When Blood Calls: A Shadow Keepers Novel by J.K. Beck

When Blood Calls: A Shadow Keepers Novel

byJ.K. Beck, J. Kenner

Kobo ebook | August 31, 2010

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From J. Kenner, the New York Times bestselling author of Release Me and Claim Me, writing as J. K. Beck

Attorney Sara Constantine is thrilled with her promotion—until she finds out that she must now prosecute vampires and werewolves. The first defendant she’ll be trying to put away? Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.

When Lucius kisses a beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s hoping only to avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss ignites into an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows that Sara is determined to see him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not a monster. And that might mean making the ultimate sacrifice.

BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from J.K Beck's When Pleasure Rules and J. Kenner's Release Me.
Title:When Blood Calls: A Shadow Keepers NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 31, 2010Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:055390793X

ISBN - 13:9780553907933


Rated 3 out of 5 by from I Liked It "When Blood Calls" by J.K. Beck. Book 1 in The Shadow Keepers series. I liked this book. The main characters of vampire Lucius (Luke) and human Sara were interesting. The plot of the book was also very interesting with a really dark feel to it. The basic plot of the book is that Luke and Sara have a passionate one night stand. A day or so later, Sara, who is a Prosecutor, gets a new job working for a secret division of Homeland Security dealing with paranormal creatures that Sara didn't even know existed. And her first case is to prosecute Luke for murder. There are a lot of characters in this book and you really do have to pay attention to last names given because some characters are referred to with both their first name or their last name. This book also reads like a court-drama a little bit dealing with the supernatural justice system of which the rules are explained very well in the book. The world building is good but there is a lot of information given to the reader really quickly and you do have to remember all the different political plots that are in the book as well. One thing that I found a little weird was that Sara, who didn't know the paranormal world existed, has absolutely no disbelief when she's basically just thrown into the situation of being a lawyer for paranormal beings. She's just like, Oh! They exist? OK. The other thing I found weird was that Sara and Luke don't actually have a face-to-face conversation until almost half way through the book. The first half, Sara or Luke just have flashbacks of the passionate one night stand they had. The chemistry between the two characters was very good. The supporting characters I found interesting and I am interested in reading their stories too. (<b>NOTE:</b> I bought this series, all 6 books at once, so I know that some of the supporting characters do get their own books.) Overall, I gave this book 3 stars and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I found this book to have a bit of a slow start for me. I was a little thrown by the cover, thinking it would be a paranormal romance along the lines of Ward, but I think I would more consider this a paranormal legal thriller. Still a very interesting read. Not an exciting page turner, but good if you are looking for something with a good story but is easy to put down and pick up a little later. I will definitely be continuing the series.
Date published: 2011-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from When Blood Spoils When the cover for When Blood Calls first came out I was really excited to read the book because the cover is just gorgeous. Definitely one of my favorite book cover of 2010. Unfortunately, I think I judged the book by its cover a little too quickly. Although I was intrigued by the whole paranormal legal aspect of the book, I found that When Blood Calls lacked originality in other key areas. For me, Beck's writing lacked dynamic and creativity. Everything flows well, but in a sense where it just all blends together. There was little to no build up for some of the major events of the book. Although I do not think that it is an author's job to overtly emphasise key points in the plot, I do think there should be some signifier that distinguishes an event as something to remember. I felt like I missed a number of key points that were important or meant to standout. For me, the book was very anti-climatic. I also had a difficult time connecting to the characters in the book. Lucius' characterization was extremely flat. Like the story, there was no distinguishing features to Lucius to make him standout. He was very cookie-cutter: dark brooding vampire, with a lackluster secret. However, Lucius did slightly remind me of Wrath from the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Lucius is one my favourite names for a hero. Also, there was little to no chemistry between him and Sara. And as we all know, that is a deal breaker. Yes, Sara and Luke exchange some pretty words about love and have a few love scenes, but there was no connection. I felt like everything between them was forced. I think I had trouble distinguishing the chemistry between the main characters because there was a lot of different points of view in the book. I do enjoy when an author gives the reader a few different perspectives of what's going on in the story, but seemed as if everyone got in their two-sense. Instead of making me feel more informed about the events in the book, I just simply lost interest in what was going on. Lastly, I had a problem with the way the heroine was introduced to the paranormal world. Sara was completely fine with a whole new world of creatures working in her office building. There was no hesitation or even question about what she was looking at. Personally, if someone told me that vampires and werewolves work upstairs, I'd be a tad bit sceptical. I also felt like the scene in which she discovers that the paranormal world exists is reminiscent to Men in Black. I kept expecting aliens to walk by instead of vampires and werewolves. I also want to point out that the character Tasha is eerily similar to Drusilla from Buffy. This book was a DNF (did not finish) for me and I defiantly learned my lesson: even though a book looks good on the outside, it may not be so good on the inside.
Date published: 2010-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Imagine yourself a highly intelligent and completely, dedicated prosecutor thrust into a world made up of the monsters from your nightmares. Recruited for your fierce devotion to the law and all it stands for, you are expected to not only calmly accept the existence of vampires, ghosts, and ghouls, but to also jump right into one of the biggest murder trials this particular community has seen in centuries. What would you do? How would you react? Pretty crazy, huh? Now, imagine the accused murderer and the handsome stranger you recently hooked up with is one and the same!!! WOW! Let me tell you! Some pretty crazy crap goes down! But how do you handle it? How do you reconcile what you know is right with what you learn? What if there are a new “set of rules” that, while outside the regular boundaries of the law, just might be necessary evils? In When Blood Calls, J.K. Beck introduces readers to a new twist to the vampire story that is sure to please many a reader. With steamy sex scenes, brutal slayings, brilliant mystery, and even a bit of quirky comedy, Beck has hit the ground running with this “First in Series” release. From page one, Beck’s talent for the genre is obvious. Readers are sure to find an exciting, action packed story line which has been very clearly laid out. There’s no muss, no fuss and the progression of the story is quick, clean, and easily followed. Beck’s ability to describe both the physical and emotional setting allows the reader to immerse themselves with in the pages. This particular reader (lol, me) thrives on being able to “view” the story like a film strip inside my head and found no trouble picturing the scenes and emotions as the story progressed.There is one particular scene that I found quite impressive.; In an effort to portray to the fearsome lunacy of one of the villains, Beck has so perfectly described the character’s sick and twisted mind that it sent chills up my spine and “goosebumples” down to my toes!! With hot sex, murder, suspense, and mystery,When Blood Calls is a brilliant kick off to what promises to be a great new series!
Date published: 2010-09-01