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The Blood That Bonds (The II AM Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Buecheler
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two is trapped: hooked on heroin, held as property, forced to sell her body to feed the addiction. Time brings her ever closer to what seems an inevitable death and Two waits, uncaring, longing only for the next fix.

That’s when Theroen arrives, beckoning to his Ferrari and grinning his inscrutable grin. He is handsome. Confident. Eager to help lift her out of the life that’s grinding her down.

The only problem? Theroen is a vampire.

His blood can cure her addiction, grant her powers she has never had, change her forever into something greater than she was. But when he sinks his teeth into her neck, Theroen also thrusts Two into a world of danger, violence, madness and despair. The powerful, twisted elder Abraham will use her arrival to shatter the uneasy peace that exists in his mansion, bringing an end to the dark game he has been playing for centuries.


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About the Author

Christopher Buecheler is a professional web designer and developer, a published author, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer of beer, a player of the guitar and drums, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic existence with his wonderful French wife and their two cats, Carbomb and Baron Salvatore H. Lynx II. Currently they reside in Providence, RI.

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  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002R5B0WI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,524 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - not your every day vampire tale October 6, 2010
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Agree with another reviewer that the book cover isn't great. There are so many vampire books out there now that it's very hard to find one that's original. This book is highly original, and perfectly paced. The characters are unique (a heroin addicted prostitute that's not a cliche? Great job!), the author makes you care about them, and they're intriguing enough to hope there's a sequel. I want to find out more about the history of this line of vampires. Hope the author keeps up the good work.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story; less than stellar writing January 2, 2011
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I guess I'm a more discerning critic as compared to other reviewers. I thought this was a decent story, but not 5 star worthy! The plot was interesting and the characters well developed. What irritated me was that clearly no one proofread this before going to print. Typos and blatent inconsistencies. Enough to make you stumble as you read. Examples: Theroen (male character) references Samantha (another character) by name, but on the next page says he doesn't know her name. No, not part of the plot, simply poor attention to detail. Another example would be confused pronouns: Two's (female character) mind is referenced as "his mind." And I can only presume from the plot line when I read "I do now know [xyz], I do not know [abc], I do not know [lmn]" that "now" should've been "not"... It made more sense, at least. All in all, this is a light read for those looking for entertainment, just know that this is now...er, I mean, not worthy of 5 stars (IMHO).
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a nice surprise! Now I want more!!! October 14, 2010
By P. Rayl
Format:Kindle Edition
Plain and simple, I picked this up as a freebie because it was a vampire book. All I can say is it is unassuming AND not the same predictible story! I love reading the tried and true series, but it is so nice to find a new author (well, new to me) with 'out of the norm' characters and a fresh storyline. I'm not going into the storyline because you can read it on the cover, but when you find yourself thinking about the characters three days after you finish the book - you know it made an impression on you. This was a really good book! Sure, there were a few narratives I hurried through, but overall the author did a great job of sucking me in (no pun intended) and wondering what would come next. I finished in one day and ran straight to the computer to search the author for more. I don't see one, but I hope there's a sequel coming soon!!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read October 5, 2010
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You will not be disappointed with this tale. The cover leaves much to be desired, but the story is well written. It is raw, captivating yet heart wrenching.

Sequel? Yes, please and thank you.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars his brain was working faster than he could type January 13, 2011
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I wanted SO bad to like this book. (Spoilers so watch out !)

It was free on Kindle and when I read the description and glanced at the reviews (I only really scan the star ratings) I was siked. I LOVE Vampire novels written by men. (Ala Charlie Huston) Men have a way of making the (possible) love between a mortal and a Vampire make sense. Women go for the old, every girl likes the bad boy they think will change for them. Men, not so much.

I thought ahh ha! She was a drug addict and prostitute, of course loving a Vampire would make sense Stockholm syndrome something like that. Somehow the author took that no-brainer of a plot and made it senseless. They are in love about 30 seconds after meeting. I was literally sitting jaw dropped like "really?!? Wtf?!?" How and when did that happen? The heroine bounced back and forth between a hardened street urchin to a whiney and love struck little girl. It made no sense.

And how like a man to think that he can give her an orgasm (which lacked detail imo btw) and she will instantly fall in love. She was a prostitute. I imagine it would have taken her a bit longer to get past some things.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this plot. I really do. I felt like the story got away from the author, like perhaps his brain was working faster than he could type and there was no one there to properly edit or add and delete and line up his story. It was disjointed. He would have me really interested and liking the style and then wham! Jump around to something that made no sense.

I, by no means think this author is lacking in talent. I think it's just the opposite. He has the makings of a very good vampire writer, but he needs honest back up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldnt put it down October 5, 2010
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i saw this book listed for free on kindle, so i figured what the heck? if i dont like it no big deal. but once again im glad my frugalness paid off. i couldnt put it down. i was sucked in from the very begining. starting with Two's sad lifestyle, then through the heart breaking and soul shattering events with Thereon. i admit that i might have had a few tears that were able to escape run down my cheeks. its a very good read, especially if you get it while its free. but even if you dont its worth the few bucks to pick it up. also according to the thank you at the end from the author there will be a sequel! cant wait
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average...I guess January 3, 2011
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I'll start with the obvious: the book was OK, in a fashion.

As to why, I'll say in broader terms I think this book will appeal vastly more to women than men. It has overliberal smut, and a good measure of "woman power". Not usually what a man looks for in a book, but for those who are a fan of Stephanie Meyers this should be amusing.

I admire the effort that was put into writing the book - heaven knows writing is not as simple as people think, but in my opinion it's probably best that this was a free download. I guess it serves the purpose of getting people interested in the universe while letting the author polish their skills.

The world the book takes place in seems orinigal enough, so at least it's (mostly) not ripping off other authors. There are a number of flashbacks - probably too many - but they are more cleverly presented than just a blunt paragraph with no context. The characters have their own flaws and talents, but they are introduced too quickly and the emotional bonds between characters feel a little contrived, like some of the writings of Anne Rice.

For the price of free I recommend picking this up; it's a quick read and the possibilities are somewhat intriguing. Women will probably enjoy it more, but take my review with a grain of salt since I'm a dude and I prefer the more masculine Jim Butcher. Plus the vampire thing has been done to death over the last decade. But not bad - just go in expecting a new author that really is putting a lot of effort into their yet-to-be-refined work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Attention grab
I think that this book is good choice if you life novels about vampires and love. I think that is a good book and it clearly has a good story plot.
Published 12 days ago by Reneise
5.0 out of 5 stars Loves the first book!
I wasn't expecting to love this book like I did but can't wait to read the second one!!I was speed reading by the end of the book!it was captivating and exciting! Read more
Published 3 months ago by kerensafrog
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vampire book
I've read many vampire books and Christopher Buecheler has written a great one. Like any good writer taking on an already flooded genre he makes the mythology his own. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aaron Van Gossen
1.0 out of 5 stars Not typical romance but poorly written
This is a very darkly written book but falls short of being a good book. I did like that it wasn't some stupid sappy love story with a vampire being in love. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit silly, but worth the read
Buecheler can create and develop characters flawlesssly. You really care about what happens to all of the main characters in this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeff P. Slatton
3.0 out of 5 stars it is okay
Got this as a free read, it was alright of a cheap romance novel. wouldn't have spend my hard earned money on it.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Vampire Tale
okay, I bit the bait...downloaded the freebie...and was totally blown away. I have gotten very disillusioned by the crappy vampire books out there. Read more
Published 6 months ago by AppyGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
This book has so many twists and turns its impossible to not get hooked on it and the ending is definitely unexpected. Great suspense novel!!!
Published 7 months ago by Kaycee Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blood that Binds
This is a darker vampire story with romantic elements. The girl named Two finds herself rescued from forced prostitution and drug dependence and finds love with a very unlikely... Read more
Published 7 months ago by K.Dunst
5.0 out of 5 stars mighty fine, mighty fine!
I very much enjoyed this. It's been quite awhile since I read a vampire book (I got burned out on Anne Rice decades ago) and for me this was a refreshing take on the vampire genre. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Evans
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Christopher Buecheler is a professional web designer / developer, a published author, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer of beer, a player of the guitar and drums, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic existence with his wonderful French wife and their two cats, Carbomb and Baron Salvatore H. Lynx II. Currently they reside in Providence, RI.

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