Thriller/suspense w/ erotic & supernatural elements
Rating: HOLY CRAP YAY.
I might be a little bit of a Kendall Grey fangirl. I’m not going to lie about it. Ever since we reviewed Inhale a couple years ago, I’ve been on the bandwagon, and it’s been a crazy ride. Just when I thought she’d reached the pinnacle with her Hard Rock Harlots series, she goes and gives me Hot Blooded.
This is not a love story. Not even close. The main characters, Blake and Keahilani are good people who do very bad things for the people they love. Their family. ‘Ohana.
The importance of family is central to the story. The risks that both Blake and Keahilani take are solely to benefit the people they consider family, and though they start falling for each other—and have lots of dangerous, kinky, crazy, violent sex along the way—they both know that family comes first. When Kea’s fledgling drug empire is threatened by Blake’s boss, she manages to push her attraction to the paohe aside to deal with the bigger issues at hand. But Kea’s problems are bigger than someone encroaching on her territory, and they’re coming from a place she least expects.
Kendall adds an extra layer through journal entries written by Kea’s mother as a teenager, then later as an adult mother of three children. They’re about when she met the future father of her children, and the ups and serious, serious downs, and the layer of crazy they add to the entire mix is both vital and sometimes overwhelming. Though Kea and Blake take the spotlight most of the time, Kendall rounds out the entire family from both deceased parents to Kea’s brothers.
One of my favorite aspects of this book is how heavily Hawaiian culture permeates every single page. Between the Alana family’s love of surfing to the explosive (no pun intended) imagery of Pele and quite a bit of mythology, Kendall’s love of the culture is incredibly evident, and it makes the entire book that much richer.
And let me tell you, the twists and turns this book takes are pretty shocking. I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know what would happen next and how many more times I’d be wrong about what I expected to happen. Hot Blooded is a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat and sometimes dangles you off the edge of a cliff, but it’s an exhilaration you won’t want to end, even after you read the last page. I’m more than ready for book two of this series.