Zoe Winters’ Blood Lust Trilogy Wrap-Up
Since that time, the other two stories in this work have been released and I have had the pleasure of reading them also. My overall impression is that Ms. Winter’s work is getting better and deeper as she goes along.
The second story is Claimed, which brings back Charlee, the loyal and plucky BFF of Kept’s heroine, and Anthony, a vampire of questionable virtue. In fact, Claimed picks up during the climactic events at the end of Kept, giving us a new perspective. And, still somewhat crazed by those events, he goes to seek out Charlee, a woman he’s been interested in for some time. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but…did I mention the crazed part? It wasn’t. Screw-ups happen, and Anthony spends much of the rest of his story trying to fix his mistakes and making things worse.
It’s an excellent story, well-told with a quick, entertaining pace, and some fantastic and surprising world details.
And then we come to Mated. I’m not the only one who’s saying “this is my favorite of the three”. The story brings back an interesting character from Claimed by the name of Jane and pairs her with a new character, Cole, the alpha of the local werewolf pack. Jane’s particular circumstances, discussed some in Claimed and broadened in Mated, have forced her to spend a lot of her life with vampires who hate her and she hates them right back. When Cole takes her as payment for a gambling debt, she thinks she’s probably going from one slave-owner to another, so to speak, and doesn’t know what to expect. You should expect a touching romance built around a bit of an intrigue and sprinkled with hints of things to come.
I’m going to go ahead and give Ms. Winters 4 out of 4 cookies for these two. It certainly was nice to get three entertaining bargains in a row, and I’m looking forward to more of The Preternaturals series. Both of these are a bit longer than Kept at just under 36K words each, and worth the time. There are love scenes, but I don’t think there’s anything here that’s going to set off your prude filter. I suppose there is some violence. I mean, come on, it’s vampires and werewolves! And sometimes they actually act like it. You can find these via the Amazon links sprinkled above, and in other formats via Smashwords.