Chrysabelle is a comarré, a human whose sole purpose is to please her vampire master — think a mixture of an ever-full refrigerator and a Geisha. Comarré are impossible to miss; their skin is tattooed with golden designs, identifying them better than any nametag could.
Chrysabelle is also a murderess. Or so the vampires think. Her patron was murdered and she’s the prime suspect. Instead of waiting around to be punished for a crime she didn’t commit, Chrysabelle runs to the only man who can help her: Malkolm, a vampire not only cursed to kill whomever he drinks from, but a vampire cursed with the joy of hearing the voices of said victims in his head.
Blood Rights by Kristen Painter was slow to get into, but once the story really started going, I couldn’t put it down. Once the glitter and glitz was removed, the world of the comarré was a dark and dangerous place. They’re highly trained killers, sneaky, shiny ninjas whose true purpose was to regulate their patrons. Basically, they made kicking ass look good! I loved watching Chrysabelle go toe-to-toe with Mal. Their feelings for each other were uncovered blow by blow.
My complaint with Blood Rights is a common complaint in the Romance genre: there were parts that were a bit too soap opera-ish for me. The villain was practically curling her mustache while stroking her fat white cat, and the big twist at the end was completely expected. The awesome thing is, even with those predictable aspects, Blood Rights was still a phenomenal book. The relationships between the characters (Chrysabelle and Mal’s love/hate relationship, interactions with the ghost of one of the women Mal killed, even the scenes with the random fae creatures) were what really stood out. They seemed real to me, and because of them, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316084778
- ISBN-13: 978-0316084772