This book gave me a hard time when I was trying to figure out how I felt about it; there were parts I loved and it was unpredictable for the most part, but in other places it was very predictable and felt a bit stale.
VCU agent Caitlin Parish finds herself having to turn to Kane Malloy, a master vampire who she has been hunting for years, for help when she realises that her life is under threat and that he is the only person who has and can give her the answers she needs.
Kane on the other hand has his own agenda and needs her for something just as much as she needs him.
For about 50% of Blood Shadows we are alone with Kane and Caitlin as they go around in circles trying to get what they need from each other and that’s where the book gets predictable and slow at times. On a couple of occasions it begins to feel like the sex scenes are in there to keep your interest.
Which leads me to my next point: this book is absolutely adult and there are fairly graphic, steamy, sex scenes in it. Pryor doesn’t entirely fall into the trap of ramming the book (no pun intended) with sex scenes, though there are a couple of instances where it got a bit old. Perhaps that’s just me though because I tend to mostly read YA where a sex scene lasts two sentences at most and it’s entirely wonderful and there are unicorns.
Our two main characters are equally interesting and have detailed and complex back stories, which kept my interest. I couldn’t decide who I was rooting for most because I loved both characters and wanted the best for both of them.
When other characters re-appear around 60% through the book that’s when things begin to get really interesting and very unpredictable and I absolutely loved that and couldn’t put it down.
Blood Shadows is told from the perspective of both Kane and Caitlin and the switches in point of view are marked clearly so it doesn’t get confusing.
The last couple of chapters were brilliant and I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next because I’m hooked.
From what I understand though the next book in the series, Blood Roses, follows new characters, so I hope the characters from this book make a cameo.