Synopsis: Bronwyn Fitzgibbons was young and reckless. It was easy for Ronan to steal her human life and make her a vampire. She ran, but she never forgot him--or how he made her feel.
Rider saved Bronwyn from the new life she loathed and the new self she detested. His love restored her sanity.
Now Ronan is back to claim her. She struggles like hell against him, but she cannot deny the overwhelming power of her maker. Will Bronwyn surrender to the one who could possess her utterly? Or can she find the strength to choose the one who loves her as she is?
A_TiffyFit's Review: I struggled with writing a review for this one. I felt like I was either going to rant or rave or maybe both and that would just be confusing! It's hard to write a review for a book you enjoyed and yet you wanted to strangle the main character. And I did. I really wanted to strangle Bronwyn. I disagreed with her choices, I was annoyed at her for how she was treating Rider, I was incensed that she slept with Ronan, whom she had run away from 15 years before, I just really disliked her. And yet...I read on because it was good! I wish I had more background information as to what lead her to run from Ronan and into Rider's arms. At first it sounded like she was a prisoner of Ronan's, and then it seems like it's just because she can't deal with the fact that he likes to eat innocents as opposed to people who deserve to die. I liked her friend Carly and felt sooooooooo bad for her. There is a wealth of potential stories in this world that would be amazing to have fleshed out! While I wasn't totally happy with this book, at the end I was so happy that I already have a reviewer's copy of "Blood and Sacrifice". And now I get to go on and read that! :)
Author: Jessica Gibson
Series: Blood Ties Novella Series (#2)
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 2013
Edition/Formats Available In: Ebook
Bronwyn left everything behind when she left with Ronan. She became what he needed her to be and forgot the rest. Too bad the past won't stay in the past.
Rider bursts back into her life uninvited, and is not the man she remembers. There is an edge to him that was not there before. Bronwyn is torn by guilt over what he has become and anger at being blamed for it.
When Ronan ended his maker’s life, he inherited a line of vampires and a whole set of problems to go along with it. Bronwyn must decide if their love is worth it, worth the killing, and the constant disruption of their lives.
Is love enough? Can Bronwyn find herself again and strike a balance between who she wants to be and who Ronan needs her to be? Or will she lose herself all over again?
A_TiffyFit's Review: *strangled scream* Cliffhanger! So, in the beginning of this novel, I still didn't like Bronwyn. But I did like her relationship with Ronan as we see it currently. Sadly, we still do not get FULL details about the history and why she ran, but she does mention it briefly in passing. She is fully his queen now and I do like them as a couple. I liked Rider more, but now...Rider has gone off the deep end and everyone is blaming Bronwyn and expecting her to fix it. Fix it how? By going back with Rider? We see more vampire culture in this book as Bronwyn & Ronan flit and float from city to city, as business takes him. We see Ronan changing slightly out of his love for Bronwyn, and we see Bronwyn changing out of her love for Ronan. Together, they are coming together and starting to fit better. It is just enough to confuse you and unseat what you think you want to happen next, especially with that cliffhanger!
Bronwyn stopped in her tracks when she saw someone very familiar leaning against the building across the street, dressed head to toe in leather. “I’m guessing you all decided on a field trip at the same time?” She said sarcastically, as she zipped across the street.
“Well, someone has to clean up after his mess,” Carly scoffed.
Bronwyn’s lips thinned out, “I saw him, earlier. He seems to be out of control.”
“Hmmm, I wonder why that is?” Carly pressed a finger to her lips in mock concentration.
“Look, I don’t need a lecture from you, too. I got enough from Seraph.”
Carly smiled. “You know, I want so bad to stay mad at you. It would be a heck of a lot easier if I did. But, it’s too damn good to see you.”
Bronwyn’s tough exterior melted, “I know. I’ve missed you so much. Is Tuck here, too?”
“He’s looking for Rider; we followed him here. I didn’t even know you were back in the States. Seraph told us, yesterday.” There was a hint of something in Carly’s voice.
“Look, I know this is an f-ed up situation. I had to make a clean break, though. I couldn't live half in and half out with Ronan.”
“You ruined him.” Carly’s voice was harsh.
Bronwyn laughed. “Really? Rider is a big boy; far older than I am. His choices are his own. Did you really come here to make me feel guilty? If so, you may as well leave now.” Bronwyn’s tone was cool.
“Who are you?” Carly took a step back.
“I’m the same person I’ve always been, Carly, I’m just not fighting it anymore.” Bronwyn leaned in and kissed Carly’s cheek before heading off into the night.
Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she's down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the "someday" section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.
Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.
Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.