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Drawing Bloodlines

The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 1

by Deborah Garland

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Print Length: 260 pages

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC

Publication Date: April 3, 2019

 

 

 

 

Award-Winning Author Deborah Garland presents a new paranormal series starting with Drawing Bloodlines about a vampire who takes a chance on love after a lonely century, only to be forcibly mated with a ruthless vamp from his dark past.

The TBR Pile said, it’s “sure to heat your blood,” and The Romance Reviews was “drawn into this new paranormal vampire world.”

Dr. Alexander Manning’s vampire allegiant demands loyalty and secrecy. Keeping their existence hidden from humans is the Prime Directive. So when he accidentally reveals himself to a woman, a beautiful woman he can’t resist, he’s forced to make a choice: report her to his commander or ‘deal’ with her himself.

Both Alex’s loyalty and secrecy are tested.

Elizabeth should be afraid of tall, handsome, god-like Alexander, who she’s figured out is a vampire. Knowing he’ll come for her, she prepares for the worst and even considers sending her daughter away to live with her ex.

Alexander shows up, not to harm her though. To seduce her. Nights of unending pleasure however take a very serious turn, neither was expecting.

Until Alex’s past catches up to him and threatens to destroy his precious secretive world with Elizabeth and loyalty to her and her adorable seven-year-old daughter.

Will Alex obey his allegiant commander and submit to a woman he hates, or fight?

Never force a vampire to mate…

The Princeton Allegiant Series features a recurring cast of hot and sexy vampires, but each book can be read as a stand-alone. No cheating. No cliffhanger.

 

 

 

 

Excerpt:

 

Alexander:

 

After a set of passing headlights from the street below moves across Elizabeth’s bedroom, I step inside. Her bed faces two tall windows covered in delicate floor-length drapes that probably billow softly in summer breezes. My back straightens, stiff and rigid when I see her slender sleeping body, fully clothed, laid out over the covers—a sign of extreme exhaustion. I don’t sense any lingering fear, however.

 

Only desire.

 

But for what?

 

For whom?

 

A soft step closer, I notice she’s wearing the skirt and blouse from earlier today. My scent must still cling to the fabric.

 

Her hair cascades off the side of the bed like a golden waterfall. It wears away my resolve and draws me closer to her.

 

Against my better judgement, I reach out to touch the soft, silky strands. What must it feel like to be twisted around my fingers while I’m behind her, her ass pressed firmly up against me. The thought of what is underneath her skirt makes my cock throb.

 

Not good.

 

 

 

My Book Review:

Book 1 in the Princeton Allegiant series, and the author did a good take on this version of a vampire story, some bits are different from what we would say a normal vampire would be, so this leads to a good world building scenario with lots of scope for more.

Dr Alexander Manning was turned by around 500 years ago, his sire Loren had many specialised vampire skills which have been passed onto Alex, which he hides away from other vampires. He works at a doctor at the hospital, where he meets Elizabeth Lockspier who needs some blood work done. Alex is drawn to her scent and her blood, attracted to a human in a way he never has been in all his years. Unfortunately Elizabeth sees him drinking a vial of her blood and faints. Alex must report to his Commander any breaches of the rules, ie, a human knowing of a vampires existence. He decides to follow her a wipe her mind instead, but again is completely drawn and fascinated by her, especially when he finds out she wants him just as much.

Elizabeth has never felt so attracted to a man, or something other, as much before in her life than she is to Alex, yet she fears for her life and that of her daughter. When Alex kisses her and assures her she is safe, she has choices to make that will change her life.

A good vampire read, I was taken by the story from the start, but really enjoyed the bits where Loren got involved and look forward to reading more about him and his talents! There is a lot going on in the story line, with disappearing vampires, warring vampire factions, treachery, angst, drama and excitement, as well as some toe curing passion, although I’m not altogether sold on the vampire being cold, and getting colder as he gets excited, not sure that would do very much for me lol.

Well worth the read for vampire / PNR fans.

 

 

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Guarding Bloodlines

The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 2

Print Length: 273 pages

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC

Publication Date: September 27, 2019

 

 

 

 

Never steal a vampire’s mate.

What’s the world’s most dangerous vampire to do when the only woman he’s ever loved is about to be abducted? He strikes a devil’s bargain, but Loren Tagaris is done playing nice.

Loren’s gifts for destruction have made him the most feared vampire on the planet. To bargain for his progeny’s freedom, he’s forced to bend the knee to the precious New York Vampire Lords and find their missing commander in thirty days. Or hand Julianna, who’s part witch, over forever.

Julianna’s powers are more dangerous than Loren ever imaged. When their hunt for the missing commander unearths a buried secret that terrifies even Loren, all bets are off, and it’s every vampire for himself. Suddenly the Lords abducting Julianna is the least of their problems.

Will Loren give up his own freedom once and for all to protect the allegiant world even if it means losing Julianna forever?

“Guarding Bloodlines and The Princeton Allegiant series is a refreshing twist on a vampire world which delivers on action-packed, deliciously sexy, fun reading that will have you turning the pages.” – Jennifer Bray-Weber, Award-Winning Author 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt:

 

Loren Tagaris turned someone who hadn’t turned. Now the New York Lords considered her a rogue. The vampire directive to stay hidden was one of the rules he didn’t have a problem with. Yet, he sent a half-human/half-vampire out into the world.

 

Running around. Running from him. From the New York Lords. For three centuries, he let it go. Let her go. He had his own life to live. Women to fuck. Veins to drink from. Julianna ran off. That was her problem.

 

Yeah, that’s what he told himself, but never really believed it. Any time he’d gotten wind of where she was he’d send her the same message:

 

We do not destroy what is ours.

 

No response. Every damn time.

 

Realizing he needed to relax and play nice to get what he came for, Loren backed up.

 

“Go on, Loren.” Giordan’s shoulders relaxed, the grip on his dagger loosened.

 

Who he’d use it on was unclear.

 

Loren nodded politely to the one reasonable Lord he would spare, even guard his throne personally if Giordan were to survive the uprising Loren could feel coming. “As I was saying—”

 

“Do you have plans to mate with this woman?” Hamish asked.

 

Crap. “I uh . . .” His jaw trembled.

 

“You say she’s one of us. A vampire. She can be taken to mate. Do you not want her?” Giordan added.

 

He wanted to bed her all right. But mate with her? Vampires mated for life and forever, unless something terrible happened. They were also forbidden to mate with humans. And most vamps despised him, so mating for life had never been a consideration. Falling in love fell into that same category. Not happening.

 

“Pity, you can’t get her to submit to you.” Samson licked his dark red lips. “You make us doubt your powers, Loren.”

 

“Oh yeah?” He released his hands and shook one of his wrists.

 

The blast of fire created a hole in the wall behind him. He glanced at the smoke and then back at the Lords. Stepping into a shimmer of light created by a burning lamp, he let the Lords see the fire in his eyes. Orbs that could send a bolt of lightning into their thick skulls.

 

 

My Book Review:

Book 2 in the Princeton Allegiant series, and this is based around Loren, one of the oldest and most powerful vampires around, so powerful in fact that the other vampires fear him with his special powers of being able to wipe minds and destroy other vampires without much thought.  As such is is given free reign by the Allegiants to come and go as he pleases.

300 yrs ago he saved a witch as she was being burned at the stake, his attempt to turn her failed, she didn’t turn but ended up half human half vampire, she can be killed, eats and drinks like a human, but also has all of Lorens powers.  Julianna is considered a rogue and the Vampire Lords would do anything to have her knowing her connection to Loren.  Julianna is scared of what she could become and has been on the run from Loren since his attempt to turn her.

Loren and Julianna end up working together to find a missing vampire – Loren has been given 30 days to find Aiden and mate with Julianna or the Lords of New York will take Julianna and mate her themselves.  Loren and Julianna have a ridiculously high attraction to each other, one they have continued to fight against, but Julianna is realising that Loren is what she wants.  Loren hates that he failed to turn Julianna and will do anything and everything to protect her, but when a new threat appears, one as powerful as Loren himself, he must make some difficult decisions, taking on anything and everything in order to keep her safe.

Another good read, this one has lots going on in plot and will keep you enthralled from start to finish, waiting to see if Loren and Julianna will get their act together and get it on!  Lots of drama and excitement, I enjoyed this immensely.  Can’t wait to read book 3.

 

 

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Matching Bloodlines

The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 3

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC

Publication Date: December 4, 2019

 

 

 

 

VAMPIRES DON’T DATE. THEY POSSESS.

Award-Winning Author Deborah Garland is back with an all new steamy vampire romance in Matching Bloodlines, an angst-fest about a vampire in search of a new mate and the matchmaker he hires who ignites decades of unmet needs and passion…only she’s off-limits.

Never match a vampire with the wrong mate…

Nothing could have prepared Francisco St. Claire for living as a single male after centuries of being mated. The serious and scary Commander of the Princeton Allegiant is now heartbroken and that makes him one dangerous vampire. Still, he has an allegiant to run and there is trouble on his borders.

When the ruling lords demand he hire a matchmaker to find a new mate for himself as well as the other males who have sworn to him, the loyal commander follows orders but vows he’ll never love again.

Princeton Matchmaker, Charlotte Kincaid is drowning in debt. She’s so desperate for cash, she agrees to work for a mysterious rich businessman requesting a ‘mate’, who just happens to be a vampire. If only this intoxicating Frenchman with the most sensuous lips she’s ever seen wasn’t her client.

Since meeting Charlotte, Francisco’s emotions and senses have awoken, including his primal need for a woman’s body against his. But if he takes Charlotte to mate and turns her, she can’t find matches for the rest of his vampires.

Will the Princeton Allegiant Commander show his strength by mating with the woman he craves or will he continue to follow orders?

The Princeton Allegiant Series features a recurring cast of hot and sexy vampires, but each book can be read as a stand-alone. No cheating. No cliffhanger.

 

 

 

 

Excerpt:

 

“Thank you for meeting me, Francisco. I’ll get right to business. We are once again permitting vampires to turn humans,” Loren Tagaris, newly anointed New York Lord said to the commander of the Princeton Allegiant. “For mating purposes only.”

 

The news shocked Francisco. With every other policy, process, or political crap, though, he always thought about his allegiant first. Except decades of pushing away his own needs had left Sophia empty and unhappy.

 

This was a positive development for the vampires in his command, though. Unmated males were a pain in the ass. “I am quite impressed you are willing to put such a policy into action.”

 

For so long, the New York Vampire Command had taken the innate pleasure of siring a progeny away from vampires. The previous regime, four very old, very stubborn, very out-of-touch vampires could not be reasoned with for decades.

 

Their population had to be kept low in numbers and the less interaction with humans the better. Humans would no doubt eradicate vampires from the planet.

 

“I set up a meeting for us with someone who can help you,” Loren said, tapping away at his keyboard.

 

“Help me turn humans?” Francisco bared his fangs with a hiss. “I am quite capable of that. Although I have no intention of turning anyone.” Ever again.

 

“How are you doing by the way?” Loren sat back and eyed him with steady scrutiny. “Accepting the whole Sophia thing?”

 

“That’s my business.” He would never confess the hell he’d been going through dealing with Sophia choosing to stay in Philadelphia with Aiden.

 

“As one of the ruling Lords now, an erratic, unstable commander is my business.” Loren stood and strode toward him.

 

“Do I seem erratic and unstable?” Francisco’s chin drifted downward emphasizing the one inch of height he had above the wicked vampire.

 

“No. Like I said before, I like you, Francisco. My wife likes you. Things are finally secure for me. I may not have intended to mate with Julianna or become one of the New York Lords but . . .”

 

“But?”

 

“You just never know sometimes, Francisco.”

 

He backed away. “What is this meeting about then?”

 

“The other Lords and I have been doing some research. We need to have our vampires mate in a controlled setting.”

 

“Like a zoo?”

 

“No!” Loren scoffed in frustration. “You have how many unmated males in your command now?”

 

“I don’t keep track of such things.”

 

Loren growled and grabbed his iPad. After swiping and tapping the screen, he said, “By my count, you have seventeen. Eighteen including you.”

 

“Don’t include me.” He groaned inwardly, furious his allegiant’s demographics sat on a cloud server somewhere.

 

“Don’t you want your entire allegiant to know Sophia didn’t break you?” Loren’s question stung.

 

Had she broken him? Yanking the subject away from that dangerous edge, Francisco shot back with, “So just males?”

 

“Let’s start with the males and see how this works,” Loren said, pursing his lips together. “There’s a company right here in Princeton. I noticed the storefront a few times while checking in on Alexander. It’s a matchmaking agency.”

 

“Seriously? A matchmaker?” He dropped his hands.

 

“It’s exactly what we need.”

 

“With all due respect, this is a waste of my time. I know all of my vampires very well. When you make the official announcement, I will hold a council meeting and go over the parameters with them. Goodbye.”

 

It’d been centuries but Francisco remembered how vampires sired their progeny. It was visceral. Whether it was for a mate or for a companion or even a co-conspirator to fight with. Vampires chose a human based on gut-feelings and passion.

 

He turned to leave but the door slammed shut in front of him. Damn vampire and his powers.

 

Facing the Lord again, he said, “You know I can smash it down. It’s nice and looks rather expensive. I don’t want to ruin it.”

 

 

 

My Book Review:

Book 3 in the Princeton Allegiant Series and this one is all about the Commander of Princeton Allegiant Francisco St. Claire.

Francisco lost his mate 30 years ago, only to find her again and realise she is now in love with another. He is hurt and upset as can be expected. With Loren become a Lord of New York, it is agreed that vampires can turn humans for the purposes of creating mates, and mates are what are required to stabilize the Allegiants. Francisco is all for this, as long as it doesn’t mean him finding a mate also!

Loren finds a matchmaker to use hoping they can find willing human females who would want to mate with a vampire. Of course there are risks involved with this, the owner of Strike a Match, Charlotte Kincaid needs to be told about the existence of vampires. When she meets Francisco she is struck by just how handsome he is, but also by an almost uncontrollable desire to be with him.

Charlotte agrees to help find the vampires a willing mate, but must learn what they are like before she will even think about putting another woman in danger. So Charlotte and Francisco end up spending a lot of time together as she learns about vampires and what they are like.

Francisco is nearly overwhelmed with his attraction to Charlotte, even with his previous mate he has never felt like this, she makes him feel alive again. But he is supposed to follow orders are find mates for the rest of his allegiant, not by hijacking the matchmaker which will put the mate finding back, so he fights his attraction to her, but does not want to spend time with anyone else, realising he has already found his mate.

Charlotte is so very attracted to Francisco, but with a twin sister desperately ill and needing a kidney transplant, she needs the money that Francisco is providing to find mates for his Allegiant in order to pay the medical bills. If she were to become his then the contract is void and she would have no money for the bills, and her sister comes first, she must resist Francisco at all costs, right?!

A good storyline, I really enjoyed this one, the chemistry between Francisco and Charlotte is sizzling hot and I love how caring and protective Francisco is of Charlotte, showing just how compassionate he would be to his mate. Charlotte is stuck between a rock and a hard place, wanting Francisco but looking after her sister, I really felt for her, even though her sister is just awful with her, family is family. Lots here to keep you entertained with drama, rogue vampires, loyalty, dishonour and some scorchingly hot sizzling passion. Well worth the read.

 

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About the Author:

Deborah Garland is now an Award Winning Author! Must Be Crazy has won The Carolyn Readers’ Choice Award.

 

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Deborah’s childhood on Long Island, NY can be described as Cinderella meets Carrie. A latch-key kid, she spent her days after school, cooking, cleaning and looking after her younger brother to help out her very strict working parents. Those hours of nothingness sparked a wild imagination and a few invisible friends.

 

After years of doing the whole corporate thing, it was finally Deborah’s turn to make the dream come true of being a published author. Her 2017 debut novel, Must Love Fashion, was a Golden Leaf finalist for Best Contemporary Romance. She writes strong and witty heroines and heroes that fall hard for them. Her novels have received words of praise from RT Book Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, InD’tale Magazine, Library Journal, and Uncaged Magazine. In addition to a great book, she loves pugs and chocolate ad eats her bacon cheeseburgers with a Grey Goose Cosmopolitan.

 

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