Blood Debt

Rated 4.86/5 based on 10 reviews
Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus More
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Words: 91,760
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476203416
About Nancy Straight

Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in Moncks Corner, SC with her husband and two children.

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Review by: mandy I Read Indie anderson on Feb. 09, 2014 :
“What if I just want to be normal?”

“Normal isn’t an option when you’re extraordinary.” Chris put his hand on mine and gave it a gentle squeeze, “You are extraordinary, Camille. Choose wisely.”
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I don't know what took me so long to get to this one. Straight stole my heart with her Destiny series, so I should have known this one would be just as excellent. And boy was it! Straight has this flawless way of moving you from what you think is a contemporary read into something para/supernatural. Everything flows and you feel as if this world has been here all along. And I do believe I have never read a Centaur story before. So that made this a fun, unique read for me.

I enjoyed Cami's character so much. She is a head strong girl that knows what she wants and won't let anyone persuade her otherwise. Even with all this newness being thrown at her as the story starts out, she still manages to keep her head on straight and not let it sway her. No matter the traditions she is introduced to, she is bound and determined to still lead her life her way. And throughout the entire book, she keeps that determination.

The storyline is one that is sort of two fold. As you are reading you think that it is all about her new life meeting her new family. But there are secrets that lead Cami off into a different direction. This secrets are sinister and evil, and completely take Cami (and the reader) by surprise. I found myself really worrying for Cami's safety and sanity. It was definitely a scary situation that she found herself in. And the shock and awe’s were enough to have me fearing for the worse. Well played, Straight. Well played!

What I thought would be a book with minimal romance really surprised me in the end. I was very happy with how everything lead up to the ending, especially the romance. I do love some romance, but I was glad the whole book wasn’t centered on only that. There was more story and that was fine with me.

Great read…a definite recommend! I am reading book 2 now, so I hope you look forward to reading that review when I get done. 5 stars!!
(review of free book)

Review by: Merissa Sheppard on Jan. 26, 2014 :
In a genre gone mad about vampires and shifters - and yes, I love them too! - it makes such a nice change to read something that steps away from the 'norm' and takes a more unusual look at things. This is what Nancy Straight does with her Blood Debt. This is the first book so it has a lot of groundwork to do so that you know what is happening. Nancy does this whilst also making it seamlessly part of the story, so you pick up the details without even being aware of it.

The other thing that I have enjoyed as a stand-out in this book, is there is no love-triangle. Gasp, shock, horror! How on earth can a book make it without a love-triangle? Easy - make it a love-square instead!!! This was wonderful to read and there were some real LOL moments as Cami is fighting her guilt and Bianca is trying to encourage her without letting her know that she knows.

The family relationships were quirky and loveable, in most cases. Some were just downright weird. And in the middle of this, you've got Cami. She isn't sure who or what she is, why people seem to have high expectations of her and why she feels like she just isn't who they think she is. Out of her brothers, Beau is my favourite but of course, that's the way it's been written so far.

If you want to read a book about Centaurs, Greek mythology, fantasy then this is the book for you. Personally, I can't wait to get Book 2 and see what happens. There are 4 books in this series and Book 4 is due to be released at the end of January. Definitely recommended!
(review of free book)

Review by: Gina S on Nov. 19, 2013 :
View the original review over at my blog, Behind a Million and One Pages as part of the Touched series Blog Tour!

http://behindamillionandonepages.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/blog-tour-touched-series-by-nancy.html

Review:
I had read Blood Debt, the first book in this series just after it came out. From reading the first book so long ago and starting this one now, you get a bit confused. You try to remember what happened and where everything was left off, especially seeing as the first chapter is from Beau’s POV. I love how straight away, even though the first chapter is a bit confusing because you’re still trying to figure out where everything is up to, that from the moment you start the second chapter everything that has happened just falls back into place. But in the second chapter the way that the events that happened in the first book are so easily manoeuvred into the second chapter and making it fit so seamlessly into the story and into Camille’s thoughts that if this reminiscing wasn’t there, the start of this book wouldn’t be as good as it was.
We start off with Beau calling Daniel, and Daniel is well..... Daniel! We can tell straight away that most of this book will focus on Beau with what he is going through, with reaching the eligible age to be chosen. I’m still not too sure on Daniel’s character; he is too overboard with his worry for Cami that it makes me turn off him. I love him as a character, but his worry for her is too much. We can tell straight away with Beau, that this book will be a tough one for him. When it all starts to unravel we can tell straight away what is going to happen and I started cheering for Beau when my prediction came true (Yes, I am a Centauride who can see the future! haha)
We then get to Camille and Drake on a plane to Ireland to find the Pasture. Straight away our insta-love with Drake is back on and we are head over heels for him again. We get caught up in everything that is happening and everything that has happened and get instantly hooked into the story. They are together (finally!!!), but they are not completely together ( ;) wink wink ). It is probably just me, but it feels like most of the trip is Cami trying to have Drake sexually and then Drake wanting Cami sexually, but then remembering otherwise that it shouldn’t happen until they are married. It’s a constant between Drake saying after they get married and Cami trying to find excuses to do it now. This wasn’t annoying for me, but it might be for some, as there are bits and pieces of this book that are like that and it might seem like half of the book is about them wanting to and trying to.
Even though this book is constantly switching between characters, nothing is forgotten as we are reminded of the other characters within each chapter or two. I can’t really say more on the story because of spoilers but let’s just say, that once you start this book, you will be completely hooked! I (unknowingly) was a few pages away from the end of the book, and stopped reading because I was curious as to how much of the book I had left and I was surprised at how fast this book went that you literally don’t even realize it.

The only thing that I wish was added, was something about Phineas after what happened and Cami returning back to the south. It felt like it was just all left out in the cold after what happened, and it felt like there should have been something happen after Cami was gone.
(review of free book)

Review by: T.E. Ridener on June 06, 2013 :
I am definitely a fan of this series. I really love where the author's mind goes with every character she has given us the pleasure of getting to know. This book is beautifully written. I can guarantee that once you start, you won't be able to put it down until you're done.

I love Camille and Drake so much, that I just had to get my hands on the next two books and read them, too! I eagerly await the release the fourth book of this series.

Sexy centaurs and loads of background information to go with it, I'm obsessed with these beautifully magical creatures and everything they stand for.
(review of free book)

Review by: Gin's Book Notes on June 03, 2013 :
***You can read my full review at http://ginsbooknotes.com***

Blood Debt is a can’t put down book that draws you in from page one.

I think one of the best compliments I can pay an author of a series is to say that as soon as I finished the book I immediately went to buy the next one. Nancy Straight has earned that compliment from me and then some. I ♥Love♥ this book, this series, and Nancy Straight.

Conflict, danger, and romance are all present as more of the family secrets are revealed. Many of the characters have to make some tough decisions and several struggle with doing what is expected or following their own heart.

Learning about the Centaur world, Cami’s family history, and the rules and regulations of the Centaur race was fascinating.

Be prepared this book will draw you in and weave a tight spell around you.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jennifer Showalter MAMA Bookasaurus on Feb. 15, 2013 : (no rating)
4.8 STARS

What a fantastic take on centaur and Greek mythology. It has been a long time since I've read something that unique and original. Blood Debt was like a warm fragrant breath of fresh air. Who knew centaurs could be that cool? I sat down to read the book and was captivated from start to finish. There are a couple tiny items that I felt could be improved upon but it was so fascinating and unexpected that those flaws are almost imperceptible. A feeling of sadness washed over me when I read the last line... I did not want it to end!

All the guys in here are awesome.. absolute swoon worthy in every way. Gorgeous, polite, strong and funny. I agreed with Cami that it felt too good to be true that every guy there could be that perfect... but I'll take it! May I introduce to you to one of the best fictional male characters of all time? Drum roll...... Drake Nash. Oh yes my friends, he is intoxicating, inviting and completely worthy of droll. The chemistry between Cami and Drake was on the level of a nuclear explosion. My eyes kept popping out of my head while reading scenes between the two. Their relationship was credible and mesmerizing. The tremendous ensemble cast made this an easy read. Cami was snide yet soft, temperamental yet collected.

As we follow Cami on her journey to find her new found father, we get the most pleasant discovery of her five, yes five FABULOUS brothers. I want in that family! She really did hit the lottery with her family and it makes what happens later even more heartbreaking. Sorry, can't tell you more without being a major spoiler!

My few nit picks: the opening sentence structure is repetitive in spots. Seeing sentences start over and over with the same word (such as I, I, I or her, her, her) is distracting to me. Fortunately those spots are scattered and not numerous. The other is lack of information on Daniel, Cami's best friend from California. I felt that we did not get to know him at all. However, I think she may be saving him for a big story plot in book two so I'll call that a draw. There was a moment where I was yelling at Cami crying out that she was blind.. especially the gotcha scene. My last complaint is how defeated she is during the last half of the book. She is an in-you-face, don't-back-down personality. That she lets a locked door and a couple big dudes stop her was a bit of a let down. For some reason I thought she would be more resourceful.

The last couple of scenes made me stop in search of my tissue box. Honestly, you'd think I'd learn to keep some next to me while reading by now. Anyway, I digress. Straight was masterful at focusing my attention on the story line, the scenes' tension and the character's emotions. She wrote some awesome one liners too.

Bianca was such a tremendously gracious friend and a little spitfire. I hope to see more of her in book two. Will and Gretchen were interesting and engaging characters. Blood Debt had twists, turns, jaw droppers, snort inducing laughs, tear jerking scenes and sizzling hot moments. With an evil, power hungry grandmother, a slew of hot guys, mythological intrigue and crazy family drama you have the perfect mix to an amazing series.

The next installment in the series, Centaur Legacy (Touched, #2) can NOT come get in my hot little hands fast enough! Seriously, you really NEED to read this!

PS- though rated YA, with the main characters all in their early twenties I would rate this NA (New Adult). But its still appropriate for 15 and up.

see my reviews at http://mamabookasaurus.blogspot.com
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Showalter MAMA Bookasaurus on Feb. 15, 2013 : (no rating)
see my reviews on http://mamabookasaurus.blogspot.com
4.8 STARS

What a fantastic take on centaur and Greek mythology. It has been a long time since I've read something that unique and original. Blood Debt was like a warm fragrant breath of fresh air. Who knew centaurs could be that cool? I sat down to read the book and was captivated from start to finish. There are a couple tiny items that I felt could be improved upon but it was so fascinating and unexpected that those flaws are almost imperceptible. A feeling of sadness washed over me when I read the last line... I did not want it to end!

All the guys in here are awesome.. absolute swoon worthy in every way. Gorgeous, polite, strong and funny. I agreed with Cami that it felt too good to be true that every guy there could be that perfect... but I'll take it! May I introduce to you to one of the best fictional male characters of all time? Drum roll...... Drake Nash. Oh yes my friends, he is intoxicating, inviting and completely worthy of droll. The chemistry between Cami and Drake was on the level of a nuclear explosion. My eyes kept popping out of my head while reading scenes between the two. Their relationship was credible and mesmerizing. The tremendous ensemble cast made this an easy read. Cami was snide yet soft, temperamental yet collected.

As we follow Cami on her journey to find her new found father, we get the most pleasant discovery of her five, yes five FABULOUS brothers. I want in that family! She really did hit the lottery with her family and it makes what happens later even more heartbreaking. Sorry, can't tell you more without being a major spoiler!

My few nit picks: the opening sentence structure is repetitive in spots. Seeing sentences start over and over with the same word (such as I, I, I or her, her, her) is distracting to me. Fortunately those spots are scattered and not numerous. The other is lack of information on Daniel, Cami's best friend from California. I felt that we did not get to know him at all. However, I think she may be saving him for a big story plot in book two so I'll call that a draw. There was a moment where I was yelling at Cami crying out that she was blind.. especially the gotcha scene. My last complaint is how defeated she is during the last half of the book. She is an in-you-face, don't-back-down personality. That she lets a locked door and a couple big dudes stop her was a bit of a let down. For some reason I thought she would be more resourceful.

The last couple of scenes made me stop in search of my tissue box. Honestly, you'd think I'd learn to keep some next to me while reading by now. Anyway, I digress. Straight was masterful at focusing my attention on the story line, the scenes' tension and the character's emotions. She wrote some awesome one liners too.

Bianca was such a tremendously gracious friend and a little spitfire. I hope to see more of her in book two. Will and Gretchen were interesting and engaging characters. Blood Debt had twists, turns, jaw droppers, snort inducing laughs, tear jerking scenes and sizzling hot moments. With an evil, power hungry grandmother, a slew of hot guys, mythological intrigue and crazy family drama you have the perfect mix to an amazing series.

The next installment in the series, Centaur Legacy (Touched, #2) can NOT come get in my hot little hands fast enough! Seriously, you really NEED to read this!

PS- though rated YA, with the main characters all in their early twenties I would rate this NA (New Adult). But its still appropriate for 15 and up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gabbie on Jan. 30, 2013 :
I loved this book much more than I thought I would. Nancy Straight did an excellent job of creating her spin on mythology. Cami was ripped out of her steadily average life after her mother died of breast cancer, leaving Camille with the name of the father she never knew. She is swept away from her life, to that of her half brothers'. Cami is suprised to find her family's true history, and her parents' unheard of scandalous affair. Not only was she trying ti accustom herself with the Centauride, strong, mythical woman, her true nature, she also had to find a centaur husband. Drake is simply adorable. Straight whisks the reader away with suspence, anticipation, expectations, and a forbidden love story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Toni Hemion on Jan. 27, 2013 : (no rating)
Let me start with saying Blood Debt was AMAZING, I was hooked from the very first word to the last! I could not put it down, My husband and kids had to fend for themselves today! This is my first book by Nancy Straight, and I can tell you it wont be the last! She has opened and amazing new world with Centaurs.. Who would have thought!

Camille who is dealing with the lose of her mother, also finds out who her father is, after trying to for 22 years. Finally giving in to contact him, she finds herself on a plane to meet him. Little does she know her whole life is about to change! Read it to find out what happens trust me you won't be disappointed!!!!!!

Nothing I say will do this book justice!! and I am on my way to buy the second book!!!

Nancy Straight AMAZING work and you just got a new Fan!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: rachel storey on Jan. 24, 2013 :
First off, I LOVED the whole "Centaur" idea! It is unlike many other YA fantasy ideas, and I'm glad Nancy Straight didn't go for the obvious werewolf and vampire scene. Blood Debt is about a girl named Camille, age 22, who is feels very alone in the world after her mother dies of a sudden sickness. Her moms last dying words though, is the name of her long lost father. Camille, finally getting the courage to call him up, gets swept into a world she never knew existed. For awhile she thinks her new found family is full of crazies but she comes to accept who she is.
I really liked this book! All the characters felt fully developed and I loved all the brothers, they reminded me of my older brother! I love finding a connection between stories and my life.
Camille and I had some problems though. We didn't connect AT ALL and I honestly thought her love interest was a lying cheat throughout most of the book, which doesn't make me think very highly of Camille of falling for a guy she even SUSPECTS is a lying cheat. Also, when Camille finally talks to the dead person she longs to talks to, she mistakes it as a dream? REALLY? Daniel doesn't have a very big part in this book, and I wish he would have at least talked to Camille after she got out of that awful house, but maybe he is in the next book more. Anyway, I loved Camille's long lost family, and this is a very good read for people who love YA, paranormal fantasy romance. (can I group those all together?) Enjoy!
I would like to thank the author, Nancy Straight, and the group, YA readers lounge, for this opportunity! I loved participating and would love to do it again!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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