NOTE: REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
The tattoos covering Eden Reece’s arm tell the tale of a con with an appetite for danger. Even so, arriving at The Circus – the criminal heart of Blackthorn – and demanding an audience with the notorious Pummel, is the sign of a death wish.
Jessie knows that Eden is trouble. Serious trouble. Held captive by Pummel, despite her powers, she also knows how dangerous a game Eden is playing. Yet she can’t ignore a connection far deeper than the physical spark between them – because Jessie has seen Eden before...
Jessie is the only one who can help Eden save those he loves. But as he uncovers her secrets one by one, he can’t ignore the emotions she stirs in him – feelings neither of them dare face. He risks death. If she trusts him, she risks a fate far worse.
As Pummel’s twisted plans become clear, there’s no doubt all hell risks breaking out in Blackthorn. With time running out, together Jessie and Eden might be the only ones who can stop it.
Note: The Author Visits received a copy of Blood Deep in exchange for an honest review.
Finally, the fourth installment in The Blackthorn series, Blood Deep by Lindsay J. Pryor has arrived and was well worth waiting for.
I finished Eden and Jessie's story within twenty-four hours of receiving my copy and I was not disappointed. Blood Deep centers around Eden, an undercover Curfew Enforcement agent and Jessie, a woman with a secret, held against her will by Pummel, a wicked con (convict) in the deplorable Blackthorn district.
Eden's special assignment is just one angle of a sinister plot set in motion in the war against the third species (vampires and lycans) and has everything to do with a prophecy that is unraveling at warp speed, one that threatens the powerful race of humankind.
Enter Jessie. Her secret is one that if uncovered, can be used in the annihilation of the non-humans and Eden has been sent in to infiltrate Pummel's inner circle and bring Jessie in to the very people who want to take out the third species.
Eden and Jessie share an instant attraction but Jessie is weary of this new "con" realizing quickly, there is something different about the handsome human.
Once the pace picked up and I got past the relationship building between Eden and Jessie, the intricately designed plot twists fueled the pages of Blood Deep and I was unable to put the book down.
Jask Tao makes an appearance in the later part of Blood Deep, playing a critical role in the storyline while also helping to set the stage for the next Blackthorn installment. I love how Pryor cohesively weaves in major characters from the past three books in the series and plants the seeds for the next stage in the impending war between the humans and the third species.
Blood Deep introduces another third species, the angels. With a power so rare, their existence has been kept a secret that if unearthed, can turn advantageous to whichever side manages to contain their powers. Jessie is an angel under Pummel's unfortunate control and unbeknownst to her, she is also a pawn in a two-way plot that both Eden and Pummel are a part of.
We are also introduced to the fourth species, a wickedly foul race who begin "leaking" into the world of Blackthorn.
Pryor has packed a lot of story into Blood Deep. The writing is consistent as it has been across all her novels, but the tone of the book has shifted to one with more of an urban flare.
Although the book has its fair share of romance, there was more time spent on story telling which I appreciated and I suspect that had everything to do with Jessie's storyline.
It did take me a little longer to find my reading rhythm with Blood Deep. The first several chapters where Eden is making his case for becoming a Pummel insider while trying to get a handle on Jessie were a bit elongated. There were also some superfluous scenes with ancillary characters I could have lived without.
Still, Blood Deep does not disappoint and I am looking forward to book five in The Blackthorn Series. The plotting becomes more substantial with each iteration and I can't wait to see how the story lines converge and conclude in the future.
My rating? A must read. If you haven't picked up The Blackthorn Series, what are you waiting for?