Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports #1) by Cherie Priest

Format: Kindle ebook
Published: January 25, 2011
Publisher: Spectra
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy

VAMPIRE FOR HIRE Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist—even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files—documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the wilds of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride.

Bloodshot was a wonderful urban fantasy read. Cherie Priest introduces us to Raylene Pendle, aka Cheshire Red, a vampire thief for hire. She has made a life for herself stealing priceless art and jewels and storing them in her abandoned warehouse...until now.

Ian Stott, another vampire, wants to hire Raylene, only he doesn't want her to steal jewels or art. He wants her to retrieve classified government documents from Project Bloodshot. This was a secrev covert operation conducted under the radar that experimented on him and others, vampires included, and robbed him of his eyesight. With these documents, he may have a chance of a foreign doctor being able to restore his eyesight.

Soon Raylene is entangled in a web of danger as she is running, along with Sister Rose (a drag queen who is looking for his/her sister, also a victim of Bloodshot) from government agents, ex-agents, and a whole slew of attackers out for blood. Literally.

Cherie Priest weaves together action and suspense seamlessly with the character's sense of humor and wit to create the perfect urban fantasy novel. The ending was nicely wrapped up but Cherie Priest left just enough loose ends to leave readers immediately wanting the sequel!

Rate: 5/5



  1. Haha the drag queen character reminds me of Pussy Willow from the Sabina Kane series.

  2. I just picked this up at the library today. It popped right out at me. The cover is so awesome.

  3. Angela, it is very much like that!! I didn't make the connection until you said that, but that nails it!

    Pam, I loved it! Very unique plot line and I loved the character's descriptions and the first person wit! She was so snarky that I couldn't help but laugh at her. I will be reading/reviewing the sequel, Hellbent, soon, so keep an eye out for that :)

  4. I loved it! Great character one of my favorites yet. Its like a vampire mystery N.C. I can't wait for Hellbent.


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