Blood Past by Samantha Young

12388671All Eden wants is redemption… but the road to redemption is never an easy one.

Travelling to Scotland to find her mother’s bloodline, Eden is soon embroiled in the politics and training of the Scottish Warriors of Neith. It is a world where some stand with open arms ready to welcome her as family, while others keep a wary distance, conspiring against her. Through it all Eden learns of love, friendship, and what it means to be a warrior. Her future has promise… that is until a man she thought was forever gone from her life returns to threaten it all.

When the one person Eden loves above all else is endangered, she will have to make a choice. Him… or her?

Life is such a bitch…

… but so is Eden when you don’t play nice.

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My Review:
3.5 stars — Definitely a solid followup to the first book.  Sometimes I thought I knew where this book was going, but at other times I was surprised — especially about the outcomes of the battle at the end.

I loved meeting more fabulous secondary characters in this installment — Valeria, October and Cameron were great new friends to Eden.  Sometimes I wished for a little more depth to their friendships, but then again, she just met them.  And Mhairi/Nana was a hoot!

I also enjoyed the increased romance aspect in this book.  I was a bit disappointed in that part in book one, and in the previous series I read by Ms. Young, so it was nice to have more of that in this one.  It’s funny, though, b/c I felt a stronger connection between Eden and Noah in the first book as friends than I did in this book in some cases.  The kisses were definitely hot, but I guess I was just missing some of that glow that I get from other books.  I’m not sure…there was just something missing.

Still really intrigued by the mythos of the world, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the conclusion…especially since things happened in this one that I wasn’t expecting.  I don’t really have anything else to say…so I guess while I enjoyed it, it didn’t stand out as much as the first book.