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Vampire prince Thomas Vanderguard has been alone for over two hundred years - ever since the deathblow that killed his companion Jacob. For centuries, Drones have sought to eradicate his family’s royal lineage so that a rival family may seize the throne and gain control of their territory. But Thomas's life of self-imposed solitude came to an end a little over a year ago wVampire prince Thomas Vanderguard has been alone for over two hundred years - ever since the deathblow that killed his companion Jacob. For centuries, Drones have sought to eradicate his family’s royal lineage so that a rival family may seize the throne and gain control of their territory. But Thomas's life of self-imposed solitude came to an end a little over a year ago when Daniel Alexander walked into his life. After months of refusal, Thomas finally gives in to Daniel's request to change him into a vampire even though he fears Daniel will meet the same fate as Jacob.With a possible eternity of happiness stretched out in front of them, can Thomas keep his lover safe or is history about to repeat itself?...

Title : Blood Ties
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ISBN : 9781301707492
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Number of Pages : 175 Pages
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Blood Ties Reviews

  • Debra
    2020-02-22 00:34

    This first book in a planned trilogy is a somewhat different take on vampire lore than I’ve read before. In this world there are born vampires who live more like humans and made vampires, who are the ones that cannot go out in the sun or eat human food. The made vampires also differ from each other, sometimes losing part of their human self, even to the extent of becoming mindless killing Drones, but it is not until after their transition that the maker knows what they get. Set in the midst of a centuries old war between two vampire families, the book starts off with Thomas, a vampire prince at the side of Daniel, his formerly human lover who is in the midst of turning, and then flashes back over the past year from the time they met.There is plenty of action as Thomas and his warriors fight the Gemelli family Drones and it soon is clear that even after centuries of fighting, nobody is safe. Thomas is still mourning the death of his lover 200 years prior at the hands of the Drones. As much as Thomas tries to fight his attraction, he has met his match in Daniel, who is not afraid of Thomas and challenges him in ways he never expected. I loved how Daniel’s alpha personality kept him pursuing Thomas no matter how much he was pushed away. His ability to see things clearly, from the outside of the conflicts, was a nice counterpoint to Thomas’ emotional reactions.The story had plenty of action and drama, some humor and a few turns I didn’t expect. While I wouldn’t really characterize the end as a big cliff hanger, there are story lines left open and a reminder that someone is presently unaccounted for in the final scene. While there is progress made towards peace between the warring families, it is clear that not everyone is on board with the plans. Mostly what I am looking forward to in the next book is seeing more of Daniel as a newly made vampire since the moments following his awakening didn’t allow for much introspection.

  • Monika
    2020-02-02 19:16

    A review forHearts on Fire ReviewsBlood Ties is a love story between Thomas a natural born Vampire Prince and Daniel a human he meets in a bar. It’s a simple story, one that I enjoyed reading but I did wish there was more to it. There is nothing new in Blood Ties, nothing that doesn’t happen in a lot of other vampire novels. This story has some drama but it’s very mild and there are some action scenes with a war between two Vampire families but that is more of a side story rather than a major part of the plot.The story starts with Thomas sitting at Daniel’s bedside waiting for him to awaken after he gave in to Daniel’s wish to be turned, something he had reservations about after having been through this with Jacob, a love he thought would be with him forever but who was brutally killed by the Gemmelli Drones in cold blood. Thomas vows to never fall for anyone again so he can’t be hurt like that but then he meets Daniel and he finds himself unable to keep that vow, he falls hard for Daniel. As Thomas sits and watches Daniel he questions his decision to turn him and we are taken back to when he first meets Daniel. I liked the love story between these two it was slow and easy, the story flows well and all the secondary characters are good. If you’re looking for a Vampire love story with no angst and an HEA you may like this one.

  • Becky Condit
    2020-01-24 02:15

    Please leave comments for Pattycake's 4 sweet pea review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index....Daniel-”You came.” Thomas-”Not yet. But I soon will. Gonna fuck you, come in your ass, make you come then maybe do it another couple of times until we’re both satisfied. Sound good to you?”Thomas Vanderguard is sitting by the side of his lover Daniel Alexander waiting for him to wake up from his three day sleep after Thomas converted him from human to vampire. As he waits, he finds himself looking back on all the events that had led up to this moment in time. For over two hundred years, Thomas has been alone, mourning the loss of his mate Jacob-one of the many, many casualities in the war between the Vanderguards and the Gemmellis. It started many centuries ago when Lutreas Gemmelli challenged Magnus Vanderguard’s right to the throne. Since then the Gemmellis has been using Drones-newly turned vampires-as foot soldiers only out for one thing-to wipe out the Vanderguard family and their allies. Thomas vowed to not let anyone get close to him, but when he met Daniel, Thonas fell for him despite everything he did to push him away. In Blood Ties by Lavinia Lewis, we get an up close and personal look at how one minor disagreement can lead to a war that lasts so long that very few remember why and what they’re even fighting for-and the untold cost in lives and grief that can result.This is a story that is both plot and character driven. The characters are vivid, complex, and three dimensional. You can’t help but be drawn into their lives, and feel their grief at the loss of friends and loved ones in a war that makes no sense, and started over such a trivial reason. I had an overwhelming urge to bash heads together, and shake some sense into them!! Told in a skillful blend of present day and a series of flashbacks, you get a backstory that leaves no question of how and why the characters ended up where they are now. The sex is hot, and passionate, without being too smutty. The author’s writing style is original, crisp, and concise, with a deft grasp of irony that I really enjoy. I also like how she pulls no punches in showing how one petty act can have such catastrophic consequences, and cause so much pain and heartache. The story does have a HEA ending that happens after a major surprise that I never saw coming. If you want to read an original vampire tale that is ANYTHING but boring, then check out this book!

  • Breann
    2020-02-07 02:21

    3.5An enjoyable introduction in what seems to be a promising series.Thomas has been alone and mourning the loss of his lover, Jacob, for far too long. His family has been at war with a rival family for centuries and is always under attack from their drones. He isn't willing to risk losing someone else he loves to them.In this world there are born vamps and made vamps. Born vamps are more like humans than the made ones. The made vampires can't eat food or go out in the sun. There's also no telling how they'll react to the turning, if they'll keep their humanity or turn into killers.When Thomas meets Daniel he immediately intrigued and protective of him. He keeps the other vampires away and stops them from pursuing Daniel. When he realizes that he feels far too much for Daniel, he pushes him away. I have to say, I really liked Daniel. He didn't fall for Thomas' crap and saw right through his act. Not only did he see through it, but he also completely won over Thomas' family. Yeah, Thomas was a goner. Really, his only option was to admit defeat and keep Daniel for himself. Which is exactly what he did.Because Thomas had lost a lover in the past, he's fiercely protective of Daniel. Daniel wanted to become a vampire and be with Thomas, but because of all the uncertainty surrounding turning someone, Thomas isn't convinced it's a good idea. Thomas was protective and possessive of Daniel without being all "He-man You Are Mine Alpha" guy, which I always appreciate, especially in a vampire story. It's so easy to make them into growl-y cavemen, but Thomas' character was more than that. Daniel certainly made his wants known and he wasn't a pushover for Thomas. They really fit well together and I enjoyed their romance.There was action, a few steamy scenes, some sweet romance and a bit of a cliffhanger. Blood Ties is a really good start to this paranormal series.

  • Fadia Pierre
    2020-02-11 02:32

    This is one of the best vampire books I have read in a while. It was not your usual coven where there is a "maker" but, an actual family with its quirks and insecurities. What captivated was the family dynamic between Thomas and the rest of their family and the way the author made their issues so real that you could often relate. It is not easy to find love and to loose that person tragically. Thomas not only had to endure that; he also lived with the guilt of what could he have done different to save the man he loved. As with most things fate has a way of changing one's perception and this is where Daniel comes in. He is able to get past all of Thomas's defenses and allows him to open his heart again. That is until tragedy strikes that family again and close members of the family are killed by an ongoing war with an opposing family. All in all, this is the great beginning to a new series that I look forward to read even though it ends in a cliffhanger.

  • Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
    2020-02-17 00:18

    3 1/2 - 4 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book ReviewsThomas has refused to love for two hundred years. The loss of his lover, Jacob, to the Drones scarred him deeply and he hasn't been able to give his heart again. Since then Thomas has swore to destroy the Drones who want to wipe out his family, the Royal vampire family, but one night his world is turned on end when he meets Daniel. Daniel won't take no for an answer and Daniel stumbles into Thomas' world of danger, but Daniel knows what he wants and he wants eternity with the vampire he loves. This story is a pretty good vampire story of love and determination. The story starts now, as Thomas is turning his lover Daniel, we get his worry and his feelings of love for Daniel and the loving support of Thomas' family. It then goes back into the past to when Thomas and Daniel first met and the beginning of their relationship, we see how their attraction is instant but the different reactions to that attraction by the two men. Thomas pushes Daniel away, determined to keep him from his dangerous world, and Daniel is gung ho on pursuing Thomas. We get a very good feel for the history of the war between the vampires and the Drones and the reason behind it all, we see the danger that stalks the vampires and can fully understand Thomas' reluctance to bring another lover into his world. Daniel falls into the world anyway and you admire his determination to pursue what he wants, even when he is scared. Their relationship is rocky at first but evens out when Thomas opens his heart, but, that doesn't mean it is all perfect because Daniel wants forever and Thomas still wants to keep Daniel safe from his world. While Daniel and Thomas' relationship progresses there is still the war with the Drones going on and we see the development of that as well, the losses and how it effects the characters, the devastation and the determination to wipe out the Drones. We also get to see the end of the war in an unusual conclusion. So I found this story to be full of action, love and worry. I am gonna have to recommend this to those who love vampires at war, finding and accepting love in trying conditions, hot sex and sweet love and a great ending.

  • Jacque
    2020-01-31 01:16

    Blood Ties is the first book in The Vanderguard Vampires series by Lavinia Lewis. I've never read any of her books before but I liked the cover, found the blurb interesting so I thought I would take a change. Of the two main characters, Daniel was my favorite. I liked his easy going side mixed in with strong freak in the sheets. It made he come off as cute and hot. Thomas on the other hand I had moments of wanting to shake him. I get that his lover had been killer eons ago, but his yes/no, I can't/I want flip-flopping back and forth did get to be old at times. So glad he worked it out in his head because when they did, and they got their action on it was pretty hot! The story itself was fairly well paced. Good action scenes mixed in with just enough drama keeps this PNR moving along. The dialog, as does the emotions, runs between fun snappy, angry, to deep sorrow. All of it flows together well and it's easy to get lost in the story. I found myself liking all the secondary characters. The only problem is that there is a war going on and you know during times of war, things aren't always good. Not giving anything away but there were a few deaths, I didn't see, nor wanted to see coming.I know this is a series but I didn't really feel any of the secondary characters (that were still alive) standing-out to have their own book. I did, however, find the ending was pretty good. A nice HEA with a cliffhanger, not one that will drive you bonkers but just enough of a tease to lure you in to find out what happens next. Perfect reading for anyone who likes M/M vamp stories without all the angsty pain. I received this book from the JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.Stars - 3, Flames - 3

  • Andrea Goodell
    2020-02-16 23:13

    What a great start to a series, I really enjoyed several things about this book and a couple of things I really didn’t like. One thing that was sort of new to me was we started with a few pages from the end of the book, and then we went back a year and got the back story of Thomas and Daniel. At first I liked this, then I got worried, as the story continued and pages kept going by that the end would be rushed. But actually it all fit nicely together. How we got the story of the family, the feud and the lost love of Thomas. Before we even get into the love interest of Daniel but once Thomas and Daniel met, he tried to fight it. But the powers are against him and sometimes true love is too hard to fight. I enjoyed how Daniel quickly figured out what Thomas was about, and instead of just walking away fought for what he felt was right and true. As the fighting is a main focal point, I have to say, I did enjoy it, how it’s detailed but not overly gory also the fact that both sides lose key people. Even though I’m not a fan of secondary characters death in books, I can see how this one was instrumental in bringing about the end or what we think is the end. Which leads me to my other point I really don’t like, we are left with a pretty big cliffy. I’ve no idea when the next one is coming out, hope I remember to watch out for it.I was given a copy of this book in change for an honest review by Crystals Many reviews

  • Debbie
    2020-02-01 00:19

    Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.Alone since his blood-bonded mate died 200 years ago, Thomas is totally floored,scared even, of his reaction and attraction to Daniel. Daniel just wants Thomas. But Thomas is a born vampire, a vampire Prince no less, and leads the war against the Drones, who are made vampires.Can Daniel survive in Thomas's world, will Thomas even let him in?Usually this bit comes at the end of my review, but since I finished it, its been on my mind. Is this a stand alone?? I thought it might be until right at the very end, the last 3 or four lines, the death knell sounds, and the world drops out of Thomas's stomach. So, Ms Lewis, is there more?? Because I need more Thomas and Daniel. I need to know how Danile is copying as a made vampire, how Thomas is copying with Daniel and their bond.I need to know about the queen, and if her new blood bonding to a previous enemy is working. I need to know about Ariana, and what the furute holds for her.Not a totally unique plot, but still, a very nice read all the same. If a book has me wanting more, its gotta be a good thing!Hot and steamy, dark and deadly, it has a little bit of everything for those who like M/M vampire stories.4 stars**same worded review appears on Goodreads, Amamzon.com and Amazon.co.uk**

  • Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
    2020-02-16 02:30

    This is my first gay vampire read and I’m surprised that I liked the story. Thomas is hesitant to turn his newfound love Daniel into a vampire. Jacob, his fallen vampire lover is the main reason why he doesn’t want Daniel to turn. Jacob was his escort and the Drones eliminated him, thus Thomas was inflicted with pain and vengeance in the last two hundred years.It’s been a long time since I last read a story involving gay main characters. I decided to forego with this paranormal story because I haven’t read anything about M/M vampires. So far, the scenes were overwhelming, too steamy for my taste, but the gist of the plot was interesting. The development of Thomas & Daniel’s relationship was something to look forward to. The conflicting war between the Drones and Thomas was in every way, vital to the story and I liked how Lavinia Lewis kept up the action until the end. A great read for vampire M/M afficionados!

  • Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
    2020-02-09 02:25

    This is my first gay vampire read and I'm surprised that I liked the story. Thomas is hesitant to turn his newfound love Daniel into a vampire. Jacob, his fallen vampire lover is the main reason why he doesn't want Daniel to turn. Jacob was his escort and the Drones eliminated him, thus Thomas was inflicted with pain and vengeance in the last two hundred years.It's been a long time since I last read a story involving gay main characters. I decided to forego with this paranormal story because I haven't read anything about M/M vampires. So far, the scenes were overwhelming, too steamy for my taste, but the gist of the plot was interesting. The development of Thomas & Daniel's relationship was something to look forward to. The conflicting war between the Drones and Thomas was in every way, vital to the story and I liked how Lavinia Lewis kept up the action until the end. A great read for vampire M/M afficionados!

  • Charlie
    2020-01-26 20:16

    Received an ARC for honest review. Where do I begin with this story. It took awhile for me to get into the story which is strange for me because I love paranormal and romance. As long as I can fall in love with the characters. At first I was having a hard time getting into the book because it seem to take for ever for us to see the relationship between Daniel and Thomas. Once it went back a year and to Danial's awakening the story gets good. Now lets talk about the ending. WTF?!? So I see that this is a series but where is book 2 already, with a cliff hanger like that the second book needs to come out sooner rather than later. I hope it comes out soon before I have time to forget that I want to know what happened. All that being said I give the story 4 stars, I wanted more and I wanted in the beginning for it to move faster but once it got going I was hooked.

  • Susan
    2020-02-19 23:36

    It is always a challenge for authors to come up with a new take on vampires, but Lavinia Lewis has managed it. Her world includes born vampires and made vampires, with born vampires having several advantages, such as walking in the sun. However, born vampires need to find a mate with whom they can bond if they want to live beyond a few hundred years. Thomas, born a vampire prince, finds his second mate Daniel, but worries he too will die in the vampire war, as did his first mate. The sex between them is hot, especially since Daniel is a big strong guy who stands up to Thomas both in and out of the bedroom. I liked that both of the MCs are alphas in their own way, as it made their relationship more electric. I also liked that there weren’t any cliffhangers at the end of the first of a trilogy.

  • Debfirpo
    2020-02-09 20:17

    Wow!! this was the best book that I've read in a very long time. The story was amazing. The MC's were so well formed that I wanted to go back to read their stories in a prequel. Daniel and Thomas, what can I say. I'm in love with them both. This book has it all humor, action, love, anguish. She gutted me at one point. All I'll say is Connor!! This is the first book that I've read from Lavinia but it will not the last. I'm ready for book 2.

  • multitaskingmomma
    2020-01-30 18:07

    Original Post Review by fadia: Review: Blood Ties (The Vanderguard Vampires #1) by Lavinia Lewis

  • Hearts On Fire Reviews
    2020-01-31 21:25

    Reviewed by: MonikaGenre: M/M ParanormalRated: 3 hearts Check out the review at: Hearts On Fire Reviews

  • Andrea
    2020-01-26 02:23

    I didn't care for the writing, the story or the characters. More than anything I did not like that this book ended in a cliffhanger.

  • Felicia
    2020-02-11 21:27

    Trying to read it but the beginning is boring to me. Putting it down for now and might come back to it.