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Review: Blood Secrets – Vivi Anna (2007, paranormal romance, Valorian Chronicles 1)

Review: Blood Secrets – Vivi Anna (2007, paranormal romance, Valorian Chronicles 1)Author: Vivi Anna
Title: Blood Secrets
Series: Valorian Chronicles #1
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 282
Release Date: March 1, 2007
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Caine Valorian and his Otherworld Crime Unit crack all the unusual cases before any humans take notice. When a young woman is found ritualistically murdered it's his team of professionals with paranormal gifts who must stop the nameless evil stalking the streets. But the toughest case of Caine's 200-year career gets even harder when a new member, Eve Grant, is assigned to their unit. Not only is she green and eager to impress, she's human.

As they sink deeper into the workings of the case, Caine's attraction to the alluring Eve is causing his blood to boil. And with war brewing between species, the all-consuming passion between a human and a vampire won't be the only thing to spill on the city's mean streets...
Format: Paperback
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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to sexual content.

Welcome to Jennifer’s review of BLOOD SECRETS!

Blood Secrets is another book that I read a while back and didn’t ever write the review. Although I still have a lot of those to write, I feel good that I am getting some done.

I really enjoyed reading BLOOD SECRETS. It included a little bit of everything I love: hot romance, action-packed fantasy, and a mystery to solve.

My likes

One thing that stood out to me was the worldbuilding. It was original and well-developed for book that wasn’t very long. My only negative observation was that Vivi Anna calls the creatures “Otherworlders” but never explains where the Otherworld is. Where did they come from? The reader knows that the Otherworlders were rounded up to live in Necropolis, but the reader has no clue where they came from in the first place. But, overall, the worldbuilding was great.

Another thing I liked was how the main characters didn’t jump into bed immediately. They were able to be alone in a hotel room together without having sex. That was a nice change!

I also appreciated how well the author was able to stay in one point of view at a time. There wasn’t any head-hopping. Because of the strict point of view, the characters were actually able to misinterpret things. For example, when Caine wiped his hand after touching Eve, she thought it meant something different than what it meant. But, the reader doesn’t learn what it really meant until it switches to Caine’s point of view. I loved that!

My dislikes

The author used my pet peeve of “her sex” to describe parts of female anatomy.

Eve has to be rescued repeatedly. I would have liked her to have a bit more capable.

They are supposed to be CSIs, but they do more detective work than anything else.

A few threads were left hanging at the end of the book, particularly involving the second person who was involved in the murders.

Hooked or not?

Although there were some things I didn’t like, I enjoyed the book as a whole. The pluses outweighed the negatives. I plan to read more books in the Valorian Chronicles series. BLOOD SECRETS was a fun book to read with plenty of action and romance to satisfy all my reading needs.

I give BLOOD SECRETS an A (five stars) for fast pacing, interesting worldbuilding and plot, and likable characters.

If you like books that blend detective fiction with fantasy and romance, you should try BLOOD SECRETS.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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