Review: Dirty Blood

Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand was released in the U.S. in April 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Createspace, the print edition is 288 pages.

Dirty Blood is the first book in the series of the same name by author Heather Hildenbrand. Cold Blood, the second book in the series, was released in November.

Goodreads description:

I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.


Learning that you are a werewolf hunter is bad enough. Finding out only when you’re attacked by one is so much worse.

Tara Godfrey had no idea she was born to hunt werewolves. She had no idea that werewolves even existed until the day one revealed itself to her, attacked her and forced her to defend herself.

One minute she was safe. One minute she was normal. And the very next she wasn’t.

From the moment she stepped foot into that alley, her life was forever changed. She discovered enemies she never knew she had. Threats from beings she didn’t even think were real. And an immediate connection to someone she didn’t even know.

With the danger to her and those she cares about growing nearer, she must quickly find answers about who and what she is, choose which side she’s on, and learn how to protect herself from her enemies.

And for Tara Godfrey, being in this world of werewolves and hunters means kill or be killed.


Dirty Blood is an exciting and action-packed story of werewolves and those who hunt them. It’s a story about those who wish to make peace between the two and those who will fight it every step of the way.

Tara Godfrey never knew she was different. And she didn’t know there were such things as werewolves. Not until the night she was attacked in the alley outside the pool hall where she’d just ended things with her boyfriend George.

But when a girl transforms into a wolf before her very eyes and she somehow manages to defeat her, everything she knew about herself and her life is destroyed in an instant. And the more she uncovers about who she really is and what she’s capable of, she discovers that her entire life was built on secrets and lies.

As Tara fights to understand everything that has happened, find a place for herself in this world and keep her new existence a secret from her friends and family, she must also learn to protect herself from a dangerous enemy that is hell-bent on her elimination.

Dirty Blood is an enthralling story that is filled with enough action and suspense to keep those pages turning. From the very first, both the reader and Tara are catapulted into a world of werewolves and hunters and are not allowed a reprieve from the surprises and dangers that the story continues to deliver until the very end.

Tara is an incredibly brave, impetuous and strong-willed heroine who not only accepts this new world she is thrust into, but who readily embraces it. Even though it is a world that is filled with danger and unknown enemies and one in which she has an uncontrollable pull toward a boy she barely knows.

Author Heather Hildenbrand has written a fast-paced and gripping story that stands out in a genre that is bursting at seams with stories of werewolves and shapeshifters. Her story, Dirty Blood, the first book in the series, is engaging and will leave readers wanting to know more about Tara, Wes, what it means to be a Dirty Blood and what destiny has in store for them both.

Reviewer gives this book…

On a personal note:

I loved this story. It was the perfect escape. I was hooked in by the description and I couldn’t wait to find out more about the world that the author created in Dirty Blood.

I knew right away that I would love this story and the characters. Not only from that introductory scene hinted at in the description, but from all the detail the author included that really kept me absorbed in her story. She managed to hit the right balance between being too detailed and not detailed enough, a balance that is not always found in self-published stories.

I wanted to know more immediately, and I almost skipped ahead so I could find out more without having to wait. It was just that good.

I love Tara. She is reckless and brave and determined. As drawn to Wes as she is, she doesn’t just listen and obey. She has her own mind and makes her own decisions, even if they are often the wrong ones.

And I absolutely love Wes. Even though he is overprotective and keeps Tara in the dark too often, he is mysterious and sexy, and with everything that happened to him and how he’d been treated, he still manages to be more of a good boy than a bad boy. And while his being fiercely protective of Tara is sometimes a negative, it is way more often a really good thing and one of the reasons I adore him.

A lot is revealed in this first book in the series but there are still a ton more questions left up in the air and a destiny that has yet to be met. And I can’t wait to read the next book, Cold Blood, to see how many answers the author will reveal or if I’ll be left with even more questions at the end.

My favorite passage is one that made me laugh out loud. Once you read it I think you’ll know exactly why.

“How old are you?” I asked, my head cocked to one side.


“And how long have you been nineteen?”

He looked at me like I had a screw loose. “Since I haven’t been eighteen?”


To take a peek at Chapter One on the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

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