Kills Me Featured
Book Review, Book Sirens, Dark, Mafia, Paranormal, Romance, Series, Shapeshifters, Suspense, YA Fiction

Kills Me (Sweet Blood #1) by Jeanie Kearns


He is a beautiful, twisted nightmare. I shouldn’t want him to want me.

Shaw “Someone or something is hunting her. The poor little rich girl is a magnet for trouble, just like she was back when. I should walk away. Still, an irrational part of me wants to become that single dose of raw, hard reality that… teaches her. But I wouldn’t be the type of teacher she’s used to; I wouldn’t be easy on her.
I’d break her down, only to resurrect her, knowing she’d never be the same again.
 And where would that lead?”

Cherish “If eyes are the soul’s window, his soul is utterly drop-dead terrifying.
 Shaw MacRath has the fiercest set of pale blue greys. Predatory. Not quite human. Eyes like the wolf at the Miami zoo, beautiful, distant, treacherous, like a waterfall you’d die trying to get to. How can I be sure that he isn’t the very thing that is hunting me?”


As a reader of paranormal romance, I delved into this novel that promised to captivate with its blend of romance, mystery, and supernatural elements. However, what initially started off as an exciting journey soon left me feeling perplexed and dissatisfied.

The story introduced us to Cherish, a young and independent woman yearning for escape from her less-than-ideal family situation. As she embarks on renovating her inherited family home, she unexpectedly encounters Shaw, a charismatic and enigmatic figure associated with her soon-to-be stepfather. From the very beginning, the alluring presence of Shaw creates an air of mystery and anticipation.

However, as the plot progresses, it becomes evident that there is more to Shaw than meets the eye. He sees Cherish as someone who requires protection, but the novel fails to provide a clear explanation of why until you are about three-quarters of the way through the book. This lack of clarity left me feeling confused and wanting a deeper understanding of the paranormal world the author had created. While the sexual tension between the two characters was initially intriguing, it soon became repetitive and overshadowed the potential for an enthralling exploration of their connection.

One of the main drawbacks of this novel was its excessive length and abundance of storylines that ultimately led nowhere. The narrative seemed to lose focus, leaving many plot threads unresolved or hastily concluded.

Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this novel was its sudden and unsatisfying ending. Without any substantial resolution, the story came to an abrupt halt, leaving loose ends and questions unanswered. As a reader invested in the characters’ journey, I longed for a more fulfilling conclusion that would have tied up the loose threads and left me with a sense of closure.

I really wanted to like this book, but it fell short for me. However, for those who enjoy prolonged narratives with unresolved plotlines and a heavy emphasis on sexual tension, it may still hold some appeal. Ultimately, each reader’s experience may differ, and it is important to approach this novel with an open mind and tempered expectations.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


Kills Me

Amazon US Amazon UK


Jeanie Kearns loves a dark paranormal book or movie about as much as she loves getting lost in nature with the fam and dogs. She is seeking reviewers who are into dark, gritty, steamy YA romance with characters in their late teens to early twenties, written in dual 1st person FMC / MMC POV.

Follow her on Goodreads and Amazon.

Featured Book Reviewer 

Leave a Reply