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Book Review: Rare Blood (The Miranda Chronicles Book 1) by Susan Old

Miranda Ortega loves to surprise people who underestimate her…

…especially powerful, wealthy, brilliant vampire nobility.

Tristan Mordecai has no sense of personal boundaries.

Miranda feels control of her life slipping away as she is pulled into a nocturnal world of Lamborghini driving, Chanel-wearing, egomaniac assassins with a strict liquid diet.

What’s a young woman from the cornfields of Illinois to do?

My Thoughts

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Rare Blood is written by Susan Old and tells the tale of Miranda Ortega. A writer who meets Tristan Mordecai and is introduced to a world of vampires who happened to be assassins.

Miranda is a southern girl who moved to the city to become a writer. When Tristan Mordecai tried to tell her he’s a vampire, she thinks he’s insane. As her publisher turned editor, he keeps her close until he reveals himself to her. Soon, he seduces her with his looks and charming personality. Miranda tried to steel his advances and rebels by trying to keep her distance. But not for too long.

Thrust into Tristan’s world and an international organization of vampire assassins, they set to use their power, wealth, and connections to thrive as one. It doesn’t take long before Miranda’s world changes forever and she’s more than ever entangled in the world of vampires. Anything she wants can be provided for her, but she’ll never be able to be free again.

Susan Old brings complexity, humor, and a unique take on the world of vampires. The characters were dynamic, interesting, and at times odd. The story was compelling and the story was dark with a somewhat stylistically appealing tone that I enjoyed. I felt the story propelled forward and brought new exciting life to vampires and the world of Miranda Ortega.



I really enjoyed the character dynamics, the fun things like Tristan owning a panther, and the development of the story. I wish there would have been some more action in between the lols of the book, but overall it was a really fun read. I want to know what is going to happen next. Old did an amazing job at researching houses and figuring out who goes where and what duties each had.

Hierarchy seemed to be important as you will read and what lengths people go to overtake roles. I was intrigued by Miranda having children with a vampire and where her lineage lies. That was really cool. I wonder what Lena meant by the children having some type of power. We shall see where that goes. I wonder if Lena sharing blood with wolves will evolve into something else. That has me so curious. I’m a little surprised and annoyed that Miranda came full circle in terms of how she feels about Mordecai. She hated him, loved him, married him, and seems to hate him again. So, I guess we shall see where the story goes.

Lastly, I’m curious as to what will happen with the kids and what their futures hold.

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