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Blood, Body and Mind

(Aaron's Kiss #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Sara Temple goes to work one day and finds a group of rogue Vampires is going to kill her boss and his pregnant mate. In trade for her life, she agrees to save the life of the newly appointed – extremely handsome Master Vampire Aaron MacManus.
Sara has been protecting the Queen of Magic for years – since the explosion that caused her to lose her unborn child. On the run fr
Kindle Edition, First edition, 214 pages
Published by World Castle Publishing (first published January 12th 2011)
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Chris, the Dalek King
This is a bit ranty, at tad spiolery, and more than a little long. You have been warned.

I have read a book. By all accounts, it was a bad book (horrible, inconceivably horrible) riddled with plot holes the size of Dalek battle fleet. That is not my problem (48% of problem). My problem is that the readers of this novel are told to believe that the heroine (Sara) is an independent woman, and that is why she acts like a complete moron when faced with danger. This annoys me, not so much because it
Apr 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Talk about confusing characters! I don't get Sara at all, at the beginning of the story I was excited since she was introduced as an 11 year old kid who was like super talented/skilled and smart mouthed to boot. She is supposed to be a protector to a queen (supposedly a super ancient magical queen whose name happens to be Melody...yes Melody), a strong character and she was introduced to us 15 years later vacuuming the floor!? (yes they said she was a pilot but come on!) And don't make me even b ...more
May 21, 2011 added it
Recommended to Victoria by: Kathi Barton (the author!)
Shelves: 50-books-in-2011
I was introduced to this series by the author and I'm so glad for it! The story follows Sara, a strong-willed, stubborn girl with a violent past. She's on the run, she trusts no one, and yet she can maintain a sense of innocence and naïveté about her that makes her even more intriguing. I found myself identifying with her quite often--the author has a way with words that is almost conversational, as if she was telling a story about someone you know.

Quite frankly, this was a page-turner for me.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
First of all, I would like to apologise to fellow Goodread reviewers if I go over some points that you have already mentioned - to me it indicates that there are a lot of things in this book that drew reader’s attention for similar reason.
My family often makes fun of me because I have tendency to make lists – I suppose, as I work in R&D, it comes from writing a lot of technical reports, procedures and instructions. So, in my own fashion, here is why this book did not work for me, otherwise
Jul 19, 2012 rated it did not like it

Sarah Temple prefers to remain under the radar, working quietly for vampires. hiding what she is from everyone. When she saves the life of Master Vampire Aaron MacManus, she becomes the focus of more people than she really is comfortable about, because she finds it increasingly difficult to hide out, protecting her Queen in the process
from the Queen's own consort.

I'm not sure I really understood this book, but I really didnt take to it at all. this may sound strange, but it seemed the characters
Jacquie Talento
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Aaron the dreamy vampire has finally met his match when he meets Sara. Sara can literally bring anyone to their knees and beg for mercy in many ways. Sara has had a very rough life and trusts no one except for Mel, the Queen that she has protected for years and now is protecting Mel from the evil Sherman. Sherman was Mel’s husband and an evil one at that. The connection between Aaron & Sara is just amazing and watching as the characters grow into something more than would ever imagine is int ...more
Charlotte Blackwell
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone over 18
Shelves: favorites
This is an amazing debut novel for author Kathi Barton. Ms. Barton has done an amazing job of building the sexual tension between the hero(Aaron) and heroine(Sara). I would love to see so much more of Sara's story. Because my first love lies with young adult novels, all I could think while reading this amazing novel was 'I would love the author to do Sara's back story as a YA novel.

Blood, Body and Mind has amazing description and takes the reading into the magic with in the book. I loved readin
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-lendable
It was a mix of feelings for me on this book.

I liked the story... What I didn't like was that while it prolonged the novel from sex craziness until 70% something (Kindle edition) which was usually ok with me - it ended up all about sex after that point. Eh, I like it a little spread out through the story with its plot intact. So after that point, I was actually disappointed. There were minor grammatical errors but it didn't bother me this time - just the plot seemed to be lost after the characte
Charlene Bauer
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aaron-s-kiss
This was one of the best books I have read.

It's the story of a young magical woman who is being hunted by a powerful being while struggling to protect another.

Aaron McManus is a powerful vampire who has just inherited the kiss.

They meet when Sara saves Aaron's life.

The sparks begin to fly.

As their relationship grows, danger surrounds them.

Will they ever find their happy ever after?

Come and read this story. You won't be disappointed.
Aug 17, 2015 marked it as no-dnf-zzz-avoid
Couldn't get past sample: Too many characters plus no 11yr old girl I know talks like this:

“You’re late, asshole. You said you’d be here an hour ago and now I have a class”

“Who’s the broad?”

The girl snorted. “You can try, old man. I’m not one of your rug rats to be ordered about."

“No. I won’t hurt you. I refuse to play like this so some woman will have sex with you.”

Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, seriestoread
A great introduction to a promising paranormal series.
Yay to winning free things!
Aug 08, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: werewolves
can i just say that i love this cover?
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this.

I loved Aaron and Sara and the whole world of the novel.
Vampires and Werewolves and Magic oh, my!

Definitely going to read more of this author.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review to come soon! AWESOME book!!!!!
Oct 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I hate to say this, but honestly, this did not deserve even one star. I hate having to be negative about someone's effort at creativity, but I can't honestly give this book more than one star and a bad review. I'm extremely disappointed that the rating system has been so abused, or skewed, that this book has an average rating near four stars. How is that possible?
There was no writing or plot faux-pas that didn't get a blaring hit in this piece. Grammar issues, plot holes, contradictory statemen
Niki Driscoll
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
What an interesting cast of characters and some mystery to start off this series with a bang. Sara is quite the character, she is introduced as a child and then jumps to an adult in a completely different scenario than expected. While she was a bad a@# as a child her skills have improved leaving the reader wondering what species she actually is. Aaron is an old vampire who also enters the story by coming to kick some butt, unfortunately we did not actually get to experience his awesomeness so hi ...more
This is my thoughts of the whole series as I just did a re-read of all 14 books. This was one of the series that started my love of paranormal romance/ urban fantasy many moons ago. It will therefore always have a special place in my heart. I love the character and the stories, for about three of the books, delighted me. However, this is not one of Kathi's best works. The sex scenes veer from not making sense to just damn cringey or even borderline rapey. It might be because I essentially binge ...more
Patsy Hallam
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow what can I say apart from that Kathi has done it again with making you want to read the whole series just from readings the first book. I love the story and who it all flows of a woman just going to work and happen to save her vampire boss and his pregnant mate as well as the vampire master all in one day. To top that off to be told that the vampire master is your mate. The whole story shows a reluctant mating that has you turning the page and not able to put down until the end. I am not goi ...more
Tina Ng-Laguesma
I like the premise of the book but do not like the style

Loved the synopsis, even sort of liked the characters but the style of writing was very choppy.

It was very hard to follow.

I couldn’t get lost in the story.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review may contain spoilers

Over 18’s Only

Summary: Aaron MacManus, the new master vampire of the realm just wanted to go out and meet some of his subjects and to figure out what needed to be done to set things right.
April and Demetrius Carlovetti own an air service and are the most trusted and well liked vampires in Aaron’s realm. What he didn’t expect when he visited them was betrayal. His own bodyguards try to murder him and blame it on the Carlovetti’s.
Sara Temple was not a vampire. She
Sue Zawisa
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an ARC for an honest review
Sara Temple is a Royal Guard among other things. She wields a very strong magic too. She met Marcus, another Royal Guard , and Melody, Queen of Magick, fifteen years ago and became Melody,s youngest guard at the age of 11. Now, at 26, Sara has been in hiding for 4 years after being accused of killing the Queen and has been sentenced to death. Aaron MacManus is a vampire who has challenged and defeated a cruel vampire to
Jan 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Not a good book, I got to about chapter 10 before I had to stop. I'm not sure but it seems like there were 2 authors to this book and they didn't really agree on the rules they made or the main character's personality. Some times Sara is kick ass and can take a bullet and keep on going like it wasn't even there. She is smart mouthed, confident, loyal, hard working but hard and jaded. Then she will randomly burst into tears in front of people she does not trust and

*******Minor spoilers*******

Sue Davis
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
Melody,Queen of Molavonta, Magical Castle of her Magick ,and Marcus,her Man at Arms of her royal Guard,he brought her to the human world (where they were trying to find good, capable men for the royal guards ) to see a little girl (9). She saw what Marcus wanted her to see and feel from the
Kathi S Barton is a prolific and very talented writer of both contemporary and sci-fi/fantasy erotic romances. Blood, Body and Mind, the first of the "Aaron's Kiss" series, features a world where magical beings live among humans who are unaware of the creatures' existence.

Queen Melody (Keeper of Magick) leads the beings and protects the world from the followers of dark magic who would destroy it all. Sara Temple was part of the elite warriors who guard Melody. When the queen was betrayed and ba
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm really not sure what I think of this novel. I nearly put it to the never to be finished pile. I kept reading hoping it would pick up or develop or just anything. I gave it 2 stars cause it does have potential to become a great story. Rewritten of course.
It has the potential to be fantastic, but it has the feel of a YA and a rushed, unfinished YA book to boot.
We meet Sara as a child meeting the Queen of alternate universe. She offers Sara a job. Next thing its 15-20 years later and she is bac
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome, aarons-kiss
This the beginning of an amazing series.

It starts with Melody, queen of Magic who meets sassy, street-smart Sara at 11 with great magic as she has a training session with Mel's guard, Marcus.Sara is invited to Molavonta, kingdom of magic where she trains as a guard for Mel.

Next we meet hot and hunky Aaron Macmanus challenges the master vampire of the realm, Carlos Sanchez - as he abuses those under his care. Aaron and his friend and care taker begins their adventure together once Aaron kills Car
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved the concept of this book. I enjoyed the characters and all their flaws. I even like the plot structure and the direction that the story was going. I, however, couldn't get over was the gaps, the odd pacing and the swings in the characters' personality. The lack of consistency ground on my nerves a tad. These are all things that should have been caught in editing but I checked out that this book was published before the publishing house was opened, I doubt that a certified editor read thi ...more
Aldii - perfectioninbooks
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Este libro me gusto pero tuve algunos problemas con el,así como algunas cosas geniales. Empecemos por lo que no me gusto tanto.
Creo que la escritura tuvo ciertos fallos. Por ejemplo,por momentos me entreveraba en la historia. Otro problema fue que las algunas cosas sucedían demasiado rápido y no se desarrollaban bien. La relación entre los dos personajes principales tenia mucho potencial que no creo que haya sido utilizado. También,esperaba mas preludio,mas coqueteo que hiciera algo previo a des
Elaine Kirby
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm, Luscious Alpha Vampire

Aaron has met his match & she's a magical warrior who's also his mate. When they 1st meet she saves his life & the lives of the people she works for as the bad vampires were going to kill Aaron & blame it on her bosses. Sarah is hiding from people who want her dead because they think that she killed someone but in this story she actually saved that person & has them hidden somewhere until that person is strong enough to do what they need to do. The evi
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Kathi Barton, author of the bestselling series Force of Nature, lives in Nashport, Ohio with her husband Paul. In addition to writing full time Kathi likes to spend time with her eight grandkids, three children and three children-in-laws. She writes to relax and have fun.
Her muse, a cross between Jimmy Stewart and Hugh Jackman brings them to life for her readers in a way that has them coming back

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