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REVIEW: True Blood by Patricia Waddell

Dear Ms. Waddell:

True BloodI was talking to a sci fi aficionado the other day and bemoaning the fact that there are so few true sci fi / futuristic romances these days. When Tara Marie mentioned that she liked it, I paid attention and picked it up.

Cullon Gavriel and Danna MacFadyen are part of an intergalactic investigation team set to ascertain the cause of an explosion onboard the craft, Llyndar, that resulted in the death of 46 people. Danna is part of the diplomatic corp but is chosen in great part because of her psychometric ability. Danna can read the emotions of a person by touching an object that was imprinted with that emotion. I guess if Danna could read my old laptop that I ruined by spilling chicken noodle soup on it, she would find frustration, disgust, and then a little joy at having to buy a new one.

Cullon Gavriel is a commander in the Korcian Empire. He is part of the investigation team because one of the members on the crew was an heir to the Korcian Empire and a True Blood. A True Blood Korcian is one who descends from the original eight kings of the Korcian Empire. There are rumblings in the Empire against True Bloods and their social, political dominance. Three True Bloods have been murdered of late and Cullon is determined to find the connection and suppress any rebellion.

From the beginning, I found Cullon to be condescending. He seemed to always be in a position of power over Danna. Just hours after meeting her in a business setting, he is touching her in a manner far too intimate for business associates. He did not treat with the respect he afforded males. Of coure, this is excused because he is hot for her and after meeting her just once decides that he has an itch that only she can scratch. He decides that their relationship would begin when à¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚ ¬Ãƒ-"hisà¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚ ¬Ãƒâ€š? patience wore out. Over the course of the book, Danna did start asserting herself but I never lost that sense that Danna was the weaker of the two characters both physically and emotionally.

The world building is a fresh take and I definitely see more room within the romance genre for futuristic types of stories. The mystery was interesting and I enjoyed the way in which it unfolded. The ZERO GRAVITY SEX as Tara Marie described it was fun and innovative. The flaws were the un developed world building. There really wasnà¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚ ¬Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚ ¢t any explanation as to why Danna had her skill and whether that was common amongst Earthlings. I didnà¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚ ¬Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚ ¢t see anything in Cullon that made him from a different planet. He seemed an all too familiar character from the Alpha male section in the romance writers’ store. The ending was a bit sappy with the intergalactic difficulties that could have impeded the HEA too easily resolved. I’ll read the next one but I am not running to the UBS for the backlist just yet. B-

Best regards,


Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Tara Marie
    Oct 19, 2006 @ 16:02:08

    I obviously have a high alpha tolerance level, Cullan didn’t bother me in the least–LOL.

    As to the ending I agree it was a little contrived, but overall this one worked for me.

  2. Kristie(J)
    Oct 19, 2006 @ 17:42:51

    I’m with Tara in that his over the top alphaness didn’t bother me. Before I read it, I read a review kind of comparing him to a more normal looking Klingon warrior and that kind of helped. And the ZERO GRAVITY SEX scene I think has made Tara pretty famous :) I think that line *caught* everyone’s attention. I’m glad you found the book. I laughed when I read on Tara’s blog that you actually gave this as the name of the book *g*

  3. Jane
    Oct 19, 2006 @ 22:58:52

    TM – We all have differing levels of alpha male tolerance. We should make up a sliding scale!

    KristieJ – I am glad that you liked it and I am glad that TM recommended it. I am not sorry I read it, just not as excited about it. :)

  4. Tara Marie
    Oct 20, 2006 @ 05:19:47

    An Alpha sliding scale, love that idea, I’m going to think about that–LOL.

  5. shelvaann
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 12:35:40

    patricia, do you have any more books out like true blood 7 TRUE DECEPTION, READ THEM BOTH ,WANT MORE ,OUR LIBRIARY DONT HAVE ANY MORE OF YOUR BOOKS

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