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Youkai Bloodlines

by Courtney Maguire

Bloodlaced - Courtney McGuire - Youkai Bloodlines
Part of the Youkai Bloodlines series:
ISBN: 978-1648980169
Pages: 300
Kindle: $ 3.99
ISBN: 9781648980152
Pages: 300

Kanjin hardly view their servants as human. Even less so when they are different.

Asagi is different. Both a man and a woman.

In the wake of his failure to protect a boy he saw as a son from their abusive master, Asagi is sold into the house of a young nobleman, Mahiro, who is the opposite of everything Asagi has ever known—gentle, kind, and generous.

Mahiro bonds with Asagi and their friendship blooms into a deep and profound love. But when Asagi is poisoned out of jealousy, Mahiro reveals himself to be youkai, a demon who feeds on blood, and he has no choice but to turn Asagi to save his life.

Asagi awakes reborn, strong, and eternally youthful. But the price for Asagi’s new life is high.

The blood of the innocent.

Just as Asagi’s trust in Mahiro falters, the boy he failed to protect, now a man, reappears.

New master, same threat.

With both a literal and proverbial monster at the door, Asagi must decide what it means to be human to protect what he loves most.

This book is on:
  • 4 To Be Read lists
Pairings: M-NB, Includes NB
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Genderfluid, Genderqueer, Non Binary
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 3 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Adopted Child, Class Differences, Friends to Lovers, Hurt / Comfort
Word Count: 75000
Setting: Japan
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Reviews:Melissa Brus on Paranormal Romance Guild wrote:

This is one of those stories that doesn't fit neatly into a category. It has a love story but isn't a romance. It has scary scenes but isn't a horror tale. It has vampires, but isn't a typical paranormal story. What it is, is a fantastic and tragic story that is all encompassing and heart wrenching and definitely a book that will stay with you after you finish it. It will be so interesting to see where Maguire takes this series if this is our introduction!

Nicky Flowers on Indies Today wrote:

These conflicting emotions, conflating roles, saturate the pages of Bloodlaced. Whether it is a struggle with gender identity, a position in the master-servant relationship, or even the hierarchy among slaves, the story explores these challenges with as much realism as a memoir—but with vampires!

About the Author

Courtney Maguire is a University of Texas graduate from Corpus Christi, Texas. Drawn to Austin by a voracious appetite for music, she spent most of her young adult life in dark, divey venues nursing a love for the sublimely weird. A self-proclaimed fangirl with a press pass, she combined her love of music and writing as the primary contributor for Japanese music and culture blog, Project: Lixx, interviewing Japanese rock and roll icons and providing live event coverage for appearances across the country.