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Blood Lust (The Preternaturals Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Zoe Winters
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Book Description

Blood Lust: The Preternaturals, Book 1



This is an anthology of: Kept, Claimed, and Mated.

Kept:



When werecat, Greta learns her tribe plans to sacrifice her on the next full moon unleash the potent magic of her blood, a dark sorcerer is the only one strong enough to protect her. Will Dayne kill her as he has so many others of her kind, or is his grudge against her family strong enough to save her?

Claimed:



In the midst of a power struggle for vampire king, it soon becomes clear to Anthony that the only way to protect a fragile human in his care is to claim her as his mate. Meanwhile, his deepest wish is to have his lover awakened from the memory loss that took everything... not just the memories he meant to erase.

Mated:



Be small. Be invisible. It’s an odd life mantra for a human woman in a world of monsters. But Jane’s blood contains a touch of vampire magic, making her a target. With her faster-than-normal healing time, she’s an ideal punching bag for the abusive vampire she’s been living with, the one she thought might protect her this time.

Paul owes a debt to the werewolf alpha, and Cole doesn’t care how he gets paid: flesh or coin. $10,000 or Jane? The human is a small price for the vampire to pay to be debt-free.

Cole is attractive and warm---so different from the coldness and death Jane has grown used to. If the werewolves didn’t have a worse reputation than the vampires, being taken by the alpha might feel like rescue, but Cole’s growing possessive nature, makes Jane fear he’ll only abuse her like the others. If he doesn’t, could becoming an alpha’s mate free her from the vampires for good?


Blood Lust (book 1) (Kept, Claimed, Mated)
Save My Soul (book 2)
The Catalyst (book 3)
Life Cycle (book 4)

Shorts:
Cat Fight
Dark Mercy (prelude to Hadrian and Angeline's book... the upcoming book 5)


Editorial Reviews

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"Oh boy, Anthony, oh Anthony. He is a vampire with fangs and all, and Ms Winters is really brave to make this fellow behave exactly like a vampire in a landscape full of sensitive walking sparkles and angst-ridden vegetarian emo bloodsuckers."  -- Mrs. Giggles

"Zoe has done an amazing job in introducing us to these characters, this world and telling their stories. I loved the mix of supernatural races that Zoe has written. We have Vampires, Cat Shifters, Werewolves, Witches, Warlocks, Demons and so much more."  -- Larissa's Bookish Life

From the Author

Blood Lust is the only book in the Preternaturals series that is 3 novellas tied together instead of one novel. However, the book reads more like one book from the POVs of three different couples.

Product Details

  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: IncuBooks (August 27, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004183MZM
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compilation of three great stories August 30, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This volume pulls together the three related tales of the Preternaturals Series, Kept, Claimed, and Mated.

"Kept" is the story of Greta, a young, cat-shifter woman whose own tribe turn against her. Her only hope for survival is the tribe's old enemy, Dane, a dangerous sorcerer. Greta's not sure she can trust him as a savior, but she's in so position to be picky. Dane's not sure he wants to get involved, but he can't seem to turn his back on the stray that showed up at his doorstep. It's a highly enjoyable read, competently told, absolutely worthy of your time. Winters creates a paranormal world in this story, peopled with three-dimensional characters and fascinating details, that will continue to unfold.

"Claimed" picks up, not where Kept left off, but while it's still going, sweeping the reader into the story by allowing us to re-live Kept's climax through the eyes of the hero of "Claimed," the vampire Anthony. Despite the dramatic circumstances of the story's beginning, Anthony's take on events is both fresh and full of snarky humor. Until he manages to screw up royally and start the chain of unfortunate events that carry us through "Claimed."

For the heroine, this story brings back Charlotte, or Charlee, the fun and loyal best friend we met in Kept. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who wanted to know more about her and was happy to see her taking center stage in this next story.

As events unfold, Winters weaves a tangle that makes the reader wonder how the characters will ever get clear. And really, don't you love that?

Reminding us that some monsters just can't be trusted, the heroine of "Mated," Jane, is more or less sold to the Alpha of the local werewolf pack to cover an outstanding debt.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love These Three Novellas August 18, 2010
Format:Paperback
Each one of these novellas are great separately, but when you put the three together in one book, you have a real hit! The reader is introduced to Zoe Winters' mystical world in Kept, and then with Claimed and Mated, it just keeps getting better and better. This is a delightful read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good paranormal romance.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2nd story was my favorite October 2, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kept - Enjoyed it. Great read. Greta is a strong heroine and the interaction with Dayne was funny and sexy. I liked how Dayne was trying to not lose his rep as a "bad boy" sorcerer.

Claimed - Charlee was too stupid to live and got on my nerves. I liked her in Kept and at the beginning of Claimed but as the book progressed, I became more and more frustrated with her character. I would have bought the HEA for her and Anthony more if she wasn't such a psychotic wench during most of the story. Honestly, if I was Anthony, I would have kicked her to the curb. I don't think vampires have the mating issue as werewolves. So why he stuck by her, I have no idea. I guess his guilt got the best of him.

Mated - We find out more about Jane who we were introduced to in Claimed. Cole is the sexy alpha male of his pack and sees Jane and immediately is drawn to her. He is her protector even though she has trust issues. Enjoyable read. I'm a werewolf girl so of course I loved this one. Out of the 3 novellas, this one had the most sex, which isn't saying much.

Flutter factor:
There isn't much smexing going on in each novella. There's chemistry between the characters, some dirty talk. It's kind of like when you're watching a TV show and the characters start kissing and then they go in to the bedroom and then the next scene is the afterglow moment. It's implied what happened but you don't see it happen. Not every book has to contain smex in graphic detail but I don't like being teased either.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really great read September 21, 2010
By C. Tyer
Format:Kindle Edition
I won a copy of Blood Lust via Cynthia Eden's blog. All I saw was something about shifters and I was sold! I didn't realize at first that the three novellas were linked; I was anticipating three, non-connected stories. Wrong! The three lead into each other, starting with Greta's tale.

Kept was interesting in the manner of the shifters, therians, that populate the world. I was imagining something big, bad and bad ass. Greta was not that. And I totally dig having my expectations put on their head and spun around. I think the one thing that hung me up on this was Greta's easy acceptance of the big bad news she gets. Maybe it's just me, but I would have tried to ferret out answers, so I was a bit disappointed. That said, the interaction between Greta and Dayne was believable - and you want them to work. You also want to bash their skulls into a wall until they'll just talk to each other!

Claimed was the one I was cringing about reading. Anything vampy makes me skittish about reading it; there are only so many ways you can romanticize a vamp before it's just not interesting any more. I liked that the vampires weren't romanticized; yes, Anthony has some very redeeming qualities, but he is what he is. The situation that gets Charlee and Anthony thrown together actually kicks off in Kept, and creates a huge mess. I liked the mess. I liked Charlee's spunk. I liked Anthony being thrown off kilter and still having to juggle a large amount of stuff going on. I think I would have liked to see more of the romance play out on the page; you see a lot of the struggle between them over the mess that happens, but not a lot of the two coming to the conclusion of romance. The end and epilogue made me cheer though. Claimed totally won me over, even with the vampies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got this book free it's a good book wish I could read the rest
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars
This was a good twist on a familiar type of story. I love a good paranormal(who are we kidding? Fairytale). This is a good one.
Published 1 month ago by Jim Hetrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the Preternaturals series!
I originally read The Preternaturals series a few years back but decided with the new release I need to take a trip down memory lane. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacque
5.0 out of 5 stars three really good books with three strong female characters finding...
Love the guys, love the girls, hated the bad guys, glad happily ever after is still an option. Very,very,enjoyable books. Thanks
Published 1 month ago by cynthia musto
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood lust
I thoroughly enjoyed the book!!!! , I loved how the stories all rolled into one. I also enjoyed that several supernatural creatures were used. Keep on writing
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really enjoyed this book. Like how each story built on the previous one. Well worth reading. Just wanted to keep reading just to see what happens next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wolfy witchy and a little bit of vampy
Great book right when you think it's gonna stop it gets better! Love the characters and I hope there's another book to read soon!
Published 2 months ago by Tiari Grande
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, fun read!
I absolutely loved this book! Each story was a natural progression of the previous one. The vibe of each story was very different. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rhonda R. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable paranormal romance anthology
These three stories were very good paranormal romances. There is some steam but not heavy or overly graphic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Sasse
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally engrossing !!
I loved this book so much I read it all in one setting.It has weres,vamps demons and of course a little surprise to throw you off the path you think you are on. Read more
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More About the Author

The 6th and final book in the Preternaturals Series is now available! Coming next from Zoe is a dark paranormal serial set in the dystopian world you are introduced to in Unleash The Moon.

Books in The Preternaturals series can be read in any order with little trouble because each focuses on a different couple, but the "official" reading order is:

1: Blood Lust
2: Save My Soul
3: The Catalyst
4. Life Cycle
5: Forbidden
6: Unleash The Moon


Author Bio:

Zoe Winters writes quirky and sometimes dark paranormal romance and fantasy. Her favorite colors are rainbow and clear.

She is known for her preternaturals series which combines romance front story with larger urban fantasy back story which develops over the course of several books.

Her world contains: demons, vampires, werewolves, werecats, and other shapeshifters, magic users such as witches and wizards, angels, and humans who are unaware of the magical world around them.

Zoe can be found at zoewintersbooks.com To subscribe to her newsletter, please use the contact form.


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