Bloodlines (Infected #2) by Andrea Speed ~ Book Review by Shelby

I don’t want to review this book. I mean I REALLY don’t want to review this book. Because see I just don’t know what to say. I loved it! And I hated it! I knew what was coming and I just kept looking for the out…I mean NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I was on pins and needles the entire book just waiting for the inevitable and crying every couple of minutes because it just was so damn sad!!! I feel like the little kid lying on the floor kicking and screaming “It’s not fair!!!” Not that that changes a gosh dang thing. :-p

Bloodlines Title: Bloodlines (Infected #2)

Author: Andrea Speed

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist:

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Sequel to Infected: Prey
Infected: Book Two

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

The newly married Roan is struggling to balance his work with his home life as he grows increasingly distracted by his husband Paris’s declining health. One case with strong emotions attached takes up most of his time: finding the murderer of a missing little rich girl. It’s a family with secrets so toxic they’d rather no one investigate, and there’s no shortage of suspects. But despite the dangers and obstructions involved, Roan won’t stop… until he loses something infinitely precious as well.

My View:

Roan McKichan would finally have everything in his life he could possibly want if the damn disease wasn’t determined to destroy it all. He and Paris are finally married and happy together other than the tiger strain destroying his husband’s strength. Paris’s declining health has Roan’s head flying a hundred different ways and makes it increasingly difficult to concentrate on his work even with a new case at hand. One missing rich girl doesn’t trip the cops spidey senses but it is certainly niggling at Roan’s. Focus may be an insurmountable problem though with Paris getting weaker every day no matter how much Roan wants to help.

Paris knows what’s going on in his own body and he’s determined to make sure Roan survives. Losing him is not going to be what drags Roan down if Paris can help it. He loves the man he’s married and he’s going to make sure Roan is ok, including making sure he can still function to figure out this case. Paris has one strong stubborn will and he’s going to do everything he can to push through despite his own low energy.

This book just plain broke my heart. I loved Paris for all that he’s incredibly flawed and has the ego that only the gorgeous can claim. I swear with out Roan to balance him I’d probably hate Paris and all his smarmy charm and smooth pants dropping slickness. God he would be unbearable! But he just loves Roan so damn much you can’t help but like him, and then love him, and then break your poor heart to pieces over him!!! My eyes were all achy for hours after reading this book, dagnabit!

The trouble with this series is it’s so well written you’re hooked into your characters and the mystery they’re trying to solve. So when you know what’s coming I’m frantically holding onto hope that maybe this time I’m wrong, that somehow it’ll all turn out right in the end. And it does and it doesn’t and you cry and you rage and yet are still so satisfied you can’t outright hate anything. Paris…the strength you have to know what you know and still try to do everything you can to make things as easy as possible for Roan. Every conversation Paris had with one of their friends made me die a little more inside dreading what was to come. The caring he showed to make sure that Roan would be taken care of, that their friends would be there for him and help him survive. Gah!!! Buckets!

The mystery in this story takes a back seat to the emotional rollercoaster that Roan is going through as he tries to come to grips with Paris declining health. That being said it’s still incredibly well put together and keeps the story flowing along nicely. There’s enough intrigue and bad guys to keep you from getting so lost in the angst that you lose the enjoyment of such a well-told story. This book doesn’t wallow. Instead I’m pulled along in Roan’s tangle of emotional need and pain and struggling right along with him to cope with everything I know is to come. I really felt like I was just as tormented as he was and just as desperate and unable to focus. All your brain wants to do is come up with a solution to solve the unsolvable and yet Paris keeps guiding you right back to doing what has to be done and saving those that can be saved and getting justice for those that can’t.

I find myself more fascinated by the mythos in this series than ever. I want to know more about this disease, how Roan’s infected status differs than all the others…why he can do things others can’t. I hated how late it was for Paris that he couldn’t get into the trial and wonder what they’ll discover in the future. I’m sure Roan’s abilities are going to keep evolving and I am so curious to see how it’s all going to come together. I’m dying to read book three and yet I’m hesitant to open my heart again after having it so thoroughly ravished. I know the book is going to fantastic because the writing is so good. I need to read it to make sure Roan survives his pain, but yet I know it’s not going to be easy times ahead for awhile. Roan is awash in so much pain he’s not going to be easy to live with for awhile. But that’s what makes this writing so fantastic. I’m right there with Roan. I get what he’s feeling and my heart breaks for him.

All in all I’m adrift in this sea of emotions wishing I could come out the other side but never upset that I’m in it. I don’t regret reading this book, I’m even thankful I did. I just have a hard time not loving and hating it at the same time. It’s beautiful and touching while the mystery adds the intrigue and distraction needed to keep you sane. Fantastic book! One I would recommend over and over again…once I get through crying of course.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK


Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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