Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is a great vampire paranormal romance. The plot was solid, there were tons of interesting characters in the large world that the authors created, and sweet romance along the way. Character’s actions always seemed believable and emotional reactions were never over dramatic just for the sake of being dramatic, which I really liked. Also, there were no deeply sadistic or overly gruesome scenes, also something I really liked about this book. Not that there wasn’t blood, or people getting killed, but the goriness wasn’t focused on.
The story opens by introducing us to many different characters, one or two at a time, and giving us a view of the world from their perspective, either human or vampire. The main thrust for at least the first 25% of the book is to show us the world that vampires live in, and the battle that some vampires are secretly waging in order to finally stop having to live in the shadows. We do meet the hero and heroine that the romance centers around, but it took me until the 25% mark to realize which characters the romance would be about. This isn’t bad by any means, this story just isn’t the typical graphic, hot and steamy romance of many vampire PNR’s.
Blood Born felt like a great paranormal adventure with some incredibly sweet, and at times, briefly steamy romance thrown in. The vampires don’t have human emotions and struggle to understand why they should care about them, and this includes even the vampires that don’t want to come out of the shadows and try to dominate humans. So when the vampires do start to feel things for this or that human, it leaves them mystified, which of course leads to poignant things happening.
There are so many interesting characters created in this first novel that you’ll be rooting for not only the main couple but for others to find or acknowledge their feelings as well. I really enjoyed this book and hope there are, or will be, more novels.