Bad Blood

Bad Blood

by L.A. Banks

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 paranormaland that the government would like to keep it that way.

  • Series: Crimson Moon
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Rating: 3.78
  • Pages: 342
  • Publish Date: April 1st 2008 by St. Martin's Press
  • Isbn10: 0312949111
  • Isbn13: 9780312949112

What People Think about "Bad Blood"

This was actually my first L.A Banks book and I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew her Vampire Huntress legend is very popular, but I wasn't sure about this series. I love werewolves to start and this book had everything you can think of about wolves. Sasha Trudeau is the main protagonist of this story, but we also get a glimpse into Max Hunters head and also some of her fellow team members. I love the new introduction of the shadow wolf/demon wolves for the werewolf society. The tention between werewolves and vampires is different from most books I've read. 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.

LA Banks succeeded in restoring my faith in her as an urban fantasy writer with this book. I read the first two Vampire Huntress Legends books, and I was very disappointed with the execution. There were times where I wasn't sure I would like the direction that Banks took with this story. I like a lot of books, but at the same time, I'm rather demanding on what I read. I don't like certain elements thrown into a book without rhyme or reason. I want to feel that the writer took the time to write a story that she or he cared about. As the story continues, it becomes clear that this not representative of all werewolves. That's where Max Hunter and Shogun come in. From their very first scenes together, it's clear that Max Hunter is destined to have a very strong connection with Sasha, and this is revealed in a very steamy, erotically intense way. There was some serious chemistry between Sasha and Max, making this story read more like a paranormal romance, in certain scenes. On the negative side, I do have to say that Sasha came off as being a little hard-shelled in her behavior towards Max Hunter. It was clear from the begining that their attraction was extremely intense and hard to resist, and going with it, went against the grain for Sasha. I admired her honesty with Max, but I think she needed to really get where he was coming from a little more, since he was doing the same for her. If so, I will be very disappointed, especially in the light of how much ground was laid building the relationship with Max. I really dislike when the heroine is going between two men. I don't mind if there's a flirtation, but since it's very clear that Max is deeply in love with Sasha, I will not be a happy camper if Sasha 'cheats' with Shogun. I was glad that she left out a lot of the urban vibe that she used in the Huntress books (it does nothing for me), and told a story I could get involved in. I loved the parts when Sasha and Max called their wolf. If you're like me, and felt let down with the Vampire Huntress books, give Bad Blood a try.

Great start to Banks' new Werewolf series Combine special ops warriors and werewolves in a story sprinkled with far-ranging plots and conspiracies, then stir in a healthy dose of steamy romance and you get Bad Blood, an enjoyable action packed read and a very promising start to the new Crimson Moon series by L.A. Banks. The heroine Sasha Trudeau and her team -- who all carry some type of werewolf virus, but are taking drugs to suppress the Turn -- are unwittingly part of the experiment.

I read many books where there are supporting characters of color but most often than not, the main character isn't. So I was thrilled when I discovered L.A. Banks vampire novels that were written around a main character that was a woman of color. In Bad Blood, I'd found the paranormal book, written by a woman of color that I could fall in love with the characters and totally root for.

She uses too much cussing in her books. The characters are terrible vampires that don't impress me. Any vampire book is better than something written L.A. Banks. Take all of that and the book wouldn't be so bad. This worse than the books you have to read in school.

First, let me say I've not ever gotten into Banks' Vampire Huntress series and have only read a few books by her. But most importantly, Max needs to teach Sasha about her wolf and together they must solve the mystery of the government leak in her division before it changes the world. There is a lot of worldbuilding necessary to launch this new series, and it is a complicated world with complicated politics.

I thought we were going to get a story about Sasha getting help from this new werewolf to locate her missing team-the impression the cover was giving me-but that wasn't the case. I don't care about all the military hardware and tactics and I don't want pages of dull story which brought the current plot to a sudden halt, and judging by some reviews I read, this becomes a pattern in the book.

There was SO much information piled onto the reader that it was overwhelming. As the story progressed I started to like Sasha a little bit more, but for the life of me I couldnt identify with her at all. I also found it too continent that the one person Sasha does trust without any issue is involved with them.

I can only hope(for the sake of the author and series) that the series improves with the second book. Unfortunately I will not find out how the second book (or 3rd or 4th) rates.

The first 20% of the book was promising, if chaotic - but I was hoping it would be all cleared up when there was some good explanation of the different kinds of wolves. There are far better urban fantasy (and even paranormal romance) books out there.

With many awards to her credit, Banks also held a masters of fine arts degree in film and media arts from Temple University.