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Blood Pact

(Youkai Bloodlines #2)

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In Hiro’s world, youkai are a supernatural story used to scare children into obedience, and to keep men out of back alleys and brothels. Until Sakurai Hideyoshi walks through his door with a fantastical tale of a samurai who had killed a thousand men and drank the blood of his enemies, a man that lived in darkness but sought beauty to keep it at bay.

A story both terrifying
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Published May 4th 2021 by City Owl Press
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InD'tale Magazine
So begins their remarkably heart-felt and erotically charged alliance. Hiro has much to learn about Hideyoshi’s grisly world.

Read full review in the 2021 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Kat Turner
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Courtney Maguire delivers another winner with Blood Pact, the stunning follow-up to Bloodlaced in the Youkai Bloodlines series. Blood Pact is the perfect blend of fantasy, historical fiction, and romance, with its lush settings, supernatural lore, and fascinating characters. Every piece of the story is so evocative and emotional, one of those books that just breathes with life. Hiro and Hideyoshi are both unforgettable, their story at turns sad and heartfelt. It's such a treat to get lost in Cou ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
BLOOD PACT is the second book in the Youkai Bloodlines series, and we start off with Hiro. He is a geisha, taken in from the street, and now a man of renown because of his voice. When a local thug takes offense at Hiro entertaining a samurai, Hiro's world is torn apart.

This isn't a romance story, per se. It is diving into the world of the mythological, fantastical, horrible. Hide would do anything for Hiro, apart from show it! And Hiro has enough heart for both of them. Even Asagi recognises tha
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Dena Akbar
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It is a really good book and it is really interesting.
E.M. Hamill
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!
I read Bloodlaced last year and it was one of those surprise delights you come across that knock your socks off. I really loved it, so I was hoping I’d get a chance to read the second Youkai Bloodlines novel. I enjoyed Blood Pact as well! It helps to be familiar with the world, but this story stands on its own.
Hiro is geisha, an entertainer by trade, with a singing voice that enchants his patrons. His fame draws the attention of a samurai, famed swordsman Sakurai Hideyoshi. There are u
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Nicki Markus
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-lgbt
Blood Pact is the second book in the Youkai Bloodlines series; however, in this installment we meet new characters Hiro and Hideyoshi. Hiro was an engaging lead and I got behind him right from the first chapter. I enjoyed seeing the way his relationship with Hideyoshi developed, first while he was human and then again once he'd become youkai too. The story was well paced and it nicely balanced romance and steamy elements with darker themes. The ending left me keen to read on in the series, and I ...more
Joyfully Jay
Jul 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars


Blood Pact is the second in the Youkai Bloodlines series. I think Blood Pact can be read as a stand alone, but you’ll appreciate it more if you start with Bloodlaced.

I think in some ways I enjoyed Blood Pact more than its predecessor. The story felt more defined and purpose driven and certainly Hiro was a compelling protagonist. His bond with Hideyoshi doesn’t always seem fully developed, but I think a part of that stems from how many changes both characters go th
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Elaine White
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Copy received through Netgalley

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Blood Pact (Youkai Bloodlines, 02) – Courtney Maguire
★★★★☆
302 Pages
1st person POV, one character
Content Warning: demons, violence, gore, blood exchange, vampires


Blood Pact is the second book in the Youkai Bloodlines, which promises more books in the future. While I was disappointed in Book 1, Book 2 proved to be all the things I'd hoped for in Book 1 but never got. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that Blood Pact
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Sadonna
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This review and much more can be found at Love Bytes Reviews

Hiro is a geisha. He was taken in as a street orphan by the proprietor of the establishment and has grown up as her son in all but blood. He is beautiful and well-trained with a singing voice that many come to hear, from near and far. But when he becomes the prize in a dirty fight between the local thug who collects “protection” money from his mother and the Samurai customer, Hideyoshi, who has captured his heart, things get d
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Kbsblogging and reviews
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow blood pact was a great read. This is the second book to the youkai bloodline series.
I love this author written style.
This is courtney best yet.
Hiro as grown-up. He's not had it easy, devoured this book in one sitting.
Can't wait to read what courtney writes next.
Find out what happens to the main characters then pick up your copy today.
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Juniper Greer-Ashe
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is an easy book to get caught up in-- it tells a story that is dark, engrossing, and romantic at times, horrifying at others. The world building is painstakingly immersive and the visual descriptions make vivid every last garment fold and drop of blood. There are plenty of monumental themes at play: what does it mean to be a monster? What does love look like when it's not an ideal but instead a reality built by two imperfect people? What's worth fighting and dying (or living) for?
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Jennifer Worrell
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Initially sad that my favorite character wasn't present in this one (no spoilers) I quickly fell in love with Hiro and Yoshi. I'm bouncing in my seat over the fact that there are more books to come. Maguire's books are delicious and hard to put down, so I can't wait for the next installment(s). ...more
Buffyanna
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ind-tale, vampire
Reviewed exclusively for InD'Tale Magazine:

InD'Tale June 2021 Reviews
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Gabriella Lucia
May 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Maguire gives us an interesting world filled with demons (literal and figurative), revenge, loss, and love but most importantly, characters finding their sense of self despite the hardships of life. Blood Pact brings Hiro and Hideyoshi into the front of a building mystery; a hidden battle between demons and hunters, and the struggle to survive with a seemingly ever growing enemy - an enemy that is of their own making.

What I enjoy about this series is the way in which the transformation into a d
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Stephanie W
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really fascinating read and worth the indulgence.

Hiro's life as a geisha is anything but simple. Once an orphan- he was taken in, trained and given a place to use his widely known singing voice.

His life takes a very dark turn. He's sent away by Hideyoshi after a fight breaks out between his mother and a dangerous customer.
After his mother's death, he seeks help to avenger her from none other than, Hideyoshi. Only things aren't as cut and dry. One killing will never be enough.

Hiro isn't rea
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