Review – Blood Guard


Blood Guard


Bladed Princess #1


Eve Bale


Paranormal Romance


I was the winner—and the envy of many. What I didn’t realize is that I was a pawn in a game I’d already lost…
It isn’t every day a dying girl wins the chance to live. Ten years ago, I was that girl. The first winner of the vampire lottery. And my prize? A new life as a bloodsucker.
I’m sick of hearing how lucky I am that I get to live forever. When you prove over and over to be a kiss of death to everyone you love, forever becomes its own special kind of hell.
But I still have Dimitry—I only have Dimitry—the sexy, inscrutable, Russian vampire who saved me from certain death. For a hot minute there was a spark between us until it fizzled to a barely glowing ember.
Now Dimitry and I have been summoned from Moscow to the politics and the cruelty of vampire-controlled Las Vegas right when the city is going to pot. I swore I would never return to a place I will only ever be a pawn, but the alternative is much worse. Deadly.
I’m nothing there. Small-fry. But maybe it’s time I changed that.


3.5stars rating

This is the first book I read by the author, and it was only afterwards that I found out this was not the first book in this particular universe! While sometimes I did have the feeling I missed something like a prequel, the author did a great job explaining and giving us the necessary info without it being dumped on us 🙂 Scenes and environments were clear and well described.

Character development:

I have to admit, and this is the reason it only has a 3,5* score, I just couldn’t get into the characters 🙁 However, I am guessing that that is on me, and maybe it will get better once I know more about them from the previous books.
The main character, Kayleigh, grew a lot throughout this instalment, from what I would say was a bored princess to a woman who (finally) tried to take control of her own life and protect herself and her loved ones. We know about her past and the circumstances of how she ended up a vampire.
Dimitry, on the other hand (I have a weakness for Russian sword-wielding men/vampires/whatever lol), our brooding other half, we know very little of. I would have loved to know more, especially about his past and, of course, what he is doing in Moscow.

Pacing & Flow:

While this was pretty good, it felt that nothing really happened. Well, that’s not true; we know a lot happened, but we didn’t experience it like that, and I wonder if it’s more explained in another book in one of the series. But overall, there was a good balance between all the conversations and action, keeping the story moving forward.

The book itself:

The book was well written with no (noticeable) errors, and yes, there is sex described (if that is important to you).
It has 282 pages, spread over 22 chapters and is told from Kayleigh’s point of view. Beware that this book ends on a cliffhanger!

Final Thoughts:

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book, and all in all, I enjoyed it! I wish I knew about the other series first, but that’s on me, and you can be sure they are on my tbr list now 😉 I feel that the universe this series is in is a pretty expansive one. I would love to learn more about it!