A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems.
For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.
In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.
Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.
For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.
Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story continues in Blood Match.
I can’t remember the last paranormal book about vampires that I read, which is so sad because I miss them! I was very excited when K.A. Linde came out with this new series called Blood Type because I wanted to get back into reading more paranormal. This was a fantastic place to start because I could not put this book down!
Blood Type opens with Reyna going through the application process to let vampires use her blood to feed because she is tired of being a burden on her brothers who work in factories for next to nothing. In this world, vampires must drink the blood of their own blood types in order to keep their more savage, baser instincts at bay. Reyna does not expect to be placed as a Permanent with one of the more elite vampires of the world, Beckham. Reyna is thrown into this world of unlimited wealth, superiority, and danger. A world where the enemies seem like friendlies, and the friendlies seem like enemies. Reyna is prepared to give up her blood in order to earn money to send back to her brothers, but she is confused when Beckham refuses to feed from her. As the two spend more time together, the more complex their relationship grows, and the question of what happens next will keep you guessing.
I LOVED this story! This was a whole new world that I had never read before and I simply devoured it. The writing was great and the pace was fantastic. I felt a part of the world and with every little thing that happened, I wondered what was going to happen next. Things kept unfolding that I was not expecting and I was able to see people for who they were. The characters were written very well with some amazing depth to them. I want to know more about Beckham! The side characters brought a lot to the table as well because wow…talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing. There is so much suspense, conspiracy, and injustice in this world that I NEED to know how everything is going to end up. AND THAT FREAKING ENDING! I will be reading Blood Match as soon as it syncs to my kindle because I just HAVE to.
Reyna is a fierce, bold character who has a hard time not speaking her mind about unjust things…even when surrounded by powerful vampires. Reyna is loyal and will do anything to help her brothers get out of the back breaking work they are forced into. Reyna is spunky and fun to read about because she is unafraid to be inquisitive. I love Reyna’s heart and her determination to see equality achieved in a world that is vastly unequal.
Beckham is a man who is wrapped in secrets and who is someone you want to root for even when he seems like the enemy. There is so much going on with Beckham and I am hoping we get to see more in the next book. Beckham finds himself enamored with his new houseguest and can’t seem to keep protecting her from the dangers of his world, no matter the cost to himself. I want to see Beckham lose the tight reign on his control more in the next book because OH WOW.
I highly recommend this book to those who love: paranormal romance, vampires, series, bold heroines, and secretive, broody heroes.
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars!
This book! I can hardly put into words all the feelings I have about this book. Blood Type is a paranormal romance that has to do with vampires. First of all, I’m not a big fan of paranormals. I read them every six months or so, and they’re always ok, but nothing magnificent. I was really big into them in the early 2000s but since then, I haven’t picked many up. However, Blood Type is by K.A. Linde and I love her and her writing so I knew that no matter what genre this was, I had to give it a try. And seriously people, this book is probably one of the best books I’ve read so far this year! It’s new, and refreshing and lends so much more to the genre of paranormal romance that I can’t stop thinking about it. What stands out to me about this book is it’s dystopian feel, and the political workings mixed throughout the story. There’s these characters that are cunning and twisted, and this whole interworking layer of deceit mixed throughout the pages. It was brilliantly done.
Blood Type focuses on two main characters. Beckham Anderson and Reyna Carpenter. Life as we know it today is gone. There was a financial collapse, and 90% of the world is destitute and living in sheer poverty, while the remaining 10% are living the life filled with money, parties, and extravagant gifts. And they’re also vampires. Reyna lives with her two older brothers in the warehouse district, and after trying everything to get a job, she applies at Visage, where she basically sells her blood to the vampires. Except rather than it being handled like a blood blank, she lets her sponsor drink directly from the source. It’s a last ditch effort to give her brothers a better life, and when Reyna is accepted into a new program where she is placed with a permanent sponsor for twice the amount of money, she finally feels like she’s making a difference in her life. Yet, after meeting Beckham, Reyna begins to reevaluate everything that she thought she knew about life, and like the layers of an onion, the story is slowly peeled back and revealed to the reader.
Reyna is strong, and determined, and doesn’t take no for an answer. She can be a little bit dumb when it comes to her decision making, but she’s young and naïve and it comes with the territory so it’s hard to fault her for that. It actually makes her character feel more real. She has bouts of anger, lust, and even jealousy and it all plays perfectly into the story. Reyna wants to make a difference in the world, and she continually tries to illustrate the differences between the classes, even though everything could very well just blow up in her face.
And then there is Beckham, or Becks. Becks is stand offish, and full of secrets. He hides himself away from Reyna and refuses to feed from her, even though that is what he is paying her for. Despite several advances and mistakes as he likes to call them, he tries desperately to stay away from Reyna. But there is an instant connection between the two of them that keeps reeling him in, over and over again. It’s a delicious tug of war between a captive and his prisoner, and wrapped up in this political intrigue with a pretty little bow. But when they do come together, the entire story explodes, and I couldn’t get enough.
I’ve read a lot of Linde’s books and this is, by far, my absolute favorite of hers. I can’t speak highly enough about how much I adored this book. Everyone, whether you are a fan or paranormal or not needs to pick this one up. It will change your view on paranormal romance, and I can’t wait to see what other treasures are hiding in the pages of Blood Match.
That was the moment Beckham appeared in the doorway like a storm cloud.
Reyna straightened in her seat at the expression on his face. He walked across the room like a tightly coiled spring ready to explode.
“Ah Beckham, there you are,” Harrington said.
“Excuse me, William. I need to speak with Reyna. Alone.”
She hastened out of her seat and followed him around the corner. He tugged her straight through the kitchens, out the back door, down a corridor, and into a dead end. Then her back was slammed against the brick wall. His fist connected with the wall behind her, and she felt the wall shudder. Debris floated onto her shoulders.
“You left,” he growled.
“I . . .”
“No.” He pressed his finger to her lips roughly. She stopped breathing and just stared up into his eyes as dark as night. Her body trembled under the feral stare. “You left without me.”
The silence was weighted. All she could do was sit with their bodies nearly touching. His finger on her mouth. Her mind wandering to hellacious places.
“You are my subject. Can you imagine what it was like when I found you missing? When you turned up with three of my kind?” She shook her head minutely. He bared his teeth to her, and she shrank back. “These are meant to drink your blood. To drink you dry until there is nothing left of your body but a dry corpse. We are killers. We don’t hesitate. Just because we’re wearing suits and seem more like you . . . does not mean we are like you. We are not like you. They especially are not like you. The only way you get to the top of Visage is to be fucking ruthless, Reyna. Do you understand?”
“You’re . . . scaring me,” she whispered.
Reyna Carpenter and Beckham Anderson return in the exhilarating follow-up to the provocative paranormal romance Blood Type.
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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.
She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.