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Hot-Blooded (ohana series Book 1) by [Grey, Kendall]
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When an accident claims her mother’s life, Keahilani Alana must take charge of her family or risk losing what little they have. With an underage brother to care for and no education, she has few options. The door to a heavenly hellish opportunity opens when she stumbles upon a valuable secret her mother left behind on the slopes of an extinct volcano—a legacy that tempts the family with riches beyond their wildest dreams. But the secret is much bigger and more sinister than they realize. As reality unravels and exposes eerie truths about the siblings that should have remained deep under the mountain, Keahilani must either resist the call of her blood or risk being consumed by its darkness.

Blake Murphy is an assassin working to infiltrate a new Hawaiian cartel. His investigation reveals that Keahilani, the sexy surfing instructor he pegged as an informant, is much closer to the drug ring than he thought. Passion ignites between them in the bedroom, but their ironclad ties to opposing interests pit them against each other everywhere else.

When tensions reach the breaking point and her family is threatened, the only cure for Keahilani’s hot-blooded fury is a loaded clip with a body bag chaser.

* HOT-BLOODED is a suspense/thriller that contains drug use and graphic sex, language, and violence. The story is intended to entertain, not to condone or glorify illegal or immoral activities. This book is unsuitable for sensitive readers and those under the age of 18.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1780 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Howling Mad Press, LLC; 2 edition (13 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LS8G958
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you're a fan of Kendall Grey's from her Hard Rock Harlots series, this book is a complete departure from that...but don't let that stop you from reading HOT-BLOODED. This book is a mixture of love/hate, action/adventure, good/evil, HOT sex that goes places I've never read before. It includes Hawai'ian lore that gives it a supernatural background, but is written in such a way that it makes sense that it would be a part of it.

This story takes you through so many twists and turns you never see coming, but the common thread that ties all the characters together is LOVE. Love for their "Ohana (families) in whatever form that takes, and what lengths they will go to to protect them.

The romance between the two main characters, Keahilani and Blake, is as unconventional as you can get but probably the most explosive one you've ever read. Let's just says their relationship can give the volcanoes of Hawai'i a run for their money.

As this story progresses, it starts to take on a very sinister tone and really drives some of the characters to levels they didn't know they could go, and by the end I just sat there with my mouth open, saying, "This can't be the end, it can't end this way!"
This is a standalone book, but I am sure Kendall Grey can take us on so many more exciting, crazy trips. I'll be first in line to get my ticket, you should be too! This book is truly an amazing adventure, and I highly recommend you start with HOT-BLOODED!!
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By Gtr33gurl TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 July 2014
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This book was different from Kendall's usual reads it was dark and twisted and had a bad ass heroine with plot twists around every corner you never knew what was gonna happen next I was on the edge of my seat def shed tears 3 times in this book was very heartbreaking at time the legends the mysteries the Aha moments and I'm hoping there's another book as I need more Kea great work Kendall you are an amazing author!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, gritty, and immoral but oh so good. 15 July 2014
By Cindy O - Published on Amazon.com
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Dark, gritty, immoral but all done in the name of Ohana “family”. With Hawaii and Hawaiian mythology as the backdrop along with a cast of criminals, killers and lovers this book does not adhere to conventional story telling.

This is a story of a native Hawaiian family whose foundation crumbled when their mother died. Keahilani Alana and her three brothers before their mother died were a loving but poor family raised by a woman they all loved and respected but once she is gone and they wonder how they will survive a secret hidden on an extinct volcano seems to be the answer they were looking for but it comes at the cost of staying on the right side of the law. Keahilani and her brothers have no problem doing what it takes to keep their family together and allow no one to mess with their ohana.

Along with the Alana family there is also a mobster and his assassin along with a few other quirky criminals. These characters are on a collision course through the book to both shocking and dire circumstances. Even though the mother dies at the beginning of the book we the reader through flashbacks of her whole life through the journals that Keahilani finds that tie in the Hawaiian mythology to the family along with showing that her life wasn’t what she presented to her children which showed where the violence started but also showed how far family would go to protect the ones they loved.

For those that need endings that come wrapped in pretty bows this is not that book. The saga of the Alana family will be continued in future books. Keahilani Alana and her alter ego Pele are reminiscent of Michael Corleone and pull you in just as powerfully. I’d like to crawl into the author’s mind to see where she is going with this story. I need answers now!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just hot, but it has a sexy plot. This is true writing. And, uh, hot. 17 July 2014
By Stacy B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn, and volcano bubble.
This ‘ohana needs to leave that island “garden” on the double or they might find their world turned to rubble.

In Kendall Grey’s new book, Hot-Blooded, the first in the ‘Ohana Series, a family of three brothers and one sister, native to the island of Maui, are left to carry on the family, or “‘ohana,” on their own when tragedy claims the life of their “makuahine,” mother. The novel tells the beginning of their attempts to support themselves via illegal means, the foundations of which they discover in their makuahine’s beloved garden on the slopes of Haleakalā. Life building a criminal empire doesn’t go as planned as their competition seeks to maintain its territory and ghosts of the past make their appearance to derail both their business pursuits and their connection as an ‘ohana. By the end of this installment, we find there’s much more to this story than there seems and those ghosts will haunt them all.

Readers be forewarned: this is not your fairytale, “knight in shining armor sweeps the damsel in distress off her feet,” romance novel. It’s not an “alpha male growling ‘mine’ and tearing underwear to the point of dubcon” erotica. This is a “young woman has to do what she can to support and protect her family, and sometimes that isn’t pretty,” story of survival and love and taking the reins, which might include some sex between equal parties so hot it results in “wild blood hissing and spitting in [one’s] veins.”

“Sometimes she wished she didn’t have such … dark tastes.”

Alpha bitches really can be hot. So can an actual storyline. Grey weaves a web of sexy plot through this book with the skill of a master, keeping you turning pages faster than a coked out gerbil riding a cheetah. This author clearly cares about the craft and puts love and dedication into every paragraph on every page, raising the bar for her indie author colleagues. This is the type of writing that will raise independent publishing to respectable levels within the industry. Not only are these pages graced with vivid imagery like “bullet-wound body art” and “human organ lampshades and soft tissue wall accents,” but Grey can also infuse emotion into deeper moments. You want to know these characters. You want to be a part of this ‘ohana. You live their struggle as much as you live their sexy venture into the criminal world. As much as you feel the tragedy transform these siblings throughout the story, let’s not forget how hot-blooded our leading lady is. I’d say she takes no prisoners, but she certainly takes one, and the sexual tension erupts between them.

Surely, things can’t turn up “rainbows and moonbeams” for a young ‘ohana’s first foray into the world of crime. See where the drive to succeed, distain for competition, lust to be sated, betrayal of trust, and reveal of secrets takes them in this steaming hot novel by Kendall Grey, Hot-Blooded.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot-blooded...crazy, sexy heroine who gets the job done! 7 October 2014
By SEB - Published on Amazon.com
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Well this one was quite a change from Kendall Grey's Hard Rock Harlots series...but yet it still had the same hard, tough, sexy, cool edge to it as well. I love how her heroines are really badass chicks with no fear...all balls and no wimpy ladies here at all. The mysterious, magical and almost paranormal feel to this book was awesome and unique...then combine it with a murder mystery, drug cartel, hot as hell sex with a couple who beat the crap out of each other while getting off...and you have the makings for this fantastic new novel.
Ohana is everything...no words were ever truer, as the family and protecing it at any cost, is what drove Keahilani and motivated her to do all the things she did...her actions were at times selfish, at times confusing and all the time, what she believed was right.
Another strong, very adult and violent book, not for the sensitive or prudish reader. Leaves you wanting more and wondering what will happen next!

***** 4.5 ***** "hot-blooded...in and out of bed" stars
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Platypire Review by Mel 17 September 2014
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Hot-Blooded by Kendall Grey

There are very few authors that I automatically one-click but Kendall Grey is in the one-click category. When Hot-Blooded was released on July 14, I immediately one clicked it not even waiting for the tour. It was just a book I had to have in my possession and just knowing it was on my kindle made me feel better. Then life happened and it sat there, which made me sad and disheartened but I was asked if I would be part of the re-release tour, which gave me the perfect opportunity to sit down and read this gem and I was so excited. Why had I put off reading this beautiful, scary, and full of mystery and suspense book? Ms. Grey, my apologies, I should have read this immediately but now that I have, I need so much more.

I do not want to give away any of the plot but OMG is this book good and unlike anything that Kendall Grey has written before. HOT-BLOODED is not a love story and does not have a happy romantic ending. HOT-BLOODED is hardcore; no holds bar, throw you to the floor and rip your heart out. It is plot driven with a dominating Alpha Female, Keahilani Alana. Rich in Hawaiian culture, heritage and spirits of the islands, HOT-BLOODED is about ‘ohana, a family, and their means of survival.

I adore the ‘ohana, from the first few moments of the first chapter, all the way through until the last word written. The storyline is amazing and well written. I was enthralled. I do not normally like mystery/suspense but Grey threw just enough of spice in the story to feed the need for that little bit of a “love” story. There is a small cliff –hanger but all lose ends were tied up, Grey just left me wanting to know more of the next chapter of the lives of the AIana Family. I would strongly, and when I say strongly, I mean go buy it now, recommend HOT- BLOODED by Kendall Grey.

HOT-BLOODED by Kendall Grey receives 5 out of 5 Platypires!!!
Texas Hugs and Happy Reading!!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart pounding!!! 16 July 2014
By Angela - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always loved Kendall Grey and her writing, This book was different but an oh sooo unbelievable different. It has some urban fantasy in it along with heart pounding darkness,violence,drugs,assassination and best of all sex. Keahilian is one Bad ass who is afraid of nothing and no-one and she knows it and owns it. there is also tragedy and a couple laughs gotta love Lui. This book is not something I normally would have read only cause I'm not into URBAN FANTASY however being written by an author I adore I took the chance and so happy I did. trust me it's a 5 star must read.

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