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Sara Temple goes to work one day and finds a group of rogue Vampires is going to kill her boss and his pregnant mate. In trade for her life, she agrees to save the life of the newly appointed – extremely handsome Master Vampire Aaron MacManus. Sara has been protecting the Queen of Magic for years – since the explosion that caused her to lose her unborn child. On the run fr Sara Temple goes to work one day and finds a group of rogue Vampires is going to kill her boss and his pregnant mate. In trade for her life, she agrees to save the life of the newly appointed – extremely handsome Master Vampire Aaron MacManus. Sara has been protecting the Queen of Magic for years – since the explosion that caused her to lose her unborn child. On the run from the Council of Magick, she tries to keep a low profile and watch over the Queen who nearly went to Fade – a place of certain death to her kind. Aaron discovers that Sara is his mate – for which neither of them is very happy about. Their discovery of each other and the magic that both have brings them closer than any other couple ever known. A sensual and sexual meeting of their minds is explosive and erotic. Together they can save Magic – all magic for mankind, they can bring a kiss of vampires together to bond and trust that has never been for something they’d had before. Theirs is a love story that will span centuries if they don’t kill one another first


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Sara Temple goes to work one day and finds a group of rogue Vampires is going to kill her boss and his pregnant mate. In trade for her life, she agrees to save the life of the newly appointed – extremely handsome Master Vampire Aaron MacManus. Sara has been protecting the Queen of Magic for years – since the explosion that caused her to lose her unborn child. On the run fr Sara Temple goes to work one day and finds a group of rogue Vampires is going to kill her boss and his pregnant mate. In trade for her life, she agrees to save the life of the newly appointed – extremely handsome Master Vampire Aaron MacManus. Sara has been protecting the Queen of Magic for years – since the explosion that caused her to lose her unborn child. On the run from the Council of Magick, she tries to keep a low profile and watch over the Queen who nearly went to Fade – a place of certain death to her kind. Aaron discovers that Sara is his mate – for which neither of them is very happy about. Their discovery of each other and the magic that both have brings them closer than any other couple ever known. A sensual and sexual meeting of their minds is explosive and erotic. Together they can save Magic – all magic for mankind, they can bring a kiss of vampires together to bond and trust that has never been for something they’d had before. Theirs is a love story that will span centuries if they don’t kill one another first

30 review for Blood, Body and Mind

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris, the Dalek King

    This is a bit ranty, at tad spiolery, and more than a little long. You have been warned. I have read a book. By all accounts, it was a bad book (horrible, inconceivably horrible) riddled with plot holes the size of Dalek battle fleet. That is not my problem (48% of problem). My problem is that the readers of this novel are told to believe that the heroine (Sara) is an independent woman, and that is why she acts like a complete moron when faced with danger. This annoys me, not so much because This is a bit ranty, at tad spiolery, and more than a little long. You have been warned. I have read a book. By all accounts, it was a bad book (horrible, inconceivably horrible) riddled with plot holes the size of Dalek battle fleet. That is not my problem (48% of problem). My problem is that the readers of this novel are told to believe that the heroine (Sara) is an independent woman, and that is why she acts like a complete moron when faced with danger. This annoys me, not so much because it ruined the novel (you can’t really make it worse than the author did), but because I have come to notice a trend in many of the fantasy novels that I have read lately. Strong Heroine = Idiot In many of the books I have read lately I have found myself yelling at the heroine because she acts like little more than the blonde chick in horror movies (Yes, by all means, go into the creepy house. The world would be better off without your DNA clogging the system). Cast as independent and/or strong, the heroines in these novels ignore all advice given by anyone who has more knowledge than them (especially if they are male), leaves safety without telling anyone just to prove they are not controlled by anyone, and/or refuse help from the people around them. And because they do this they end up alone, near death, and in situations in which they need to be rescued. This really annoys me. Not that they need to be rescued, because if I ever end up tied to an alter, about to become the vessel in which the reincarnation of the next God of Death and All Things Evil uses to walk around our nice little planet, then I want to be rescued, and preferably before I am sporting any cool new scars. What annoys me is that this seems to be the way that some fantasy authors choose to portray strong women: loners, who shun good advice and refuse all help given to them. That is not the kind of women I admire. In Blood, Body and Mind by Kathi S. Barton, we find Sara (a being of incredible power, though the narrator doesn’t seem to want to tell us this before the very clichéd court scene where she just happens to bring it up) living by her wits (what little there are of them), and running from the law. Hi-jinks ensue in which she rescues our “hero” and clichéd romance plot commences. After being taken to said Hero’s house to recuperate from being shot, and after being told that she is in major danger and that her arch enemy knows where she is now, she literally runs away to live in a van down by a river. Every attempt at helping her is met with a long rant (either to some other character or in her head) about how she doesn’t need anyone and that she can take care of herself--only to be promptly captured and thrown in some type of dungeon. Other stuff happens, but most of it is like a soap opera on cliché-steroids. Heroine and arch enemy trade (poorly written) quips and eventually (like three days later eventually) he is killed. Nowhere in this book does she actively seek help, or even graciously accept it. Her refusal of a safe house lands several people in danger. Even though she had several people (or vampires) willing to offer advice she ignores every one of them. How does any of this make her strong? Aside from the ridiculously large amount of magic she has (really? this is such a fantasy cop-out), there is nothing admirable about her. Her attempts at independence simply isolate her and when she is “strong” it is only because she seems to have unlimited power, not because she has any self-discipline. She alienates herself from the world, and in return she has no one to help her-- except, of course, a fairy-god-mother character that simply uses her to kill the evil fairy king. Compare that novel with something like Tamora Pierce’s Tortall novels (which I love). In the Tortall universe you have strong women who fight (both magically and non-magically) not by themselves (at least not exclusively) but with companions and friends. These women kick ass (pardon my French, but they do) but seem to realize that acting at the exclusion of everyone else does not make you strong. It leaves you isolated with no back-up. When someone who has more knowledge speaks, they listen and learn. And yes, sometimes they have to go against their superiors and those in charge, but they have good reasons for it. It is not simply to point out how cool they are. It is for the greater good, or, sometimes more importantly, personal conviction. In one of my favorite books Trickster's Choice (and its sequel Trickster's Queen), Beka Cooper, a slave and stranger in a new land, uses her intellect to work with (and enhance) the rebel forces to bring down a corrupt government. Even though Pierce’s books are aimed at a young adult audience (and I am 26 going on 27) they remain some of my favorite fantasy novels of all time. They are well written, and they have stories that ring true no matter what age you are. As a woman, I feel it is imperative that women have access to strong female leads. But when I come across books that seem to portray a strong woman as nothing more than loner without two brain cells to rub together, I get more than a little annoyed. As a writer, I am annoyed that someone would publish something that seems so clichéd. As a female, I am annoyed that the only strength to be found seems to be in brute and not brain. And as a reader, I am annoyed that an author would think I am so shallow and so dumb that this is what entertains me. If you are looking for a good fantasy book with real strong women in them I suggest you pick up one of these, instead: Basically every Tortall series written by Tamora Pierce A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede Soulless by Gail Carriger Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler Basically the whole of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series (even though some of them are focused on male heroes, read them anyway) Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (as well as her On the Edge series, though I don’t think it is quite as good) Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore. There are so many others, but I am not going to scour my Kindle for them because that would take way too long. This is one star because I am not technically allowed to put the stars into the negatives.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anya

    Talk about confusing characters! I don't get Sara at all, at the beginning of the story I was excited since she was introduced as an 11 year old kid who was like super talented/skilled and smart mouthed to boot. She is supposed to be a protector to a queen (supposedly a super ancient magical queen whose name happens to be Melody...yes Melody), a strong character and she was introduced to us 15 years later vacuuming the floor!? (yes they said she was a pilot but come on!) And don't make me even b Talk about confusing characters! I don't get Sara at all, at the beginning of the story I was excited since she was introduced as an 11 year old kid who was like super talented/skilled and smart mouthed to boot. She is supposed to be a protector to a queen (supposedly a super ancient magical queen whose name happens to be Melody...yes Melody), a strong character and she was introduced to us 15 years later vacuuming the floor!? (yes they said she was a pilot but come on!) And don't make me even begin with Aaron. I totally don't get it, I don't get the characters and I don't even see the chemistry among Sara and Aaron. I'm not sure if i want to be a masochist and continue with this book let alone the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I was introduced to this series by the author and I'm so glad for it! The story follows Sara, a strong-willed, stubborn girl with a violent past. She's on the run, she trusts no one, and yet she can maintain a sense of innocence and naïveté about her that makes her even more intriguing. I found myself identifying with her quite often--the author has a way with words that is almost conversational, as if she was telling a story about someone you know. Quite frankly, this was a page-turner for me. I was introduced to this series by the author and I'm so glad for it! The story follows Sara, a strong-willed, stubborn girl with a violent past. She's on the run, she trusts no one, and yet she can maintain a sense of innocence and naïveté about her that makes her even more intriguing. I found myself identifying with her quite often--the author has a way with words that is almost conversational, as if she was telling a story about someone you know. Quite frankly, this was a page-turner for me. It has the vampires and supernatural beings that everyone has been craving, but it also includes descriptive action scenes. And then, there's the underlying love story. Quite frankly, the author must subscribe to some sort of Kama Sutra in writing. She kept building the sexual tension and putting it off, putting it off. That way when it came time to fully explore said tension, the reader is almost aching for it to happen. And boy, does it happen. I am excited to see what the other books in the series will bring. This book was a great foundation, a great start. The characters get under your skin and you find yourself caring about them. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    First of all, I would like to apologise to fellow Goodread reviewers if I go over some points that you have already mentioned - to me it indicates that there are a lot of things in this book that drew reader’s attention for similar reason. My family often makes fun of me because I have tendency to make lists – I suppose, as I work in R&D, it comes from writing a lot of technical reports, procedures and instructions. So, in my own fashion, here is why this book did not work for me, otherwise kno First of all, I would like to apologise to fellow Goodread reviewers if I go over some points that you have already mentioned - to me it indicates that there are a lot of things in this book that drew reader’s attention for similar reason. My family often makes fun of me because I have tendency to make lists – I suppose, as I work in R&D, it comes from writing a lot of technical reports, procedures and instructions. So, in my own fashion, here is why this book did not work for me, otherwise known as” IMHO, Sins of Blood, Body and Mind list”. • Non-existing world-building – none whatsoever. • Dismally limited background or character’s information ( short intro to the 11yo Sara at the prologue and an occasional sentence explaining relationship between Aaron and several characters does not even begin to cover that aspect). Aaron is a vampire- how did he happen to be one? He supposes to have many talents – NAME THREE! Colin supposed to be able to read if person lies – why he, Aaron’s long time friend and ally did not question the bodyguards? And what is the story between Melody and Sherman (Sherman? Really?) • No cohesion between what the characters suppose to be and what they actually come across as - this one left me with so many WhatThe?, it needs a list of its own e.g. our hero, a supposedly 1400yo powerful master vampire, takes a MONTH to recover from his battle with previous territory master? He has strangers as bodyguards, no clue that they represent danger to him, gets almost killed by said bodyguard and have to be rescued by supposedly human heroine? What kind of powerful Vampire is that? Or Sara, bleeding, and hardly able to walk between bed and bathroom, 5 minutes later turning ninja and almost shredding Colin? With her own knives? WTF? Sara, who is suppose to be 26yo behaving and talking like a half-witted teen – not only she keeps bursting in tears, her rants, e.g. the one when she is dressed for dinner party- about doing up hooks of the bra, boobs and stockings- left me stunned: is this supposes to be a strong, independent and hopefully smart guard to the Queen? If she is that, then no wonder the Queen is in deep trouble, and I have a Chihuahua with a killer bark they can borrow as a guard dog. • Absolutely no chemistry or connection between our protagonists bar him going “Mine” almost a minute after she killed his murderous bodyguards and saved his ass (decapitation is such a turn-on?) and her asking him to kill her (a real double that one, both WHY? And WTF?). In a way, they deserve each other – she is an obstinate nitwit and he is a dud of a vampire master with charisma of an overcook noodle. • One of my top hates – dropping bits and pieces of information that is playing fast and loose with historical timelines: Aaron, as a child, living in poverty, getting an orange and toys made of wood and tin in his Christmas stocking? He is 1400yo; it means this was happening in 7th century. Newsflash - the timeline is off by a minimum of 700 years. Aaron, a Knight Templar, being in America in 13th century, which was not only not discovered, but also not named until few centuries later( and anyhow, what in the Haven’s name a Knight Templar was doing in America? It was also said that he got the message that his fellow knights were arrested. HOW???? Long- distance smoke signals? Courier pigeons? Underwater fish telegraph?) • Plot lines you can drive the Mack track trough, and if no explanation can be offered – throw in a bit or a lot of magic and hey presto – the reader supposed to be satisfied with this cope-out. • Powerful does not equal strong; moronically stubborn is definitely does not mean independent. • Contrarily to assumption and hope of a lot of authors, readers are not like three wise monkeys: speak no evil, see no evil, and hear no evil. The truth of the matter is that the readers are not deaf, blind and dumb, but prone to be quite vocal, not shy in expressing their opinions, get upset when their intelligence is insulted and are willing to take the author to task when they feel that their trust and goodwill was mistreated by an offering of a substandard product. After all- you would not be happy with a dress with crooked seams, uneven hemline and buttonholes that do not match? Why would same be acceptable in a book?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Sarah Temple prefers to remain under the radar, working quietly for vampires. hiding what she is from everyone. When she saves the life of Master Vampire Aaron MacManus, she becomes the focus of more people than she really is comfortable about, because she finds it increasingly difficult to hide out, protecting her Queen in the process from the Queen's own consort. I'm not sure I really understood this book, but I really didnt take to it at all. this may sound strange, but it seemed the characters Sarah Temple prefers to remain under the radar, working quietly for vampires. hiding what she is from everyone. When she saves the life of Master Vampire Aaron MacManus, she becomes the focus of more people than she really is comfortable about, because she finds it increasingly difficult to hide out, protecting her Queen in the process from the Queen's own consort. I'm not sure I really understood this book, but I really didnt take to it at all. this may sound strange, but it seemed the characters got away from the author somehow, particularly in the days when Sarah was taken to the Vampire Mansion to recover. that was one long,long, long recovery..... the Master vampire mooned about in his mansion without courtiers, or henchmen or whatever to help his reign to continue. Sarah appears and he becomes a love sick sap who, it would appear, spends little time on his recently acquired territory and every minute bedding her. Various friends and other vampires appear to smirk and chuckle at his difficulties, and there is never any sense of him being a dangerous creature, or of even being much of a vampire at all. The story is pretty much the same for all the main characters. Sarah uses powers we dont know about until they are required, the Magic Queen hides out in a convalesent home and the evil consort throws the odd hissy fit. This is a mild tale more suited to be termed as erotica, the supernatural elements being an add on to earn the label. There really isn't much of anything supernatural going on here. I dont think I will bother with any more of this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie Talento

    Aaron the dreamy vampire has finally met his match when he meets Sara. Sara can literally bring anyone to their knees and beg for mercy in many ways. Sara has had a very rough life and trusts no one except for Mel, the Queen that she has protected for years and now is protecting Mel from the evil Sherman. Sherman was Mel’s husband and an evil one at that. The connection between Aaron & Sara is just amazing and watching as the characters grow into something more than would ever imagine is intense Aaron the dreamy vampire has finally met his match when he meets Sara. Sara can literally bring anyone to their knees and beg for mercy in many ways. Sara has had a very rough life and trusts no one except for Mel, the Queen that she has protected for years and now is protecting Mel from the evil Sherman. Sherman was Mel’s husband and an evil one at that. The connection between Aaron & Sara is just amazing and watching as the characters grow into something more than would ever imagine is intense. Kathi has shown us that we want more about all of the characters in her book. I found myself not putting it down because the magic between Aaron and Sara is meant to be in all ways. I smiled and laughed at so many scenes it was like watching a movie play out. Kathi left us with wanting more and more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Blackwell

    This is an amazing debut novel for author Kathi Barton. Ms. Barton has done an amazing job of building the sexual tension between the hero(Aaron) and heroine(Sara). I would love to see so much more of Sara's story. Because my first love lies with young adult novels, all I could think while reading this amazing novel was 'I would love the author to do Sara's back story as a YA novel. Blood, Body and Mind has amazing description and takes the reading into the magic with in the book. I loved readin This is an amazing debut novel for author Kathi Barton. Ms. Barton has done an amazing job of building the sexual tension between the hero(Aaron) and heroine(Sara). I would love to see so much more of Sara's story. Because my first love lies with young adult novels, all I could think while reading this amazing novel was 'I would love the author to do Sara's back story as a YA novel. Blood, Body and Mind has amazing description and takes the reading into the magic with in the book. I loved reading about Sara and her being such a strong heroine. This character gives all us women someone to feed from. Then the romance all I can say is WOW! I can`t wait to read the second installment in the Aaron`s Kiss series Divine Savior and recommend this series to all paranormal or urban fantasy lovers that are the age of majority...cause it gets HOT(without crossing the line into erotic). Last I have to say The covers for this series are AMAZING. I look forward to watching this author grow and take over the romance market! You will not be disappointed with this story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Randi

    It was a mix of feelings for me on this book. I liked the story... What I didn't like was that while it prolonged the novel from sex craziness until 70% something (Kindle edition) which was usually ok with me - it ended up all about sex after that point. Eh, I like it a little spread out through the story with its plot intact. So after that point, I was actually disappointed. There were minor grammatical errors but it didn't bother me this time - just the plot seemed to be lost after the characte It was a mix of feelings for me on this book. I liked the story... What I didn't like was that while it prolonged the novel from sex craziness until 70% something (Kindle edition) which was usually ok with me - it ended up all about sex after that point. Eh, I like it a little spread out through the story with its plot intact. So after that point, I was actually disappointed. There were minor grammatical errors but it didn't bother me this time - just the plot seemed to be lost after the characters started to have sex. Then it came back but it wasn't as strong as I would like it to be. I did like the characters and how they were developed and it was interesting to learn about Sara Temple's background as a guard of the Queen but she had to be discreet as there was a warrant out on her head, etc. But overall - will I continue the series? Eh, probably not right away but eventually if I still think about this story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Charlene Bauer

    This was one of the best books I have read. It's the story of a young magical woman who is being hunted by a powerful being while struggling to protect another. Aaron McManus is a powerful vampire who has just inherited the kiss. They meet when Sara saves Aaron's life. The sparks begin to fly. As their relationship grows, danger surrounds them. Will they ever find their happy ever after? Come and read this story. You won't be disappointed. This was one of the best books I have read. It's the story of a young magical woman who is being hunted by a powerful being while struggling to protect another. Aaron McManus is a powerful vampire who has just inherited the kiss. They meet when Sara saves Aaron's life. The sparks begin to fly. As their relationship grows, danger surrounds them. Will they ever find their happy ever after? Come and read this story. You won't be disappointed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Talltree

    Couldn't get past sample: Too many characters plus no 11yr old girl I know talks like this: “You’re late, asshole. You said you’d be here an hour ago and now I have a class” “Who’s the broad?” The girl snorted. “You can try, old man. I’m not one of your rug rats to be ordered about." “No. I won’t hurt you. I refuse to play like this so some woman will have sex with you.” Couldn't get past sample: Too many characters plus no 11yr old girl I know talks like this: “You’re late, asshole. You said you’d be here an hour ago and now I have a class” “Who’s the broad?” The girl snorted. “You can try, old man. I’m not one of your rug rats to be ordered about." “No. I won’t hurt you. I refuse to play like this so some woman will have sex with you.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Yay to winning free things!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    can i just say that i love this cover?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I really liked this. I loved Aaron and Sara and the whole world of the novel. Vampires and Werewolves and Magic oh, my! Definitely going to read more of this author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    SandraE

    A great introduction to a promising paranormal series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    MoonGlitter

    Review to come soon! AWESOME book!!!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I hate to say this, but honestly, this did not deserve even one star. I hate having to be negative about someone's effort at creativity, but I can't honestly give this book more than one star and a bad review. I'm extremely disappointed that the rating system has been so abused, or skewed, that this book has an average rating near four stars. How is that possible? There was no writing or plot faux-pas that didn't get a blaring hit in this piece. Grammar issues, plot holes, contradictory statemen I hate to say this, but honestly, this did not deserve even one star. I hate having to be negative about someone's effort at creativity, but I can't honestly give this book more than one star and a bad review. I'm extremely disappointed that the rating system has been so abused, or skewed, that this book has an average rating near four stars. How is that possible? There was no writing or plot faux-pas that didn't get a blaring hit in this piece. Grammar issues, plot holes, contradictory statements, under-developed characters, under-developed scenes, cringe worthy statements and actions that didn't fit the scene/character/setting, all of the above and then some. Nothing about the characters felt finished, their personalities, appearances, and worst of all their nature and reason for existing in the story to begin with, it was jarring and unpleasant to read from start to (unable-to-)finish. That for me is the single biggest statement. I have NEVER not finished a book, no matter how bad. I have slogged through some bad pieces of fiction in the past, but I literally could not continue with this one. I ended up staring blankly at the screen for a few minutes trying to figure out how much I'd hate myself for leaving it unfinished and when I realized I already hated myself more for forcing my way to chapter 13, 12 far too many by the way, I knew I had to stop and I had to post an honest review. Normally, if I don't like a book I rate the stars accordingly and don't leave a review. The whole 'not saying anything if you don't have anything nice to say' bit, but I can't in good conscience leave this book with a nearly four star, sorely misleading, ranking and let someone else fall into the same trap. The summary seemed great, too bad that isn't actually what the book is about. Don't try to make sense out of it, I did and wasted a few hours of my life I desperately wish I could get back. Truly, save yourself the headache and pass.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Niki Driscoll

    What an interesting cast of characters and some mystery to start off this series with a bang. Sara is quite the character, she is introduced as a child and then jumps to an adult in a completely different scenario than expected. While she was a bad [email protected]# as a child her skills have improved leaving the reader wondering what species she actually is. Aaron is an old vampire who also enters the story by coming to kick some butt, unfortunately we did not actually get to experience his awesomeness so hi What an interesting cast of characters and some mystery to start off this series with a bang. Sara is quite the character, she is introduced as a child and then jumps to an adult in a completely different scenario than expected. While she was a bad [email protected]# as a child her skills have improved leaving the reader wondering what species she actually is. Aaron is an old vampire who also enters the story by coming to kick some butt, unfortunately we did not actually get to experience his awesomeness so his powers as a bad [email protected]# come into question. Our characters start off together rocky, banter back and forth, make you laugh, shake your head and wonder when they will get a clue. The storyline is easy to read but the plot leaves out some important background details that will hopefully get filled in as the series continues. The supporting characters add humor, keep the story moving along and are really quite fun. The storyline was interesting, keeps your attention and keeps you guessing as you try to figure out what makes Sara so special. I look forward to what comes next. I volunteered to review this story for my honest opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Creative_Mii

    This is my thoughts of the whole series as I just did a re-read of all 14 books. This was one of the series that started my love of paranormal romance/ urban fantasy many moons ago. It will therefore always have a special place in my heart. I love the character and the stories, for about three of the books, delighted me. However, this is not one of Kathi's best works. The sex scenes veer from not making sense to just damn cringey or even borderline rapey. It might be because I essentially binge This is my thoughts of the whole series as I just did a re-read of all 14 books. This was one of the series that started my love of paranormal romance/ urban fantasy many moons ago. It will therefore always have a special place in my heart. I love the character and the stories, for about three of the books, delighted me. However, this is not one of Kathi's best works. The sex scenes veer from not making sense to just damn cringey or even borderline rapey. It might be because I essentially binge read the series but the formulaic nature of the tales also started to grate on my nerves. However, I do want to say Thank Kathi. This series - despite my issues with it - was fun and some good reading entertainment. I remain one of your fans.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patsy Hallam

    Wow what can I say apart from that Kathi has done it again with making you want to read the whole series just from readings the first book. I love the story and who it all flows of a woman just going to work and happen to save her vampire boss and his pregnant mate as well as the vampire master all in one day. To top that off to be told that the vampire master is your mate. The whole story shows a reluctant mating that has you turning the page and not able to put down until the end. I am not goi Wow what can I say apart from that Kathi has done it again with making you want to read the whole series just from readings the first book. I love the story and who it all flows of a woman just going to work and happen to save her vampire boss and his pregnant mate as well as the vampire master all in one day. To top that off to be told that the vampire master is your mate. The whole story shows a reluctant mating that has you turning the page and not able to put down until the end. I am not going to give spoilers to this story it is a must read and a re-read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tina Ng-Laguesma

    I like the premise of the book but do not like the style Loved the synopsis, even sort of liked the characters but the style of writing was very choppy. It was very hard to follow. I couldn’t get lost in the story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debbie W.

    One of my favorite series and author. I highly recommend her reads. ❤️. 📚. 👍

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Jane Deane

    Brilliant Loved the storyline, got me hooked, this is the first of many books in this series and you will enjoy them all

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jamoz23

    Not quite how I remembered this book. I read this series more years ago than I want to contemplate. I remember it being better but maybe my tastes have changed. This time around I found it amusingly juvenile and lacking in background information. It really needs rethinking and fleshing out better to make it a more solid read. Aaron didn’t act like a 1400 year old master vampire, more like a bull headed bully. How he behaved towards his mate Sara, was so rude and controlling. Sara starts off getting Not quite how I remembered this book. I read this series more years ago than I want to contemplate. I remember it being better but maybe my tastes have changed. This time around I found it amusingly juvenile and lacking in background information. It really needs rethinking and fleshing out better to make it a more solid read. Aaron didn’t act like a 1400 year old master vampire, more like a bull headed bully. How he behaved towards his mate Sara, was so rude and controlling. Sara starts off getting my attention as a bad ass, then goes all myopically I don’t need any help from anyone and is as bull headed as Aaron. There are bright bits throughout the story with actions and other characters which saved this from being a DNF but once Aaron and Sara both grow up and finally decide to be together, WAY too much sex happens. Chapters of sex. Not sure how Melody is the Queen of Magic when it took her 3 years to get better. Really long time. Proofreading needs redoing. E.G. Every light and candle in thn was the chair Aaron was sitting in. I can’t even translate what this was meant to be. Lots of silly other errors too. Read years ago and rereading in the box set.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This review may contain spoilers Over 18’s Only Summary: Aaron MacManus, the new master vampire of the realm just wanted to go out and meet some of his subjects and to figure out what needed to be done to set things right. April and Demetrius Carlovetti own an air service and are the most trusted and well liked vampires in Aaron’s realm. What he didn’t expect when he visited them was betrayal. His own bodyguards try to murder him and blame it on the Carlovetti’s. Sara Temple was not a vampire. She This review may contain spoilers Over 18’s Only Summary: Aaron MacManus, the new master vampire of the realm just wanted to go out and meet some of his subjects and to figure out what needed to be done to set things right. April and Demetrius Carlovetti own an air service and are the most trusted and well liked vampires in Aaron’s realm. What he didn’t expect when he visited them was betrayal. His own bodyguards try to murder him and blame it on the Carlovetti’s. Sara Temple was not a vampire. She pilots planes for the Carlovetti Airways. She had secretes of her own and working for this small air service is keeping her out of sight. The last thing she wanted to do was save a vampire, even an extremely good looking one. Sara was only trying to survive but with Aaron she becomes embroiled in politics, the magic of several realms involving a queen in peril, magical beings, passion and love. Review I got this book from a friend after I met the author on Facebook, I loved it, I have been texting my friend this morning to see if she has the rest of the series on her kindle, although I think I will just get the rest of the series anyway, if this one is anything to go by, I reckon I may enjoy them, so it will be worth buying them, don’t you think? I have fallen in love with the way Kathi writes , with just the right amount of romance to sex and the funny moments to the dramatic ones, This one is all about Vampire Master Aaron and Sara, Sara is an unknown entity who is on the run from the magic council, after the Queen, Melody to her friends, disappears, they fear that Sara has kidnapped the queen, enough said, I really don’t want to disappoint anyone who has not read this one, although I seem to be about the last person to have read it, lol, anyway through no fault of her own she ends up in front of Aaron, who to his utter surprise ends up finding out that Sara is his mate, but she wants nothing to do with him, This story had lots of drama and a lot of funny moments, there were some classic one liners, I loved Colin, Aarons best mate, he was the comedian in this book, Duncan who was a very close friend of Aaron’s to the point he became his day walker, basically his man servant, well he was very old fashioned, a perfect gentleman, but because he was old fashioned some of his sayings, had me in stitches, he just said them at the wrong moment, which me laugh, I loved Aaron, he really was in my eyes, the perfect vamp, Kathi had written him perfectly, I like the vamps who rip people apart but when I read a paranormal romance I don’t want to hear about too much violence, although he did kill a couple, Kathi did not spend all the book focusing on that, I would highly recommend this one to anyone who has not read any of the series, I am off to buy the second one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sue Zawisa

    REVIEW FOR BLOOD, BODY AND MIND I received this as an ARC for an honest review Sara Temple is a Royal Guard among other things. She wields a very strong magic too. She met Marcus, another Royal Guard , and Melody, Queen of Magick, fifteen years ago and became Melody,s youngest guard at the age of 11. Now, at 26, Sara has been in hiding for 4 years after being accused of killing the Queen and has been sentenced to death. Aaron MacManus is a vampire who has challenged and defeated a cruel vampire to REVIEW FOR BLOOD, BODY AND MIND I received this as an ARC for an honest review Sara Temple is a Royal Guard among other things. She wields a very strong magic too. She met Marcus, another Royal Guard , and Melody, Queen of Magick, fifteen years ago and became Melody,s youngest guard at the age of 11. Now, at 26, Sara has been in hiding for 4 years after being accused of killing the Queen and has been sentenced to death. Aaron MacManus is a vampire who has challenged and defeated a cruel vampire to take over his domain and bring peace and prosperity back to the region. It is in this capacity that Aaron and Sara meet….when Aaron calls on her employers…Demetrius and Sara Carlovetti. Sara reveals her powers so she can save her employers, kills 3 vampires and saves Aaron in the bargain. Sara asks Aaron to kill her, end her days, and he agrees. When Sara wakens, only to find she is still alive and wounded, she is not happy. Her and Aaron are at odds constantly, although an undeniable attraction exists between them. Sara doesn’t understand it and Aaron doesn’t welcome it because he knows her to be his true mate….something he is not sure he wants…This is where the complications come in for both. Sara has a secret…she is hiding the Queen from her mate, Sherman, who tried to kill her. Sherman will stop at nothing to find her and has beaten Sara almost to death each time he finds her. Aaron will defend and protect her with his life , if necessary, not realizing she really doesn’t need it. When Melody finally decides to come out of hiding and retake her kingdom, things get ugly. Sherman attempts to kill Aaron, but is held at bay by Sara. When Sara finds that Melody has already contacted Aaron and that the two of them have made plans for Sara without her knowledge, she leaves. What happens after she is taken by Sherman changes the course for all concerned, but is it for the best or will it make matters worse ?? Will Sara and Aaron reunite, will Sherman be defeated, will Melody regain her throne ?? So many questions…read to find the answers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Not a good book, I got to about chapter 10 before I had to stop. I'm not sure but it seems like there were 2 authors to this book and they didn't really agree on the rules they made or the main character's personality. Some times Sara is kick ass and can take a bullet and keep on going like it wasn't even there. She is smart mouthed, confident, loyal, hard working but hard and jaded. Then she will randomly burst into tears in front of people she does not trust and *******Minor spoilers******* she Not a good book, I got to about chapter 10 before I had to stop. I'm not sure but it seems like there were 2 authors to this book and they didn't really agree on the rules they made or the main character's personality. Some times Sara is kick ass and can take a bullet and keep on going like it wasn't even there. She is smart mouthed, confident, loyal, hard working but hard and jaded. Then she will randomly burst into tears in front of people she does not trust and *******Minor spoilers******* she randomly asks the main guy to kill her because she's ...tired? Yeah when the summary says "In trade for her life, she agrees to save the life of the newly appointed MV" it means if she saves him he agrees to kill her. We find out someone else is counting on her, someone she would never let down and will do anything to protect, except she just spontaneously asked to be killed but 2 days later takes it back and doesn't want to die. The plot was way off. She has been in hiding for years because people want to kill her. But then we find out that she is already all beat up because the guy found her a few days ago but left after hurting her? What? It's not explained at all and the whole him having found her and leaving her injured is only a sentence or 2 long. Also she is still there, where he found her, working at the same job, she didn't move or run away and doesn't have plans to, so I'm not sure where the hiding part comes in. If you like nonsense main characters with inconsistent personalities in head scratching plots that make you want to scream in frustration then this book if for you. Otherwise I say skip it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sue Davis

    I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR AN HONEST REVIEW AND THIS IS MY HONEST REVIEW ... OVER 18 READERS... A BOOK YOU WILL LOVE IF YOU LIKE VAMPIRES, MAGIC, AND OTHER MAGICAL CREATURES...THEN THIS IS A BOOK FOR YOU.... Melody,Queen of Molavonta, Magical Castle of her Magick ,and Marcus,her Man at Arms of her royal Guard,he brought her to the human world (where they were trying to find good, capable men for the royal guards ) to see a little girl (9). She saw what Marcus wanted her to see and feel from the I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR AN HONEST REVIEW AND THIS IS MY HONEST REVIEW ... OVER 18 READERS... A BOOK YOU WILL LOVE IF YOU LIKE VAMPIRES, MAGIC, AND OTHER MAGICAL CREATURES...THEN THIS IS A BOOK FOR YOU.... Melody,Queen of Molavonta, Magical Castle of her Magick ,and Marcus,her Man at Arms of her royal Guard,he brought her to the human world (where they were trying to find good, capable men for the royal guards ) to see a little girl (9). She saw what Marcus wanted her to see and feel from the little girl and ask her to come with her for 1 week if she didn't like it she would bring her back and pay her for her time.15 years later.. Aaron MacManus (a vampire) and (friend/ day walker)Duncan have come to challenge Carlos Sanchez (master vampire , cruel,abusing his position as master,taking more then 65% of their total income, not setting up anything for them -health benefits for human servant,nothing for the orphans of vampires and there was physical abuse as well.) Sara Temple flies planes in the human world, in the hanger she feels something wrong ,he feels out to see if the people she knows are there and there are 6 not with anyone she knows,she thinks the guard has found her. But it is not any being she has ever met, there is danger for her bosses, she runs. Sara 's life and journey to find out who and what she is,whose mate she is ,all while trying to do the job she was trained for. Which she has done alone for 4 years,suffered in silence but did her job. I loved the ending but wanted to know more, a couple more books wouldn't hurt (or more).

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    Kathi S Barton is a prolific and very talented writer of both contemporary and sci-fi/fantasy erotic romances. Blood, Body and Mind, the first of the "Aaron's Kiss" series, features a world where magical beings live among humans who are unaware of the creatures' existence. Queen Melody (Keeper of Magick) leads the beings and protects the world from the followers of dark magic who would destroy it all. Sara Temple was part of the elite warriors who guard Melody. When the queen was betrayed and ba Kathi S Barton is a prolific and very talented writer of both contemporary and sci-fi/fantasy erotic romances. Blood, Body and Mind, the first of the "Aaron's Kiss" series, features a world where magical beings live among humans who are unaware of the creatures' existence. Queen Melody (Keeper of Magick) leads the beings and protects the world from the followers of dark magic who would destroy it all. Sara Temple was part of the elite warriors who guard Melody. When the queen was betrayed and badly injured by her own mate, Sara slips her away to the mortal realm. Melody's recovery is agonizingly slow, and enemy forces are hunting Sara so she distances herself from the queen to protect her hidden location. While working as a pilot, Sara foils the plot of rogue vampires intent on killing Aaron McManus, the newest vampire Master of the Realm. Sara is gravely injured in the attempt, and Aaron converts her without realizing how magical she is or how changed she will make him in return sharing blood, body and mind. The soon-to-be mates join forces in fighting their enemies. Kathi skillfully builds this world while writing this first of many thrilling, action-packed erotic romances.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I'm really not sure what I think of this novel. I nearly put it to the never to be finished pile. I kept reading hoping it would pick up or develop or just anything. I gave it 2 stars cause it does have potential to become a great story. Rewritten of course. It has the potential to be fantastic, but it has the feel of a YA and a rushed, unfinished YA book to boot. We meet Sara as a child meeting the Queen of alternate universe. She offers Sara a job. Next thing its 15-20 years later and she is bac I'm really not sure what I think of this novel. I nearly put it to the never to be finished pile. I kept reading hoping it would pick up or develop or just anything. I gave it 2 stars cause it does have potential to become a great story. Rewritten of course. It has the potential to be fantastic, but it has the feel of a YA and a rushed, unfinished YA book to boot. We meet Sara as a child meeting the Queen of alternate universe. She offers Sara a job. Next thing its 15-20 years later and she is back in our world working as a pilot for a charter company. What the hell happened in those years? That's a major for me. Then there's the thing with Aaron the Vampire. I get she saved his people and why but then they basically jump in the sack declare undying love and she's kidnapped? There's no story. No background. It jumps around like a flea on a dog. This thing with Mel and Sherman? Mel's mum who faded and became a fairy ring in Ireland? Sara's life in an orphanage/shelter? Philip her grandfather? Too many irregularities and jumping between stories.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melanie-Smokenator

    This the beginning of an amazing series. It starts with Melody, queen of Magic who meets sassy, street-smart Sara at 11 with great magic as she has a training session with Mel's guard, Marcus.Sara is invited to Molavonta, kingdom of magic where she trains as a guard for Mel. Next we meet hot and hunky Aaron Macmanus challenges the master vampire of the realm, Carlos Sanchez - as he abuses those under his care. Aaron and his friend and care taker begins their adventure together once Aaron kills Car This the beginning of an amazing series. It starts with Melody, queen of Magic who meets sassy, street-smart Sara at 11 with great magic as she has a training session with Mel's guard, Marcus.Sara is invited to Molavonta, kingdom of magic where she trains as a guard for Mel. Next we meet hot and hunky Aaron Macmanus challenges the master vampire of the realm, Carlos Sanchez - as he abuses those under his care. Aaron and his friend and care taker begins their adventure together once Aaron kills Carlos. Many things have happened in the time since Sara was taken to Mel's kingdom. After meeting Aaron under a disturbing circumstances, she passes out with a request to Aaron. But Aaron discover Sara is his mate and that he can not fulfill this request... What follows is an amazing story of magic, love and how love can overcome tragedy from the pass and be stronger. Kathi S. Barton, won my heart with this single book and I couldn't wait for the next chapter in this amazing series.

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