Just when Madison has it all together, her runaway mother returns and moves Madison and her siblings to New Hampshire. Fortunately, Madison gets a new roommate with a sexy secret. The first installation of the Pyte/Sentinel Series is lots of erotic fun. Stella Bloom's performance heats up this vampire-meets-virgin caper. Bloom's voice is smooth and spirited. With practiced subtly, she brings life to the characters' voices. Tall, Dark, and Lonely is not for diehard paranormal romance fans; still, listeners looking for a lot of passion and a little vampire may just pull an all-nighter to finish this audiobook.
When the mother that abandoned them years ago suddenly shows up and moves them to New Hampshire, Madison has no choice but to go or lose her family. Shoving her dreams aside yet again, she tries to make a life for her siblings only to discover that nothing is going the way that it should. It's really cold. Her fifteen year old sister acts like a hooker in training. Men act funny around her. Her boss is a real jerk. She feels like an outsider. Her best friend turns out to be a mouthy sixteen year old kid and the incredibly handsome guy renting the room adjoining hers not only hogs the bathroom, taking three showers a day and leaving her with cold water, but he also has a secret. A secret that she becomes a bit obsessed with and can't let go no matter how many times she's warned off.
Detective Ephraim Williams learned long ago not to show any emotion or allow himself to get attached to humans. What was the point? They came and went and he remained. This time wouldn't be any different or so he thought. When his landlady told him that her grandchildren were moving in he didn't expect much, well other than to be left alone. What he didn't expect was to have to fight bloodlust every time he so much as caught the scent of his delectable neighbor's blood or her bombarding him with questions every time she cornered him. If that's not bad enough, a Master from his past has found him once again and is demanding his blood and is willing to do anything to get it, even using the beautiful, irritating, neighbor that makes him feel more than pain for the first time in centuries to get it.
©2010 R.L. Mathewson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
This was a fabulous read/listen because it was funny, sexy and offered a world of varied blood-suckers & other superhuman qualities (Pyte/Sentinels/vamps etc.), that was refreshing and different. I really liked how R.L. Matthewson's adhered to some aspects of the classic vampire canons, while adding elements to these supernatural creatures that was unique to this story.
24 year old Madison, as a heroine, was maternal, loving, self-sacrificing, and completely loyal to the well-being of her siblings (Jill and Joshua). Her mother Candy was a low-life, selfish woman who only stuck around when it was in her interest. When Madison moved her family to New Hampshire to live in her grandmother's boarding house, well, that's when her life totally took a turn and became something remarkable after meeting the hero of this story.
The hero, Ephraim Williams, who is a Pyte (you have to read this book to learn what that is :-), is about 200+ years old [Yeah, big age difference---but age certainly didn't matter in his love affair] Although Ephraim lives in the same boarding home, he's a recluse until he catches scent of Madison's blood, and cannot stay away from her. As this story progresses so does the sexual tension between the leads and Ephraim's bloodlust for her.
There were a lot of hurdles and challenges both leads had to overcome and solve in order to stay together, but that part of the story was equally funny as it was dangerous. When Ephraim and Madison finally give in to their magnetic romance, I have to say that their Pyte/human sex was phenomenal....it was pretty supernatural, steamy & well crazy hot! LOL. Both leads shared a great love affair. OMG, Ephraim was totally whooped with Madison. The only thing that bothered me was how stubborn she was when she got pissed. OMG, the girl could hold a grudge, but Ephraim's relentless persistence paid off in both keeping her safe and winning back her affection each time she got upset with him.
I enjoyed what became of Madison, Ephraim, and her family.--They became a beautiful family unit which they all desperately needed. One of the best surprises was Chris who was Madison's student and how he got integrated into this unconventional family. I thought the best aspect was how, not only did the leads find this healing kind of love with one another, but that love also extended itself to the rest of the family. WOW!!! What a great story!
CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK WHICH IS CHRIS'S STORY! WOOT-WOOT!
Narrator: I've heard Stella Bloom before and I think she does a good job with her narrations. She adds sass and injects the right amount of inflection in the humorous parts.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
The prologue and beginning of this story was enough that after sampling, I wanted more. This is from the author who brought us PLAYING FOR KEEPS which many will agree was straight up fun to read and put a smile on your face. TALL, DARK, and LONELY has that element of humour to it as well and this was so very fresh for me because it was that humour mixed with a paranormal read. I feel in love with the characters of Madison and Ephraim and wanted desperately to know where their story would go.
Now, as my rating suggests, I had some issues with this book too. I loved the humour, I loved the characters but I felt like there were issues with the explanation of things or in most cases lack thereof. There were also points of continuity issues.
The story is told from each characters point of view, but it switches from paragraph to paragraph. I had to re-listen many times trying to figure out who was being talked about. Jumping time then telling the story in past tense had me wanting to quit the book. Plot of the story switched many times also.
Then there were just little things that left more questions and were not brought up in a way that made sense. The strength of his blood and how he can turn people for one. Then there were comments on whether he wanted something or not, when earlier he was described as not wanting it, then it became he did. No while yes, people are allowed to change their mind but this was not like that, it was brought about as if this was what he always felt.
I know I am being a bit vague, because I still don't feel right spoiling the story. I didn't abandon this book, I listened to it completely because I still enjoyed the story line. I don't think I will continue on however, because I fear the same issue will arise in the next books in the series which is a shame. This book could have been utterly amazing with a bit more attention to detail.
Great humour for a paranormal book and I did enjoy my time with it.
Stella Bloom was good with the delivery of the story.
I really liked these books! I had gotten a little tired of vampire books but this series has a twist that I found refreshed my interest. The main character is a Pyte, half vamp born to a woman turned vamp during pregnancy. He can walk in the sun among other things a vamp can't do so of course vampires want his blood thinking it will give them the same powers as the Pyte (day walker) but drinking it gives them a big surprise. Sentinels are another interesting set of characters in the series, they're half angel born to earth to off set the vamps, werewolf's and demons. There're lots of twists it these books and I enjoyed them very much. The sexual content is hot (not for the young) but not so long winded it took over the plot. The narration could have been better and is sometimes hard to follow due to sliding from one scene into another without pause but still worth the listen. I'm Waiting for audible to make #3 book whispersync, and there is a 4th book out soon! Happy Listening
I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!
This is such a great book for any paranormal romantic. Ephraim is a pyte... An immortal who needs blood to survive just like a vampire but without the downside of being highly sensitive to daylight or holy water or getting staked. He is also a loner. Madison is a beautiful woman who has worked hard to raise her brother and sister for years because their mother is just, well, the world's worst mother!
When Madison & her siblings are forced to relocate because their mother is back and determined to leech off their grandmother, neither Madison nor Ephraim are aware that their world's are going to collide in a drama filled, hilarious & sent way.
This book introduced us to pyte, sentinels & vampires! Stella Bloom is one of my favorite narrators but I belive she is one of those you will either really love or really hate.... For me the author + narrator make this listen worth a credit!
ABSOLUTELY!! The narrator is the reason that I have purchased every audio book in this series. The story is good but the narrator Stella Bloom makes this book a thousand times better!!! A narrator can totally kill a book and this is an example where the narrator just makes this book AMAZING!!! Great Job
I read this story a few years back and really enjoyed it then but I have to say that it was truly a pleasure to listen to the narrated version. The story contained suspenseful, comedic, emotional, and of course romantic moments.
This is the first time I've listened to Stella Bloom's performance and must say I will definitely listen to her again. She did an outstanding job narrating this story! She brought across all the emotions perfectly, in my opinion, which really brought this story to life.
I can't wait to listened to the other books in this series!
Maddison has been caring for her younger brother and sister for almost as long as they've been alive. Maddison has been saddled with one of those mothers who made a mistake at 16 and got pregnant and never accepted her responsibility to raise her children. She went from man to man and never grew up!
Maddison moves into her grandmother's boarding house and shares a bathroom with Efrim, not realizing he is a Pyte, and over a 100+ years old. Kind of a vampire, tortured for decades by a regional magistrate, Efrim is finally rescued by his younger brother.
Family is important to both heroes and Maddison, desperately needed a hero who loves her unconditionally.
Good listen and a great story!
I'm a big fan of Whispersync! My favorite genre is fantasy, YA and adult, but I'll occasionally listen to/read NA romance or space opera.
I think there are two types of paranormal romance: paranormal novels with a romance twist (for example: Dragon Bound or Halfway to the Grave or Feral Sins) and then there are romance novels with a paranormal twist (for example: Conversion). This book is firmly that second kind, pretty much a romance book with some super basic vampire elements. It was very good for a romance book, but I like the world building a little more complicated with paranormal novels.
If you like that second type of book, I encourage you to buy this one, the characters were great and complex and the romance was nice and steamy.
O my goodness! where do I start!
the narrator has the same voice for male and female no matter who the character is, Madison is very intelligent in the beginning of the book she's taking care of her siblings and working as a teacher, yet when she's around Efron she becomes a clueless teenager that acts like a ditz! Efron the vampire, is so weak and girly he can't even have an orgasm during sex and wines! the book overall remind me in mature teenagers I like absolutely nothing about this book I couldn't even finish it! I will never read one of her books again!
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a really good story. I really liked Madison and Ephraim and their story was very enjoyable.
Madison is nice young woman of 23 who has actually been a grownup since she was very young. Her mother had her young and has always looked for a free ride, never taking care of Madison or her younger 2 kids. This left Madison as the mother figure, especially when she hit 18 and their mother took off on them.
Ephraim was born a Vampire hybrid (called a Pyte) which enabled him to be a daywalker. He was born a couple hundred years ago to a Duke but his father turned his back on him when he found out what Ephraim was. Ephraim went through torture for the next 20 years but eventually escaped this (with some help) and ended up making a decent life for himself. Now he's a police detective that lives in a local boarding house but he mostly keeps to himself.
While raising her brother and sister, Madison managed to scrape together enough money to go to college and get herself a degree. She had just started a job as a high school history teacher when her mother came back to town. Her mother had lost everything and saw her 2 youngest kids as an easy way to get free room and board from her mother (Madison's grandmother) and maybe welfare. This required her to move the kids across the country and Madison didn't want to be separated from her siblings (as well as not trusting her mother to take care of them) so she had to quit her job to go along. Thankfully, their grandmother is a good woman who wants to do right by her grandkids and doesn't take any crap from Madison's mother. They live in a house that has been turned into a boarding house and Madison ends up living in a room that shares a bathroom with Ephraim.
Ephraim find this new situation uncomfortable from the beginning because there's something about Madison's blood that calls to him and makes him want to bite her (a lot). It also doesn't help that she's beautiful so he wants to do a lot more than bite her. Ephraim tries staying away from Madison as much as possible but they get thrown together a number of times. As they do, the attraction between them becomes more apparent and harder to ignore. There are some hiccups along the way though but when one of these issues causes Madison to find out what Ephraim is and then she ends up helping him out when he's in need, his reasons for staying away from her seem less and less important. That doesn't mean that things go smoothly though and there are multiple issues that they have to deal with and get past (both between them and because of outside issues). Thankfully, they do manage to surmount their problems and end the story starting a very nice (and well deserved) HEA together.
This was a really enjoyable story. I really liked Madison...she was a nice woman that did a lot for others and didn't expect much for herself. She had some issues but they were understandable and weren't annoying to me as the reader. Ephraim was a very good hero and I liked his vampire hybrid/daywalker abilities (reminding me of Blade from the movies).They worked well together and I was happy to see them get their happy ending. I didn't really have any complaints about the story and liked it very much overall. I'd recommend this story. :)
"Great narration ok story"
The story was good but I didn't have an overwhelming urge to keep listening but I think that's just because it's not my cup of tea.
The supporting characters where more engaging than main couple so I may listen to book 2 which focuses on Chris' story.
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