Series: The Cavaliers #1
Published by Createspace on 17 Oct 2012
Genres: Adult Fiction, Paranormal
Source: Received from Author
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Tale of the Posh, the Privileged and the Paranormal...
The Cavaliers are the most elite society at Oxford University - rich, powerful, and beautiful. No one realises that they are no ordinary students, but a group of aristocratic vampires from the English Civil War. For four hundred years they have groomed the most promising students to run the government, police, and finance in the way the vampires wish, granting them eternal life in return for absolute obedience.
When Harriet French arrives at Oxford University from her working class northern state school, she’s prepared for a culture shock, but not to become embroiled in the Cavaliers’ scheming and bloodlust. Harriet thought she'd be busy enough juggling her demanding tutor, new friends, and the murky world of student politics. But now, she must find the rebel vampire who is killing off the members, stop the Cavaliers from orchestrating a massacre of the year’s most beautiful and successful students, and defy the Society to be with the man of her dreams.
Oxford Blood is a British, adult, paranormal romance. It's a tale with vampires that aren't afraid to kill and a heroine who's not afraid of sex or her own ambition
Harriet goes to Oxford to read History (and I found out why it’s called reading and not studying, ok maybe that’s obvious but I never knew it!). We quickly learn that she was abandoned by her Mother and brought up by her dead Father’s sister and husband but has maintained a distant but affectionate relationship with her mother.
Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, is an amazing setting for this story, it’s just so atmospheric. And we get to experience a little of the Oxford student lifestyle through Harriet’s eyes, punting and picnics, parties and studying, friendships and crushes, it’s all there.
But that’s only part of the story, there is a very elite society group there, The Cavaliers and while they are not a secret society they do have a big secret that they keep hushed up from all outsiders. A huge, big, bloody secret and Harriet gets drawn in on lots of different levels through different acquaintances and then she discovers a past she never knew about.
So as you can see there are 2 stories going on, both of which work for me. The action really picks up about half way through and at that stage I was reading as fast as I could, with my heart pounding at times.
Have to admit, there are a good few typo’s and a few sentences that I had to read a few times to make sense of. But as I was so caught up in the unfolding story, they didn’t distract me or annoy me too much. Also didn’t like the cover, I think a more contemporary cover would capture the mood of the book much better, I would never have picked this one up in a bookshop.
The ending was fantastic; it wrapped everything up nicely but really set the scene for book 2 as well. Looking forward to that one being published this year, it will be on my ‘to read’ list.
Thanks to the Author for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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