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Unchained

(Blood Bond Saga #1-3)

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Dante Gabriel is starving. What he craves is red gold—human blood. After being held captive as a blood slave to a female vampire for years, he has finally escaped. Unchained at last, he follows his nose to the nearest blood bank to sate his hunger.
ER nurse Erin Hamilton expects just another busy night shift…until she finds a gorgeous stranger vandalizing the hospital blood
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Paperback, 375 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Waterhouse Press
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Natalie The Biblioholic
Dante had suffered through a traumatic ordeal and now he's playing catch up. He's been a victim for 10 years and he's finally learning what it is to be a man. Well, a vampire male. He didn't count on meeting someone like Erin. Someone who called to him in ways he wasn't prepared for. Someone who he would be linked to in ways he couldn't possibly imagine. But will Erin be ready for all that Dante has to offer?

I've never read anything by this author before and I was pleasantly surprised by the int
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Angel Payne
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think Helen Hardt could captivate me as she did with those amazing Steel Brothers, but this pivot to a new city, a new genre, and a brand-new idea has been, to say the least, an epic feat. The storytelling is fast-paced and easy to keep flipping, which makes the emotional wallop an even more stunning one. Before I knew it, my mind was wandering back to the story even at the post office and the grocery store--and that was when I knew Dante and Erin had been thoroughly woven into my imagi ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
Overall 4 Stars

The serial has nine parts and six of those parts are out. The parts are also lumped together with three books (like this) and so the first three parts are called Unchained. I know it’s confusing, but let’s just say, there’s 9 parts and I listened to the first three parts.

I did individual reviews for the first 3 parts (below are my ratings).

Part 1 – 5 Stars
Part 2 – 3.5 Stars
Part 3 – 4 Stars

This will be an overall review of the first 3 parts based on the fact I listened to it via au
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Martha
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have said this over and over, but Helen Hardt will always be a MUST read for me.. Everything she writes is always AMAZING and Unchained is no exception! I am so happy she got out of her comfort zone and tried something new..

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat.. There are so many twists and turns you do not know what is coming next.. Also, who does not love New Orleans and better yet vampires?

From the moment Erin (ER Nurse) was introduced.. I loved her.. She is a great heroine and
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Kristine
Oct 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF. I’m really, really surprised at all of the high reviews. I was ready to stop after the second chapter but I thought there must be something I was missing so I kept going. Well, let’s just say that I didn’t find it.
Beneath The Covers Blog
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, arcs, sonal
Part One
Vampire Dante Gabriel escaped captivity only to come face to face with the realization that he knows nothing about his captor or even his own World. He lusts for blood, specifically her blood. Something in Erin calls to him but he can't ever act on his impulses. Not if he wants to kill Erin.

Erin Hamilton is dedicated to her work. Why then does she not report the man ransacking the hospital's blood bank? Her body & mind obey all his orders, her blood sings whenever he's close. She doe
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Bellereader
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Part 1

This is my first ever vampire romance (twilight aside) ever and boy boy am I glad I made Helen Hardt the first. She has drawn me in to this world without it being tacky or cliche. Buffy meets Gabriel’s Inferno and I couldn’t put this down and now I am dying for the next one**


Dante and Erin will just surpass all expectations, defy all possibilities, and convert all hearts, minds, and souls from the very first. A third of Dante’s has been taken from him and now coming into this world a grown
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Sherry
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is amazing! A must read!

Blood Bond part 1 - The Blood Bond Saga is off to an excellent start! Dante and Erin's story grabbed me at page one. Vampires, New Orleans, danger, mystery, and romance.....what more could you ask for! Helen's books always grab you and don't let go! And the ending.......I cannot wait to read part 2!

Blood Bond part 2 - Blood Bond part 2 picks up right where part 1 left off and this series is riveting! So many unanswered questions, so much mystery, and such a fe
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Chelsea Jennings
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy vampires! My first time reading a paranormal romance and I couldn't have picked a better one to start with! Seriously the most well written, descriptive journey Helen Hardt could have possibly taken on with this incredible couple. A strong woman holding her own, yet bending her will when it came to her Dante. Erin and Dante kept me wanting to hurry and get to the next page their relationship was so scorching hot and intense, and then hating when it came to the end. Can't wait till the next ...more
Fran Zoch, LSoR
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you love Vampires, hot steamy vampires who have only one woman on their heart and soul you will love Dante and Erin's story , this is the first volume and in it you see just how hard it is for a woman of Erin's education to believe in vampires let alone that she is blood bonded to him , no matter what she does she can not tell him no and now others are wanting her and drawing close 
Belle's Book Labyrinth
I grew up being a huge fan of vampires so when Helen came out with Unchained, I couldn't wait to read it. At first, I was a little worried because I know many have their own versions of what a vampire is. Helen's take is extremely different yet works perfectly. She gives Dante and the other vampires a more realistic existence in the real world and defies what I have known vampires to be, but is such a refreshing take. Dante's a broken vampire who is having issues dealing with what happened to hi ...more
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
WOW!! This book!

I was so hooked from the very beginning and yes I just couldn't put it down.

If you are looking for a hot sexy vampire book, then look no further. This one I do very much recommend

I give this 5 out of 5
Amanda McCalip
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Helen Hardt has done it again! Another start to another amazing saga! She has completely come out of her comfort zone to write us a paranormal story that we all will love, and love it I do!

Dante a vampire who has been held captive for the better part of his life escapes and is drawn to the one thing he needs to sustain life, blood. Little does he know he is about to meet a woman who he will want in all ways possible. Erin who is an ER Nurse is absolutely drawn to Dante and cannot figure out for
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MammieBabbie
A genially written and enthralling romantic suspense that will take over all your senses...

Okay, so there's really not much more I can say from my previous review of parts 1 & 2 of the Blood Bond Saga. Yes, a lot has happened, but to go into the depths would be to venture into spoiler territory. I have never liked spoilers, so I'm going to steer well clear of it.

What I am going to say is that this story just keeps getting better and better as it unfolds. The characters are progressing beauti
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Suzanne
Oct 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
GAH this series so far!! Here is my reviews for each part of this volume!

Book 1

Oh my stars. Where to start with this amazing read. First let me say this is the first I have read from Helen Hardt and I am seriously kicking myself. This story just flows with such depth and such a brilliant concept that I honestly devoured it. I could not put it down. The first book is a lot to take in as you are introduced to Dante and Erin. Through a series of interesting events you find that these two are not ju
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Lauren
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
The premise: Dante Gabriel is a vampire who has been held captive by a female vampire for 10 years and finally escapes. He quickly runs into the ER nurse Erin Hamilton while raiding the hospital's blood bank, who helps him even though something clearly isn't right. Against all rationality, the two are undeniably attracted to each other. But with Dante's dark past and vampirism, can the two ever be together?

The pros: Overall I think I like this take on vampires - they are similar to humans, but d
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Donita Jones
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
UNCHAINED By Helen Hardt
BLOOD BOND SAGA Part 1 By Helen Hardt
Helen Hardt has been one of my favorite authors since I found the Steel brothers. I know I can always count on a good read from her. This is no exception. I was really curious how she would go into this genre of book with vampires, flawlessly is how she did it! I have always liked vampire stories and enjoyed this one very much. I can already tell it will be a great book saga.
This is the story of a vampire named Dante who is imprisoned
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Valerie
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I can’t remember the last time I read a vampire series, I’m sure it was around the Twilight era when everyone and then some was obsessed with vampire so suffice it to say I was more than a bit excited to delve back into the world of vampires.

Unchained Volume 1 included the first three books in the Blood Bond Saga and reading these books, I found that they gave me such Buffy the Vampire Slayer and TrueBlood vibes. From the first page of the first book all the way down to the last page of the thi
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Ria -  Reading Is Our Satisfaction
Gripping Enthralling Superb

Helen Hardt has written an absolutely gripping and enthralling story - it was simply superb. This is definitely going to be a saga of epic proportions. Unchained is the collection of books 1-3 from the Blood Bond Saga and it is totally unputdownable. Erin and Dante's story will have you spellbound from the beginning. I'm a lover of the paranormal genre and this is definitely sitting near the top of my list.

Dante is a vampire who has been broken by his past, he is desp
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Maureen
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall the first third of this series has it's ups and down and ups again. The first part starts out with with a punch and with the way Dante and Erin meet. It kept going with the way he's drawn to her and she to him, but in a way that she just can't explain. More characters are introduced and I wanted to keep reading just to see if they have any ulterior motives against these two.
Part 1 - 4.0 Stars
The second part of the book was about as boring as a book can get. I found myself wanting to skip
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Wendy
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Helen Hardt does it again. She has created characters that I am so in love with and so invested in finding out their future I can't put the book down. Dante is a vampire who was kidnapped and held in captivity for 10 years. He was tortured, fed from and abused until he escaped. Erin is a night nurse in a New Orleans hospital ER. When she goes to the hospital blood bank in search of blood for a patient and discovers a blood covered Dante she doesn't turn him in and she doesn't know why. He is bea ...more
Linda Dunn
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Addictive Series

From the moment I started reading this series, I knew I was going to fall in love with the characters Dante and Erin. I have always had a fascination for Vampires and the combination of Vampires and romance was a dream come true.

Dante Gabriel is a traumatized vampire. He has suffered agony, torture and pain at the hands of a female vampire for years. Dante manages to break free from the clutches of his capturer only to realize he is ravenous for blood and needs it pronto. Dante m
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Romance Readers Retreat
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though I do not read vampire romances all that often these days, I’m a paranormal girl at heart. I was very excited when I found out Helen Hardt was trying her hand at vampires and the start of her Blood Bound saga most definitely did not disappoint.

Dante has been held captive by a female vampire for years. After all that time as a blood slave he is starving. His hunger leads him to a blood bank where he runs into ER nurse Erin. She knows when she stumbles into Dante vandalising the blood bank
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Ashley Olson
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Part 1
I will admit I was a little cautious starting Blood Bond. I was hoping and praying it wasn't anything like Twilight. I am so glad I took the chance! It was everything I hoped for in a book about vampires!! Dante and Erin have an instant connection and they can't stand to be away from each other. They both feel a pull towards each other. It did end on a cliff hanger and I can't wait to read part 2!

Part 2
Amazing start to the second part! It picks up right where part 1 left off! I feel so bad
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Nancy
Dec 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was pretty disappointed with this book. I had grabbed it not ever reading anything by this author before, and was exceptionally bored by the underdeveloped plot. It's exceptionally repetitive with very little character development. It's almost 400 pages and the only things that happen in the entire book are as follow: (SPOILERS)

-Dante "escapes" his abductor
-Dante falls in love with human after knowing her for a week
-Dante keeps wanting to bite her, can only smell her, and doesn't actually have
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Sharon
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book combines the first three stories in the new Blood Bond series from Helen Hardt. If you love vampires and the paranormal then this is one book you want to pick up and meet Dante. Dante is a sexy, lovable vampire that will rival any other. After being in captivity for ten years, Dante finally escapes and returns home. He has no idea what to expect and only hopes that he can find his family and the answers he is seeking. Upon his release, he is famished and looking for sustenance which le ...more
Erin Remen
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing and unique story that takes vampires to a new and interesting place.
Blood bonds. Slavery. Evil lurking in the shadows. A young man taken and held hostage, tortured and humiliated for years finally finds his his way out. Only to be overcome by the noises and scents of a world he has not seen in years. Overcome by hunger he finds himself in the bloodbank of a hospital face to face with the most breathtaking woman he had ever seen.
She should be terrified of the man covered in blood,
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Gin
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good vampire story and this one is terrific! I was captivated from the beginning to the end by the fabulous characters, the sexy romance, and the intrigue and mystery. Dante finally finds the strength to escape after being held captive for years by an evil bitch. She feed him only enough to keep him alive so he's weak and in desperate need of blood but he won't kill. I loved the descriptions of the different types of blood based on looks and heritage. After a few missteps Dante smells a ...more
Cristina Pacilio
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book takes on a whole new twist on the vampire world. Forget everything else you've read and fall in love with Dante and his vampire world. There is no denying the connection between Erin and Dante. A vampire meets an ER nurse, start the jokes now! You experience a lot of different feelings and emtions in this book. From laugh out loud moments to heart breaking ones. It almost seems too fast paced until you start getting more into this modern day vampire world. It's not only about Dante and ...more
Trina Castillo
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Helen Hardt books are always a must read! With the Blood Bond Saga we are thrown into the supernatural word of New Orleans. Dante Gabriel a young vampire, was taken against his will and held captive for 10 years. When he finally escapes he has a lot to learn about his heritage and his own species. He’s angry, volatile, vulnerable and sex on a stick.

Erin an ER nurse, stumbles upon Dante in the most daunting of scenarios. There’s the underlying issue of finding him vandalizing the blood bank at t
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#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Helen Hardt's passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, an attorney, a black belt in Taekwondo, a gram ...more

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