Review: Bad Blood by L.A. Banks
Friday March 2, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Copyright: 2008
Publish Date: April 1, 2008
Pages: 342
Form: Paperback
Series: Crimson Moon (1)
Author: L.A. Banks
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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…

My Thoughts:

I really ended up enjoying this book a lot.  It was touch and go in the beginning for me because there was so much technical and military jargon that I just didn’t completely grasp it all. The info dumping was a bit frustrating, but once you read past all of that the story is compelling and the characters are quite engaging.

When special ops soldier Sasha Trudeau learns her whole team has been wiped out, she goes searching for clues and finds a man who can shed light on who and what she is.  Max Hunter has been searching for Sasha for a long time and revels in the fact that she has no prejudices against him.  Together the two explore the world of the shadow wolf and investigate to find out whose trying to use bad blood to create a super soldier and living weapon.

Beyond the background info, I was totally swept up into this novel and really loved getting to know the characters and loved the atmosphere and environment of the book.  The author did an excellent job of introducing the world of special ops agents, and the mysterious shadow-wolves.  How I’d love to be a shadow wolf!  The experience was beyond exhilarating and it made me feel a bit free and uninhibited while reading.

Sasha was a fearless and strong female lead.  She was such a kick-ass heroine and could hold her own beside her equally kick-ass counterpart Max Hunter.  The relationship between the two was so fast and frenzied, but completely believable and appropriate.  I love Hunter teaching Sasha about herself, and his fierce, yet patient and kind nature.  Despite being a powerful wolf, Hunter was still damaged and vulnerable.  The relationship between him and Sasha was raw, and primal, and beautiful.

Sasha and Max epitomized the power and strength of the shadow wolf, and the sensuousness was sometimes overwhelming in a good way.  The action was crazy and breath taking, and an amazing adrenaline rush!  I do love me a good werewolf book and this one was an awesome read for me.  I’ll definitely be reading the rest in this series!


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9 Responses to “Review: Bad Blood by L.A. Banks”

  1. I know what you mean, it can be really frustrating to trudge through info dumping and excessive, complicated world-building. But it’s good that the story got more engaging after that part. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series.

  2. Special ops and werewolves and a kick-ass heroine all in one book? Where do I sign up??? LOL! x) This book sounds so fantastic, Jade! Even if the beginning was a little hard to grasp at first (it’s always so frustrating when that happens, and I find that with all the new worlds being invented nowadays, it’s happening a lot!), but I’m glad to know that it gets much better after all that! 😉

    Amazing review, Jade! I just know that werewolf lovers are going to fall in love with these books! 😉 <3

  3. Missie says:

    Oh, I’m reading a book right now with a lot of info dumping, but you’re right, with some stories, once you get into it, it’s easy to get swept away!

    So a frenzied romance that was still believable. Those are my favorites!

  4. The use of jargon in a book is hit or miss for me. If I can catch on quickly, I’m all for it. I really don’t like being confused when I’m reading.

  5. Alysia says:

    I am going to do a giveaway for this book. I have read great reviews about it and added it to my TBR list too! Thanks for the wonderful review. I just have to remember to get passed the techy stuff. 🙂

  6. Molli says:

    Great review, Jade! I haven’t read anything by this author, but I do love paranormal romance and have been wanting to get back to my roots so to speak, and start catching up on my favorite PNR authors, while discovering some new ones. Thank you for bringing this one to my attention! The way you describe the characters definitely has me curious!

  7. Brie says:

    So this is like a military/paranormal romance. I think that’s unusual, right? Not a type of book I see every day, which is weird because if you think about it werewolves, vampires, etc. would make good soldiers… I think I’ll give this one a try. Thanks for the review Jade!

  8. I’m glad that you enjoyed this one.

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