Believe it or not, I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while (what with all the vampire books and urban fantasy I read, I come across a lot of quotes about blood), but it’s kind of an odd topic, so October just seemed like the perfect time for it!
Technically they’re not all about blood, but they do involve blood in some way or another. Some I chose because they’re funny, others because they’re beautifully written, others because they’re sexy or swoon-worthy, but don’t worry, none of them are gruesome or graphic.
So enjoy these bloody quotes my fellow twisted, vampire- and violence-loving quote fiends!
1. Midnight Conquest by Arial Burnz
The sounds and smells of fear played like a symphony to Broderick’s senses. Closing his eyes, he enjoyed the melody. The man’s heart pounded a fear-filled cadence; his blood chorused through his body, heating his skin. Breathing deep the warmth caressing Broderick’s face and nostrils, he welcomed the Hunger that rose inside him, and a familiar sting tickled over his gums as his incisors extended. His body trembled with the desire for blood.
2. Chase the Dark by Annette Marie
Lyre sighed. “Yeah, and once the rumors about us being there get out, all our Stone-stealing pals will head straight for the Consulate. Not my thing. I like small, intimate get-togethers, not huge, bloodbath parties.”
Ash shrugged like either worked for him.
3. Beckoning Blood by Daniel de Lorne
I adore this quote for the way it embodies the gorgeous style of writing in this book, but I feel like it needs context. Olivier is the MC’s sadistic, psychotic twin. They’re both vampires, and they share an empathic psychic connection (they can feel the others’ emotions), but it’s dulled when they’re full on blood. Reiner is the MC’s love interest.
Olivier throbbed in his veins. Not feeding put Reiner at risk. His own hunger mixed with Olivier’s madness meant Reiner’s throat would be too alluring for the wrong reasons. A descent into the wilderness would help dispel some of it; the blood would drown the rest.
4. Betrayal’s Shadow by KH LeMoyne
“You sucked my blood for an analysis ? Like some sort of—”
“I sucked your finger to cover your scent from the hybrid. It also allowed me to assess you. And”— he tugged her hand back into the light of the door—“ it seems to have helped close your wound.”
Her bloodless finger remained between the fingers of his much larger hand. “Thank you, but that’s so gross. I’d think tasting blood would be a hazardous way to test for enemies. Infections and everything,” she whispered.
5. Crisped + Sere by TJ Klune
Context again, Lucas is mute; he physically can’t speak. So that last line is completely serious, not a witty, sarcastic comeback. And the Dead Rabbits are what his group of people call themselves.
“The Dead Rabbit.”
Her eyes widened. “He can talk?”
“No. He wrote it in blood on the walls.”
6. Steal the Day by Lexi Blake
“I can hear your heartbeat, baby,” Daniel said, his voice a deep, rich seduction. His free hand stroked my throat, tracing the veins he found there. “I can hear the blood rushing through every vein. It’s like music, and when I listen close enough, my whole body responds until we’re in harmony. I never feel my heartbeat unless I’m with you.”
7. House of Pawns by Keary Taylor
I just love it when vampires sip from blood bags like they’re juice pouches.
Standing off, part way down the grounds, casually sipping on a bag of what is surely my blood, is Markov. He watches our fight with light amusement.
8. Bleeding Heart by Melissa Graves
But that’s the simple part—it’s the promise of being bitten that excites him. It’s thinking about the pain and the way it reverberates, about what it does to him when it rips through him and then peters out into hazy warmth, about the smell of blood and the way it feels, sticky-thick-warm against his mouth when Kyle kisses him afterwards. It’s overwhelming.
9. Nocturnal by Chelsea M. Cameron
I’d slaughtered entire towns in one night and seen the streets run with blood that I cupped my hands in and drank like water.
10. Steal the Sun by Lexi Blake
This is one of my favorite quotes from the entire series because 1) Lexi Blake has this amazing way of making things sound beautiful that you didn’t know could be beautiful, and 2) it shows the relationship between these two characters so perfectly. Not just the wink at the end, but the way the MC can watch him slaughter all these people and not see him as a monster but rather just see him as the amazing man she loves <3
I watched intently because Daniel was a vision of violent power and grace when he worked. The crowd fell like dominoes as he twisted and whirled that sword in an arc that left not one of the men untouched. Blood began to splatter in a neat circle, saturating the ground around him. Half the men had already fallen.
Daniel stopped, his head down, sword held low, and he looked over at me and winked.