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Review: BloodGifted by Tima Maria Lacoba (The Dantonville Legacy, #1)

“What’s a girl to do when she learns she’s the key to breaking a centuries-old family curse? Become dangerously intimate with a jaw-dropping vision of male hotness hiding a secret agenda of his own.
Nothing could be simpler.
Or is it?
When primary school teacher, Laura Dantonville, learns of her family’s dark ancestral legacy, she’s propelled into a secret underworld ruled by magic, mystery and murder, and stalked by vampire clans who would do anything to possess her. For her protection, she’s assigned a guardian not knowing that part of her role in ending the ancient curse that has plagued her family for centuries, involves having a child with him.

And she has one day to make a decision.

With only five years left of servitude to his sire, Alec Munro reluctantly accepts to act as Laura’s guardian or risk remaining in slavery forever. But can he maintain a platonic relationship between them when something far more intimate is required to end his sire’s family curse?

With time running out, Laura must decide to either accept Alec or allow her vampire-hating detective boyfriend to end the legacy his way – by eliminating the undead side of her family.
After all, they’re not human are they?

Being unable to age is just the beginning.”

What I thought:

Laura has never aged like everyone else, and on her 50th birthday her aunt reveals why. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there’s a curse in her family and she’s their first chance of lifting it since it was cast. Doing that is simple; all she needs to do is have a child with her vampire protector whom she has only just met. Her human boyfriend isn’t too impressed when she fills him in. So, as you can see, there’s a lot of conflict right there!

“It’s dangerous to tempt evil, Laura, and I don’t recommend you do it often.”

I found it slow to start with but it got interesting pretty quickly. The only thing I wasn’t too fond off was the love triangle but – again without wanting to spoil anything – that fortunately took care of itself. I don’t like how it was resolved – I hate how Alec chose to deal with it – and there’s still a chance it’ll return in future books, so I’ll stay wary.

The story follows two POVs – Laura, half-human half-vampire, and Alec, vampire. Both are affected by the curse, and both are necessary to solve it. While Laura is suspicious of her new life, she warms to it quickly, but naturally there’s more going on than that. There are bad people after her, and vampires as well as humans take the role of villain in this book. Laura doesn’t know who to trust, and soon questions even Alec, who has vowed in front of a lot of dangerous vampires to protect her.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters are going to develop in the sequels. While some ends were tied up more than a few others unravelled, and there are plenty of chances for thing to go horribly wrong at some point. If you’re looking for an urban paranormal fantasy with the occasional steamy scene and sardistic villains, look no further!

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