Blood Omen (Blood Crusades #1) by Kegan Tyler

"Blood Omen is a different sort of shifter story from a new to me author and one to keep an eye on." - Jacquie

From the blurb:

In the dark of the night…
Thomas is a lone shapeshifter living in a world where vampires and lycans are known to man. He has the unique gift of shifting into any living being, but he feels lost and alone.

Then he meets AndrĂ©, the alpha of the Bramwell pack of lycans, who offers him a new life—and a home. Gunter, the pack beta, sees something in Thomas. Their attraction is magnetic and undeniable. Their primal desires take hold and Thomas falls for this beautiful man—hard.
But when a coven of vampires arrives, showing great interest in shapeshifters, Gunter must protect the one he’s grown to love. Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of smoking, the discussion of past sexual abuse, the accidental turning of someone into a werewolf, violence, character death, and scenes of sex whilst in a werewolf-shifted state.

Jacquie's Review:

The series certainly opens with a bang and leaves off with some hope on the horizon for Thomas and his new pack.

There are some triggers to be aware of as there is a fair amount of violence and gore.

Blood Omen was a quick read and a fresh take on werewolves and vampires. I'm interested in seeing more of both and a little bit more world-building.

I really liked Thomas as a character and his scene with Gunter was pretty hot, (shifted times) but came out of nowhere for me. I think that I just needed a little bit more build up to it. They'd discussed feelings but it felt like a total 180 for me.

The characters were varied and interesting and I really need to see where this goes.

Rating: 4 Stars

Laora's Review:

I really felt like this is the introduction to a new series. I see potential for the series, but it could go either way. In this book we are introduced to several creature types and within those creatures with special powers.

I disliked how two of the pack members where just dismissed and the seemingly no action towards rescuing of pup Max.

The author is new to me and I believe this might be his first book. I always like to discover new authors and I am looking forward to see how he develops the series further.

Rating: 4 Stars

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