Blood Kissed by Keri Arthur

Blood Kissed

In a world where magic and science sit side by side, and powerful witches are considered necessary aides for all governments, Lizzie Grace is something of an outlier. Though born into one the most powerful blue blood witch families, she wants nothing to do with either her past or her magic.But when she and Belle, her human familiar and best friend, open a small cafe in the...

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Blood Kissed Reviews

  • Margaret
    May 09, 2017

    Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

    Lizzie Grace is the black sheep of a blueblood witch family. She fled her family and the witch establishment at sixteen after her younger sister’s death. Most of the time she denies having any magic abilities at all, claiming to simply be a psychic. She and Belle, her BFF and familiar, have been bouncing around Australia looking for the perfect spot to open a café. They’ve recently landed in Castle Rock, a town within the Faelan werewolf reservation.

    In addition to their

    Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

    Lizzie Grace is the black sheep of a blueblood witch family. She fled her family and the witch establishment at sixteen after her younger sister’s death. Most of the time she denies having any magic abilities at all, claiming to simply be a psychic. She and Belle, her BFF and familiar, have been bouncing around Australia looking for the perfect spot to open a café. They’ve recently landed in Castle Rock, a town within the Faelan werewolf reservation.

    In addition to their food and beverage offerings, the Psychic Café specializes in finding lost things, usually keys and family heirlooms, with Lizzie’s psychometry talents. When a new client asks Lizzie to find her missing daughter she tries to refuse, afraid of exposing her magical skills and her real identity, but the money is just too good.

    Lizzie finds the girl, but gets drawn in to the hunt for the vampire that took her. Working with the Rangers, the reservation cops, is bad enough. Lizzie’s inexplicably attracted to the head ranger Aidan, who hates witches. But when a vampire’s involved that means calling in the Interspecies Investigation Team. The federal agents are much more likely to recognize her magical abilities and her family heritage.

    I love seeing a witch heroine from Keri Arthur! I’ve read four series from her with shifter-hybrid heroines and felt like she was kind of in a rut. I also loved the bond between Lizzie and Belle. They have a Charley and Cookie kind of relationship, which is fun to see. I’m interested in learning more about their history and how their magic works.

    I always associate Arthur with sexy urban fantasy, those series that some people try to tell you belong in the romance section because of all the steamy scenes. While Blood Kissed has many familiar elements, like a werewolf love interest, it might be rated PG if not for all the blood. Between Lizzie Grace and her post-apocalyptic Outcast series, which I highly recommend, Arthur’s breaking out of her self-made mold and I couldn’t be happier.

    I may have mentioned (about a hundred times) before how much I love a small-town paranormal mystery. Castle Rock has so much potential. I want to know more about the three werewolf packs that share the reservation and the town’s resident vampire. Arthur also leaves an important question unanswered. And there’s this one thing that seems obvious to me, but none of the characters seem to have figured out. I’m excited to see how it all plays out in the next book.

    Review originally published at Vampire Book Club.

  • Sandra
    May 20, 2017

    I liked this story much better than her erotic 3 way love triangle, half werewolf/vampire series. Don't get me wrong I like Riley Jenson but it was always the same. Sex sex sex. It got old.

    Here we have a witch, Lizzie Grace, who along with her human Familiar Belle, run a cafe & charm place on a werewolf reservation. They've been on the run from her family for 12 yrs and intend to keep it that way. Lizzie was a disappointment to her family as according to them her magic wasn't good enough.

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    I liked this story much better than her erotic 3 way love triangle, half werewolf/vampire series. Don't get me wrong I like Riley Jenson but it was always the same. Sex sex sex. It got old.

    Here we have a witch, Lizzie Grace, who along with her human Familiar Belle, run a cafe & charm place on a werewolf reservation. They've been on the run from her family for 12 yrs and intend to keep it that way. Lizzie was a disappointment to her family as according to them her magic wasn't good enough.

    Unfortunately, evil has come to town and as the local werewolves got rid of all witches from the reservation there isn't anyone to counteract it. Lizzie so doesn't want to have to confront it, but there isn't anyone else.

    Lots of dead bodies, hiking, zombies, baked goodies, vampires, explosions & a smokin hot sheriff named Aiden, obviously a werewolf, who has a chip on his shoulder against witches.

    Really looking forward to the next one in the series.

  • Beth The Vampire
    Apr 27, 2017

    A new Keri Arthur series?! Yes please!

  • Stacy
    Jun 08, 2017

    Lizzie and her human familiar—and best friend—Belle, are in hiding from her family and living on a werewolf reservation when trouble finds its way to their door. I enjoyed the relationship between Lizzie and Belle. A human familiar isn't something that is normal, but they work so well together and they wouldn't wish it any other way. Although Lizzie was born to a very powerful witch family, it's made clear that her magic isn't very strong. I kinda kept waiting for her to really blow magic out of

    Lizzie and her human familiar—and best friend—Belle, are in hiding from her family and living on a werewolf reservation when trouble finds its way to their door. I enjoyed the relationship between Lizzie and Belle. A human familiar isn't something that is normal, but they work so well together and they wouldn't wish it any other way. Although Lizzie was born to a very powerful witch family, it's made clear that her magic isn't very strong. I kinda kept waiting for her to really blow magic out of the water in some way. Like a hidden magical reservoir that has been hiding and shows itself at the most opportune time. Not sure if that will ever happen, but i will keep my fingers crossed in future books.

    There is a tad bit of a love interest in BLOOD KISSED—very minor romance. Witnessing the awkward, frustrating and sometimes electric interactions between Lizzie and Aiden was pretty entertaining at times. They were BOTH so frustrated and repelled by each other, but also magnetically attracted to each other and hating it. You could definitely feel the sexual frustration at points. I imagine things will be pretty steamy if they ever get over their issues and hook up.

    I enjoyed the setting in BLOOD KISSED. The small town feel was great and there is still so much involved in it being a werewolf reservation. The pace of BLOOD KISSED wasn't always fast, but I was never bored. I do wish that there were more twists involved in the storyline. There was a lot of things that ended up being pretty obvious.

    After all was read, I thought that BLOOD KISSED was a nice start to a new series for Keri Arthur and I will keep my eyes open for Lizzie's next adventure.

    * This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carmel (Rabid Reads)
    May 17, 2017

    I accepted this title for review without a second thought; it's written by Keri Arthur, and about werewolves—going once, going twice, sold! The protagonist in BLOOD KISSED is a witch, so although our four-legged friends have been cast as secondary characters, it's safe to assume that we'll be seeing a lot of them given that the story is set on the Faelan reservation, a place run by shifters of the lunar persuasion.

    This novel offered up tons of stand-out content includin

    I accepted this title for review without a second thought; it's written by Keri Arthur, and about werewolves—going once, going twice, sold! The protagonist in BLOOD KISSED is a witch, so although our four-legged friends have been cast as secondary characters, it's safe to assume that we'll be seeing a lot of them given that the story is set on the Faelan reservation, a place run by shifters of the lunar persuasion.

    This novel offered up tons of stand-out content including a human familiar (say what!?), small-town mystery, and a heroine who's outside of this author's norm. I liked the way that Arthur gave readers enough facts on the different elements that will make up her LIZZIE GRACE series so that all the moving parts jived, but still left sufficient wiggle room to maneuver in future installments, and more importantly, left us pining for book 2.

    As odd as Belle's role sounded at first, picking her over a cat was actually quite brilliant. She's a sidekick, BFF, business partner, and adviser all rolled into one who's fate is closely tied to Lizzie's. They have a long history of working together, and because of her lot in life, Grace is very permissive when it comes to issuing "orders" which is turn equates to sexy times that don't take over the narrative (ex: SOULS OF FIRE, DARK ANGELS, etc).

    I thought that the Psychic Café and Grace's psychometry expertise were a good jumping off point. As much as I love the investigative style plot line in Urban Fantasy, I get tired of the protagonist always being a P.I. I also liked that Aidan couldn't be more anti-witch because this will hopefully mean that his and Lizzie's romance will be of the slow burn variety. The heroine is definitely a character who I can see myself wanting to follow long-term.

    BLOOD KISSED is a fresh start by a seasoned writer.

  • Mara
    May 09, 2017

    3 1/2

    A minor, self pub, Keri Arthur novel. I like those most, as it seems she's ready(ier) to break her usual mold.

  • Barbara
    Jun 03, 2017

    I’ve loved Keri Arthur’s books ever since I discovered the Riley Jenson series and in this brand new series it is a witch that is the main character. She is Lizzie Grace, and best friend and familiar Belle is also a witch. Lizzie is from a very powerful family, but doesn’t seem to have inherited the family’s power, although she has plenty of talent with charms, spells and psychometry. That talent comes in handy when a darkly evil and deadly vampire who is also a witch using blood magic begins to

    I’ve loved Keri Arthur’s books ever since I discovered the Riley Jenson series and in this brand new series it is a witch that is the main character. She is Lizzie Grace, and best friend and familiar Belle is also a witch. Lizzie is from a very powerful family, but doesn’t seem to have inherited the family’s power, although she has plenty of talent with charms, spells and psychometry. That talent comes in handy when a darkly evil and deadly vampire who is also a witch using blood magic begins to take his vengeance on the inhabitants of the werewolf reservation where Lizzie and Belle have settled and opened a small cafe. The local werewolf ranger has a deep hatred of witches, which is unfortunate, since Lizzie definitely feels a spark when she’s around Aiden. But despite his initial feelings, Aiden soon realizes that he needs her help to stop the vampire, and as they work together, he comes to admire and rely on her courage, strength and skills. I very much enjoyed this first book and look forward to more Lizzie Grace stories to come.

  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    May 15, 2017

    I've been a fan of Keri Arthur's writing for years! When I saw the cover for this book (months ago) I was jumping with excitement for this new series. Lately it's felt like the urban fantasy genre doesn't have much to offer in terms of new and refreshing books and I'm just dying to find that new gem. BLOOD KISSED was entertaining and it has the promise of something I can really sink my teeth into.

    Lizzie is a witch on the run. Running from her family, she's taken on a new identity and her and he

    I've been a fan of Keri Arthur's writing for years! When I saw the cover for this book (months ago) I was jumping with excitement for this new series. Lately it's felt like the urban fantasy genre doesn't have much to offer in terms of new and refreshing books and I'm just dying to find that new gem. BLOOD KISSED was entertaining and it has the promise of something I can really sink my teeth into.

    Lizzie is a witch on the run. Running from her family, she's taken on a new identity and her and her familiar and best friend, another witch named Belle, have settled in the small town of Castle Rock and opened a cafe which offers some psychic assistance as well. Thinking they would lay low and stay away from trouble, but trouble seems to find them when a human client comes looking for help in finding her missing daughter and Lizzie stumbles across a rogue vampire set on killing the town's habitants.

    First things first... I loved the concept of the world in this series. It's very simple yet a bit different. The paranormal creatures are out, the shifters are the law in town and witches have been run out of this particular town. Small town paranormal mystery seems to be a recent fave of mine. If you've read my reviews for Devon Monks latest series, then you'll know this. The new Lizzie Grace series falls into the same category while it lacked just a bit of the humor.

    I loved the heroine, Lizzie. She's very down to earth and relatable. We still have more to discover about her past and her family, but what we find out about her in this book made me really like her. Plus her attitude is just perfect for this type of book. She's just snarky enough, confident enough, and knowledgeable enough without coming across as a standard bitchy kickass heroine. The sexy Ranger and shifter, Aidan, has an underlying hate for witches in particular and Lizzie struggles with her attraction to him while having to work together on solving this case. Her best friend Belle was the bit of comic relief needed. And the plot had an interesting mystery that I wanted to unravel.

    I will say this... the first about 30% of the book was pretty slow going and was having a hard time holding my interest for more than a chapter. But I was still drawn to the characters and wanting to solve the mystery so I pushed through. Once this gets going, it was a page turner. Overall, I think it's a great book to kick off a series and I honestly can't wait for another adventure.

    *ARC provided by author

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