Blood Debt

Rated 4.50/5 based on 12 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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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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About the Series: Touched
A modern take on Greek Mythology. 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.

This series follows Camille’s journey in discovering her family, traditions she is neither prepared for nor willing to accept, as well as a show down with the father of the gods himself. The Touched Series is full of laugh out loud moments, suspense, heart-pounding romance and plot twists which are sure to surprise the reader.

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Jnana Hodson reviewed on Aug. 19, 2019

Finding a father whose identity had been hidden from her for all of her 22 years comes as a shock for both of them. But when she finally meets him and her five amazing half-brothers, everything's too glamorous to be quite right. She's swiftly immersed in a powerful and alien Greek mythos where events from before her birth are still in turmoil. Can this California girl adapt quickly to her new situation or will her unconventional values and actions prove fatal? Loyalty and duty run up against personal freedom while also being essential to her survival and destiny. Family stuff definitely gets messy, especially when rival sides are super rich and powerful. As one of my own characters who's lost her father also wonders, why can't our family just be normal? This tale turns out to be not just a big book but the beginning of a gripping series.
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Natt little reviewed on July 21, 2018

Roller coaster read,very unpredictable, so much happens. I guess this story is meant as an introduction to the rest of the series because it does leave more questions than answers. The climaxes are also a bit rushed that they feel slightly underwhelming... Overall look forward to reading the next book
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Barbara Strickland reviewed on March 13, 2017

This did have a nice little twist to it and Camille unlike a lot of YA heroines was young but thoughtful. She wasn't silly and it kept the story flowing nicely. I did find a few inconsistencies but not enough to stop me enjoying the book.
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Jennifer reviewed on June 27, 2015

I love the new twist on paranormal romance. Camille and Drake are so sweet and hot from the start. Her world is turned upside down but she labors on. I love strong female characters. I can't wait to read the next book in this series
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D. L Biranen reviewed on Feb. 11, 2015

Five stars for this novel. It's the best I've seen. Truth is I've never written a review (I never have the time to) but after reading this, I'm all so excited and I can't wait to read more of it.
You know that good feeling when something leaves you breathless, and like a thirsty man, you want it as though water?
The love story of Camille and Drake has all the elements that I love, and things I never thought of. Oh, and it's my first read about Centaurs. At first though I thought she'd choose Chris. Based on their first conversation, I sort of thought it'd be him.
And when Drake got into the story, I waved him off like a regular unimportant character. Especially after I read that he had someone - Bianca. But after he just snapped his fingers and suddenly took her a mile away, I knew Nancy Straight's imaginations had a broader scope than I had imagined. Okay, initially I only wanted to read this book to pass away time since sleep wasn't coming. And I'm surprised how it took me the night to finish it!
Nancy, you are so incredible. Writers like you inspire me to keep aspiring.
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mandy I Read Indie anderson reviewed on Feb. 9, 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!!
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Merissa Sheppard reviewed 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!
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Gina S reviewed on Nov. 19, 2013

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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.
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T.E. Ridener reviewed on June 6, 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.
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Ginny Gallagher reviewed on June 3, 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.
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