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(The Blood Borne #1)

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From NYT and USAT bestselling authors Denise Grover Swank and Shannon Mayer comes a new twist on the world of vampires . . .

In the city that never sleeps, nightmares live in the darkness . . .

A series of grisly murders begin to pile up in New York City, murders that have no rhyme or reason and no leads. Unless one chooses to believe that the supernatural is possible.

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Published October 27th 2015 by HiJinks Ink Publishing, Ltd
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

Recombinant is book one in The Blood Borne series by Shannon Mayer and Denise Grover Swank. This book was generously provided to me by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

Lea was a trained Cazador, a vampire hunter, and she was good at her job. Then she was changed in to the very creature she spent her life killing, a vampire. But did this stop her from her vow to clear the earth of vampires? No it did not. Now she is well known for being the vampire who hunts her own k
Jamie Davis
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Breaking Stereotypes

CAN’T WAIT for more! Denise Grover Swank and Shannon Mayer teaming up to write a book immediately screams POWER TEAM - of course, they knocked it out of the park. This is NOT your stereotypical vampire story, so wipe out all of your previous notions. They managed to scrap all assumptions about sparkling vamps, weak-minded and wimpy females, and plots driven by “but I can’t live without you”.

Lea’s need to wipe out all vampires is ironic considering SHE is a vampire herself. R
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Being very familiar with Shannon Mayer’s work, but not at all with Denise Grove Swank’s, I knew that my feelings vis-à-vis the two protagonists and writing styles could potentially be divided. The premise of RECOMBINANT suited my tastes completely with its iron fueled heroines—a vampire turned Cazador and a ballsy reporter—and action driven plot; however multiple POVs have a tendency to get messy, and that’s precisely what happened in this first installment.

I enjoyed bot
Shakuita Johnson
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy for a honest review

Swank and Mayer make a good team. Although it took me a bit to get into Recombinant but once I did I enjoyed the premise of the story. I would have liked a bit more set up and backstory but hopefully we learn more as the series progresses. There were a few parts that were slow for me but I'm glad I stuck with it.

We get a dual POV set up for Recombinant with each chapter alternating between Lea and Rachel leading the helm. Glimpses of their lives before t
Mrs. O Living the Chaos
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first venture into the urban paranormal fantasy type book and it did not disappoint! Vampire books are not my go to read, but this book worked for me. The strong female characters sucked me in. The suspense kept me reading because I HAD to know what happened! I am looking forward to the next book!
**I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
Sara Miller
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.

What happens when the 2 reigning queens of Urban Fantasy come together to collaborate on one book? They create an intense, intriguing, pulse pounding, flipping pages so quickly my Kindle should have smoking drag marks on the screen kind of story!

The action focuses on Lea, (Vampire hunter who is also a vampire) and Rachel a reporter who is investigating a string of crimes that have a bit of an odd pattern to them when all of a sudde
Jo Ann Reinhold
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First let me say that I received an ARC of this book for my honest review...and honest is the only way I know how to give a review.

In the world of Urban Fantasy this book really stands out! It is not my normal genre but with this author I have stopped saying that because no mater what genre she is writing in she blows me away!

This book is cold hard VAMPIRE with a little bit of a twist! No brooding soul searching, these ladies are out to get a job done and in doing so they take no prisoners!

Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If this is your genre, you're going to love it. This book keeps you on your toes, thinking what is next. It has everything you need for a good story with brilliant writers - Denise Grover Swank being one of my favourites. It has action, suspense, twists and turns, blood and gore, right and wrong, good and bad. And a whole lot in between.

These girls had to find their footing with each other but once they did - brilliant and unstoppable. One is out to rid the world of monsters just like herself -
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC copy from the author in exchange for a review.
This book had very likable characters, whether vampire or human. There were many points of action, as well as humor. I think the premise of government testing and creating an army of monsters was very interesting as well as a strong plot. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal with strong female lead characters that are able to fight for themselves. There are definitely no "damsels in distress" here. I really
Ruthie Parrish
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I'm an avid fan of Denise Grover Swank. This isn't your average vampire novel. The characters are strong and have depth, there is enough about their history to give you insight, but room to build on through the rest of the series. The story picks you up and carries you along quickly. I normally can figure out what's going to happen next, but not with any of Denise Grover Swanks novels! It's intriguing, quick witted and seamlessly written! Even if this isn't your typ ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A book by #ShannonMayer and #DeniseGroverSwank? Yes, please! I’ve enjoyed books by each author individually so I figured I would definitely enjoy something by them as a duo.
#Recombinant started with a bang. Vampire and vampire hunter Lea, has vowed to rid the world of all vampires. When a spate of murders lead her to New York, she crosses paths with reporter Rachel Sambrook. After some life altering developments the two start working together towards the same goal.
This book was fast paced and
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urban
Actual stars 3.5.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recombinant (The Blood Borne Series Book 1) by Shannon Mayer and Denise Grover Swank was amazing! Denise is one of my favorite authors ever and this is such a different spin on vampires that I really believe people are going to love the series.

I have always felt that Denise takes her female characters to a whole new level and with her teaming up with Shannon to write this we now have two super kickin' female heroes from two gifted authors.. Add them into your not so normal vamp book and you have
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, for-review
I am a huge fan of Denise Grover Swank and when I heard she teamed up to write a vampire novel I was like "sign me up." I love me a good vampire story, unless they sparkle. I haven't read one in a while so I was looking forward to it and Recombinant was exactly what I was looking for. It had the strong supernatural element and some kick ass females...can't go wrong with that.

Lea and Rachel were awesome. Rachel reminded me of Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer even though she wasn't the vampire
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
RECOMBINANT is told from two different POVs. Rachel is a journalist who is searching for answers for a story she is working on. Lea is a Cazador (aka Vampire hunter) that was turned into a vampire against her will, but still hunts vampires. Stories with multiple POVs aren't my favorite type of stories, but when they are done right, I don't usually mind it. Unfortunately for RECOMBINANT, it started off a little too choppy going from one to the other for my tastes which made it a bit hard to get i ...more
Kristin Jennings
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Being a huge fan of both authors, I was excited to see how their different writing styles would mesh. I was not disappointed, I think the different voices of the authors made the different voices of the characters that much more believable. This is the story of two strong lead female characters, Lea, a vampire hunter turned vampire, and Rachel, a tenacious and clever reporter. The story is told from their alternating point of views, which is a risky move in the beginning since their storylines a ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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This review is from: Recombinant (The Blood Borne Series Book 1) Sometimes you are not JUST lucky ! How often do you read a new book only to say..."HMM, not bad..but...." With Denise Grover Swank you will find a winner every time! No matter what genre I have read of hers I have not been disappointed.
When I had the opportunity to read an ARC of the DGS /Shannon Mayer "The Recombinant" I knew I was in for a good ride.
"The Recombinant" had the "bite" and tension to k
Kathryn Miles
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Was given this as a ARC for a honest review!

I was so excited to receive this book as I totally LOVE Denise's books, I haven't read any of Shannon's but I will be after reading this book!

This is so unlike anything that denise has written before but I think that just proves she really can turn her hand to anything, it is AMAZING!

I've read lots of vampire stories before but this is something totally different from the norm, it starts with Rachel she's a journalist who is also mortal, she's working
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is not the genre I would 'usually' read but it is definitely NOT your stereotypical Vampire story!! I totally loved this book! It was so fast paced, full of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat right until the end! You know when you read a book that is written by Denise Grover Swank and Shannon Meyer that it is going to be great!

Lea is a Cazador - Vampire Hunter, she has vowed to Rid the world of Vampires even though she is one herself. She was turned by another vampir
Sandra Lancaster
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I am a HUGE fan of anything Denise Grover Swank writes and this book just cements that she can write any genre and nail it. I haven't read anything by Shannon Mayer before, but I do have many of her books sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read. And they are now being put at the top of my TBR list.

I was hooked from the beginning of this book. It is an intense, intriguing, fast paced story that had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recieved an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Let me start out simply by saying I absolutely loved this book! I wasn't exactly sure what to expect since it is a book written by two authors. I have been a longtime Denise Grover Swank fan but Shannon Mayer was new for me. This writing duo hit it out of the park. The main thing I noticed was this story is different from any other I have read previously. A lot of times a book can seem like it was done before which can get boring. That is ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let me first start off by saying I have never read a vampire novel before (nope, nothing), but since Denise Grover Swank was one of the authors, I knew I had to give it a try. Since I don't have a good point of reference to this genre, I will say that I really enjoyed Lea, the Vampire, and Rachel, the journalist, and how the story followed them on their own paths and then together as they set out to stop some serious evil going down. I appreciated the back stories of the characters, the support ...more
Samantha Jones
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am an avid Denise Grover Swank reader, so when I got offered the chance to read an ARC of a new book I, naturally, jumped at the chance. I was not disappointed.

Recombinant was a little slow to start and get into the story, it is definitely not your usual Vampire novel (which is awesome). At the beginning I was confused as to who these girls were and why they were doing what they were doing. However, throughout the book you start to learn a little bit more about them as the story progresses.

Angie Bartley
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series is going to rock! The first book in the The Blood Borne series left me totally gasping for breath. I loved both Rachel and Lea. They are both strong, bold women with a take charge attitude. Rachel has seen some things being an investigative journalist and isn't very surprised to find out that Lea is not only a vampire, but also a vampire hunter. With her nose on a story involving a government conspiracy she must decide whether to trust Lea or not. Lea, on the other hand, knows there ...more
Kelly Mccurdy
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
~~I received this in exchange for my honest opinion~~

Once I got into the book, I loved it! It has a great story and a good plot. The one thing that I love about these two authors, is that they can collaborate great together. This book has action, vampires, vampires that are superimposed, monsters etc... The one thing that you can count on, is that this book is not predictable at all. Once you think you have it figured out, things go the opposite direction.

I am a huge fan of both of these author
Teresa Sambrook
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! I love the powerful women in the book. Lea, the Cazador turned vampire hundreds of year ago who vows to kill every vampire. She ends up teaming up with Rachael Sambrook. Rachael is a former war journalist back in the States for a more normal life. Her journalists skill uncovers something far bigger then simple murder in NYC. It's now a fight for humanity! Can Lea recover some of hers with her new friendship or is she really doomed to be the monster she believes all vampire ...more
Laura Martinez
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is not your typical vampire book, it is much better! I was pleasantly surprised how well the book read-it wasn't confusing and the writing styles blended well. Amazing work ladies!

I absolutely LOVE both Rachel and Lea! They are two strong, independent, and savvy women who can kick some butt and they are the main characters. LOVED IT!!

Recombinant is indeed a captivating book, I was on the edge of my chair the entire time I was reading the book. Awesome imagery, great plot and the characters
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recombinant is the first in The Blood Borne Series. This story has two leading women… Lea is not your typical vampire hunter and Rachel is a seasoned war reporter. Rachel has been back in the states for some time and investigating some strange murders that have been happening in her city. And these same murders draw Lea to the city. The question is not who is behind the murders but who is (are) behind the murderer(s). There are many twists and turns that I did not expect including the way these ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Yes!! yes!! yess!! Mayer and Swank make the ultimate team!! Just wow. At the start of this book I was a little unsure but was intrigued to keep reading and then just WOW I loved this story and so cant wait to read more!!If your a fan of these type of books its a Must read!!

Mayer and swank do an amazing job of creating likable characters which they bring to life, you feel you are living the story along with them. This isn't lik
Ashlee Lau
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do you like kick ass chicks with attitude? How about kick ass chicks who kills vamps? How about kick ass chicks who kill vamps and solve a string of murders? Well then this book is for you! Not really your love and lust sort of book, no sparkling here folks!
Lea is a hunter turned vamp, Rachael an OIF reporter. A string of murders brings them together, and they work as a team to solve a government conspiracy that brings Lea back to her Master, leaving you wondering just how much more trouble thes
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