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Forbidden Blood

(Ironwrought #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  322 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Since he killed a vampire eight months ago, Oriel has been on the run. The coven wants him dead, and the feds want his blood to eradicate the vampires. Exhausted, he sneaks into an obscure mansion, rummaging for food. What he doesn't know: a vampire lives there.

Three centuries ago, a human lover betrayed Seb, selling him to the hunters for some quick gold. When his chef
Paperback, 157 pages
Published June 2nd 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published May 29th 2017)
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Rachel Emily
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I LOVE vampire romances (I have Buffy to thank for that, I think!). I feel like there's not enough of them what with everyone jumping on the werewolf and dragon bandwagon, so I was very excited to see that Anna Wineheart was releasing this!

Seb is a 300+ year old vampire who lives in a mansion with his butler, gardener, and a chef that he just fired. Due to events in his past, he is untrusting of both humans and the vampire coven that rules over them. Oriel has been on the run for months, both
Shin Mon Thway
Aug 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: shifters-mm, it-sucks
Uh .. it took me 10 days to read this book and this is a very short read and which means this book is just boring. I mean I like vampires and werewolves and all those mystical creatures but I just don't get this story at all. There is no solid storyline, no background and the characters are just not attractive. I finished this book only because I didn't wanna leave a book unfinished. This is my first Anna Wineheart's so you can see how disappointed I am. I don't think I wanna read more.

Just meh
I have really come to love Anna Wineheart’s writing. Forbidden Blood is just as great as her others. M/M romantic love stories involving vampires is right up there with my love for M/M shifter love stories.

In Forbidden Blood, Wineheart starts us right off with heart throbbing fear as Oriel runs for his life and for the life of all vampires. He ran away from his home, friends and job when it’s discovered Oriel Lancaster had to kill the vampires that had fed off from him and became addicted to his

I think this story should have some more development, but that was not the insurmountable part.
It was the structure of the story, one that is almost in 80% of vampires stories:
1. The vampire immortal coming across their (frightened) human mate
2. The two of them falling into instantaneous sex
3. Quick and immediate love
4. One of the partners leaving quietly in order to protect the other
5. The one who is left behind suspecting the other of betrayal but granting rapid forgiveness
6. Emotional
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
2+ stars. The story started out engaging but then dragged. The attraction between Seb and Oriel was great but it didn't solidify into the beginning of a relationship. The sex was hot and very sensual. Of course, there were unanswered questions at the end. The story felt short and under developed, even for an installment. I'm going to wait until the series is finished to resume.
Jacey Jeffrey
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book by new to me author Anna Wineheart. This is the story of Oriel and Seb. Seb is a vampire who enjoys being alone. He was double crossed by someone who he thought loved him and swore that he would never fall in love again especially with a human. Oriel is on the run from the coven and vampires. His blood is different than most humans and is addictive to vampires who consume the point of death. The coven wants answers...the government wants to use him as a weapon to use ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden Blood is the first book in the Ironwrought series by Anna Wineheart. I loved this novella about Seb and Oriel. The story is well written and nicely edited and has just enough chemistry and hot scenes to balance the amount of gore and fight scenes. It is, after all, a vampire story. There's going to be blood spilled and bloodlust involved. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I would love to know what Seb's vampire friend finds when he analysis Oriel's blood. I voluntarily ...more
T Paul
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. The blood that sealed them together was the blood that nearly destroyed them and that's what made this story so great. The forbidden, the temptation and the fact that love overcomes gives this book five stars. Sebastian and Oriel are perfect, their trust and their relationship with one another as well as the other characters is so well written that you escape into the story. A terrific love story. I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book.
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I was given an ARC for my honest opinion.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not what I expected but truly enjoyable. Both Oriel and Seb are wonderful characters and I loved them both. I can't wait for the next book, 4.5 stars. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Cee Brown
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Paranormal at its finest.

I am a paranormal queen and it was my Mum who told me she lived off of horror movies when she was carrying me. I am a creature of habit and I am a night owl and horror/PRN gives me life. So imagine my surprise when I saw Professor Blood up for review. I quickly contacted the author because I HAD to read this then being the anal [no pun intended] person that I am, I knew if I did not read book one first it would haunt me [pun intended]. Ms. Wineheart was sweet
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, arc
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Sadie Forsythe
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
This wasn't necessarily bad if you're into the whole instant lust, instant love, instant meaningful relationship sort of story. The problem is that I really am not. What's more, I like a little world building in my vampire stories, even novella length ones, and there isn't any here.

For me, the problem isn't that the story is underdeveloped, though it is, the problem is that this particular story has been written again and again and again and again and again. While the idea of a human with
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden Blood is the first book in the Ironwrought series by author Anna Wineheart. I loved this story. It is told in alternating POV. There is action, adventure, and steamy chemistry. It kept me turning the pages and wanting more.
Oriel he is being hunted. His blood will make a vampire addicted to him. The vampires want to kill him. The humans want to use him. He just wants to be alive and safe. Oh and a burning hunger to eat food sometime soon.
He finds his way into a rich person's garage. He
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love out of loneliness

This was a quick to catch you book that I really enjoyed.

The easiest thing to fall into is the relationship between Seb and Oriel. They are both left wondering why they continue on with life, why they keep fighting, what is even worth it anymore. Through that loneliness and desperation they see each other and it creates a fast bond. Oriel finds a safety he had been missing, while Seb finds trust and someone who cares. They find a home in each other and it is a beautiful
Tami Veldura
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm THRILLED to see that this is the first book in a series. Forbidden blood starts tense and ramps up fast. I adore Oriel and while I saw the twist coming from the start, it still worked to drag these characters into trouble.

Seb is a classic older vampire, just wants to be left alone with his household. Oriel's character was the more interesting of the two, highly conflicted. Their attraction hits hard at the start and then things get more complicated, which left the second half of the book
I received an ARC from the author. The only other book I've read by this author was 'The Wizard by the Sea' which was mesmerizing.

This was a wonderful 'vampire' book...because the plot didn't focus on a bad vampire that turned the 'good guy' but a sweet vampire who was protecting a man who had the ability to kill vampires. Sounds convoluted, but it really 'works!' Then you add in some nebulous 'government agents' that were a threat to both of them, as well as a vampire coven that has nefarious
P Leslie
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily read a review copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else's*

Oriel's been on the run far too long; he's had enough - he needs to find shelter and food. He sneaks into a mansion to get shelter but nothing prepares him for what he does encounter in the mansion.

My heart broke for Oriel; the circumstances leading him to a life on the run were horrifying. Oriel was broken but he was determined to fight another day.

I liked Seb - he was a unique vampire.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Oriel has been so alone since he has had to be on the run and he is so grateful for a place to hide that he gets to stay a few days. When he is found be Seb he is sure that his life is over, he definitely doesn’t expect their attraction to each other.

This was a nice story, I just felt like I was missing something throughout the whole thing though I’m not sure what. Oriel can’t help but think no one would really want him after everything he
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book...... This was a well constructed story that totally drew me in. The fact that Oriel's(human) blood was forbidden and addictive is a unique concept that I enjoyed. Oriel was on the run from both vampires and the feds, so when he saw the mansion, he decided to hide out in the garage for a few days since there was food and just about everything he needed, especially warmth. Little did he know that he was hiding out in a vampire's home (or ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting vampire and human gay lovers story. The human is on the run from the human authorities and also from vampires. He hides out in a garage but is discovered and taken in by the vampire homeowner. This vampire is tired of existence after three hundred years but the human excites him. Danger lies in the human's unique, addictive blood.
Typos: some misplaced punctuation, a repeated phrase, missing words, a wrong pronoun, mistaken character name, plural/singular mismatch, mixed up word
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable read.

I really enjoyed this book and loved the characters and the simple storyline. Basically Oriel is human and running for his life because his blood is different, it's addictive and makes vampires lose their minds. The Fed's want him so they can eliminate the vampire race so Oriel ran.

Cold tired and at the end of his role Oriel finds himself hold up in an old mansion garage. What he doesn't know is that Sebastian a vampire lives there. When Seb finds Oriel camping out in his
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So neither of these guys are ones I want as my soulmate. Oriel is a little too grateful and Seb is a little too...I don't have the word for it. But I like them together.
I may not be into "insta-lurv" types books often, but I enjoy them when they are done well and in a way that is believable. Sometimes chemicals happen and sometimes when you meet someone, you just...know things. You can trust them, you like them more than you should already, etc. This is the beginning of a seemingly thrilling
~nikki the recovering book addict
Really good!

This is the first time I'm exposed to this author so I didn't really know what to expect. I'm happy to report that I enjoyed her writing style and story arc. Although, it felt a bit out of place that both MCs fell into bed together so quickly. I mean, it just didn't quite fit the narrative of Oriel being scared and running for his life. I don't know anyone who would be able to drop their guards in such a situation to have sex. But perhaps that's just me. Lol... it's still an
John-Torleif  Harris
Interesting new world

This book was interesting, and I'm full of questions after having finished it. Did the Hunters infiltrate the government and that's why they want to exterminate vampires? Does everyone know about vampires? Why didn't Oriel's blood trigger any cravings in Seb with the bonding? Wouldn't some of Oriel's blood have entered Seb's system in the bonding, and might that have given him some kind of immunity to its addictive properties?

I can't wait to read more in this world and
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A dark m/m romance with an unusual twist that makes Oriel, the human hero on the run from both human law enforcement and vampires, a bit of an enigma and seemingly incompatible with Sebastian, the reclusive vampire hero. The story started slowly but built to a satisfying and action-packed conclusion. Their story includes a past of betrayals and cruelty that should prevent them from trusting each other, but mutual desire trumps their caution and leads to some very steamy scenes.

I received an ARC
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oriel's blood is addictive to Vampires. The authorities want his blood to wipe out the Vampires. Poor Oriel is on the run from both. And hides in a garage. Only to find out that Seb the owner of the house is a Vampire. They slowly learn to trust one another but not fully. Seb vows to protect him. But they are caught up by the Feds Can they save each other,

This book is an exciting read, with a will they won't they turn on each other and will Oriel be caught by the Feds or Vampire coven leader.

Mandy Quinn
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved and enjoyed reading this wonderful book

I loved and enjoyed this wonderful book. I loved the relationship between Oriel and Seb. I loved the romance, the comedy, the action, and the twists and turns in this book. I loved that they got their happy ending. I would recommend this book to people who love paranormal, vampires, comedy, romance, and action with a lot of twists and turns too.
Missy Clifton
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another book by this author that has hit it out of park. Seb living such a lonely life as a vampire stumbles upon Oriel hiding in his garage. Oriel is running and hiding from those that want to eat him or kill him. I loved both characters! Seb finally has someone worth living for and Oriel can let his guard down and learn to live again.
Steph ☀️

***2.5 stars***

It's okay. As a reader it was hard to get involved with the story and form a connection with the characters. Some parts of the story kept my attention, but it was few and far between.
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