- Book Title: Blood Tied
- Book Title: The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge, book Two
- Author: Jacob Z. Flores
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (September 7, 2015)
- Book Length: 256 pages
- Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Mystery
- Reviewed by: Kirsty
- Rating: 4 Star
- Posting Date: September 18, 2015
In Spell Bound Thad was the peace-maker; reliable and intelligent but someone who easily faded into the background. For this reason I wondered how Blood Tied would work and whether I would love it as much as its prequel. The answer is yes – and no.
Blood Tied is set around a special time for magical beings; Samhain. Through his characters, their heightened emotions and the events that take place, Jacob Z Flores gives us a real sense of Samhain’s importance, beyond fancy-dress, pumpkin carving and paper decorations.
Thad is not the conventional protagonist. In a sense he is still very much in Pierce and Mason’s shadow for the first-half of the story – until necessity forces him into the spotlight. Thad makes mistakes and can be self-berating but I think we have more inclination to forgive him because Jacob Z Flores has us believing in this magic called love!
I really like the way in which the events of Spell Bound and Blood Tied are interconnected – but this also leads me to my reservations about the story.
Spell Bound was Mason and Drake’s story; young adult characters written into a mainly young adult story; angsty and a little dark.
From Blood Tied’s first chapter we know that we have jumped into a New Adult story, not just because Thad is at college but also the sex. By using this level of explicitness and the fact that Blood Tied has a more sinister tone is Jacob Z Flores alienating his original audience? As an adult the change in these books is not relevant to me, but as a parent who would have happily let my teenage child read Spell Bound I would feel it’s a shame that they could not continue with the series.
In Blood Tied we watch individual members of the Blackmoor family mature. There is betrayal, mistrust, danger, love and passion. Although there were certain parts of the story I had figured out quickly, I was really absorbed into the second part of the book and shocked by events.
Overall, this is a great sequel and I really look forward to seeing Pierce as a main character and how Jacob Z Flores will develop his plot.
The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge: Book Two
Thad Blackmoor’s heart is as cold as his icy magical abilities. He considers emotions a waste of his time and prefers to study the arcane, using the sacred books of his coven to grow in his craft. He aspires to supersede his father and elder brother Pierce in power, and now that his younger brother, Mason, has tapped into the rare warlock power of darkness, he needs to work harder than ever.
But Thad’s ambitions are halted when he saves Aiden Teine, a fire fairy, from a banshee. Thad’s immediate attraction to Aiden catches him off guard and thaws his cold heart for the first time. As Thad, Aiden, and his brothers investigate the connection between the banshee attack and the vampyre and shadow weaver who almost killed them, Thad tries to dodge Ben, a sexy warlock who won’t let him be after a one-night stand.
Their search for answers leads them to the Otherworld, where something even more insidious is at work—something Thad will need more than logic to stand against.
Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.
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