Review: Bad Blood by Nikki Jefford (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted July 7th, 2014 in Blog Tour, book review, Giveaway / 20 comments
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Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Series #3

by Nikki Jefford

Publisher: Self-Published (June 2014)
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult/New Adult
Format: eARC (265 pages)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
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Rating: ★★★☆ (4 stars)


Aurora returns from boot camp to a new assignment, an unwelcome roommate, and the increasingly amorous attentions of a certain vampire hunter.

College is starting, and so is Aurora’s undercover work at a network of swanky parties known as “Tastings” for high rolling vampires who like their blood laced with fine wine. But Aurora’s not the only one on the prowl. An underground investigation is under way to find out who killed one of Anchorage’s most prominent vampires… and Aurora is a prime suspect.

***Don’t miss STAKEOUT, Vol. 2.5, a 54,000 word novella featuring Noel Harper and the entire Aurora Sky gang. Now available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, & iTunes.***

At A Glance
I love this series and Bad Blood was good, but the ending wasn’t an ending.

The Good
Hey, Aurora, if you don’t want Dante, can I have him? I love Dante in this book. We know him as cute, friendly, and hilarious. But Dante shows his flirty side in Bad Blood. I never saw him as sexy, but now I can only see him as smokin’ hot. I mean, what he did with Aurora in the car, wowza!. He is perfect boyfriend material. And with Fane and me on the outs, Dante really filled that place in my heart I needed from a love interest.

Aurora is back in town and ready to rumble. She is so excited to finally be in college and living on her own. But unwanted people keep butting into her life. Fane, with his “I know I was an a-hole and left you high and dry but love me anyways” pitch. Val, with her “let’s work together, but I still want to make you life miserable” attitude. And Noel with her “Sorry about what I did, but I am going to be a bitch to you since you didn’t forgive me the first five seconds of seeing me again” thing going. Yeah, bitter, party of one, that’s me. As you can tell, I am peeved with some characters in this book, but I loved being mad at them. I hate because I love, you know. But Aurora handled herself well. She is done letting people walk all over her. She has plans, she has some good old fashion revenge to get. And I am effing excited!

Though there was little action, I am excited with the direction the series is going. There are new and old threats to take care of and some new revelations to let soak in. There is no going back to normal after this book. The writing was well done, as was the dialogue. I really get into Jeffords stories because she makes her characters so interesting. I want the next book NOW!

The Bad
The plot took a backseat to the progression of these characters. I didn’t mind so much in the beginning, but halfway through, I wanted more action, less talking. I like a book that is character driven, but this one took it a bit too far.

The ending was left completely open-ended. Like the book stopped in the middle of the story. No bueno!

The Snuggly
There is a bit of a love triangle and I didn’t mind it. I am still upset with Fane, even though I probably shouldn’t be, so I really liked Aurora and Dante together. Unfortunately, I am not so sure if Aurora felt the same way.

Okay for a YA audience, but there is this one steamy scene, *shivers*

Final Thoughts
Even though this wasn’t the best book of the series, I still really enjoyed it because I love these characters, even when I hate them. If you haven’t started this series and you love paranormal, then you are missing out. Very recommended.



Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Series:
Book #2.5: Stakeout

Author Bio

Bookaholic, nature girl, and animal lover.

Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands (WA) where she is, once more, neighbors with Canada in a town without a single traffic light.

She married the love of her life, Sebastien, while working as a teaching assistant in France. They reside with their Westie, Cosmo in Friday Harbor.

Loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. Twitter | Website | Goodreads | Facebook

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20 Responses to “Review: Bad Blood by Nikki Jefford (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Melliane

    I’m sorry it wasn’t the best book of the series but at last you had a good time with it. Hope the next one is even better!

  2. Giselle

    Sounds like this series is keeping pretty strong! I love that Aurora seems to be growing as a character and the romance sounds pretty great – especially for a love triangle! Great review, Jennifer!

  3. Jessica Haluska

    Well, I have definitely be missing out, b/c I love paranormal, and I have not read this series. Onto the wishlist it goes! I’m glad this was a good enough series that you were able to enjoy it even though it wasn’t the best book. Those are the best kind of series 😉

  4. Jaclyn Canada

    I feel ya on the hating because you love. That’s so true. I think it’s different that you are liking the love triangle guy over the main one that you’re hating at the moment. Definitely a crazy story line there. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  5. Laura Thomas

    I’ve only read the first book. It’s been a while. I think I need to reread it and pick up this series. Too bad about this ending. More than a cliff hanger, eh? Still, you enjoyed the book and will read more, so I will too!

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