Review: Bulls and Blood (The Blood & Thorn Ranch #1) by T.A. Chase

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Review: Bulls and Blood (The Blood & Thorn Ranch #1) by T.A. Chase

Breaking the rules has never been Wesley’s way…until he meets Mino.

Rule Number Two that the Thorn brothers live by is that employees of the ranch are off-limits. Wesley has always followed that rule, never stepping out of his comfort zone to do more than talk to one of the cowhands that help run his family’s ranch. Being a vampire makes it easier, since he doesn’t go out during the day.

Mino’s been interested in the youngest Thorn brother since he began working at The Blood & Thorn Ranch. It’s those stupid rules that hold him back from making the first move. Well, those and the fact that Wesley could kill him in a blink of his eye. Being human in a world of supernatural creatures makes living difficult, since he’s considered prey.

These two males, from different species and societies, must find a way to meet in the middle of their worlds if they have a chance at love.

Title: Bulls and Blood
Author: T.A. Chase
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Unconventional In Atlanta , What's His Passion?, Barefoot Dancing, No Bravery
Series: Blood and Thorn Ranch
Published by Pride
Source: Publisher
Published: July 21, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 96
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-flames
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There are six rules at the Blood and Thorn Ranch. There also happens to be six of the Thorn vampire brothers. I can’t help but wonder if that is how the book in this series will go together. In the first book of the series Bulls and Blood, Wesley Thorn finds himself considering the ramifications of breaking one of these sacred rules. Being a business owner and also keeping his employees separate from the more dangerous side of the family business the Thorn’s have always kept business and pleasure apart from each other. Mino makes Wesley wonder if perhaps those rules don’t apply to the rule makers.

I enjoy worlds where the paranormals are “out” to the world. T.A. Chase has created that here. The vampires came out to the humans twenty years ago. The other paranormals followed the vampires lead and now humans are no longer in control of the world. Mino knows his place in the hierarchy of things. That still does not affect his pursuits of Wesley. Mino throws caution to the wind and seeks out the attention of a vampire that can make his life one one wouldn’t want to live.

Readers are given brief introductions to the other brothers and also a couple of their potential love interests. I’m curious about the slavery/trafficking ring thread within these pages. It seems something that could follow for multiple books. The laws and politics of this world are complex enough to make for that being a very interesting story arc. The Council and their desires to know more about the hunts that occur at Blood and Thorn Ranch flows into that also. It is definitely a series that could get move into complicated and complex with its paranormal romance origins.

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Thank you for having me here today. I’m supposed to be talking about my new series, The Blood & Thorn Ranch, and the first book in the series, Bulls and Blood.

The Thorn brothers are vampires who were among the first white people to come to America and made their way across to Colorado. They settled there and claimed a lot of land. They hid who they were for centuries, but when the stories take place, vampires and other paranormals have come out of the shadows. Vampires run the world and the Thorns are some of the most powerful there are.

One of the ways the Thorns make money is to hold hunts for the other wealthy vampires who want to relive the old days when they had to hunt down their prey. They bring in whatever type their clients want to track—human, shifter, djinn and demons are some of the choices.

One of the six rules the Thorns live by is the employees are off-limits to the clients and the brothers themselves. Yet Wesley, the youngest Thorn brother, finds himself attracted to Mino, a human cowboy. Mino isn’t shy about showing his interest in Wesley either, though maybe he shouldn’t be so willing to get involved with a vampire.

Wesley has always been focused on the money side of the family business. Humans weren’t of any interest to him except as a source of food. So discovering he saw Mino as more than food surprised Wesley.

Trying not to fall for Mino is just one of the problems Wesley faces. Yet it’s the most important thing he’ll ever have to deal with. Can he break the rules and with a human at that?

I hope you check Bulls and Blood out and let me know what you think of Wesley, Mino, and the other Thorn brothers.

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Thanks for having me and I thought I’d share an excerpt from the book.

Excerpt from Bulls and Blood:

T.A. Chase

Copyright 2015

Wesley might not treat the humans working for his ranch as slaves, but vampires and humans didn’t mix that way. Not in a relationship kind of way. His kind did use humans— and other supernaturals—for sex, yet that was all. Vampires mated with other vampires, not that they could have children. The parasites that caused the vampirism condition also caused infertility, so there would never be any offspring, which was probably for the best. How disturbing would it be to see a child drinking blood? Wesley shuddered at the thought.

“Are you okay, Mr. Thorn?” Mino asked, concern in his green eyes.

Wesley nodded as he remembered he was still on the radio with Loman. “Mino will be right there and I’ll call Callibry. Do we have enough room in the bunkhouse for the bull?”

“Yes. If not, we can throw him in one of the cabins until he’s healed. Thanks.”

The static on the radio told him Loman had turned his off. He let his hand drop to his side while studying Mino. “Why are you still here? My brother won’t be happy if you take much longer getting back to him with the kit.”

“I’m going, sir.” Mino flashed him another smile and Wesley’s cock hardened at the sight of those plump lips curled in happiness. “Will you be at the party tonight?”

Wesley frowned. “Damn. I forgot about that. I guess I will be.”

“Maybe you could save me a dance.” Mino wiggled his eyebrows.

“I’m afraid not, Mino. We Thorns don’t mix business with pleasure.”

Mino’s husky laugh caused a shiver to skate down Wesley’s spine. “We’ll see about that, Mr. Thorn.”

There was a hint of teasing in the cowboy’s tone and Wesley wasn’t entirely sure he liked it. Curling his upper lip, he allowed his fangs to drop, ignoring the pain as they grew. As Mino stepped back and lowered his gaze, Wesley hummed his approval of Mino’s submission. It wasn’t that Wesley thought of himself as more dominant than the human, but he certainly was the far superior creature and Mino needed to remember that.

Bulls and Blood:

The Blood & Thorn Ranch series (Book #1)

General Release Date: 18th August 2015

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About TA Chase:

There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates TA and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how she shares those insights. When not writing, TA’s watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest.

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