancient Blood series." Cyprian Augustus, a blood-drinker of irresistible charm and deadly cunning, has eluded hunters from the purist group We Who Serve Humanity for centuries. Now he's pitted against their most dangerous warrior. Beautiful and heartless, Leotine has destroyed every blood-drinker she has been sent to kill. Cyprian an ...more
ebook, 73 pages
Published April 9th 2008 by Ellora's Cave
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Dec 18, 2010 Netanella rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
So I'm reading this series out of order because I probably drank too much wine last night. Oh well, at least I understand the series title "Ancient Blood," since we finally get to the patriarch of the vampire clan, Cyprian Augustus. As his name implies, the story is set in ancient Rome, although whether it is Republican Rome or Imperial Rome is never answered. (I would think that Julius or Octavius would have had a problem with Cyprian's name, so perhaps it's late imperial Rome, and anyone could ...more
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
I was fortunate enough to pick this book up for free. It was worth FAR more than that! I like the writing style of Kate Hill and found the story to be intriguing.

I'm looking forward to reading more of this series. I can't wait to see what happens next.
More like a 2.5. This was a fun diversion, and, while I enjoyed it, there was an edge of disbelief I couldn't quite shake. Without more explanation about the "blood-drinkers" and how they function (they're not quite like vampires), I could never quite fully appreciate the world. The sex was fun, though.

Handsome Bastard was a free Kindle book I downloaded on 8/23/2012 for the Why Buy the Cow? reading challenge.
Toni (U.A.C.)
Vampire love during the Roman Era. Leotin, trained by a vampire hunting organization, We Who Serve Humanity, is sent in to infiltrate the home of Cyprian, a known vampire, in order to seduce and kill him. Of course, once she gets to know him she's not sure she can't still do it.

I'm not exactly sure why, but I just never got attached to the characters. Soumething missing in the developement and background history.

What an awesome FREE book! I had to wait at a doc's office this afternoon and chose to read this little gem.

It was very interesting from the beginning, grabbed my attention to the end.

Dear God, that Handsome Bastard, Cyprian, sounds dreamy, in a dangerous "sex on a stick" sort of way. The sex scenes and overall romance is spectacular.

Did I mention I got all of this excitement, for FREE? It was even well written and professionally edited!

And now I want to read the series.
Dec 02, 2012 Stephani rated it really liked it
Was totally not what I was imagining. But I really did enjoy it, hot and spicey, yes! If and when I get time I would be interested in reading more from the Ancient Blood series. Loved the detail, characters, setting, and storyline. Easy to read, fun, great descriptive scenes...cough Not thrilled about the cover...Could have been better on that. Good recommending book!

Katherine O'Grady
This was a kindle freebie.

The cover suggested to me that this was a contemporary - I thought he was holding a baseball bat. Um, no. It is a historical set in ancient Roman times. And it features vampires and vampire hunters. The story was alright. The world-building is clunky. Ultimately an enjoyable read, but not interesting enough for me to buy the next book.
Sep 07, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr-piledown

Quite an enjoyable quick read. Set in Roman times which was a nice change and a interesting story.
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I liked Handsome Bastard and I would like to read more of Kate Hill's stuff, maybe even some more of the Ancient Blood series.
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Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.

When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family and pets.

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