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Bond of Blood (Texas Vampires #1)

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  628 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Vampire fiction with a twist-and a touch of Texas heat. First in an exciting new trilogy.

Former Spanish knight Don Raphael Perez has been a vampire for seven centuries, and is now the leader of the largest vampire territory in North America, spanning Texas and Oklahoma. But a rival is challenging his rule. Then he meets veterinarian Grania O'Malley, who's never felt the
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Berkley Trade
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Apr 24, 2013 Marissa rated it did not like it
This was extremely hard to follow. I tried. I really did. My brain finally had enough around page 50 and screamed "enough Spanish!" or French, or whatever the hell else they were speaking.
I was also flipping back and forth from the page I was reading to the glossary in the back so many times I think I got whiplash!
I don't have a clue what was going on. I barely got to meet the main characters. Oh, and this isn't even taking in to consideration the weird flashbacks/dreams. Again, I'm not rea
Dec 15, 2008 Christel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any paranormal erotica reader
Recommended to Christel by: Laura Stamps
Laura sent me this in a box of books awhile back. I love it!!This is a series based upon a coven of vampires in texas led by Don Rapheal. I love the writing and the story line. The sex is hot also. I will be enjoying th rest of this series.
This book is a strange hybrid of historical romance, military romance, cowboy romance, and paranormal romance, with a whole lot of Spanglish thrown in. I ended up skimming large chunks. There was an interesting take on the soulmate theme of the romance, but the camaraderie of the men seemed heavy handed, and the romance seemed a bit forced - the characters made too many illogical leaps. There were frequent holes in the story line and ends that were left dangling. Sometimes the characters annoyed ...more
I've noticed this book is either hit or miss. It was a miss for me. If the author warns you in the beginning of the book that there's a glossary in the back of the book, and to visit her website if you have questions, then be warned!
The story was ok. My problem was the vernacular.
I'm familiar with books having there own worlds, rules, and words (like J.R Ward or C.L. Wilson), but this book had too much going on.
It's in English but it feels like every other word is was in Spanglish, Spanish, o
Feb 15, 2016 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Nov 20, 2009 Trista rated it liked it
Recommends it for: women who husbands/boyfriends are out of town
Recommended to Trista by: girls in one of my book clubs
I kept putting this book down because the first couple of chapters have so much spanglish it was distracting, and I couldn't like the term the author uses to describe being turned into a vampire El Abrazo, means to cuddle or hug, embrace....this didn't seem like a good term to describe dying then coming back to life as a vampire, a stupid complaint I know. However, after the first few chapters the book begins to pick up pace and turns pretty smutty. All in all, a decent book, but by far the wors ...more
Jul 08, 2010 Yodamom rated it really liked it
Sexy, hot vampirio.. leader of the Texas and Oklahome area meets woman that may be conected to him in a past life. Somebody fights to take control of his area he has to fight to keep woman alive, while having lots of sex with self and each other. Can they out last this war ? Can they save each other and end the circle of pain ? Spanish and french words fill some of the pages it seems distracting at first but it really works in the story.
Sep 05, 2008 Heather rated it did not like it
Soft porn Harlequin-style romance between a male vampire and a female human. In this world, the men are manly men, protecting women and children from the evil vampires. The heroine is smart, independent, able to hunt and shoot, and then is reduced to cream by the sexual prowess of Don Rafel Perez. Trust me, she creams a lot.
Nunca había leído sobre vampiros texanos y aunque Lazos de sangre no parecia ser nada del otro mundo, decidí darle una oportunidad. ¿Y que pasó? Que el libro no solo me pareció tedioso, me pareció ridículo.

No me gustó lo que encontré entre las páginas de este libro. Para empezar, por COMO empezó, Rafael masturbando a su amante mientras su mujer reencarnada les espiaba. ¿Eso es romantico? Absolutamente NO. En el resto del libro, no volvió a pasar nada igual, pero de todas formas, fue un principi
Jul 18, 2010 Cindyg rated it really liked it
Good start to this series. I was drawn to the characters and loved the relationships between the vampires and their leader. I really got attached to Rafael and Grania; both brought such passion to the table. Look forward to starting the next book in the series.
Highly recommend.
S.H. Roddey
Feb 25, 2014 S.H. Roddey rated it liked it
An okay vampire romance. I'd give it 3.5 stars, but that isn't an option.

The Good: I really enjoyed the unusual storyline. The characters are interesting and well-rounded (if not a bit on the physiologically impossible side in some cases), and the historical fiction wound through the tale is a nice touch. The hero is all alpha-male and the heroine actually seems to have a brain in her head - something romance tends to lack these days. The author has a very clear voice and for the most part the w
Jennifer Foster
Mar 20, 2010 Jennifer Foster rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampire-misc
This book has a lot of sex. It seemed more pornography than actual story line. The story itself has a lot of potential but I felt it was very slow and missing pieces. I am practically fluent in Spanish and I was annoyed by the excessive Spanish, many being terms that didn't seem to fit. I completely agree with the comment before about El Abrazo (embrace, hug) not sounding correct with the idea of becoming a vampire especially since it is shown in this series as being very difficult and that some ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 28, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it did not like it
Too many Spanish words and too hard to follow.

I was annoyed and angry at the use of so many Spanish words, of which there were three types. (1) Some words were in the glossary at the back of the book. I was going back and forth to the glossary more than I cared to. (2) Some words were defined within the text and not listed in the glossary. My memory was not good enough to remember all of those. (3) Some words were not defined in the text and also were not in the glossary. I was frustrated when I
Jan 19, 2014 Theresa rated it really liked it
Interesting story of vampire/human romance with an incarnation twist. Lots of exciting action and hot sex. Reminds me a lot of the Chicagoland vampire series in that Grania starts as a human who falls for a master vampire. Also of the Trueblood series with the different vampire factions feuding.

The whole Texas vampire world is nicely done. I had some trouble figuring out the different vampire terms since they are based on Spanish, but there was a convenient glossary in the back, so it wasn't t
Darla Stokes
Jul 14, 2012 Darla Stokes rated it it was amazing
This is, if I'm not mistaken, the first in a trilogy featuring the Texas vampires we met in The Hunter's Prey (#15). And boy, did it make me homesick.

It has the same sensuality of the anthology, but this time there's a romance as well. Grania is a wildlife veterinarian at the Texas Hill Country Raptor Center, and Don Rafael Perez is a 700-year-old vampire who controls the Texas territory.

Rafael and his territory are being threatened by old enemies, so when Grania shows up in the woods when he's
Dec 03, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
OK for those who do not speak Spanish, they find like I did - there was a LOT of flipping back and forth to the glossary. I think this needed a breakdown chart of the hierarchy. I liked the story line but I was not hot on the constant back and forth to the glossary and their were many characters that were in it, and a lot of name changes. Which if you are never going to die - will be a necessity but sometimes got confusing. So I will attempt book 2 and if it remains I will bid Texas goodbye. lol
Jul 16, 2015 Brie rated it really liked it
This was a very good read. And it was crazy HOT! HOT! HOT! I mean the first dang line was talking about about how she'd already had five orgasms and the first four-five pages were all hot sex. Very very good. The characters were super sexy and actually intriguing and the sex was great and I enjoyed the fact that though it was extremely erotic and had like fifty thousand hot scenes it didn't seem to just center around the sex, it actually had a pretty good plot. I did get really confused at times ...more
Don Rafael is the 700 year old, mafia like leader of vampires controlling Texas. Grania is a human vetrinarian who moves to Texas. They meet at a function, she watches him have sex with another woman, he threatens to kill her if she tells anyone about vampires, two days later they have sex, start being really sappy and cliche with nicknames (like light of my life, beloved, ect). I didn't like the characters, they were supposed to be tragically separated soul mates, who were finally reunited 700 ...more
Lilith Noir
Aug 06, 2015 Lilith Noir rated it it was ok
Gave up halfway through. Just never really got into this one, and then on page 146 the Hero is musing about how the baddie is SO MUCH WORSE than a regular rapist because he only preys on "respectable" women.
That made him way less hot to me, so no thanks.
Apr 29, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
As vampire paranormals go, it was an avrage novel. It made a good attempt at being historically acurate in the case of the long lived male protagonist. Unfortunately for me, the author decided to make him from Galicia (Spain)... like I am, and her level of accuracy was at least dubious. In addition to some unfortunate types, one of the first words he uses is "pendejo", a word I never heard until I met Mexicans. She also mixes the Spanish geography and historical periods. He was Galician (Nortwes ...more
Stephanie Bolen
Apr 06, 2014 Stephanie Bolen rated it liked it
It starts out weird, but then it morphs into a pretty good erotic paranormal romance. I'm very interested to see where this series goes.
Jul 30, 2009 Rhianna rated it did not like it
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Katie Richards
Dec 14, 2011 Katie Richards rated it it was ok
I decided not to finish this one. I kept on reading it even though too many words were in Spanish and French. I realize it's a sexual book and that's okay with me but when the first big sex scene was not between the main characters, it threw me off. The main guy is having sex with some random woman while the main girl watches..and likes it. The characters were not very likable to me.

So after about 75 pages, I'm done. Its unfortunate because I own the first two books in the series. I guess this
Sarah Wagner
Dec 26, 2012 Sarah Wagner rated it really liked it
I think I enjoyed this novel so much because, in contrast to a previous erotic novel I read, this one had an actual plot. The sex scenes were a plenty, but Bond of Blood also had a fairly decent plot about a vampire seeking revenge against his medieval nemesis, a unique take on the vampire myth, and a strong heroine I could actually admire. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but still a rewarding read for those who enjoy erotica.
✟ℜoxanne✟(Death by ßook Avalanche)
A very steamy book indeed and a good story overall. The reason i gave this book 3 stars is because i found it very hard to get into and hard to understand at times. There seemed to be a lot going on all at once and the story kept jumping back and forward through time, also the constant having to look at the back of the book for the glossary was very distracting, other than that it was a very enjoyable read.
Feb 16, 2010 Jennifer rated it did not like it
I found this book to be very odd. Weirdly written. The sexual encounters didn't come off as believable to me, especially the dance/innuendo they had in the centre she worked at, I just felt creeped out by it. It didn't keep me interested, I kept waiting for exciting fighting scenes but had to wait till the last few chapters for it. I will not be reading onto the next book and would not recommend to anyone.
Aug 04, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing
HOT, HOT, HOT!!! First of trilogy of Texas vampire series. If you loved Twilight series and House of Night books, I guarantee you will be a fan of this. Good amount of background/historical here as well. Sort of hard to find. First book is at our library but not others. She also has collection of vampire short stories (Hunter's Prey) that I have on my TBR shelf.
cant believe im gonna say this about a vampire book but..meh. some of its in spanish so i had to keep goin to the glossary in the back, really annoyed me. the sex scenes..a bit too much for me (cant believe i said that either). it just seemed smutty to me and i didnt like the way it was written. i wouldnt read the rest of the trilogy.
Kelly Benson
Aug 28, 2013 Kelly Benson rated it did not like it
I couldn't even finish this book. I got only to 12% on my kindle. Normally I just keep reading and hope it gets better but I just couldn't this time. I felt like the story line was all over the place and they keep using Spanish words which I had no clue what they were talking about which added to the confusion in this story.
If you like the paranormal chills and the hot romance of Laurell K. Hamilton, then Diane Whiteside’s Texas Vampires series may be for you. There are details of the past in the ages-old vampire’s life, but the main focus here is on the romance. Start at the beginning, with Bond of Blood.
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