Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Self Published on February 5, 2013
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High school senior Victoria “Tori” Reeve has it pretty good. She’s rich, she’s smart and she’s popular. What more could a girl ask for? Sure, she’s a little lonely, what with being single and her best friend going off to college and all, but she’s got her work at the Spaulding Crisis Center to keep her busy. When she gets a new boss in the very easy on the eyes form of Isaac Larsen, suddenly her volunteer work feels a lot less like work. Even if he does seem to cause Tori to break out into spontaneous fits of foot in mouth disease. Somehow in spite of her blunderitis, Isaac seems to be interested in her in a more-than-employer or even more-than-friends kind of way.
So she really should have known that things would go sideways.
Trouble comes to Spaulding, and that trouble seems to be centered on Tori and the Crisis Center. Is she really the focus? Or does this all have to do with the new mysterious man in her life? In her efforts to find out, Tori stumbles across some secrets. Skeletons that might have been better off left in the closet. As it turns out, Spaulding is a hot spot for bad blood…
First off, let me say that I love, love, love, LOVED this book! I originally was drawn to it because I share a name with the author and it’s not all that common. Then I began reading it earlier tonight and I’m already done with it a few hours later. Within the first page, I was already writing to my best friend and sending her quotes that literally made me laugh out loud.
Secondly, I don’t think the book description does this book justice, so let me help out a bit:
Yes, Tori is rich, smart and popular – but she’s not a snob or a bitch, as many stereotypes would have you believe. She’s also a virgin, which is pretty awesome. Also, her best friend is a guy named Drew, whom she’s known from birth, as their respective fathers went to college together… and there’s definitely potential between them to be more than friends (and, not spoiling anything, there are a few –ahem—sexy moments between them).
Now, with that being said, I have to find a way to gush about this book without giving too much away because it’s just that good. I suppose I can give some of the details that I was giving my friend… in the opening of the book, Tori is working at the crisis center, listening to one of her classmates wail and rant about Tori, herself. Of course, her classmate doesn’t know that it is Tori she’s complaining to, so this makes it all the more amusing. Ranting, as only a teenage girl can do, about how her boyfriend is more interested in Tori, and how Tori must be plotting to steal him away from her – all of this on a crisis hotline, open to people going through serious, life-changing or life-threatening issues… but again, see “teenage girl” – I should know. I was one.
After this, she finds out from her boss that he is no longer working the night shift, as his wife is pregnant, so her new supervisor will be Isaac Larsen, of the Larsen Family just outside of town, with their “alternative religion”, or, in a less politically correct term, “those cult freaks”. Of course, Tori has very few filters and just blurts things out, causing her great embarrassment and amusement on behalf of Isaac and the reader, including but not limited to telling him her breast size within minutes of meeting him.
There is an immediate chemistry, and, finally at the age of 17, Tori’s hormones kick in, and the tension from there rises. Of course, the very gorgeous Isaac is a very courtly gentleman, treating her like a lady, bowing slightly and kissing her knuckles; offering to walk her home at night. The reader finally gets a small hint: after Tori finds out that her sister is reading the Twilight Saga (although it’s not mentioned by name, sparkly vampires are mentioned) and Tori groans and informs her elder sister that not only does it teach girls all sorts of bad things about how men should treat them (“he lied to me for my own good”), but sparkly vampires? (She mentions the Sookie Stackhouse series and says that’s much more believable, which I happen to fully agree with). Adding this together with the fact that she notes several times that Isaac seems like he’s from a different century, and you, the reader, are clued in (if the title “Bad Blood” wasn’t enough of a hint).
I won’t give too much more away, and believe me, I could, other than to say that this book, unlike the Twilight Saga, IS realistic and doesn’t inform girls that they should simply accept a man lying to them for their own good, as well as other very non-women’s lib ideals. Tori is a very likeable, relatable character – one so close to how I usually react to things (in terms of blurting things out and having a smart-ass response to most things), that I felt an immediate kinship.
I LOVED this book, as I mentioned before, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a laugh, some mystery, some drama, and some believable situations that any girl/young woman would react to in the same way.
I REALLY hope there will be more books after this one, perhaps in a series. I did not put this down. I doubt most of you will either.
Rating: 5 Flowers, Sensuality Rating: 2 Flames
Favorite Quotes (ones I can give without spoilers):
We were just setting down all the bags in the kitchen when we suddenly heard “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.
“Uh, Tori, I don’t mean to alarm you, but it appears that your hip needs you now tonight.” (pg 43)
I hit him with one of those stupid decorative pillows thats only purposeis to fall of the sofa when you’re trying to get comfortable. Well that and hitting Drew. (pg 170)
She tossed a pillow at me.
“Hey! These are not for throwing, young lady, they’re for hitting Drew!” (pg 178)