McAllister is shocked when a handsome man shows up at her
door claiming she is the One. Despite her attraction to him,
thereís no denying that heís insane! Alex Faustin is far
from crazy. Heís a vampire whoís just traveled all the way
from his luxurious NYC life to the wilds of Colorado for his
mate. Itís a race against time to convince her to be his
forever, while finding shelter and evading the law. When a
horrible incident reveals his secret, Helena learns he is a
creature of darkness.
she reconcile her feelings for a man who is monster?
I had mixed feelings about Called by Blood. I
was not sure if I liked Helena and Alex because they
sometimes came off as immature in their reactions and
interactions to various situations they were forced to
overcome and deal with. Itís been noted that love often
makes people reckless. Perhaps it was Helenaís emotional
baggage and Alexís spoiled haphazard bungling that that kept
me off kilter. Iím not certain. All I know is that I
really became interested in some of the secondary characters
that appeared. *Shrug* It happens sometimes.
The writing style was very contemporary which mostly didnít
work for me in the narrative along with the large doses of
saccharine romance. Also, the sweetness seemed at odds with
the down and dirty sex. Overall, it was a pretty decent
novel, with harrowing moments and plot twists that kept me
reading. The best compliment I can offer is that Iím
willing to reread this story again. There are a lot of
things about it to like and in all fairness, Iíve been
reading lots of vampire fiction back to back, so my
expectations differ from book to book. Iím rather biased
against treating vampires in the traditional manner and
really get into books where vampirism Ďevolvesí beyond the
usual limitations. This may have colored my initial
response to Alex and the hardships he faces with Helena.
Still, Iím also the first to admit that it was used
constructively as an effective plot device, and thatís worth
a bright gold star instead of a wooden stake.