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Winning Virgin Blood [Winning Virgin 1] Paperback – September 30, 2008
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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So we are introduced to the Spenser's they are an interested bunch but we don't get to know a lot about them in this one but I can tell you, you do in future books.
The Story is basically about Orlando and Nastasha and their journey to becoming Mates. And it was a Wonderful story at that I really enjoyed it. There could have been more Character development for me but it doesn't anything away from the story.
What I did love about this Story is the way the Author didn't rush the relationship between Orlando and Nastasha. Its play out till Nastasha comes to her senses; I did find Nastasha annoying at times but then what would you do if you have been kidnapped, and told fate has made you a mate for a Vampire.
I love the Elders they do mess with these Vampires a lot but it's so much fun to read about.
We do meet Almonzo he is Orlando's twin brother and Constance his sister I can't wait for you to read about her in future books her story is amazing. So yes we meet Almonzo and because Natasha doesn't won't to leave her sister Tabitha behind she begs Orlando to take her with them.
So when Tabitha and Orlando meet well sparks fly and their story is next and I feel sorry for him as I think he is going to have a hard time with Tabitha she is going to make him work for it.
This is a great start to an awesome series that just gets better and better and has me hooked.
Anticipation is the best part of finding a new series to read. This story lived up to a few of my expectations. But first, I want to point out what didn't work. The biggest problem I had with it was awkward narrative and stilted, dated dialogue. Words should flow and conversations should ring true to the ear. Sometimes the phrasing was off and too wordy.
The character development was weak. Another factor was the lack of plot twists and surprises as the plot progressed. The vampires appeared more human than preternatural. Orlando and his brother are rakes, and aside from being rich pretty boys from a close knit family, there's little else. Natasha came off as obnoxious and annoying when I'm certain that the author meant for her to be spirited, independent, and assertive. I thought she was a foul mouthed spoiled brat, and there wasn't enough substance to help me empathize.
Winning Virgin Blood wasn't all negative, there were some positives. The kick off begins with a really good upheaval for Orlando and the consequences of his actions place him at the mercy of the vampire Elders. The idea of how the vampires choose their mates is intriguing and the Spenser family history is fascinating. Orlando's quest is an effective plot motivator. There was so much potential, and room to flesh out the characters. This story had all the hallmarks of transition and personal growth for Orlando and Natasha. It does happen but again, it's not smooth and there are too many holes and gaps to make it all work. Finally, there's a nice build up for the next installment featuring Almonzo, Orlando's brother.
After underlying the pros and cons of Winning Virgin Blood, I feel it's only fair that I read Winning Virgin Love, Book 2. The next round may produce a KO, and because this author put her heart into her work, I feel like giving it another go.
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In Winning Virgin Blood, the first book of her new Winning Virgin series, author Destiny Blaine introduces us to the rowdy, willful and `sexy as sin' Spencer clan. Although Orlando starts out more the love `em and leave `em type, fate has other plans for him. When he reluctantly returns to Las Vegas and meets the redheaded Natasha, he hits the jackpot when their chemistry is off the charts. I felt the sizzle just reading it! The lovely Natasha however, is no easily won prize. She requires some major convincing so the very determined Orlando pulls out all the stops when it comes to his personal brand of 'persuasion'. I think you'll find Winning Virgin Blood a very enjoyable and steamy read, with a highly likeable cast of characters. I personally cannot wait for the next installment of this series. Winning Virgin Blood is a `must read' and one for the keeper pile.