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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312949111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312949112
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


 “L. A. Banks takes on werewolves and makes them her own…A blast to read.”
—Kelley Armstrong

“An action-packed thrill ride!”—Sherrilyn Kenyon 

“Shadowy, sexy, intense.”—Cheyenne McCray

From the Back Cover

From L.A. Banks, the bestselling author of the Vampire Huntress Legend novels, comes a brand-new werewolf series—and this time, the action is hotter than ever!

Sasha Trudeau knows all about working beneath the shadows, back-alley deals, and things that go bump in the night. She also knows that the world is unaware of the existence of the paranormal—and that the government would like to keep it that way.


As a highly trained Special Ops soldier, Sasha and her team are an elite group of individuals who are survivors of werewolf attacks, now trained to be loyal to only to each other and their government. But when she returns from a solo mission, she finds that her team has mysteriously gone missing. Shocking government conspiracies, double-dealing vampires, and a host of stunning revelations about who—and what—she really is are only just the beginning…

More About the Author

Me, I'm a bit out there, I guess you can tell by the books:) I like keeping some things close to the vest--my favorite things to do among them... guess it's that whole mysterious author groove, LOL... but I like the good guys to win in the end.

Customer Reviews

Ms. Banks has her own unique way of writing the story.
I was a huge fan of her Vampire Huntress legend series and after I found out she passed, I resolved to read all her work.
Keyra Montoute
There were some slow parts and a bit too much "feeling" in some parts.
Kathy E.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Chantay W. on April 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As Bad Blood by L.A. Banks begins, we meet Sasha Trudeau and her fellow team members. She is a part of a unique group of 'beings' who are all soldiers for the U.S. government in this fictional world. Sasha and her team members are all connected to one another because they were supposedly attached by werewolves at some point in their lives; thus, becoming contaminated with werewolf virus. Being a Special Ops soldier for the government, Sasha is used to taking orders from her superiors and fully obeying them to contain the level of paranormal activity around the world. When her superiors send her on a mission without her team, Sasha does not understand why she has been separated from them but she still fulfills her duties. What happens on mission in Korea and once she returns home, will forever change her perception of the people she once trusted and obeyed.

Bad Blood is book one in the Crimson Moon Novels by L.A. Banks. Bad Blood is science-fiction meets paranormal and what a great combination the two make! This story continuously builds and lets the readers learn as main character, Sasha Trudeau learns of whom she truly is and of the dirty backhanded deals of the government. If readers are looking for a series that is exactly like Banks' Vampire Huntress Legends, then they will not find it here. The Crimson Moon Novels focus on werewolves, shadow wolves and the government. Though, there is one thing the two series have in common, besides the author, both are equally well-written and stunningly intriguing. Banks pulls the readers into the story throughout the book but towards the end, when certain secrets are revealed, readers will be left on the edge of their seats panting for more.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Silence Dogoode on June 17, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My very favorite book of LA Banks work is "The Bitten." In that book, I felt like she achieved the perfect pinnacle of good vs. evil, and embraced the ambiguity of characters that are neither good nor evil but instead were a mixture (ie, more real). The books which came after "The Bitten" in the VH series struck me as being too aggressively good vs. evil; and I mourn the loss of chemistry between the "good" Carlos and Damali. That said, and I apologize for starting off this review of "Bad Blood" with a synopsis of the VH series but it ties in to what I have to say about "Bad Blood." If you really LOVED every single one of the VH books, then this book is for you! You will like the ways it reminds you of VH and the new powers and mythos it introduces. However, for me, this book fell short. In fact, very quickly it got off into the same old take on the vampires/werewolves that LA used in the VH series: Evil is Evil and the only answer to it is destruction with blessed weapons or hallowed earth bullets, etc. NOTE -- SPOILERS ahead!!! In fact, at the end, there is a future glimpse that indicates Sasha's new man will eventually become one of the evil, uncontrollable "shadow" wolves. I also felt that the action scenes of the book moved too quickly, without the important buildup of the scenes to show why things were happening. Particularly, the scenes where her lover's pack chooses to "shoot-up" with the drugs that turn them to pure evil "shadow" beasts, half-wolf & half-human, uncontrollable animals. This really did not make sense to me & the explanation given in a few words by one of the packmembers before Sasha and her man blow them to pieces was not enough of an answer.Read more ›
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Girl Friday Reader VINE VOICE on April 13, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a big fan of Banks' VHL series and was eager to read her take of werewolf lore and mythology. On the bright side, Banks does make the werewolf her own and as always, she has excellent, unique ideas that are easily understood. Unfortunately, the very things that plagued the first book in the VHL series, Minion (original version, not the revised mass market edition), plague Bad Blood--namely, little character arc, shaky world-building, and awkward action. For all the great ideas packed into this book, Banks hasn't managed the skill of proper world-building. The first half of the book feels like an info dump, and when the action is finally introduced, it's buried once more in chapters of internal ramblings from Sasha, Dr. Holland and other secondary characters. Because of the shaky world-building, the characters suffered and I could never feel truly connected with them, and the disconnect made my reading experience even more lackluster, I'm afraid. I won't write the series off entirely as the first two books in the VHL series left me wanting, but I couldn't recommend this book to any readers new to Banks' style of writing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AJ TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is categorized as Dark Fantasy, the description on the back
cover makes it sound like an Urban Fantasy. After reading it, I'm
classifying it has a Romance novel with paranormal elements, emphasis
on the romance. I was looking for an urban fantasy with some romantic
elements thrown it, not the other way around.

While this book takes a new spin on werewolf mythology that is
interesting if a little confusing, it is mostly a romance novel (70%
of the book is devoted to romance/sex). The writing was sub par as
well, especially in the first few chapters. I got pretty tired of
reading about someone's 'sexy eyebrow', or 'sexy smile', or 'sexy
grin', or 'sexy glance' etc. Beyond that, the plot could have been
more interesting had it been told in a different manner. As it was
the story took a number of rather pointless "sex breaks" that
detracted from the overall narrative. I'm going to take a pass on the
rest of this series and probably on any other L. A. Banks novels as
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