First Blood

First Blood

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Overview

Four all-new stories of forbidden passion and dark desire.

You never forget your first blood...Susan Sizemore returns to the universe of her Laws of the Blood novels with a sizzling story of the relationship between a vampire enforcer and a werewolf.

Erin McCarthy's Sasha Checkikov flees the bright lights and dangerous slayers of Vegas for New Orleans, where she is saved by a vampire haunted by his past—and hungry for passion.

Set in the Vampire Babylon world, Chris Marie Green's story puts the bond between twin female vampires to the test when one of them falls for her prey.

Meljean Brook's vampire Annie Gallagher needs help to save a young human girl, but she doesn't expect the help to come from the FBI agent she loved—and had to give up— when she was transformed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425224007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Series: The Guardians Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Erin McCarthy, the author of A Date with the Other Side, Bad Boys Online, Smart Mouth, Houston, We Have a Problem, and Mouth to Mouth.
Chris Marie Green, former school teacher turned full-time writer, gets out of the office by taking long trips to places such as Japan, Italy, and New Orleans. When she’s not causing international incidents, she enjoys practicing yoga, taking part in fangirl movie and TV program analysis, and writing romance novels under the name Crystal Green.
Meljean was raised in the middle of the woods, and hid under her blankets at night with fairy tales, comic books, and romances. She left the forest and went on a misguided tour through the world of accounting, banking, and a (very) brief teaching career before focusing on her first loves, reading and writing—and she realized that monsters, superheroes, and happily-ever-afters are easily found between the covers, as well as under them, so she set out to make her own.Meljean lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

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First Blood 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
K_McDaniel More than 1 year ago
I am in love with the Guardian series by Meljean Brook, the books, the characters I have read them all to date and I eagerly await the new ones to be released this year
harstan More than 1 year ago
'Cave Cane' by Susan Sizemore. In the Laws of the Blood universe, vampire law enforcer Dan Conover and werewolf Tess Sirella form a reluctant team seeking to rescue kidnapped pups. ------------- 'Russian Roulette' by Erin McCarthy. After losing her ¿day¿ job, former vampire slayer born again vampire Sasha Checkikov flees Vegas for New Orleans in order to jump start her undead life, but needs rescuing by vampire Alistair Kirk.------------ 'Double the Bite,' by Chris Marie Green. In the Vampire Babylon world, twin vampires stalk mortal Ben Tyree until one of the siblings Ginny falls in love while her sister claims ownership of the human. ------------- 'Thicker Than Blood' by Meljean Brook. When Annie Gallagher was human she loved FBI Agent Jack Harrington but when she became a vampire she gave him up though she still loves him. Now they team up to rescue an abducted young girl.------------ Vampire romantic suspense fans will enjoy biting into these four well written novellas with the added treat of the return visits by fans of Ms. Sizemore and Ms. Green to their renowned realms.-------------- Harriet Klausner
MisfitRhi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bloody Boring Before I go any further let me just say that I purchased this anthology because it featured four authors I had not yet read but had an interest in sampling before commiting to buying their series books. I know many other readers purchase anthologies for that same reason and because of that I have given this one a pretty low rating. Why? Because every one of these stories fell into a series that the author already writes without offering enough info about said series to be helpful to someone in my never-read-it-before situation. Fans of these series will probably love these stories as all were well written and though I've not read these authors outside of other anthologies I feel confident saying these are decent examples of what one can expect in their work.[CAVE CANEM] by Susan Sizemore is set in the world of her Laws of the Blood series. When a hellhound pup is stolen a vampire and a werewolf partner up to get it back -- I'll admit... after a couple of chapters I had to skim a lot of this one because I didn't understand who the characters were and what was going on half the time. It was intriguing but impossible to enjoy without knowing more about this world/series. 3/5 stars[RUSSIAN ROULETTE] by Erin McCarthy is a Vegas Vampires tale... set in New Orleans. Sasha Chechikov has had a really unpleasant life made worse by being a newly turned vampire. When she is rescued by Alistair Kirk she's ready to keep on running but her safety depends on his protection. -- I might have liked this one if I had liked the characters even a little bit. They felt one dimensional and that really took away from the story since they spent most of the story dancing around their attraction to one another. 2/5 stars[DOUBLE THE BITE] by Chris Marie Green is stated to take place in the scope of her Vampire Babylon series. When Ben hits NYC in search of the truth about his brother's mysterious death he tangles with a pair of beautiful twins who seem to know information he needs. Ginny and Geneva might look alike but they give a whole new meaning to the concept of good twin and evil twin. -- I did like the general idea of this story but it was really weak and didn't play out in a fashion that was particularly entertaining. 2/5 stars[THICKER THAN BLOOD] by Meljean Brook doesn't actually state that it ties into her Guardians series but I'm pretty sure it does loosely as Guardians make a cameo. Annie is a vampire in search of a missing young girl she has sworn to protect but when her need for blood leads her back to the man she deserted six years ago things get more complicated before they get better. -- I liked this one best of the four because it didn't feel as series oriented as the others. I didn't really care for the characters much but the story moved along decently enough I didn't hate it. 3/5 starsOverall this one just doesn't work for a reader looking to get to know a new author as I was trying to do. The stories all have good potential to entertain but unfortunately seem to all require some knowledge of the series they tie into. Fortunately I'm still interested in these authors based on the quality of writing so I hope that fans of these series will find the stories to be a treat.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve said before that I¿m a fan of anthologies, especially when the anthology has a stellar lineup of authors. ¿First Blood¿ includes stories from four paranormal authors whose series¿ are pretty well established and have a large fan base. The book will be a big-seller for those reasons and that¿s not a bad thing at all as I enjoyed each story in this anthology for different reasons!¿Cave Canem¿ is a story set in Susan Sizemore¿s `Laws of the Blood¿ novels. We get a twofer starring both a vampire and a werewolf who have to team up and work together to overcome an ancient threat that¿s reappeared. The sparks between these two could light up Las Vegas, especially once they quit fighting each other. Extra points for the cute Hellhounds.Erin McCarthy returns to New Orleans with ¿Russian Roulette¿ a tale of a former slayer turned vampire who is about to find out why a bitter vampire has got to be the world¿s worst ex-girlfriend¿especially when you¿re attracted to the object of her desire!! Strong emotional overtones were the icing on the cake for me in this one.From Chris Marie Green¿s `Vampire Babylon¿ world, ¿Double the Bite¿ is an intense disturbing retake on good and evil, and nature vs nurture when she pens the tale of twin sister vampires. Can good overcome evil and how far would you go to protect a new love¿from your evil twin. Very dark, very deep, and a riveting read.¿Thicker Than Blood¿ is the final story from Meljean Brook and a new twist on enduring love and whether or not some sins can ever be forgiven. Strangely uplifting for an urban fantasy, paranormal story. So there you have it. Four stories, four winners, and each gave me a very different reason to like it! If you haven¿t read these authors, you can still enjoy these stories, and just may end up picking up some of the other books set in the same worlds. If you¿re already a fan, then ¿First Blood¿ should be on your `to-buy¿ list already. Shame on you if it¿s not!
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After having read the Vegas Vampire series I did some research and found that this book had a short story about one of the characters from those books. To be completely honest, that story by Erin McCarthy was the only one worth reading. I always finish my books and I am very open to trying new authors; however the stories in this book didn't really have the same vibe. They were all very different in plot, idea and writing style. The other stories we far different from the Erin McCarthy story. I am afraid that I read the latter, one story and half of another and couldn't keep from yawning. I haven't felt the need to stop reading a book because I didn't enjoy it for a LONG time. I recommend Erin McCarthy, but she was the only author I liked in the book.
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