Published: 29 October 2021
Series: Blood song duet #2
B Negative by Jewel Killian
CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 – READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Julian’s dead to me.
So what do I do?
Oh, nothing really. Just run away to King Titus’s tower of terror, that’s all. I promised Sunny she wouldn’t be alone when she rose a full vampire, and now that King Terrible has claimed a mate bond with her, I don’t really have a choice.
I keep my word.
Even though that means King Titus might sniff out that I’m a made vamp and stake me on the spot.
Postponed until further notice, and that’s totally fine by me. Maybe it’ll give me time to get some damn answers and figure out what do to with the severed mate bond aching in my chest.
I don’t know if I can fix things between Julian or if I even want to, but I have to figure out my place in this world.
No more secret.
No more lies.
Because so much more is riding on this mate bond than I realize.
B Negative is the final book in the Blood Song duet and it will end with a happily ever after. It has plenty of cursing and sexy times so if that offends you, you’ve been warned.
B Negative by Jewel Killian is the second book in the Blood Song duet and I absolutely loved where it took the story of our main characters, Eden and Julian. And if you haven’t read book yet, B Positive, stop right where you are!! You definitely want to read part 1 first. You could probably get by without reading it, but you’d be missing half of the story (and half the fun). To see what you’ve been missing out on, click here to see my review of book 1, B Positive.
Eden is an easy character to love. She’s confident, but has insecurities. She’s intelligent, but questions herself and her actions. And she’s empathetic and forgiving to her friends, but with Julian, she struggles sometimes to control her temper. All of these traits, for me, made her very real. And it didn’t hurt my appreciation of her that she’s totally hilarious! She has a habit of describing people and things in the most imaginitive way. You never know she’s going to come out with next!
Julian is arrogant. He is a king and accustomed to his word being law, so his natural inclination is to assume that he is always right. And this is how he starts off with Eden, but it doesn’t go too well with her. But as the story progresses we see him start to recognise that maybe his side of a argument isn’t the only way. He struggles with this at first. But time with Eden softens this side of him and we get to watch as he starts to learn that he needs to stop, think, and consider what Eden is saying, rather than dismissing her opinions straight off as he did to begin with.
This is a really fun book to read. But underneath the amusing lines and snarky humour, this book has some surprisingly deep introspection going on. B Negative has probably the most startling degree of character growth amongst its characters that I can remember having read for a long time. Pretty much every character needs to stop and reassess themselves, their actions and the way they interact with others. These people (people? ok vampires, witches and werewolves) are all forced to reconsider their views of their world as they see it. There are themes of acceptance, mutual understanding and personal growth running rampant throughout this book, and I thought it was an awesome aspect of the story.
One characters path that I think deserves a special mention is Jaxson, Eden’s best friend. He is a gay werewolf and the new leader of his pack. He is a flamboyant cross-dresser by choice (with an impressive array of gorgeous sounding wigs), but he tries to suppress this side of his personality in his effort to conform to what he believes his pack expects him to be. Eden is having none of this though, as she attempts to coax him into seeing that he can lead the pack while still remaining true to his authentic self.
But of all the characters in this book, I think my favourite had to be the evil man himself, Titus. He is so badly thought of by pretty much everyone, but as we get to know him more, he reveals himself to be a man of many layers. I really found myself feeling sorry for him at times, as we are led to wonder whether he is really just a misunderstood man, being set onto a better path by the love of a good woman. (And a kick in the shins under the table from the aforementioned good woman doesn’t go astray occasionally towards setting him onto that better path, too.)
I will wind up this review with Jewel Killian’s own words from her acknowledgement at the start of the book, as I think it sets the tone for what you can expect from the book perfectly. “To Katie, for asking her friends to act out sex positions to make certain they were doable. Most were. I bet you can find the ones that weren’t.”
Thank you to the author Jewel Killian for my copy of this ebook. I am voluntarily leaving a review and all opinions are my own.