What I liked: Characters are a driving force on whether I enjoy a book and Ms Hunter more than delivers in Bloodstone. Not only with the characters but with the setting and an unconventional heroine and her family with imaginative "gifts".
Tyler has more or less given up on her heritage of second sight as she feels it's let her down too many times in the past. In addition, when she came into her gift, her estranged family wasn't available to teach her how to use and foster it. Now though, if she wants to help her kidnapped brother and protect his daughter, she needs a crash course in getting in touch with her second sight among other skills.
She's able to somewhat communicate with her brother, Davie, but feels her gifts are failing her again when she can't get enough information to actually find and rescue him. Imagine her surprise when a many times removed St. Claire cousin, Special Agent Evan Barlock, shows up on her doorstep to help in the search for her brother. Oh, and just to add an additional piece of stress to the situation, her niece, Jane, is very close to coming into the St. Claire gift and Tyler has no clue how to help her through the initial stages. The very person Tyler has avoided and ignored most of her adult life, Aunt Matilda, can't be reached for help in training Jane.
That's the basis for the story but Ms Hunter's execution of the plot and the characters is fantastic. Tyler is in the jewelry design and making business with three very good friends. They all play a different part in the business but are devoted to each other. They started from nothing and almost failed but their business has finally come into its own. This core group of characters is what sold Bloodstone to me. They are fantastically written. Each has depth and their own place in the story. I absolutely adore Jubal and Isaac. What a strong loving couple they are. They are also extremely loyal and protective not only of Tyler but Jane. I love that Ms Hunter took the time needed to develop these characters.
There are many twists and turns throughout the story but basically, I couldn't put Bloodstone down. It's not as polished as some of Ms Hunter's latest works but boy, I certainly enjoyed it.
What I didn't like: I found the "bad guys" to be a tad confusing but the closer I got to the end, more and more of the motives became clear; so don't give up on Bloodstone based on that.
Now I get to go shopping for more Gwen Hunter books. Jane Yellowrock will always be one of Ms Hunter's most definitive characters but I so enjoy her writing and imagination in executing her stories, I'm excited to read more Gwen Hunter books!