My review is for the updated version, not the original.
Kendall Grey has a certain writing style. It's the kind that grabs you by the balls and squeezes. So you have to go into it prepared to be shocked and aroused, and then shocked that your aroused. Also, for this story in particular, you need to keep in mind that no one involved could be classified as a truly good innocent person.
The matron head of the Alana family dies in an accident leaving behind one daughter and three sons. Twins Keahilani and Kai are the eldest. Manō is the middle son. Bane is the baby boy of the family.
Already at poverty level, they quickly look for any means possible to keep their family afloat and together. The three older siblings try their hands at growing and distributing marijuana. The youngest is left out of the loop because they want to give him a real future. Kea is the one in charge and Kai and Manō are her protectors. Most of the story takes place after some time has passed so they've came a long way from impending homelessness, but they aren't big time yet either.The deeper you dig, the harder it is to crawl out.
Bane is a college student. He has a perfect GPA and also is a world class surfer winning many tournaments.
Manō is a character that I hope to see a lot more of in the next book. He's huge, tatted up, drives a motorcycle, the bad brother. Mmmmm `ono.
Kai is the laid back toker brother. He's Keahilani's twin and the sweeter between the two.
Keahilani is a badass female. She's wild and dangerous. She doesn't relinquish control easily.
There are many characters connected with the siblings, but I'm not going to mention them all. The main one I would like to focus on is Blake. I really like him. He's not the prince charming hero type, but he does have his own sense of morals.Blake didn't cry. Ever. Tears weren't the products of monsters. They belonged to normal people. He wasn't capable of mustering that much emotion for anyone, but when he visited Jonathan, he thought about it.
The sex scenes between Kea and Blake are wickedly flaming hot. Neither has ever been one to submit. They are like two wild rabid animals fighting and fucking. When the battle lines are drawn, Kea and Blake are on opposing sides making the combat sex even more exciting."You're fuckin' killing me, Kea. God please fuckin' kill me. I wanna die with my cock in your mouth."
This story is very no holds barred and a bit creepy at times. Any character may love or cheat or lie or die any second. Things are not what they seem. Hot-Blooded is sometimes slightly Paranormal Activity-ish, sometimes a bit Kill Bill-ish. A lot of Hawaiian mythology comes into play. In some of the sequences, it's kind of like someone's drugged out and hallucinating. Also thrown in are superstitions and a touch of almost magic. Top that off with a lot of mystery and action, and highlight generously with drugs and sex. And Voila.
I give it 4.5 big-eyed stars, and I will be continuing the series.
***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***
FULL REVIEW CAN BE FOUND AT http://fangirlmomentsandmytwocents.blogspot.com/2014/09/hot-blooded-by-kendall-grey-re-release.html