For vampire Aidan Murphy, life has never been so desperate. The vaccine used to treat a global pandemic has rendered human blood deadly to his kind, leaving them on the brink of starvation and civil war. In tiny Penton, Alabama, Aidan establishes a peaceful community of vampires and unvaccinated human donors. He dares to hope they can survive - until his estranged brother descends upon Penton and begins killing the humans. Determined to save his town, Aidan kidnaps an unsuspecting human doctor…and finds himself falling in love for the first time in nearly four centuries.
Dr. Krystal Harris thought she was coming to Penton for a job interview, but Aidan Murphy has other plans. Infuriated by his high-handed scheme to imprison her in the small town, Krys can’t ignore the attraction between them. But is it love? Or does her dangerous, charismatic captor want only to bend her to his will?
©2012 Susannah Sandlin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
In general the story is engaging and suspenseful. The performance is just alright. Romantic scenes are read like a recipe - boooring! And I've just started the second with an even less than adequate narrator. A few minutes in and absolutely no differentiation between characters. So annoying! Don't know why a female narrator was selected since most characters are male. Sheesh. Who makes these decisions and do they read the books first???
I don't know what I think of this book. I think the story had a good plot and I enjoyed that but the book in its entirety was just so so. I have listened to this narrator before and although she is not bad she just lacks some spark to her narration. I guess I just did not by into the whole Aidan & Chrystal romance. It just sort of happened and there was no build up or real reason for them falling in love. I bought the next book as it was on sale so hopefully it will get better. Overall I am not completely disappointed but I do think the book needed some more substance and spark to the character's romance. There is potential so don't let my rating stop you from trying this one out.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
I guess I don't really see what all the hype is about with this book. While the concept of having a "scathe" in Penton was interesting, there wasn't to much else that was.
I was really disappointed with the choice of narrator. She was a pain to listen to. Like there was no emotion. It kind of felt monotone. I am sure I would have enjoyed it much more had she been replaced with someone else. Also, the story just seemed to trickle by, like watching paint dry. And Aiden Murphy drove me crazy! He just gives people to many free passes. He doesn't really have a masculine, territorial leading personality.
Sighing....this just didn't do it for me.
Great storyline, different approach, Great narrator
When Aiden realised he couldn't fight his attractoin to Chris
Didn't want to stop listening!!!
Susannah spins an intriguing tale with strong character development that is highly entertaining. Also, the narrator, Angela Dawe, does an excellent job with the range of people. Living in a world where most humans have been vaccinated against a pandemic, it turns out that this is fatal for vampires. To answer this challenge, one vampire creates a utopia in Penton, AL with unvaccinated humans that he rescues from across the country and supports them through rehabs and other limiting life situations, then gives them the option to live in a small town with a positive supported community in exchange for blood.Top this off with a vampire national government that does not like this idea and other vampires that are attracted to building the community you have intrigue a strong love story all woven into a fast paced fun story. worth a credit? Totally!
I bought this for kindle reading and listening, and preferred to read it. The narration is too slow, without emotion. As for the book, I really liked this new concept for the old vampire storyline. Because of a virus that tainted human blood for consumption, Aiden Murphy created a whole community for vampires to thrive in. It's made up of consenting untainted humans, living alongside with the vampires in harmony. Problems arise when Mathias, one of the governing Vampire Tribunal, sees Aiden's power as a threat, and sends the leader's brother, Owen, to assassinate Aiden, and bring back his wayward son Will (whom is part of this new community) home.
Krys, comes to town for an interview to become the town's new physician, and gets thrown right in the middle of a vampire war. What takes place is the unfolding of an unavoidable romance,and not your typical love story, because I didn't get totally frustrated with either party acting stupid, as they do so often in these books. I could understand the viewpoints of both people involved.
Along with action, mystery, a bit of double crossing, the book has plenty of character interaction and development that will take you right into the next of the series.
probably not. only because the story teller didnt seem to take breath and the lines/words seem to ran into each other. She didn't have any character to her talking. The reading was very bland. it was hard to work who was actually talking some times.
same reason as the first one
She didnt seem to take breath and the lines/words seem to ran into each other. She didn't have any character to her talking. The reading was very bland. it was hard to work who was actually talking some times.
I did like her voice though :)
The story line was good. it would have been alot better if the reader was different. (sorry)
I need more ears!
Really bummed that the 3rd book isn't out yet, but love the first two.
Only a couple of things keep this from getting 5 stars from me.
1. Aiden is the leader, master vamp -- but when he fights his enemy he freezes -- not once but three times. I get that he's conflicted, but the enemy is a killer, and Aiden doesn't defend himself. Just felt wrong. Author needs to show why he's freezing.
2. What happens to Lucy? That storyline just falls off to nothing.
3. The author needs to give the other vamps (there are 55 of them) something to do. Also, organize the humans into useful employment, like driving the vamps around during daylight hours so they don't have to do it themselves.
and finally -- Angela Dawe was good but not great. Don't know what's up with her since I usually enjoy her. This time she sounded like she was shouting everything. Maybe the copy she was reading from was all in caps.
Otherwise, great start to intriguing new series.
I have stopped listening to dozens of books because of this narrator. How she continues to get jobs astounds me. Every sentence is read is the most dramatic, death-defying, Oh-My-God format that the story is lost. that is the only way she reads each sentence. it is horrible. how unfortunate for the fantastic authors to have to be subjected to this narrator.
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