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[This series is no longer available, and is being re-released as the Ryze series] Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise [This series is no longer available, and is being re-released as the Ryze series] Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise, Dyletri has no choice but to watch Ismini die, no matter how much he wants her. Yet the darkness of his calling is spiraling within him, demanding he claim the human as his. If he goes back on his promise, the energy of the Fates will cause untold destruction in the Universe. That doesn’t change how Dyletri’s begun exhibiting symptoms that point to more than just lust. How does he allow Ismini to die when she’s come to own him from the inside out? Desire and torment spiral into something much darker than obsession, more turbulent than an addiction, and something much more brutal than a mere soul-mating. As a war is being rekindled right under his nose, Dyletri will have to come to terms with a destiny eleven thousand years in the making. He thought he’d known what path his future would take, but he’d been wrong. Now the one woman he truly loves might pay the price for his decision. Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first in a series that will pit free-will against Destiny, Destiny against Fate, and love against brutal desire. Everyone likes to think they have a choice as to who they end up with, but as they rise to face the greatest threat they’ve ever known, even the Gods will learn they have to bend to Destiny’s whim to survive.


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[This series is no longer available, and is being re-released as the Ryze series] Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise [This series is no longer available, and is being re-released as the Ryze series] Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise, Dyletri has no choice but to watch Ismini die, no matter how much he wants her. Yet the darkness of his calling is spiraling within him, demanding he claim the human as his. If he goes back on his promise, the energy of the Fates will cause untold destruction in the Universe. That doesn’t change how Dyletri’s begun exhibiting symptoms that point to more than just lust. How does he allow Ismini to die when she’s come to own him from the inside out? Desire and torment spiral into something much darker than obsession, more turbulent than an addiction, and something much more brutal than a mere soul-mating. As a war is being rekindled right under his nose, Dyletri will have to come to terms with a destiny eleven thousand years in the making. He thought he’d known what path his future would take, but he’d been wrong. Now the one woman he truly loves might pay the price for his decision. Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first in a series that will pit free-will against Destiny, Destiny against Fate, and love against brutal desire. Everyone likes to think they have a choice as to who they end up with, but as they rise to face the greatest threat they’ve ever known, even the Gods will learn they have to bend to Destiny’s whim to survive.

30 review for Blood Flows Deep in the Empire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️

    Gods make extremely hot book boyfriends! This was a good erotic romance, but I thought the storyline could have been stronger. It was the story of the God of Lust who falls in love, but his job is Lust and to do his job, he is basically a playboy. So his lady love Dimithinia, who was a Queen and had been abused by the king, literally went crazy with jealousy and murdered a lot of the female population. In return, a Flood is sent to kill millions including Dimithinia for her evil deeds. Dyletri, th Gods make extremely hot book boyfriends! This was a good erotic romance, but I thought the storyline could have been stronger. It was the story of the God of Lust who falls in love, but his job is Lust and to do his job, he is basically a playboy. So his lady love Dimithinia, who was a Queen and had been abused by the king, literally went crazy with jealousy and murdered a lot of the female population. In return, a Flood is sent to kill millions including Dimithinia for her evil deeds. Dyletri, the God is told that he can bring her back at some point in the far future if he promises a sacrifice to the fates. The sacrifice is a young woman named Ismini. He agrees and if he fails to deliver, millions will die. The problem, of course is that Ismini is innocent and a good person. Though she has known most of her life that she was going to be a sacrifice, and though she doesn’t like it, she has accepted her fate. Far better for her to die than millions, and all that. The storyline about Ismini as the sacrifice is ok but nothing spectacular and though the intimate scenes between Dyletri and Ismini were steamy times about a thousand, there wasn’t anything surprising about the story. I like at least a little adventure, or some secrets or something to pop up. There was only one small thing that was basically just to forward the storyline. This book definitely has a heat index of 5 flames 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Scorching! Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Amazon|Twitter|BookBub

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩

    This was the first time I read a book by N. Isabelle Blanco. I’ve read a collaboration of hers, but this was my introduction to what she could really produce on her own. And I was absolutely blown away! She hooked me right from her prologue, sucked me into the lives and emotions of each of her characters, and has left me hungry for so much more. What I liked: ★ This book was so HOT!! The words, the growls, the moans, the undulations of bodies, the descriptions... so. freaking. hot!! ★ The world This was the first time I read a book by N. Isabelle Blanco. I’ve read a collaboration of hers, but this was my introduction to what she could really produce on her own. And I was absolutely blown away! She hooked me right from her prologue, sucked me into the lives and emotions of each of her characters, and has left me hungry for so much more. What I liked: ★ This book was so HOT!! The words, the growls, the moans, the undulations of bodies, the descriptions... so. freaking. hot!! ★ The world building - the way that Enzyria was described, I could easily imagine this realm. From the 108-inch TV screen to the rooms to the hills and mountain ranges to the temples, I could picture it all. ★ The characters - I don’t just mean the main characters of this story, Dyletri and Ismini, although they were fantastic and I’ll get to them in a sec. I mean all of the characters. The author took the time to give details for each so that I was able to not only picture them in my head, but also give them their own unique mannerisms, facial expressions, etc. She made them so freaking real! ★ Dyletri and Ismini - Dyletri fancied himself in love with a Queen (Dimithinia) and when she was killed he vowed to resurrect her. He had to balance the tide, so in order to save her soul he had to sacrifice another. Both he and Ismini knew what her purpose was and although she wasn't okay with it, she had accepted it. But when these two meet face-to-face, their destiny takes a sudden swerve. Dyletri tries hard to deny the pull of this human but Ismini has already accepted her fate - she's mated to him. And there is so much more!! ★ The plot - it was like a mix of gods, humans, destiny, mating and then… oh yeah, btw, there’s a war coming between these amazing people I’ve met and the Aviraji, which as I understand it, used to be what all of these gods were. ★ The intricacy of the plot - yeah, I know I should have included this above, but it deserves its own point. There was so much going on (and easy to follow along) that I need to make it clear how freaking lovely this was. There’s obviously a romance build going on, but there’s also a battle, both internally and externally, for all of these gods, especially with Dyletri and Zeniel. Dyletri was originally the God of Lust, sleeping with anyone who called him. Zeniel was originally Mavrak, the God of Vengeance, who led a massacre and had to be tortured into submission. Gah!! And there is SO much more to learn!! ★ The so-called side characters who felt very much like main characters, although they didn’t each get a POV. I can’t wait to learn more about each and every one of them. I was able to see their plots developing in this story, but I can’t wait to find out exactly how everything plays out. Zeniel/Mavrak is next and I’m sure it will be just as fabulous as this one. ★ Cyake, Nylicia, Zexistr, Sil, Liz, Ian, Nythi, and I hope there’s a freaking story for Crius and Dimithinia. I NEED it!! ★ EVERYTHING!! What I didn’t like: ★ *crickets* Cuz there was NOTHING that I didn’t like!! I’m just gobsmacked! N. Isabelle Blanco’s new series has virtually smacked me in the face with this book’s awesomeness!! I want to tell you all about it, but I won’t. I really need you to add this to your reading list though. If you’re a fan of fantasy, mythology, and/or paranormal romance, you will definitely be a fan of this book. Release Date: August 8, 2016 Genre: Paranormal Romance POV: Primarily Dual - 1st person Heat: 4.5 out of 5 Type: Book 1 of the Ryze series

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kat Valentine

    WELL!!! If you haven't read this book by N. Isabelle blanco you missing out on hot as f##k gods!!! You are not going to believe this hot sexy read!!! Blanco can write like a master storyteller and her characters are like none ive every read!! So! Friggin original !! This book is “Ismini and dyletri 's story, dyletri is the God of lust and ismini is to be the sacrifice to bring back his beloved and keep peace and destruction from happening to the world,but from the moment they come together the m WELL!!! If you haven't read this book by N. Isabelle blanco you missing out on hot as f##k gods!!! You are not going to believe this hot sexy read!!! Blanco can write like a master storyteller and her characters are like none ive every read!! So! Friggin original !! This book is “Ismini and dyletri 's story, dyletri is the God of lust and ismini is to be the sacrifice to bring back his beloved and keep peace and destruction from happening to the world,but from the moment they come together the monster inside dyletri just wants to claim ismini and when dyletri 's mating mark appears on her neck their is no going back for either of them!!! Blanco combines three of my favorite things mythology, hot strong alpha's and hotter than hell sex!!! Lord! What these guys can do will make weak!!! Next up in this series is the God of tranquility and he's anything but!!! Zeniel is very ,very intense and dangerous!! Can't wait!💖😉

  4. 4 out of 5

    ❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️

    5 Holy Shit!! This was ...intense Stars In my opinion a good book is one where the characters and the plot stay with you even after you finish reading and drive you crazy with the need to know more and more and you have an overpowering desperation to read the next book in the series and the next .. I fu**ing loved this! I have read before another book by this author, I was upset by her lack for solid research for that particular story but draw in by her words anyway. For this book I have no compla 5 Holy Shit!! This was ...intense Stars In my opinion a good book is one where the characters and the plot stay with you even after you finish reading and drive you crazy with the need to know more and more and you have an overpowering desperation to read the next book in the series and the next .. I fu**ing loved this! I have read before another book by this author, I was upset by her lack for solid research for that particular story but draw in by her words anyway. For this book I have no complains at all. I am amazed at how good this book was for me. Such an intricate world, so many characters, so intense emotions and deep connections. I love Immortals Gods books, I'm smitten for those sexy bastards, and ohhh boy , there are so many of them in this one. A long time ago Dyletri/Salicyar God of Lust made a promise to Fate that he will sacrifice a female at the right time to bring his beloved Dimithinia – Ancient Ritrioan Queen back to life after the Gods erased humanity because of her sins. The time had come and Ismini knows the God will come for her to complete that oath. She accepted her fate as sacrificing lamb for humanity to remain safe and the other women to come back to life once again. Little do they know that Fate has other plans for them. “He needed to belong to her as thoroughly as she belonged to him.” This was an intense start for this series (series that I plan to read in no time , it's soo good) . Complex characters, well paced story line, suspenseful moments, even all the names she came up with shows a lot of word in the background. The book is told in multiple POVs , although I don't really like this it didn't bothered me here. The Gods have adapted to humans cultures and they seem very "humans" , they curse a lottt ( so if you don't like cursin you should skip this). Dyletri is a hot bastard I must admit. He is also very powerful , possessive, intense and when he realizes he fell in love with h he is a total beast for her(in a good way). The sex was... well.. I had to splash some cold water on my face a few times..lol. “You . . .” His eyes snap open, two completely black abysses of hunger.Not a bit of white in sight. It’s unbelievably sexy. He looks amazing. So dangerous. “The way you smell . . .”He grabs my thighs and pulls, slamming me on the bed and sending shock through me." If you love an awesome paranormal story, with hot Gods, human women with spunk , steamy sex scenes and new realms awaiting to be explored than I definitely recommend this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars Review Copy Blood Flows Deep (Ryze #1) by N. Isabelle Blanco was a really great start to what is shaping up to be a fantastic new series. I'm not a newcomer to this author having previously read her Voyeur collaboration; which incidentally I adored. But this was so different to anything I expected, and I mean that in a completely positive way. This was just so imaginative and though I was expecting Ismini and Dyletri's story here what we got was just so much more. Dyletri is the god of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars Review Copy Blood Flows Deep (Ryze #1) by N. Isabelle Blanco was a really great start to what is shaping up to be a fantastic new series. I'm not a newcomer to this author having previously read her Voyeur collaboration; which incidentally I adored. But this was so different to anything I expected, and I mean that in a completely positive way. This was just so imaginative and though I was expecting Ismini and Dyletri's story here what we got was just so much more. Dyletri is the god of lust and Ismini; the female Dy has waited aeons for; not for his own but to sacrifice to the fates to bring back his lost love Diminthia. Well, that was never going to end well ay? So moving on here "Blood Flows Deep" was so rich in truly developed characters; who displayed such individualism and diversity it was an actual pleasure to experience. While this story was developing; the author was weaving such an intricate web; with so many overlaps and intricacies, it was truly a staggering feat. The only reason I didn't rate this much higher was there were certain incidences in the fabric of this tale that were not to my taste; however this authors story welding skills; were truly a super-power and for that reason alone you need to read this. After this book, you will definitely need to soldier on regardless; it was like a compulsion to get to that fated finale. This is told from multiple POV; I usually can't abide this at all; here I loved it; it just seemed to fit the author's way of narrating. this truly was a pleasure to read and it was only some slight personal preferences that pulled this down. Onwards and upwards to the next exciting, action-filled episode of this series. Thank You to the Author for providing me with a Review copy of "Blood Flows Deep (Ryze #1) " of which I have reviewed voluntary. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Georgia ♥

    4 STARS The Fates and Our Destiny rule us all... Eleven Thousand Years ago Salicyar, God of Fertility witnesses the vicious Aviraji murdering the woman he loves and extinguishing a whole civilization along with her. In a fit of rage and persuaded that it is his Destiny, he locks his powers, he changes his name to Dyletri and he promises the Fates a sacrifice. A soul for a soul. An innocent woman, to bring him his love back. And Eons passed.... Now Ismini, the woman destined to bring back Dimithini 4 STARS The Fates and Our Destiny rule us all... Eleven Thousand Years ago Salicyar, God of Fertility witnesses the vicious Aviraji murdering the woman he loves and extinguishing a whole civilization along with her. In a fit of rage and persuaded that it is his Destiny, he locks his powers, he changes his name to Dyletri and he promises the Fates a sacrifice. A soul for a soul. An innocent woman, to bring him his love back. And Eons passed.... Now Ismini, the woman destined to bring back Dimithinia's soul from the Underworld is here. Dyletri must heed his promise, otherwise the whole world will end. But can he ignore, what she awakens inside him? It shall begin with the death of a new soul and the rebirth of an old queen... Something more sinister than a lover's fate hangs in the balance and all the old Gods and Goddesses must step forward and fight. A fast-paced and exciting erotic, fantasy romance which reads as a manga. Interesting world-building and multidimensional characters are adding to a book that it could have been just another erotica but it turned out so much more. N. Isabelle Blanco has a sensual and darkly erotic style that draws you in and directly affects your senses. This story is a great start in the series and sets up a lot for future books. There are a whole lot of threads left dangling in the end and the author enticed us enough that we care for every one character introduced. Prepare yourselves to be transferred where the Szolites rule... **ARC provided via Netgalley**

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite

    FREEBIE!!! AMAZON Welcome to Enzyria where FATE is a crazy bitch and the alpha Gods of the Ryze are waiting for you. N. Isabelle Blanco has constructed a world and create extraordinary characters who are based on a crazy mix of Mythology and Sci-Fi. With a vicious and sexy vibe, hooked me straightaway just after the Prologue. Hence, I have already read it twice this month. There was a time when all the Gods of the Universe wanted the same thing. But sometimes ambition is a whore, leaving destr FREEBIE!!! AMAZON Welcome to Enzyria where FATE is a crazy bitch and the alpha Gods of the Ryze are waiting for you. N. Isabelle Blanco has constructed a world and create extraordinary characters who are based on a crazy mix of Mythology and Sci-Fi. With a vicious and sexy vibe, hooked me straightaway just after the Prologue. Hence, I have already read it twice this month. There was a time when all the Gods of the Universe wanted the same thing. But sometimes ambition is a whore, leaving destruction, suffering and death in its path. Wars are unleashed, diving the Gods into two groups: The Aviraji, which are the corrupted ones and the Ryze, the group of Gods defending the Universe. “I doomed her to death the moment I made that deal.” Nothing is out of bounds when it comes to love and war. So in order to prevent the Fates from going rabid on the Universe and being completely selfish, The God of Lust made a promise. When time comes he will sacrifice an innocent. But what are the odds that Dyletri mate his victim?. His one true love… I absolutely adore this story. The author does a magnificent job putting on display not only a world full of details and magic but characters that captivated me with their unique appearances and personalities. Each one of them have his/her backstory, stories I’m dying to know. By coming together, they’ve pledged themselves to the cause of saving the Universe, as well as battle to save the woman/men who will end being their love ones. And all of this while the Watcher of Destines play them like a delicious game of chess. “Friendship”. This book shows us that family is not always about blood. I can't tell you how much I love the relationship between Ismini and the girls. It was strong to the point to die for your friend. And I can't wait to read their stories. Evesse and Solaria are going to kick some asstards. LOL. A dazzling storyline, packed with action, LUST, don't forget the male main character is the God of Lust *Lesigh*, and the perfect amount of angst. A MUST READ. The Ryze’s story has only just begun and with Destiny manipulating them, another war is coming. Will they be able to save the human race? Or the scarifies made will be just a waste of pain. “Life tends to throw at you the most painful of lessons in order to forge your soul and prepare you for your destiny.” *Arc kindly provided in exchange of an honest review*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Really good paranormal romance with EXCELLENT use of Imagination Story Rating 4 Stars Character Rating 4 Stars Romance Rating 4 Stars Heat Level 3.5 Stars Imagination 5 STARS Overall Rating 4 stars Every once in a while I love to read a good paranormal romance. The best types for me are the ones that stretch the imagination and this book was spot on in that department. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page to the very last. The characters were original and I loved the different elements t Really good paranormal romance with EXCELLENT use of Imagination Story Rating 4 Stars Character Rating 4 Stars Romance Rating 4 Stars Heat Level 3.5 Stars Imagination 5 STARS Overall Rating 4 stars Every once in a while I love to read a good paranormal romance. The best types for me are the ones that stretch the imagination and this book was spot on in that department. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page to the very last. The characters were original and I loved the different elements that they were all they were gifted with. There was quite a bit of action too, which made the story exciting and very hard for me to put the book down!! As I opened the book, there was a HUGE glossary for the settings, names of the characters and other tidbits that would appear within the plot. This had me thinking OH NO, what am I getting myself into with this book? I ended up skimming through the glossary, which had me thinking that this was going to be a complicated read. I was wrong to have thought this, because it read very easily and my worry was all over nothing. Although this book had a couple of very hot love/sex scenes, I was expecting a bit more heat. Being that this story is about a fertility god, it would have you thinking it would be a SCORCHER. On my scale the scenes only rated a 3.5 for the heat level, and for some readers that would be fine, but as I said, I expected this to be sexually charged. In some respects it was, but I felt slightly let down. I did however enjoy reading about the couple mating aspect of the book. It really appealed to me and added that element of heat I was looking for. That’s what I’m talking about!! Now that the ground work has been laid in the first book in the series, the next books can get down to business. I definitely want more!! We got to meet quite a few sexy Gods in this book, along with some possible mates for them. So, the set-up is there for the upcoming books and I definitely plan to read them!! I’m prepared to be wowed and can’t wait to dive back into their world! If you love a REALLY good paranormal romance with excellent world building, plenty of action, good versus evil, and lots of sexy gods, then I highly recommend give this book a try. **A copy of this book was gifted to me from the author for an honest review**

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)

    I honestly never expected how erotic this read was. Sure, it's labeled as an erotic romance but damn! Dyletri is one dirty talking mofo. Please excuse my language. I can't even explain how dynamic his relationship with Ismini was. I guess you can call it lust at first sight because they were attracted to each other from the very beginning. Of course, it became love in the end. Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first paranormal erotic romance from debut author N. Isabelle Blanco and it was def I honestly never expected how erotic this read was. Sure, it's labeled as an erotic romance but damn! Dyletri is one dirty talking mofo. Please excuse my language. I can't even explain how dynamic his relationship with Ismini was. I guess you can call it lust at first sight because they were attracted to each other from the very beginning. Of course, it became love in the end. Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first paranormal erotic romance from debut author N. Isabelle Blanco and it was definitely one satisfying read. It was seriously hot, sexy and I just loved Dyletri talking dirty to Ismini. Boy, did he know how to work it! Their sex scenes though. Holy smokes... I can't even. It honestly reminded me of Larissa Ione's Demonica series – which was another reason why I liked it. All of the other gods were snarky and very sarcastic towards each other so that was definitely fun. Ismini was a very likeable heroine and there were moments where I sympathized with her. Heck, she was about to be sacrificed by her own mate in order for him to save some other woman. Yeah – Dyletri screwed up. If Ismini is not sacrificed by a certain date, then the Fates would wreak havoc on the universe. Definitely not a pretty scenerio. Thankfully, she has two very good friends besides her: Eve and Soleria. These girls are fiesty and they're very upfront of what they think is right or wrong. Ismini, Eve, and Soleria were characterized as very attractive women... and I'm sure that's true because Dyletri, Zeniel, and Ian all want to get in their pants. Blood Flows Deep in the Empire was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more from this author! Not to mention AGAIN that hot damn my Kindle almost caught on fire while I was reading Dyletri and Ismini's mating ritual. Anyway, I am excitedly waiting for the following books: Eve and Zeniel/Mavrak (God of Tranquility/Vengeance), Crius (God of the Underworld) and Dimithinia, Nylicia (Watcher of Destinies) and Cy (I'm pretty sure he's a seer or someone who sees the future), and Soleria and Ian (God of the Hunt). THANK YOU to NetGalley and The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House for providing me with this ARC

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Reposting my review as posted it way to early for an arc, this is released 7th march, have your ordered this book, or read it on an arc......... Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise, Dyletri has no choice but to watch Ismini die, no matter ho Reposting my review as posted it way to early for an arc, this is released 7th march, have your ordered this book, or read it on an arc......... Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise, Dyletri has no choice but to watch Ismini die, no matter how much he wants her... Well that's the story, what can you say about a book that has everything, paranormal element (gods), a great story, good writing that draws you in and stirs emotions and super hot sex scenes........and super hot sex scenes, yes had to repeat that part. Let me start by saying I was nearly put off from reading this book by the glossary of terms none of the words made sense they were totally made up words as far as I know. After reading the first two chapters I realised I was concerned for nothing I didn't either bother referring to them. Dyletri, a tortured soul trying put things right from an eternity ago, has turned his back on being god of fertility, as the destruction it caused before he can not bear. Ismini, a human woman born to be sacrificed by dyletri so his old loves soul can come back to him. Ismini has a kick arse friend that's having none of that even if her friend has accepted her fate. When Dyletri goes to visit ismini a fortnight before the sacrifice, he finds her in distress after being followed by something unnatural looking! and as he comforts her yes comforts the woman his going to sacrifice ,,,.. Something happens to them, he can also read her thoughts, and as she has seen images of this uber hot sex on legs god all her life, she has used his image intimately shall we say, before he can leave she gets seriously ill and has to take her back to his home. How can he avoid her when she's ill and his not feeling to well either. He has to continue the plan as the fates of others count on it. Add in some very interfering female gods and you wonder where is this book gonna go. We all hope for a hea but can they really have one? There are lots of gods in this book, all with strong personalities that grab you. As this is first in series of books you really see other stories developing, you could say so many gods/characters in first book wukd be over whelming, but as this is the first book there is world building to do - and I honestly found it not too confusing. Did I mention the sexual tension and sex scenes they were beyond sizzling 5/5. Overall 4.5 stars, but putting as 5 as more 5 than 4! I can't wait for book 2 now. This book is listed as erotica/paranormal romance and it delivers. **I received this arc book from net galley for an honest review**

  11. 4 out of 5

    It's just me Shelly B

    This is what happens when I judge a book by it's cover. It goes wrong....TERRIBLY wrong!! But the cover is so beautiful how could the book not be good? Well, I guess I'm not saying the book isn't good but did it work for me? NO!!! Could it work for others....I'm sure it could!!! The main problem I had with this book was the NAMES, every character had a name that was impossible to pronounce and there were ALOT of characters. I also never connected with the main characters, Dyletri and Ismini. Dyletri This is what happens when I judge a book by it's cover. It goes wrong....TERRIBLY wrong!! But the cover is so beautiful how could the book not be good? Well, I guess I'm not saying the book isn't good but did it work for me? NO!!! Could it work for others....I'm sure it could!!! The main problem I had with this book was the NAMES, every character had a name that was impossible to pronounce and there were ALOT of characters. I also never connected with the main characters, Dyletri and Ismini. Dyletri and most of the male characters had two names, a piece, that were both difficult to pronounce. The world building in this book was good and interesting but again you had to learn names for the new world also, basically it was volume overload! I felt like this most of the time... This however is just MY opinion of this book. I encourage others to give it try because you may LOVE it, we all have different likes and dislikes so it may work for you:) *****ARC given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*****

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lina's Reviews ❥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❥ღೋBook Blogღೋ ❥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❥

    ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. What an amazing paranormal tale! Full review to come. 4 Stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Shikapwashya

    First off I LOVED this book!! Thank you to The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House for the opportunity to review this book. Reading this book took me back to the days when I started reading series like the Darkhunters, Black Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lords of the Underworld, The Dark Series and Dirke & Steele. The excitement of what was going to come next and the angst of oh my goodness I'm almost done, were all there! I couldn't wait to see what coming next and wasn't disappointed when it did First off I LOVED this book!! Thank you to The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House for the opportunity to review this book. Reading this book took me back to the days when I started reading series like the Darkhunters, Black Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lords of the Underworld, The Dark Series and Dirke & Steele. The excitement of what was going to come next and the angst of oh my goodness I'm almost done, were all there! I couldn't wait to see what coming next and wasn't disappointed when it did :) Things I loved about this book: 1. The storyline - Ms. Blanco created a new world with completely different subject matter i.e the gods and goddesses; higher beings and such. It wasn't your run of the mill Greek Pantheons or Atlantean gods but something completely different altogether...in a word refreshing! 2. The Characters - all so different, interesting and relate-able. If they weren't someone you know and like, they were someone you'd like to get to know. 3. Hero and Heroin - different take on what the hero and heroine faced as potential issues in their budding relationship. Their chemistry...off the charts. Our hero was you A typical guy with a chip on his shoulder, but you still found yourself routing for him. Our Heroine was not your A typical woe is me kinda girl which I loved ;) 4. The Love Scenes - Can you say steamy! Wow, wow and wow! I normally skim over these...you know what they say once you've read one, you've read them all :). With this book I hung on to every word and believed it! Things I feel could have been done better: 1. ...There really is only one thing I would like to see Ms. Blanco do detail. That feeling that you get when you meant to do or tell someone something and every now and again a little alarm goes off in mind but you just can't remember what it was? Yeah I got that feeling every so often while reading the book. Nothing bad...just something slightly out of reach. 2. Also a smidgen more action...hm mm I guess that's really two things right? Well...I'm not sure it would be a deal breaker if there wasn't more action...so this a tentative two... Ms. Blanco I think has hit a home run with the storyline and characters, all she needs to do catapult herself onto the greats territory (J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Jaquelyn Frank...just to mention a few...) is more detail. All in all I found it refreshing and exciting! I find myself elated that have found a new author and series to read; in same breath I am more than a little bummed that I got done with the book so quickly and can't wait for the next book in the series. This is a great skeleton, all I would ask for is a little more meat for me to sink my teeth into for the next installment.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    From the moment that humans first walked their planet, it was known to the Gods that their corner of the Universe would be pivotal. Their race was destined to become intertwined with Fate on a level no mortal species had before. It shall begin with the death of a new soul and the rebirth of an old queen... After the death of his lover, Dyletry aka God of Fertility, locked away his god powers and made a promise, to kill a new soul in exchange of the chance to let his lover live again. Aft From the moment that humans first walked their planet, it was known to the Gods that their corner of the Universe would be pivotal. Their race was destined to become intertwined with Fate on a level no mortal species had before. It shall begin with the death of a new soul and the rebirth of an old queen... After the death of his lover, Dyletry aka God of Fertility, locked away his god powers and made a promise, to kill a new soul in exchange of the chance to let his lover live again. After thousands of years waiting, it came the time to sacrifice the girl, Ismini. But after getting all of her memories and the attraction and lust he feels for her, can he go through it? Does the end justify the means? Since at a young age, Ismini have known her fate. She would be sacrificed to let a God, to be united to his true love again. To go against the Fates, could release the universe destruction. So she accept it not dwelling in what if's. But now that she met in the flesh, the man that haunts her dreams and fuels her fantasies, she can't help but to feel attracted to him. Ismini was there to help the man she now belonged to get back his one true love and keep the Universe safe. It was a shitty fate. More than unfair. But it was a fate Ismini was determined to face with her head held high. And I got to say it was one of the things I loved in our heroine. She doesn't dwell or keep saying "Why me? It's unfair", and hell, she did had LOADS of reasons to think that. But no, she tried to see the bigger picture, and not doom everyone because of her. (view spoiler)[ and ultimately to give her love the thing she thought he wanted (hide spoiler)] . This story is fast paced and quite enthralling! At one point of the story, everything was going wrong and I just couldn't see other ways...and then BAM, quite a kick ass ending! Now I can't wait to read the next books in the series, some of this Gods left me too curious and anxious for more! 4 fertile stars *giggle* pun so intended :) ***egalley kindly provided via netgalley in exchange of a honest review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

    💝FREE on Amazon & on iBooks today (10/19/18)!💝 Blurb: Ismini He wants to kill me . . . More than that, he wants to see me die. I don’t know him. I’ve only heard about him throughout my short life. It is my destiny to die at his hand when he sacrifices me to the Fates . . . All so that my death can bring back his obsession. The woman he loves. He’s my death. But he’s more than that. He’s the air that destroys me with each breath. An addiction I never planned on having. I’ve mated to my killer. Eith 💝FREE on Amazon & on iBooks today (10/19/18)!💝 Blurb: Ismini He wants to kill me . . . More than that, he wants to see me die. I don’t know him. I’ve only heard about him throughout my short life. It is my destiny to die at his hand when he sacrifices me to the Fates . . . All so that my death can bring back his obsession. The woman he loves. He’s my death. But he’s more than that. He’s the air that destroys me with each breath. An addiction I never planned on having. I’ve mated to my killer. Either way, I’m going to die. The question now is if I can survive long enough for him to complete his sacrifice and bring back the woman he truly adores. Dyletri Fourteen-thousand years ago, I locked away my powers. The loss of one woman took everything from me. I made a deal to wait. To sacrifice an innocent that would be born in the far future to bring my beloved back. Then I laid eyes on that girl . . . and everything I thought I knew got shredded to shit. She’s reawakened the monster in me. The madness. The hunger. The creature that demands a taste of her flesh. Even worse, for the first time in my long, brutal existence, the monster is demanding her blood. I’ve mated to my victim. I’ll have no choice but to keep my promise. I have to sacrifice her. And the moment I do . . . We’re both going to die.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Wow. Just wow. There are no words. When I began to read N. Isabelle Blanco's "Blood Flows Deep in the Empire" I knew that it would be hot--that was expected because no one does hot quite like her. What I didn't expect was to feel so much on behalf on both Dyletri and Ismini. Dyletri, who went through so much to give away his powers so that he could one day bring back his love, only to find himself enthralled by Ismini leaves me completely breathless. Ismini on the other hand has always known she Wow. Just wow. There are no words. When I began to read N. Isabelle Blanco's "Blood Flows Deep in the Empire" I knew that it would be hot--that was expected because no one does hot quite like her. What I didn't expect was to feel so much on behalf on both Dyletri and Ismini. Dyletri, who went through so much to give away his powers so that he could one day bring back his love, only to find himself enthralled by Ismini leaves me completely breathless. Ismini on the other hand has always known she was to be a sacrifice, but she bears through everything, even when she knows how she really feels about Dyletri, but she hides it because she thinks nothing can be done. The sacrifices these two make are astounding and leave me completely winded, almost as if I was a third wheel on some of their conversations. And the sidekicks! phew, A girl cannot get a break here. Poor Eve and Soleria being pursued by some seriously hot gods. And Zeniel! God of Tranquility? I think not! If you don't read it for Dyletri, please read it for Zeniel and Eve. The supporting characters added so much snark and personality that without them, BFDE would not have been the same! The best part is that not only is this book completely romantic, having a swoon-factor of 1 billion gajillion, and not to mention H-O-T, (I'm telling you, being the God of Fertility really adds a new element of TAKE ME NOW) but it's also filled with the timeless adage of overcoming each other's differences, forgiving each other, and then realizing finally, that maybe they bring about a greater good together. An excellent read, would recommend it to anyone, and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of N. Isabelle Blanco's work! Although, I must issue a warning: Don't read in a public place. You will regret it! ;) Thank you so much to NetGalley and The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House for the ARC! SUPER grateful!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. Actually, I was really skeptical about it. This book was so erotic and I found myself literally clenching my thighs. The Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first book in The Szolites series. Dyletri is the God of Fertility and he's suppressed his powers and became celibate to save the soul of the woman he supposedly loves by making a promise of a sacrifice to the Fates. Eleven thousand years later he meets Ismini, the woman he's supposed to I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. Actually, I was really skeptical about it. This book was so erotic and I found myself literally clenching my thighs. The Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first book in The Szolites series. Dyletri is the God of Fertility and he's suppressed his powers and became celibate to save the soul of the woman he supposedly loves by making a promise of a sacrifice to the Fates. Eleven thousand years later he meets Ismini, the woman he's supposed to sacrifice and also ends up falling in love with. Dyletri is now tortured by that promise he made to sacrifice Ismini. I loved Ismini and had an emotional connection with her. She never played the why me card and accepted what her fate was long ago. Because she loved Dyletri and she didn't want him to feel guilty about the sacrifice, she would hide things from him that were happening to her. Being the God of Fertility Dylertri knew how to please a woman. This is one of my absolute favorite parts of the book... A growl rumbled behind her words, warping her voice. "Dylertri." He laughed darkly, looking way too amused for her liking. "I swear to fucking God--" He grabbed on to the waistband of her pants, his fingers harsh. "I am your fucking god!" Oh. . .oh my. . . "You're not coming until I let you to, got it?" You'll just have to read the book to read the rest of that wicked hot sexy time between Dyletri & Ismini! There are some heart racing, thigh clenching, hot erotic sex in this book! I recommend this book to anyone who loves romantica or paranormal romance erotica. It's a fast paced book with a new world of characters that you'll fall in love with. I can't wait to read the 2nd book when it comes out!!! *Thank you to netgalley and The Writers Coffee Shop for the ARC*

  18. 5 out of 5

    ⏃ : ✦ villainous_vixen ⏃ : ✦

    I saw the cover and read the blurb and I knew this series was right up my alley. Paranormal.... Mythology....Erotica.... My naughty bits were tingling already. XD But........ Not much to say here.... I was so confused from start to finish. So many characters, and the plot to me was all over the place. Dyletri and Ismini didn't have that sizzling connection I was hoping for. All though I thought the plot was interesting, I was just so confused. I honestly have no idea where this story is going. But I saw the cover and read the blurb and I knew this series was right up my alley. Paranormal.... Mythology....Erotica.... My naughty bits were tingling already. XD But........ Not much to say here.... I was so confused from start to finish. So many characters, and the plot to me was all over the place. Dyletri and Ismini didn't have that sizzling connection I was hoping for. All though I thought the plot was interesting, I was just so confused. I honestly have no idea where this story is going. But I will continue on with this series cause I need to know what happens next.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laurynne Gouws

    I haven't read a paranormal romance in quite some time and when I started getting into Blood Flows Deep in the Empire, it reminded me of the reasons why it is that I really do love a great paranormal. But combining my favorite genre, erotic romance, with one of my equally favorite categories, paranormal romance... that's where things just spiral out of control for me. I don't know why it is, but for some reason most of the Paranormal Romance books I've read in the past have all either been YA or b I haven't read a paranormal romance in quite some time and when I started getting into Blood Flows Deep in the Empire, it reminded me of the reasons why it is that I really do love a great paranormal. But combining my favorite genre, erotic romance, with one of my equally favorite categories, paranormal romance... that's where things just spiral out of control for me. I don't know why it is, but for some reason most of the Paranormal Romance books I've read in the past have all either been YA or bordering on NA. I have actually never really read an Erotic + Paranormal + Romance... No, I lie, I actually have, but I really didn't like the way that book was put together - So that would make Blood Flows Deep in the Empire the very first Erotic Paranormal Romance that I actually liked and definately the first to make it in my favorites list. ♥ So this is how it went for me: I started reading BFDITE... I had to reread the Prologue because I was a little lost at first. So I ended up reading that twice before it began to make any sense to me. Honestly, I almost gave up... I just wasn't in the mood for complicated and yes... I found the beginning of BFDITE complicated. I'm not one to read Glossary of Term's in a book, therefore I skipped right over it... then I started wondering if that was my mistake. Should I have tried to memorize names and meanings? I don't know if I was suppose to, but until this moment, I still haven't studied the Glossary so I'll say this - It's possibly a good thing to do, if you want to have everything make sense from the get go, but It's not important really, because throughout the book, everything gets explained to you and one moment you just don't know what and who... and then the next, everything clicks into place. So you can say that the prologue is not this books best moment. But getting past that and moving forward was the best decision I've made this whole week. So.. Chapter 1 came and went and although the haziness was still there, it began to feel as if I was reading something I could somewhat connect with and understand. It was chapter 2 where it really all started to puzzle together and it was from that moment onwards that I began to fall in love with BFDITE. Here's a brief recap of what happens in this book... Ismini is human. She's been 'chosen' by the God of Fertility Dyletri, to use as a sacrifice, which will in turn allow the love of his life to return from the dead. Ismini know all about what awaits her and she's come to terms with her fate. So when the time for the sacrifice is almost upon them, Dyletri goes to 'collect' Ismini. The last time he saw her, she was a young girl. This time... she's a full grown, beautiful adult woman and the instant he gets near her... Something Strange Happens... Dum, Dum, Dum...lol. What happens you ask? Well... at first you don't know. Ismini doesn't know and Dyletri possibly might now, but he just doesn't want to acknowledge it. So as a reader you are going - WTF is happening? And then, you know. And it's awesome. :) Suddenly panties start coming off... muscles are unleashed and it's so sexy, sinfully tempting and I nearly fell into a sexual induced comma! There was a moment (43%) where I was panting... waiting in anticipation and then - dammit N. Isabelle Blanco - I was cursing you for leaving me hanging like that! Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is so amazingly plotted, planned and written. The sexual connection is evident, the emotions flow straight from the pages and into your mind... BRAVO N. Isabelle Blanco! Another aspect I found I really enjoyed about BFDITE is that even though we are talking about hundreds of years old mythology 'Gods'... I really loved the fact that they lived in the now. They didn't wear strange cloths draped around them like you would be imaging in our heads when you think of Gods & Mythology. They don't talk in old English or outdated grammar. Nope... they are hip, they dress fashionably, they talk as if they are from this generation...I love that they have dirty mouths and urban slang - It really was an unique twist to a mythology based novel. I laughed when I read the word 'mofo', because it's something I say often and I really thought I was the only one who actually still talks like that. But apparently Mythological Gods also do... So I guess I'm pretty cool lol :D This is the first book in The Szolites series by N. Isabelle Blanco and I'm freaking dying to read the follow-up Blood Stained Tranquility (The Szolites #2). Now I can't decide if it's written in third or first person POV. I'm not a fan of 3rd... but somehow BFDITE didn't really come off as third person. It felt more personal and didn't jump between 'minds'. When the focus was on Ismini, it was all her and then in the next chapter it switches to Dyletri and then... it's all him. So really it's a combination and I found myself (for the first time ever) enjoying a third person type novel. I actually can't explain it. You will have to read it to understand what I mean with that... just know that it doesn't jump around and leave you wondering who's thoughts you are following. You just know. And I really loved that. N. Isabelle Blanco has an amazing imagination. I could never think up anything like this and I consider myself quite creative. Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is sensual - set in a colorfully vivid world... all stunningly put together. I might actually read it again in the near future. I think I may have missed something since I was reading pretty fast... I really got stuck and gluttony was my sin while I read this novel. So yes, I'm thinking another round of BFDITE is in order... soon, very very soon. ♥ For More Reviews Visit My Blog CBL Book Reviews ♥ Keep Updated by Liking My Facebook Page

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paperback Princess

    My mind is completely blown right now!!!! When I go into a paranormal romance I never know what to expect because it can easily go in any direction..it can be ridiculous or it can be amazing and let me tell you Blow Flows Deep went the amazing route!!! The imagination N Isabelle Blanco has is incredible..she took me to a world of beautiful Immortal Gods and I wanna stay there forever!!! This story between God Of Lust Dyletri and a human girl Ismini who is destined to be sacrificed by him consumed My mind is completely blown right now!!!! When I go into a paranormal romance I never know what to expect because it can easily go in any direction..it can be ridiculous or it can be amazing and let me tell you Blow Flows Deep went the amazing route!!! The imagination N Isabelle Blanco has is incredible..she took me to a world of beautiful Immortal Gods and I wanna stay there forever!!! This story between God Of Lust Dyletri and a human girl Ismini who is destined to be sacrificed by him consumed me and took over my life..I was completely sucked in. I fell in love with all the other side characters as well..all the other Gods and Goddesses especially Zenial..God Of Tranquility and Cyake...God Of Divination. I can't freaking wait for this series to continue because not only is the story entertaining but the sex factor is off the effing charts...lord have mercy on my vagina...sheeeesh!!! If you're searching for something different to read definitely check Blow Flows Deep out!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    FV Angela

    *ARC provided by Netgalley Review originally posted at http://fictionvixen.com/review-blood-... Sometimes I decide to read a book based on how badass the cover looks, this was one of those times. Well, the cover and all the four and five-star ratings on Goodreads. Which confused me, I kept going back and forth to check and make sure I wasn’t missing something. I could barely get a quarter of the way through Blood Flows Deep in the Empire without snorting, rolling my eyes and laying my Kindle down *ARC provided by Netgalley Review originally posted at http://fictionvixen.com/review-blood-... Sometimes I decide to read a book based on how badass the cover looks, this was one of those times. Well, the cover and all the four and five-star ratings on Goodreads. Which confused me, I kept going back and forth to check and make sure I wasn’t missing something. I could barely get a quarter of the way through Blood Flows Deep in the Empire without snorting, rolling my eyes and laying my Kindle down to take deep breathes. I’m still scratching my head over why the book is even named Blood Flows Deep in the Empire. What blood? What empire? And why did the blood flow deep in it? I have no idea. From the blurb on Goodreads: Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise, Dyletri has no choice but to watch Ismini die, no matter how much he wants her. Yet the darkness of his calling is spiraling within him, demanding he claim the human as his. If he goes back on his promise, the energy of the Fates will cause untold destruction in the Universe. That doesn’t change how Dyletri’s begun exhibiting symptoms that point to more than just lust. How does he allow Ismini to die when she’s come to own him from the inside out? Desire and torment spiral into something much darker than obsession, more turbulent than an addiction, and something much more brutal than a mere soul-mating. As a war is being rekindled right under his nose, Dyletri will have to come to terms with a destiny eleven thousand years in the making. He thought he’d known what path his future would take, but he’d been wrong. Now the one woman he truly loves might pay the price for his decision. Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first in a series that will pit free-will against Destiny, Destiny against Fate, and love against brutal desire. Everyone likes to think they have a choice as to who they end up with, but as they rise to face the greatest threat they’ve ever known, even the Gods will learn they have to bend to Destiny’s whim to survive. After reading the blurb and seeing the cover I was expecting to read a darker, more erotic paranormal romance. I didn’t find it dark or particularly erotic, or even romantic for that matter. Dyletri is one of several gods who live in some alternate dimension together and who have all been around for thousands, if not millions of years. They do not act like higher beings, they do not talk like one would think higher beings would talk, they seemed more like frat boys to me. Every other word is fuck, they tell each other to “shut it” constantly and the dialogue between them is so ridiculous I could not take it seriously. I had the feeling the author was trying to channel another well-known literary group of men who fight together, live together and talk smack to each other. Unfortunately it did not work here. Ismini is the woman who is set from birth to be sacrificed in order to bring back the dead lover of Dyletri. I started out liking her well enough, until she morphed into super badass chick in the blink of an eye. Untrained, helpless human woman one minute, ass kicking, black leather clad woman of steel the next. At this point I completely lost interest. I skimmed over the sex scene and tried to get to the end. I made it to about the 75% mark when I decided to bow out and admit defeat. I didn’t enjoy the characters, the dialogue was unrealistic, the world building was confusing, I hated the stupid names of all the characters and decided that this book just wasn’t my cup of tea. Rating: DNF

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    You know how when you're reading a book you LOVE & when you finish it 2 things happen; 1) You. Are. Wrecked! The book just completely wrecks you in every possible way imaginable & you end up with this massive book hangover. AND 2) You're thoughts are consumed with this book. You think to yourself, 'I wish I could read that book again for the first time & experience it again for the first time.' Well, that happened with this book for me. I actually got to read this book again for the first time! You know how when you're reading a book you LOVE & when you finish it 2 things happen; 1) You. Are. Wrecked! The book just completely wrecks you in every possible way imaginable & you end up with this massive book hangover. AND 2) You're thoughts are consumed with this book. You think to yourself, 'I wish I could read that book again for the first time & experience it again for the first time.' Well, that happened with this book for me. I actually got to read this book again for the first time! I got to experience everything again PLUS MORE! How? This book has been reworked & completely revamped! I love it even more now! I have such an infinite love for this book, these characters, the unbelievable and incredible storytelling & this amazing world the characters reside in. I can't even form words good enough to do this book justice but, I'm going to try! The Blood Flows Deep is the first book in the Ryze series. This book is Dyletri & Ismini's book. Dyletri is the God of Fertility. He has suppressed his powers, became celibate & promised a sacrifice of an innocent soul to the Fates all to save Dimithinia, the woman he 'thinks' he's in love with. Fast Forward fourteen thousand years, he meets Ismini. The woman who's soul he has to sacrifice. Except, things don't go according to plan. Dyletri falls in love with Ismini & with that comes guilt. He feels guilty for falling in love with Ismini due to all the promises he's made. Plus, he's a bit confused about Dimithinia. Ismini didn't have the best life growing up. She's never felt worthy of anything or anyone. Thanks to Nylicia (Watcher of Destiny) Ismini has known about Dyletri her whole life, knows who he is & has come to terms with what she has to do. Although, Destiny has other plans for her. I loved Ismini from the get go. She is amazing! She doesn't play the why me card or the victim in anything that's happening to her. She's accepted her fate & puts others selflessly before her. She knows that Dyletri feels guilty & Ismini doesn't think she's worthy of him because of what he's doing. Yet, she loves him anyway & because she loves him she's willing to die for his happiness. So, she keeps things from him. Things that they're both feeling & things that effect them both. Being the God of Fertility Dyletri knows how to please a woman! He did NOT disappoint when it came to pleasing Ismini. One of my favorite parts of this book (among many), "By the Gods, yes, writhe on that cock baby." His body presses harder against mine. His tongue is suddenly everywhere, licking from my jaw to my ear threatening to make me come again. "Dyletri pleas---" I don't get to finish. He dematerializes us. I gasp as we reappear in an unknown room. My legs are wrapped his waist, and his throbbing cock is nestled right on my pussy. Dyletri shakes with restrained power as he holds me. He sniffs my skin and licks another fiery path up my jaw. When his tongue slides into my ear, my legs become an instant vise around him. I lower my head and bite down into almost I breakable flesh. Power and taste explode inside my mouth again. It's an orgasmic mouth fuck. This book is so full of thigh clenching, erotic, sexy goodness. With that said, there's also an amazing storyline. There's action, sex, drama & angst. It's also about friendships and how family isn't always blood. And even though Dyletri & Ismini are the main characters, we still get other pov's. I have to say, I LOVE every character in this book & can't wait for future books. I can honestly say, this is one of my all time favorite books. It's exceptionally written. I'll be reading it again & I'll always feel that excitement when reading. Everyone needs to read this book & experience this book! I guarantee you, you won't be disappointed!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Liz F

    Review and author interview posted on Kindles & Wine I can’t begin to tell you all how excited I am to share my review of Blood Flows Deep in the Empire today. The author, N. Isabelle Blanco, was new to me – I’d never even heard of her before. But I saw the book on NetGalley and, well, you can see the cover below…I think you can guess why I was interested! LOL! Then I read it. Holy hot Sexy Time! It was phenomenal. (Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve read it about three times already!) I really think th Review and author interview posted on Kindles & Wine I can’t begin to tell you all how excited I am to share my review of Blood Flows Deep in the Empire today. The author, N. Isabelle Blanco, was new to me – I’d never even heard of her before. But I saw the book on NetGalley and, well, you can see the cover below…I think you can guess why I was interested! LOL! Then I read it. Holy hot Sexy Time! It was phenomenal. (Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve read it about three times already!) I really think that this book will thrill a lot of you, so read on for my review and a SUPER fun interview with the author. Ismini, the heroine, knows that her destiny is to be sacrificed. Ever since she was little, a woman in Ismini’s dreams tells her that she’ll be sacrificed so a god’s true love can be brought back to the land of the living. Sure, it’s kind of awesome to be a part of that but, uhh, to have to die? That sucks! But Ismini grows up knowing this and still lives her life like a normal person; she has a job and a couple of friends. One of the things I really liked about Ismini was how modern she is. She talks and thinks the same way I do: full of sarcasm with a little casual cussing. It made her jump off the page and into real life! When she’s taken to the god’s dimension to meet Dyletri, the former God of Fertility, things take a strange turn. Dyletri has had eleven thousand years to get ready for the sacrifice that will bring his love back. In that time, he has turned his back on his powers as a god and has just kind of bided his time, waiting. But everything changes when he meets Ismini and begins to have feelings for her. Dyletri is so damn hot! Holy crap, I really couldn’t get enough of him. Ismini stirs something in him that he doesn’t recognize. I won’t say what she awakens in him, but it drives most of the story and makes Dyletri more delicious. Ismini and Dyletri are phenomenal. I mean, of course, I rooted for them as a couple, but I liked each of them so much as individuals first, so I was really invested in their story. I loved how they both fight against their feelings for each other for as long as possible. Ismini doesn’t want Dyletri to feel bad or pity her. And Dyletri…poor Dyletri…he doesn’t even KNOW what he’s feeling! His cluelessness is kind of funny and a little adorable. When they do get together…oh, Lord, have mercy! The heat between Ismini and Dyletri is off the charts! And I couldn’t believe how I wanted more and more Sexy Time. I felt like such a filthy girl! LOL! Finally, the secondary characters are rich, fun, and hilarious. Great secondary characters aren’t a requirement for me to love a story, but I feel like it helps make a book well rounded and feel fleshed out. Bottom Line I loved Blood Flows Deep in the Empire! The hero and heroine feel very real and are lots of fun. The Sexy Time is incredibly hot and plentiful, but it’s also addicting so you may be like me and find yourself still hoping for more. You won’t believe how hot a simple kiss can be until you read this! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance with awesome characters, tons of Sexy Time, and an intriguing story line! Rating: A+ Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First off don't be put off by the glossary of terms. Yes it's long, but the author does a very good job with the writing of the book that you don't really need it. You are able to tell by the descriptive writing what the word means. I purposely didn't look at them since I didn't want the spoilers and there was never a time I though to go back because something wasn't making sense. The book is about the God of Fertility(Salicyar), loses the women he thought he loved by the enemy. He is told by th First off don't be put off by the glossary of terms. Yes it's long, but the author does a very good job with the writing of the book that you don't really need it. You are able to tell by the descriptive writing what the word means. I purposely didn't look at them since I didn't want the spoilers and there was never a time I though to go back because something wasn't making sense. The book is about the God of Fertility(Salicyar), loses the women he thought he loved by the enemy. He is told by the watcher of Destinies (Nylicia) that in 11 thousand years he can sacrifice Ismini in order to get the soul of Dimithinia back. Flash forward 10 thousand years and Dyletri (Salicyar, as not had a women and has pushed Salicyar the God of fertility back within himself. He meets Ismini in her Earth world as she is being chased. Instantly they form a mating bond, and he rushes her back to Enzyria to be healed by Vedlyl God of Medicine. They tell her that she is mated to Dyletri but since he is still wanting to use Ismini as a scarafice for Dimithina's soul she is over taken by Fieren (illiness resulting from an unrequited mating). She chooses not to tell Dyletri. Ismini and her friend Evesse are called apon by Nylicia to help in the invasion of the CeFtut. When XreakLi pulls Dyletri from his bed in which Ismini is in and willing. Ismini and Evesse are given godly powers and Terets to help defect the CeFtut. Dyletri is doing everything in is power to stay away from Ismini. She has awaken Salicyar for the first time in 10 thousand years. He is torn by his need of Dimithaina and his more powerful need of Ismini. Soon Dyletri and Ismini can not hold their passion for each other and have mind-blowing sex. That's when Dyletri realized that she has his mated mark on her neck and he bites her. Ismini soon runs, not knowing how she is going to deal with his love for another women and him and her mated. She and her friend Evesse are kidnapped by Enteax and Lisrn to be taken to the Vortex to be sacrificed. Dimithina is brought back when Ismini and Evesse are thrown into the vortex and she works to bring Dyletri and Zeniel around so they can go rescue their still earth bound souls. Both Dyletri and Zeniel are able to bring back Ismini and Evesse and Dyletri and Ismini are mated in a Ziaphrite. While Zeniel has to go away to gain control over Mavrak (God of Vengeance) before he can be with Evesse. Overall, I really liked this story. The characters were a lot of fun and I really think that its gonna be a hit series. More of the younger adult crowd. I was provided this ARC from NetGalley in return of my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Daria

    Where to start.... half way through I had already rated this 4 stars, now at the end I give it 5 stars. Can one believe that even Gods are ruled by fate as well has the mortal world? And Fate being such a fickle thing and precarious as well. (smiles) Dyletri will find that out for himself, as his destiny has been wrote , shaped and intertwined with that of a human girl. Dyletri has changed his name, has been celibate for a millennium if not more( did I mention he is the God of Fertility), has ke Where to start.... half way through I had already rated this 4 stars, now at the end I give it 5 stars. Can one believe that even Gods are ruled by fate as well has the mortal world? And Fate being such a fickle thing and precarious as well. (smiles) Dyletri will find that out for himself, as his destiny has been wrote , shaped and intertwined with that of a human girl. Dyletri has changed his name, has been celibate for a millennium if not more( did I mention he is the God of Fertility), has kept his powers locked away until he can make right a promise. Ismini(love the name) a human girl born for one purpose only or so fate has decreed, live not so a happy life. She has lived all her life knowing what her destiny was, she would die to save many others. Ismini was resigned to her fate all she had to do was wait for Dyletri to come and get her. When he does come for her, Dyletri sees that Ismini isnt the little girl he remembered. Their bodies react to what they’re minds wont wrap around, even as far as Ismini getting sick. Fate steps in and stirs the pot a bit for everyone around, Ismini and her other two best friends. (which I love). When other beings are set on making sure Ismini fulfills her destiny, Dyletri will be there to stop then at all costs, but what about Dyletri's promise to his love that has been waiting centuries to return to him and will be able to with the sacrifice of Ismini? Lust, Love, Passion, Guilt and Pain are just a few emotions that is a roller coaster ride of feelings. I loved the book from the beginning, loved each of the characters. Even the sex scenes were all kinds of hot and yummie. I actually read the book in one day, and cant wait to start book 2. Enjoy the book I did !

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dita

    This is my first book from N. Isabelle Blanco, and when i found out it was Paranormal Romance i was so excited. This world of Goddess and Goddesses is so facinating. I'm hooked from the Prologue. It keeps me wondering what will happen. It keeps me intrigued who is the one that got Dimithinia out of control and did that horrible thing. The most important one, what will happen to Ismini, when she doomed by that predicament even before she was born. And there's a twist that make everything more complic This is my first book from N. Isabelle Blanco, and when i found out it was Paranormal Romance i was so excited. This world of Goddess and Goddesses is so facinating. I'm hooked from the Prologue. It keeps me wondering what will happen. It keeps me intrigued who is the one that got Dimithinia out of control and did that horrible thing. The most important one, what will happen to Ismini, when she doomed by that predicament even before she was born. And there's a twist that make everything more complicated, but more interesting, so you have to read it to find out. As for the characters. Ismini, i really love this girl, she's an amazing girl, she's been through a lot since she was born, but she never loss her kindness. She's a feisty one with smarth mouth too. Dyletry, well he used to be the God of Lust, so therefore yeah he's so hot. Love him although I want to slap and kick him for his running away and avoiding Ismini act. The book is about Goddess and Goddesses so yeah love them all, love their banters too, it got me laughed so hard (thanks to Cyake), can't wait to read each of their stories. Love Ismini's besties too, these girls are feisty, they're willing to help each other, facing death is nothing for them if it means they can save their besties. If Paranormal Romance is your cup of tea, you don't want to missed this one, it's a must for you. If you don't, well you have to try this one, just read it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elena Reyes

    So, I finished reading BFDE today and I must say that I am completely blown away by the entire universe this author has created. I have been a fan of N. Isabelle Blanco for a while now – know how hot her story lines can be, but this…JESUS! I will start with the male lead: Hot, passionate, domineering…hot as all fuck, but sweet and tender at the same time. He is torn between what’s right and the promise he made. A promise that has manipulated the fates and has him harder than steel and complete an So, I finished reading BFDE today and I must say that I am completely blown away by the entire universe this author has created. I have been a fan of N. Isabelle Blanco for a while now – know how hot her story lines can be, but this…JESUS! I will start with the male lead: Hot, passionate, domineering…hot as all fuck, but sweet and tender at the same time. He is torn between what’s right and the promise he made. A promise that has manipulated the fates and has him harder than steel and complete and utterly fucked. The heroin is my type of chick all the way! Strong willed and has sass for days. While she may have been led to believe certain things about whom or what she is…she stands firm when it counts the most. The internal battles she has between her lust/love and what must be done, kept me chanting for her and feeling every damn minute of her fight. I LOVE THIS GIRL! This is ultimately in my opinion one of the best love stories I have read in a while and while the sexual tension was off the charts, it was the tenderness they held in certain private moments that stole my breath away. This is a book I will be reading for years to come and certainly will be on pins and needles waiting for its sequel.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Ok, I don't even know where to start reviewing this book, it's so incredibly well-written that I don't know if any of the good words I've got for it would do justice to the author and her amazing plot.- I absolutely loved reading it and it kept me waiting for the next chapter, full of imagination, very detailed description of every scene, feelings and thoughts of every character left me wanting more and more and it almost made me believe I was there living every adventure they were on and feeling Ok, I don't even know where to start reviewing this book, it's so incredibly well-written that I don't know if any of the good words I've got for it would do justice to the author and her amazing plot.- I absolutely loved reading it and it kept me waiting for the next chapter, full of imagination, very detailed description of every scene, feelings and thoughts of every character left me wanting more and more and it almost made me believe I was there living every adventure they were on and feeling everything they were feeeling. And the SEX OH DEAR LORD THE SEX, I am familiar with the aithor's previous work and she never ceases to amaze me not to mention never fails at leaving me panting, throbbing and wishing I was the one experiencing each scene, sighing at every turn of the page and eager for more... I 100% recommend this book to every erotica lover out there! It won't dessapoint you and what's best, THIS IS NOT THE LAST ONE! IT'S ONLY THE BEGGINING OF A SERIES THAT i KNOW FOR SURE WILL BE A HUGE SUCCESS!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shena

    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I freaking love this book! It isn't your usual paranormal that has been done to death. This is a fresh take on old concept. I love how the author entwined the different paranormal beings and came up with these amazing characters. The hero and heroine took my breath away. The supporting characters were all interesting and very well written. At times I laughed out loud, and at other times I couldn't wait to get to the n I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I freaking love this book! It isn't your usual paranormal that has been done to death. This is a fresh take on old concept. I love how the author entwined the different paranormal beings and came up with these amazing characters. The hero and heroine took my breath away. The supporting characters were all interesting and very well written. At times I laughed out loud, and at other times I couldn't wait to get to the next page just to see what would happen next. I will definitely recommend this book, and read everything that I can by this author. 5 huge stars!!!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Hot gods...a touch of mythology ....and a truly captivating list of characters that will lead to a wonderful series. At the beginning I was a little concerned about terminology and character names...but I was able to follow the list of characters..their roles and became entranced family quickly. I recommend this book to all who love paranormal romance..mythology ....and a touch of the erotic. The author even threw in some humorous which appreciated. Give this book a read :-)

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