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Bloodlust (Underground Affliction #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  52 reviews
She’s no hero. She’s no villain. But she is feared. And for good reason.
She’s built up a reputation for killing criminals who deserve it, stand in her way, or threaten everything she’s built.

Blade is no stranger to death. Her once happy life was transformed into something dark and sinister. Inner demons haunt her nightmare's. Blood becomes therapeutic. Killing becomes a wa
Kindle Edition, 341 pages
Published October 19th 2021 by Amazon
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Y.D. Mar
Dec 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm late to the game. Finally got my hands on this thing that's been staring at me in the face, taunting me.

Let me preface by saying, I've honestly grown slowly tired of specific types of tropes [that also breed specific types of characters]. If you know, you know.

The way this author puts her take on it is so refreshing. Each character presented in this book had multiple layers, each facet of their experiences playing a major role in who they became. Wait...not just who they became, but how they
Kim Lindsay
Feb 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly loved this book.
Oct 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Bloodlust is one of those books that starts with potential but hasn’t fully grown into it by the end of the novel. That said, I have high hopes for Bloodshed, the second instalment due out at the end of the year.

Unlike many MFM/menagé books, Bloodlust presents two separate relationships which cross over at times. I wouldn’t say that Blade, Harley and Axel are a true triad, but they act like one at times. Conflicting interests and claims on each other are written sensitively and maturely. In fact
Aloha Readers
Oct 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So I had a general idea of was I was walking into (or so I thought) when I started this book, but the author quickly proved me wrong. This book packs a punch from the first page and really takes you on a wild ride.

The h Blade aka Lilith is truly a bada$$. She's fierce, owns her sexuality, and is very protective of the ones she loves.

Although she has her walls up (rightfully so given what she went through as a child), both Harley and Axel refuse to let those walls stop them. They challenge Blade
Michelle The Outgoing Bookworm
I read this gem of a book in one day. It was that good since it sucked me in from the first chapter.

Blade is one hell of female protagonist who can kill the bad guys without a thought. But her backstory with Zeke and Charli is painful and is why they do what they do. Her demons plague her and she is closed off even to Harley and Axel her LIs.

The dark twists this book takes kept me turning the pages. In some ways, you have an idea what will happen but not everything. The cliffhanger has me so hap
Oct 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ive never read a book by this author but I cant wait to read the follow up to this.This book hooks you in from the first page and holds you captive until the very last.

The story of Blade, Charli and Zeke is dark but you know that there is so much that you are yet to uncover and as the pages turn and Blades walls fall, you see a glimpse in to what may not be the usual type of normal life but one that works for these individuals.

This is dark but fascinating at the same time. You know somethings co
Jan 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A deliciously dark and savage journey into the underground and a definite must read!

This book was utterly captivating!!!! Like sitting on the edge of your seat, madly flipping pages to get to the end, only to scream for more captivating! Alex Denver is a true mastermind and takes you on an incredible journey in Bloodlust, the first book of the Underground Affliction series!!!! And what a freaking fabulous journey it was! Denver’s ability to lay out an intriguing plot all while creating such enj
Shirley Monas
Dec 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Not for the faint of heart

This is the first book in the series and the first by this author. It does end in a cliffhanger. This book is dark and could trigger some. Just wanted to put that out there.

3 lost souls, a brother, his sister and her best friend. Tortured and abused when they lose their parents and are placed in a home. They escape the hell they lived through and are picked up by another homeless kid. The homeless kid is a drug dealer and his boss takes in strays to do his bidding in e
I really loved the premise of this book and was excited to dive in! I love a book with a strong FMC and this one did not disappoint.

While I did enjoy this book there were quite a few things I would've liked seeing more of. For me personally, I would've loved to see the process of how they rose to be in power and how they built the Underground. One of my other main issues was that the writing style didn't necessarily flow well at times and it took me out of the story but hey that just might be a
Toni M
Dec 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story starts 15 years ago, explaining how Blade, Zeke and Charli came to have there names and the lives that they’d built into an empire.
At the beginning once they befriend a few people and there names are chosen for their new lives, I was expecting it to all be happy , I certainly didn’t expect it to be so tragic right at the start of the book.
Tragic pasts that bring a bunch of people to together to form a family.

I really connected with the characters in this book as well, they all want
Dec 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bloodlust is the first book in the Underground Affliction and is an MFM dark romance.
There are some dark themes within this book so please make sure you check the Content Warning before reading.

Blade is a total badass! She will do whatever she needs to in order to keep those she loves safe, and has worked hard over the years to with her brother, Zeke, and best friend, Charli, to build an empire that will keep them safe. However that all changes when someone starts targeting her businesses.

And t
Shawna Jimenez more.books.forever
Ma’am!!!! How you gonna do me like that… Seriously that ending! Blade, Charli and Zeke have a bond like no other and the lengths that Blade aka Lilith would go through to protect them even at the cost of herself is unmatched. These three have been through the unspeakable together and have cam out on to. The trauma, the abuse, the torture I have no idea how they made it out. Lets not forget to mention Axel and Harley are to die for *swoon* these two are everything you could ever want in a Alpha. ...more
Blade aka Lilith, will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. She has dealt with a lot of tragedy in her life and it has only made her stronger. She is tough and only bends for her family. That is, until Axel and Harley enter the scene. Now, when Blade is with Axel and/or Harley…let’s just say that there is lots of heat. Like, I-am-not-sure-how-my-kindle-didn’t-catch-fire level of steam. But this causes issues in Blade’s world and she doesn’t know if she will be able to come back from ...more
Tia Fanning
Oct 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An Amazing Debut Release from a New Author

I’m glad I took a chance on this fascinating dark romance about an underground network of vigilantes and assassins, with the focus of this story being on a strong, savage, kick-butt heroine with PTSD, a ruthless demeanor, and the ability to un-alive people in a blink. There are two love interests in this ménage/multiple-partner/polyamory love story for readers to swoon over, and quite a number of triggers — so be sure to read those warnings before purcha
Chanel Johnson
Jan 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rating rounded up to 5!!

This is first book I’ve read that has equal the amount of storyline and spice!! And I LOVED it!!

Blade, Zeke, and Charli lost their parents as teenagers. They eventually ended up in the streets where they survived by stealing and pickpocketing. They learned the ropes of the streets and grew their own business.

At almost 30, Blade and her brother Zeke have a thriving Underground empire. Someone begins targeting Blade’s businesses, now it’s personal. Her past has come ba
Oct 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know what to expect coming into this book, but I wasn’t expecting that!

Blade was an amazing character. A bada$s FMC with more bite than bark. Her story is haunted and dark::definitely mind your triggers coming into this one. I really enjoyed her POV and both her strength and fears resonated.

Harley and Axel balance Blade out so well, and yet they’re so very different. I didn’t know how it would all work together but they just *fit* and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

There are many we
Colbie C
Dec 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I've had this one sitting on my TBR for awhile and I'm glad to have read it before the release of the second book of the duet has been released! I certainly won't be waiting as long to read that one. I liked the relationship dynamic quite a bit but I wish we would have seen a little more of the MC/crime elements. Blade is a strong FMC and it was lovely to see her break some of her defensive walls down. Harley and Axel are perhaps too good to be true, but who doesn't like to place themselves in t ...more
Samantha Hickey
Dec 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Alex Denver and now i want to read more!!

Bloodlust is the first book in the series, it is dark, and does end in a cliffhanger.

This starts by telling us how Zeke, Blade, and Charli came to have the lives they are living and how they built their empire. There is some truly saddening things that happen to them, and it brings them together and helps form the family they become.

The bond these 3 have blows me away. Blade(Lilith) will literally do ANYTHING it takes to protect
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

I was so hooked on this book once I got started. We meet Blade a very powerful and deadly woman. The how and why she got the way plays out for us as the story progresses and then we hit the current timeline. The story moves at a fast clip from there while the danger just keeps getting stronger and stronger. This leads us to one doozy of a cliff hanger making me happy that the wait for the rest is really
Carissa Riggs
Oct 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I’ve ever been as impressed with a debut novel as I was with Bloodlust! It is steamy and dark and it left me wanting more! Blade is not your typical heroine. She is smart and strong and fierce! I love that she has Axel as her strong match and has Harley to keep her soft side. This book takes you on a wild ride from a dark past, into tragedy, and the fight to live. Then the past comes back to haunt. Can they all make it out alive and unscathed? I can’t wait to find out! Definitely a ...more
Dec 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Blade aka Lilith knows exactly who she is, what she wants, and doesn't back down from anything. She definitely grows emotionally throughout the book which I enjoyed. Her walls slowly crumbled as she let Axel and Harley in. Harley is such a sweetheart and is polar opposite to Axel who is such a controlling persona, but both have a possessive streak a mile wide that is locked in on Blade. The way they both complete her is truly amazing with one comforting her and the other pushi ...more
The Open Bookish Mom
Dec 30, 2021 rated it really liked it

This book had me on my toes through the whole thing! There were times I felt that some of the scenes were only placed to add in some ✨🌶✨ but I’m cool with that. It was very delicious and well written out.

Harley is my favorite character. He’s well rounded and level headed. I love how he is a light and calm in the dark world of Blade.

It dragged on just a little, those spots still kept my attention though and it was nice getting a little background.
Rebecca Carsley
Oct 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Such an awesome read. This is a dark story of a brother and sister and her best friend and their escape, leaving behind everything including their identities. An escape from a past full of tragedy and loss, of abuse, and torture. Eventually they take on the names of Lucifer, Lilith and Charli and they rebuild their lives together with the help of a crime boss and his people they learn to live again and recreate themselves into stronger harder individuals who eventually end up bui
Dec 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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This book was dark and sexy and dangerous.

The spice was OFF THE CHARTS.⠀The story had me flipping pages like I was Jeff Gordon in a Nascar race.⠀I had to know who was behind the attacks. I had to know how the Underground peeps ended up. I had to know how Blade and her men were.

The cliffhanger???? @authoralexdenver THE AUDACITY!!!

Blade is a strong ass woman and is feared by all and for good reason but I also feel like she still has a moral compass.

I cannot WAIT for book 2 to come out this mont
Christine Fass
Dec 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by Bloodlust. I loved the bond between Blade, Zeke and Charlie. As their backstory came out throughout the book it made so much sense why they were the way they are and why Blade has so much trouble letting people in. I didn't think I would like Harley because of how their relationship was described in the beginning but I really did. This book was bloody, a bit mysterious and very steamy. I cannot wait to get my hands on part 2. ...more
Felicia's Review
Oct 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is Alex Denvers debut novel. And it was hold on to the edge of your seat good. This book is about Blade her brother Zeke and her best friend Charli and their new life on the run. This book is both in the past and present and it so amazing you don't want to put it down. The cliffhanger at the end has you going omg no! I cant wait for book two. ...more
Oct 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything I was not expecting. I love Blade. After everything she went through, she was finally able to let go and free her real self with a few trusted people. My favorite character is Harley. I have nothing bad to say about the book except that it has triggers and end on a cliffhanger.
Lori Hammons
Dec 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Zeke, Blade, and Charli run from abuse and find a new home from the streets they'd been living in. They build a small empire to support and protect themselves as the get older. The danger and suspense is off the charts. Walls crack, relationships form, and a monster from the past rears his psychotic head. I enjoyed this dark, edge of your seat book. ...more
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Stephannie's 5 Star Review:

This is the story of Blade, Charli, and Zeke. They have had to endure a dark and horrible past full of rape, abuse, and nothing a child should have to endure. It is a dark story and as you read, you uncover more and more of their past and how it affects the here and now. 

 I love a good dark RH book and this one was very good. I loved it and wanted more especially after the cliffhanger. OMG, what is going to happen next? I need book 2 like now. 
Jess Boschock
Oct 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything. I really enjoyed it. Blade is so awesome. My favorite heroine by far. I am new to Alex Denver and I am so glad I did. You will love Bloodlust, it’s dark, gritty, steamy, a little twisted. I loved it. You won’t regret this one.
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