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Blood Shadows

(Blackthorn #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,886 ratings  ·  411 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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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
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
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
The beginning of this book was slow to get going; but once it became interesting I started to enjoy it! This is a new author for me, as well as a new series for me! I’m happy to say I will be continuing on to the next book which features a new couple! I do recommend this series to lovers of paranormal romance!
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
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
5 Stars!


My third time reading this series! I’ve loved it every single time! I hope I can get them all read before the final book comes out:)


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 read
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Someone hand me an award for finishing this book.

I wanted to DNF it a lot, but kept talking myself out of it, thinking it'll get better, and it did, marginally, at the 67% mark.

The female mc is a member of the Vampire police. She's human, but works at patrolling and controlling the vampires. Yeah, I know, idiotic. She's completely obsessed with taking down a master vampire named Kane and shadow reading him - that's her talent, reading the inner most thoughts of paranormals. She never has time
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
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’
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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.

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 gett
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
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
Nov 22, 2012 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
Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️
It was the cover! The cover made me do it!!!

Not this white one, I mean the other black one that's common for all the books in the series.

How the hell did I not know of this before?! This was such an intense read. I'm already on the second book and God! the only reason I put that down was cause my battery died!

A million and one things to do but I just can't make myself stop reading!

My original rating while I was reading the book was a little over 4 stars but I'm cutting it down to 3.5-3.75 cause
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
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
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 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

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!
Wow i did not want this book to end, the characters were so deep the story was horrifying and raw, and the way it all came together in the end two broken people managing to find each other in the mess the world was in,

Caitlin having lost her parents joins a vampire control unit following in her fathers footsteps she wants to track down Kane and find out how to kill the monster that's after her and that took her parents. Kane on the other hand has his own reasons for needing Caitlin.

After each c
C.C. MacKenzie
Nov 22, 2012 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 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
Lakshmi C
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Spying on a Wanted vampire. Is she obsessed?

Kane was core to her vengeance and, moreover, core to her survival.

Dream walker?

The obsession is a two thing

Score 1 for....guess.

Caitlin has secrets.

The hunter is the hunted

She is reckless...not in a good way.
Caitlin knew only too well of the impulsive side, the reckless and self-sating side

Kane has an agenda.

High stakes and a deadline.

More than one bad guy.

This is disturbing. I am officially disturbed.

She lies...the lady with murky motives.

Razor sharp
Feb 16, 2014 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...


Victoria Parker
Dec 30, 2012 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
I'm in the minority on this one. I did enjoy the story. The storyline was good, but it didn't reach its highest potential in my opinion. The characters were OK, Kane was a good Vamp-Alpha-tortured hero, Catlin well her character was not my favorite. I just wished more character development was ingrained in the story. Again just my opinion.
Sara Reece
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had to take 24 hours out to think what i can put in this review, well what i can get away with saying that is ... Plus i have a serious case of book hangover!! I feeling lost, lowly, sad since i turned the last page. I NEED MORE!!! But I couldn't just jump into the next book without taking time to process what i read, current feeling and felt about Kane & Caitlin.

I love Caitlin determination, honesty and humanity, she is one hell of a character that i would give my total respect to had a
Jun 16, 2016 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
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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
Fiona Chapman
Nov 28, 2012 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
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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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