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

    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.

  • Carmel (Rabid Reads)

    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

    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.

  • Under the Covers Book Blog

    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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  • Emma

    As far as I'm aware this is my first book by Keri Arthur. Before I started, I checked out reviews of her other series and saw that many complained of the overly sexual content of the books. This certainly wasn't the case with this book. I like a balance in my urban fantasy. Good to have some love interest, some sparky chemistry etc as long as it doesn't turn into PNR.

    Not bowled over by this, but then I've read a fair bit of high quality urban fantasy, so the bar I've set is pretty high. Main ch

    As far as I'm aware this is my first book by Keri Arthur. Before I started, I checked out reviews of her other series and saw that many complained of the overly sexual content of the books. This certainly wasn't the case with this book. I like a balance in my urban fantasy. Good to have some love interest, some sparky chemistry etc as long as it doesn't turn into PNR.

    Not bowled over by this, but then I've read a fair bit of high quality urban fantasy, so the bar I've set is pretty high. Main character- meh. Belle- familiar and sidekick- too irritating to be meh. Love interest werewolf- tepid meh. Information dumps. A plot where we never properly meet the villain until the end. It started fairly well but petered out. I was more interested in the countdown on my kindle telling how many minutes were left in the book!

  • Ian

    I'm waiting on the platform,

    but the train has already left.

    I'm not saying it's not good. Just that it's not for me.

    I don't rate books unless I've read at least 50%. I put this book down at 20% so no rating.

  • Sun Goddess Moon Witch

    The best thing about this book is the beautiful cover. While reading this book I came very close to DNF-ing this book multiple times. That is never a good sign. The main character Elizabeth Grace lives at fifty-eight Mostyn Street in Australia with her human familiar named Belle. She serves up bakery sweets, has a talent for psychometry and has flaming red crimson hair. This alone sounded like a very promising book description but the execution fell flat. The mystery part of the story takes over

    The best thing about this book is the beautiful cover. While reading this book I came very close to DNF-ing this book multiple times. That is never a good sign. The main character Elizabeth Grace lives at fifty-eight Mostyn Street in Australia with her human familiar named Belle. She serves up bakery sweets, has a talent for psychometry and has flaming red crimson hair. This alone sounded like a very promising book description but the execution fell flat. The mystery part of the story takes over the majority of this book. To me it felt like a Scooby-Doo Mystery where the main characters are chasing the villain but are always two steps behind until the final confrontation.

    There is SO much explaining in this story. As a reader you get a lot of descriptions and explanations. Even things I didn't need to know or care to know about were included. Such as how many desks were in a room when Aiden O'Conner interrogates Elizabeth during their first initial meeting. Also, the overwhelming amount of supernatural councils mentioned over and over again! Every time I read about The Regional Witch Association or the I.T.T. it just made my eyes glaze over in exasperation.

    Speaking of Aiden O'Connor he was hands down the worst romantic interest I've read in a long time. To the point where I don't think the book would have suffered if he was eliminated as being attracted to Elizabeth entirely and just stayed as the main ranger and backup support. In the story, Aiden is a werewolf and in this book Aiden is reduced to a non-alpha idiot. How can someone who changes every full moon actively keep themselves ignorant of OTHER magical beings. You are co-exsisting with supernatural forces, unnatural phenomenon and indescribable magical sensations (Ex. Wild Magic). We know this as a fact due to the numerous magical regulatory councils mentioned in the book that exist to keep balance in the community. Aiden repeatedly proves that he lacks understanding about the magical world right in front of him because of his caveman thought process of "magic = witches and witches = bad" mindset. For a book with heavy paranormal elements this was astonishingly upsetting to read about in a romantic interest. Did I miss something while reading that excused his simplistic mindset? Everything from wild magic to spell casting vampires are well past this mans mental capacities. His sole redeeming quality is he's super hot, yeah right! I don't pass up a book boyfriend or husband very often but I wouldn't fantasy date this man if he was the last supernatural werewolf left in the whole book paranormal stratosphere.

    This book was like eating bland ice cream. An activity you start with relish but soon discover the experience is not what you thought it would be. I felt the story dragged and D-R-A-G-G-E-D to draw out the mystery aspect of the book and to introduce the reader to the various dull community members. If I could change one thing about this book I think I would have made this book about two lesbian witches. Instead, Belle as a familiar did not add anything interesting to the stories plot for me. She WAS the only female character in the book besides the first murder victim, Karen, to have sex in the whole book. So she got to do that off-screen, make some potions, and play the supportive caregiver role. Overall, their relationship and psychic mental conversations were just fluff-filler to provide Elizabeth with someone to talk to since she is currently isolated from her own family. AKA Elizabeth was not an interesting enough character to hold the readers interest by herself whenever Aiden wasn't around.

    The book's cover was so KICK ASS that it was such a let down to follow around this protagonist who felt all to mortal and inexperienced when the chips were down. Elizabeth just wasn't the strong confident witch that the book cover teased at and it left me with a bad taste in my mouth and wanting to not continue the series in the long run. I would suggest this book to people who enjoy "Cozy Mysteries" with paranormal elements or urban mystery. Avoid if you like paranormal romances! The mystery in this book takes front stage and any sex or violence is heavily downplayed compared to other books in the same genre. This was not a compelling read for me.

  • Fangs for the Fantasy

    Powerful witches, especially from the major families, are considered a major influental part of modern society

    Except for Lizzie, never living up to her family’s standards, she has gone into hiding with Isabelle, her best friend and familiar, to set up a business in werewolf territory which is more than a little hostile to witches.

    She intended to fly under the radar - but when a child goes missing she cannot avoid using her magical abilities to find her; even if it did raise the ire of the local

    Powerful witches, especially from the major families, are considered a major influental part of modern society

    Except for Lizzie, never living up to her family’s standards, she has gone into hiding with Isabelle, her best friend and familiar, to set up a business in werewolf territory which is more than a little hostile to witches.

    She intended to fly under the radar - but when a child goes missing she cannot avoid using her magical abilities to find her; even if it did raise the ire of the local werewolf ranger

    The world building of this book pulled me in quickly - which is just what you want for the first book in a series. The first book has to yell at you why this series is different, what this series has to offer that you can’t get elsewhere, something to hook you in - and a well built world is a perfect hook.

    The werewolf territories and their quasi-independent status. There are the witches who are massively influential in government with their magic meaning certain witch families hold a position of almost aristocracy. We have a nice introduction of things like natural magic which is definitely raising potential for future complexities. We also have the big bad definitely with a different form of magic that is also going to add to the complexity of the world. Throw in some vampires and a nice hidden society and I’m hooked in

    Lizzie herself I don’t think is going to be that original herself. Scion of a major family but without the major woo-woo? I’m laying odds now that she will turn out to have the super-rare-special magic or she will turn out to be a late bloomer or something. At some point her awesome super powers will become apparent, the tropes demand it! Honestly? This doesn’t bother me. Yes the genre is full of protagonists who deny their magic, jate their magic, don’t realise how powerful they are, think they’re weak and then embrace it all and become awesomely special power. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s not fun or interesting or enjoyable to read.

    Sadly, we also have her love interest. He’s a werewolf. He hates witches and is mean to her but needs her so they have to work together. And he can’t help being attracted to her and she can’t help noticing how utter hot he is ALL THE DAMN TIME never mind how much he hates her and yes we alllllll know where this is going. Nothing says true love like complete and utter loathing (it’s a pet hate of mine - can we stop driving the train from hate to love without a severe redemption moment on the way? Lusting after someone who loathes you is terribad self-esteem). I quickly became tired of the many times she told me she found hot.

    Thankfully what isn’t tropes is her relationship with Isabelle her best friend, business partner and familiar is much more interesting, original, touching and with a lot of promise. The combination of prophetic dreams, linked magic, the class difference between them and a whole lot of snark and fun connection made this the most important part of the book to me. These two together are going to be excellent. Their friendship is great, they support each other, are fun, sex positive and joyful. But it’s also complicated by the subservient nature of the familiar bond which definitely makes Lizzie uncomfortable.


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