Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: Bloodright by Karin Tabke

Bloodright (Blood Moon Rising Trilogy,   #2)Bloodright 
(Blood Moon Rising Trilogy #2)
by Karin Tabke
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
ISBN 042524301X
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The coming of the Blood Moon will lead two Lycan packs into war, spur two rival brothers into conflict, and spark an act of vengeance so evil that its effects will be felt for generations.
One woman stands at the center of it all... After years of waiting, the Blood Law is at last avenged. Lycan Alpha Lucien Mondragon takes revenge on his brother, Rafael. Lucien is poised to slay Rafael's life mate, the Lycan/Slayer half-breed Falon- but cannot complete the kill. For Falon's mystical powers and fiery nature awaken a heart Lucien thought long dead. Instead of ending her life, Lucien defiantly marks Falon as his own, tormenting his brother to insanity and spurning Rafael's blood thirst for his own revenge.Though terrified by the savage Lucien, Falon finds herself inexplicably drawn to his primal rage and strength by a desire she cannot resist. Torn between the true love she has for Rafael and the burning hunger she holds for Lucien, Falon knows that the will of her heart will lead her to her destined life mate. But it may also doom the Alpha brothers-and the Lycan race-to extinction...
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Crystal’s Thoughts: 
Bloodright continues right where Blood Law left off. This is definitely a series that you need to read in order as it follows one main storyline and three central characters. Blood Law was about the budding love between Falon and Rafael but now its Lucien’s turn…

The Blood Law has been avenged but not in a way any of them foresaw. Falon is ripped from her love, Rafael, the alpha of pack Vulkasin, and given to his vengeful twin brother Lucien Mondragon. Unable to imagine a life without Rafael and one where she must submit to Lucien, Falon tries to take her own life. Rafael pleads with Lucien to save his Chosen One and agrees never to see or make contact with Falon again if Lucien will save her life.  When Falon sees the real man under all of Lucien’s hate and anger, she slowly starts to fall for him. But how can she love both the brothers without betraying one of them? With the Blood Moon coming and the Slayers organizing, Falon must make a decision and in the end no one will walk away unscathed.  

Wow, after the cliffhanger in Blood Law I was dying to get on with Bloodright to see what happened and I am so glad that I read these first two books together! Bloodright was a sensational continuation of the series and I loved everything about Lucien and Falon. Lucien has so many layers to him and once he starts to let go of his anger we really see what a big heart he has. Maybe it’s my love for bad boys or the underdogs of a story but I have been rooting for Lucien from the beginning and I was not disappointed now that he finally got his chance.  
With love blossoming between him and Falon, Lucien realizes that yes; maybe his heart is capable of loving again. Falon opens him up like no one else can and shows him that he deserves happiness and not just with her but between him and his brother as well. Falon doesn’t think that there is any room in her heart for anyone other than Rafa but she quickly realizes that there is plenty of room in there for Luca too. But she feels that by loving one she is betraying the other. The story reaches the point where Falon has to come to a decision and to either make it selfishly or for the good of the packs. The jealousy between the brothers escalates though and I thought Lucien’s growth here, while not complete, was intriguing to follow while Rafael somewhat digresses but in this situation is entirely understandable. 
Falon is also discovering more about the power she holds inside of her, sometimes she gets a bit cocky in battles and the outcome is not good because of it, which got annoying but it’s a learning curve for her and Falon eventually learns that she cannot take on everything by herself, especially when it comes to the Corbet’s. 

Surrounding the romance is the continuing story-line of the Blood Moon Rising and the battle between the Lycan’s and Slayers. Such a war doesn’t happen without lots of blood falling and casualties but all the packs are gearing up and preparing for a victory. The slayers aren't making it easy for them though and now they want both Falon and the Eye of Fenrir.
When Falon and Lucien get together though is when the story really starts to sizzle. Lucien is passion personified. If you thought Falon and Rafael had some chemistry than you haven’t seen anything yet. Lucien brings out a whole new sensual side in Falon and I was surprised that the pages didn’t combust in my hands. I just loved these two together! 
There were some inconsistencies between the first novel, Blood Law, and Bloodright that bugged me a bit. In Blood Law it was fourteen years ago that Rafael killed Lucien’s Chosen One while in Bloodright it is changed to sixteen years ago. Rafael and Lucien’s age is also changed from nineteen to seventeen. Call it a pet peeve of mine. 
But for paranormal romance fans Bloodright had it all; wolfish romance, relationship drama and tension, edgy action and prophetic suspense and of course sizzling sex. I recommend the Blood Moon Rising series to all lovers of this genre! Expect another jaw-dropping cliffhanger though with this one. I'm counting down the days until Blood Vow now, I need to know what happens next! 

Warning: Falon and Lucien are lycan and explore their sexual nature through both their human and their beast. I thought this aspect was very well written and found no complaint with these scenes but others may not find them to their liking. Also there is a little bit of delicious sandwich action going on between Lucien, Falon and Rafael. Just a teeny tiny bit but enough to leave you panting for more! 

Rating: 4 Wine Glasses


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