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Blood Shadows (Blackthorn Dark Paranormal Romance Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lindsay J. Pryor
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Book Description

‘Blood Shadows has a vibe reminiscent of J.R Ward’s Black Dagger series, both sexy, unrelenting and blood-thirsty.’ Lindsey Clarke

Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.

For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.

She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for. Or die.

Combining sizzling passion and dark, sinfully seductive vampire heroes, Lindsay J. Pryor's writing is an exciting new find for those who love paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

If you're a fan of J.R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kelley Armstrong, Christine Feehan, Kresley Cole or Felicity Heaton then you'll love Lindsay J. Pryor's books too.

Praise for Blood Shadows

'Blood Shadows honestly blew me away. This series starter was intelligent, dark, and very intricate... Blood Shadows is a GraveTells Must Read'

'If you’re looking for a new PNR series that has a dark world and complicated characters, then you'll want to grab a copy of this. I can’t wait to read the next book.'

'The push-pull dynamic between Caitlin and Kane is superb and quite possibly the best I've ever read... Pryor makes every moment between these characters count, and the result is a complex, fully developed, and insanely hot romance... Blood Shadows is a deliciously twisted and exciting tale... It will shake and stir you in the best of ways. I couldn't put it down.' - Janice

'Kane, the vampire in question, was just ridiculously sexy. I mean ridiculously so; no woman even stands a chance. I wouldn't even bother putting up a fight, to be honest. Just accept the sexiness that is Kane, because resistance is futile. But as well as all that yumminess, he was also a very intriguing and complex character; a real anti-hero and an alpha male of the highest order.' - Lynsey

'Blood Shadows is a wonderful start to a new paranormal romance series by Lindsay J. Pryor… Weaved around the emotional romance is an amazing plot. It has a complex storyline with twists and turns. You won't be able to put this book down, and you'll be wondering what is going to happen up until the last page.' Paranormal Opinion

'the chemistry between the two main characters sizzzzzzzles. If you love vamp romances, you'll want to read this one.' Vamp Chix

'Blood Shadows blew my mind not only because the characters were emotionally intense and complex, but also the plot was a perfectly carved creation that’s twist and suspense kept me speechless.' Seeing Night Book Reviews

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    About the Author

    Lindsay J. Pryor is a British Paranormal Romance author who writes dark, intense stories set in the dystopian world of Blackthorn. Her trademark powerful vampire heroes and utterly combustible sensual romances have earned Lindsay comparisons with both J.R Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon. Lindsay loves to hear from readers - visit her at

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1438 KB
    • Print Length: 382 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Bookouture; 1 edition (20 Nov. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00AAMO252
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Lindsay J. Pryor writes dark, intense, multi-layered Gothic dark paranormal romance set in the dystopian world of Blackthorn.

    Discovered after being a twice-finalist in an international romance writing competiton, Lindsay's Blackthorn really captured the imagination of her publisher as a fantastically vivid and complex world, one which readers will utterly lose themselves in. She paints this multi-layered world effortlessly, and uses it as the setting for intense forbidden romances.

    With six-figure sales, Blackthorn regularly tops Amazon's U.S. and U.K Gothic romance charts. Books from her series have also reached number 1 in four sub-genres of paranormal romance, as well as being a number 1 'Most Wished For' paranormal romance on Amazon UK. She has been a Top 50 bestseller (#47) in's main kindle charts and has skirted the Top 100 on Amazon UK. The first three Blackthorn books have since become available on audio via Tantor Media.

    Lindsay has been creating stories since she was nine years old, when she quickly decided that fantasy was more interesting than reality. She thought she'd grow out of it but, more than thirty years later, writing remains her passion.

    Lindsay holds an honours science degree in Psychology and Communication, is a qualified Psychology lecturer and English teacher. She taught for eighteen years, primarily to improve literacy for children with special needs, before becoming a full-time author. She's intrigued by mythology, likes to relax watching films and her favourite box sets, and is a keen supporter of animal welfare. Lindsay was born and grew up in South Wales but now lives in the South West of England with her husband of seventeen years, their rescue bunny, and a plethora of wild woodland creatures.

    Lindsay's Books:

    BLACKTHORN is Lindsay's debut series. It's a dystopian dark paranormal romance with an urban premise. Due to the overarching plot, the books are best read in order. There will be eight books in total.

    Book 1 - Blood Shadows

    Book 2 - Blood Roses

    Book 3 - Blood Torn

    Book 4 - Blood Deep

    Book 5 - Blood Dark

    Book 6 - Blood Instinct (due for release 2016)

    Book 7 - More details to follow

    Book 8 - More details to follow

    Further and more detailed information about the series, including its creation and the mythology behind it, can be found on Lindsay's website at

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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Shadows Book One 27 Jan. 2014
    By Rosie
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I read a lot, and I mean a lot and I do not write reviews for books unless they are really brilliant and deserve it, so the fact that I am even bothering means that there is something special about this book.

    Since reading J R Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood series, no other vampire series seemed to match its brilliance until I found another author just as good, Blood Shadows series by Lindsay J Pryor. The writing is just as good as the story line.

    A lot of authors out there that I have read on Kindle books, do not put enough effort in their writing skills, but this is not the case here.

    The Vampires in Blood Shadows series (Lindsay J Pryor) and Black Dagger Brotherhood series (J R Ward) should really hook up, they would make a great exploding storyline with both Vampires from J R Ward's books and LIndsay J Pryor books. I would really love for these two authors to meet up and write a series together introducing their Vampires in one book, or even a series, written by both authors. It would make them the best Vampire books on the market.

    I really love the banter between Caitlain and Kane in Blood Shadows, its witty and intelligent. Both characters really bounce off each other. Caitlains sarcasms is brilliant and Kane gives as good as he gets. Caitlain isn't just a great female character but she is intelligent and strong, just like the women in J R Wards Black Dagger books.

    Please note however, there are no similarities with these two books and Lindsay J Pryor has not copied Black Dagger by J R Ward in any way, I am comparing the two because they are just as good as each other.

    Basically what I am saying is if you love Black Dagger Brotherhood by J R Ward, and you have finished the series by J R Ward and are looking for something just as good then you need look no further. You will love Blood Shadows by Lindsay J Pryor.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously dark and scorching hot! 6 Feb. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Blood Shadows being a paranormal romance took me completely by surprise. Judging by synopsis I was expecting an urban fantasy... Well, sometimes it pays to be wrong.

    This book was deliciously dark and scorching hot.

    There is not much happening beyond some psychological games, terse conversations and a whole lot of intense sex, but whatever I could see of the world beyond that was really good, and the secondary characters were pretty intriguing as well.

    Kane is a baddy, and he does it really well. He doesn't have a sadistic streak per se, more of a predatory streak, but what's important - he plays on it to build a certain reputation. He is clever, sleek and enigmatic. You can't be quite sure of his agenda throughout the whole book.

    Caitlin is a bit more mainstream and really not as ruthless and tough as we are led to believe, but in this she reminds me of young Cat from Jeaniene Frost books - full of herself and sure that she is right, so when the betrayal hits she is forced to reassess her values really fast.

    As a couple they feel real and powerful, there is a whole lot of insane attraction that leaps off the page. Kane pretty much gets into Caitlin's head and quickly starts figuring out what she really wants even if she doesn't realize it herself.

    There is not much drama, but the only drawback of this book is way too much angsty reflection. You know? She is thinking (internal monologue on 2 pages), than he is thinking (another long internal monologue)... It's not bad, but it's repetitive, slows down the pacing and distracts the reader. So if/when they think, they should think faster! Good editing will take care of that. *wink*

    Overall, it is simply too good to pass as a series. The author tries to avoid paranormal cliches, so there is no usual mess of soul mates and primitive possession while the female just rolls over and takes it. Instead it's fresh, heady and full of promise. Very much recommended.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One word HOT 28 Nov. 2013
    By Mrs B
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This new series is unique. Brilliant and omg very very VERY hot. Loved the characters, the dynamic between them is amazing. All the way through this book it really keeps you guessing. Kain is a very bad boy and I totally fell for him. Brilliant all ready downloaded the second book I am promised a new sexy hero...... oh the joy. Definitely one worth a read! I can highly recommend this book! Thank you Lindsay you did good x
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just incredible 2 Sept. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I do love paranormal romance as a genre, but this was just incredible. Dark, gritty and really gripping. The characters are complex and the world in the story is really interesting. I hadn't even got 50% through this when i had to see if there was a second book (which there is.. Yay!) It perfectly melds action, romance, sex and crime. This is a book i know i'll reread and an author i can't wait to see more books from.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Read!! 3 Jun. 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A must read for all paranormal fans. Whether vampires or werewolves are your thing, or you just like a steaming hot romance with some brooding lovers, then this is your bag. Lindsay’s Blackthorn series is a fantastic read in so many ways, layered with excitement, danger, and steaming hot romance. This first book in the series is jam packed with rich descriptions, pensive, brooding men and strong but emotionally torn women. Each character is well thought out, and you feel as if you are with them as you follow their journey through the dark world of Blackthorn. It’s not difficult to see why Lindsay J Pryor has a huge following. This particular book has lots of twists and turns and should come with a health warning, because you’ll have a sore finger flicking the pages to find out what happens next. The steamy scenes are skilfully written and not tacky like some novels. This also comes with a decent story line that feels like its building up to something bigger, and proves to be an addictive read as you buy the next book in the series to discover what happens next. I have this on both kindle and audio book, and the narrator puts in a very passionate performance. A highly recommended read for anyone looking for their next thrill.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars An enticing read
    Although the lead characters in Blood Shadows, Caitlin and Kane, couldn't be more different from each other, the fiery chemistry between them cannot be denied. Read more
    Published 12 days ago by Claire Hill
    5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
    I loved this story so much I found myself reading it every minute I could. It was everything I love about vampire novels but so much more, fabulous writing, amazing story and I'm... Read more
    Published 14 days ago by helen phifer
    5.0 out of 5 stars What I really love about this book is that the heroine
    from the very beginning of this book I was hooked. The world of Blackthorn is so realistic and the characters so individual you just want more and more. Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Delphine Noble-Fox
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, un putdownable!!
    I love books that draw you in, so you can imagine yourself there. Not just with the characters and the plot but by the whole description of the world around them. Read more
    Published 23 days ago by julia stevens
    5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping start to the Blackthorn series.
    Mmmmmmm Kane Malloy....... Hes dark, hes deadly, a master vampire. What else do you need. This is a great start to a great series of books. Read more
    Published 24 days ago by Niamh Mc Shane
    5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down! Awesome!
    This new series is awesome! You really cannot help falling for Kane. Really enjoyed the storyline and the twists and turns. Looking forward to reading the next instalment.
    Published 1 month ago by Dookie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 1 month ago by neo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly compelling
    I have literally started writing this review about 5 times and then deleted it and started again as I cannot find the words to describe how much I truly loved this book. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Holly Martin
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    Published 1 month ago by Wendy
    1.0 out of 5 stars If I were JR Ward I be horrified to be likened to this author
    I choose this book because it likened the author to J R Ward, yes they are both probably female and they write books and there the comparison ends. Read more
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