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.
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
I read a few book related websites and blogs and often know about upcoming books months before they hit the virtual shelves of Audible, but I must admit, this book came out of nowhere. I'd never heard of this series nor the author. I saw it in a sale a while back, liked the synopsis and thought I'd take a chance. Usually when this happens, I get a reasonably decent romance, but nothing to crow about. This book, however, was a quality piece of paranormal romantic fiction read by a marvelous narrator.
I didn't recognize Angela Dawe's name when I bought the book, but I sure recognized her voice. She was the fantastic narrator that brought Nalini Singh's Psy-changling series to heart pounding life. She pulls off some of the sexiest male voices I've ever came across from a female narrator. Combine her emotive voice with excellent pacing and flawless delivery and you get a truly marvelous audiobook experience.
The story line itself fits well within the paranormal romance genre, but it does have a nice twist to the vampire tale. The history behind the story is this: The world is struck by a pandemic, killing millions or humans as well as the vampires that drank from those infected. Following the pandemic, a vaccination is created and the vast majority of humans are vaccinated. Unfortunately, drinking blood from vaccinated humans has the same effect on vampires as drinking from the humans who were infected with the disease, making food supplies impossibly low for vampire-kind.
Our hero Aiden is trying to do his small part to rebuild the decimated vampire population, particularly those vampires in his inner circle of friends. He's done this by essentially buying a small Southern town and moving his vampire friends and their willing human blood donars (called fams) to this town. He finds more unvaccinated humans from the impoverished and addicted in the cities and offers them a second chance at life if they are willing to feed his kind.
The community aspect of this book is one of the elements that sets it apart from the herd of vampire fiction out there. The symbiotic relationship between human and vampires notwithstanding, there's a feeling of something a bit more than community, but not quite family, and Aiden is the leader, the founder and the cornerstone of it all.
After the town's physician, the human mate of one of the vampires, is killed, the town needs a new doctor, and our heroine, comes to Penton to fill this role. Expecting a quiet country life caring for the locals, she gets way more than she's bargained for.
All the elements are here. A brooding hero, a troubled but brilliant heroine, trusted sidekicks, unfaithful betrayers and a truly evil villain. Give it a try. It's a fantastic read on it's own, but it's also a promising start to a new series. I will be eagerly be looking for more work from this author.
Yes, there's a real overload of vampire books out there now but I found this one is one of the good ones with it's different direction to the usual evil bloodsuckers story. Aidan's dreams of co-existing with the human blood donors in Penton was very touching and so was his feelings for Krystal. Instant attractions between the two grew rapidly until it's ultimate consummation (quite mild on the spice scale) and it was a pleasant change to have a flower growing, thoughtful and mild mannered vampire that's in charge and not the usual strong Alpha vamp.
The imaganative plot includes some very interesting characters that bring more intrigues to the story along with them.
Narrator did a great job and I'm off now to listen to the next in the trilogy about the executioner Mirren's story.
Worth a credit? It's definately absolutely worth a credit but, at $9.79 for 10.5 hours, it's great value for your money so, if you can, I would say just buy it and save your credits for more expensive listens.
i'm a romance's lice! i crawl all over it... :D
What i love about this book:
1.) Story is catchy and different
2.) The pace is reasonably fast and consistent
3.) Sexual tension is off the chart (a bit cliché at times, but can't complain)
4.) Action packed
5.) Absolutely capable narrator
Grab this book! You can't stop listening :) i guarantee....
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I really enjoyed this one. There were a few moments that felt a little forced or too far fetched but overall this was good. It's a different take on vamps which I found unique and interesting.
My only complaint was the kidnapping plot. Can you say "Stockholm Syndrome"?
Otherwise this was a solid listen and definitely credit worthy.
I'm a lover of books, both read and audible.
First all, I chose this book based solely off a solid review. I received some credits for Christmas and was debating on what book to listen to. The reader’s review that I read painted this book as something worth giving a shot. I’m extremely happy that I decided to listen.
I have to give Susannah some credit for adding a decent pin on a genre that is being played heavily these days. She made the storyline enthralling with a hint of mystery to keep you guessing and listening until the very end.
I enjoyed the relationship between the vampires and their “fam”. That added a new aspect that I wasn’t exactly prepared for but enjoyed nonetheless. The lead hero, Aiden, can we say mmmmm. The lead heroine, Chris, strong, independent and has a tendency to linger in her head to long. But I think that made for some funny moments. I’m glad to see that the characters aren’t to overly serious and still shared jokes amongst themselves. At times, it caught me off guard and I found myself laughing.
Angela did an excellent job with the voices, which really kept me listening. Sometimes with female narrators, they don't get the depth of the males voices. I have to applaud Angela for the voices she did with Aiden and Mirren. Delicious.
I have already started listening to the second book of this series. I hope it’s as good as the first.
Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.
I adore Angela Dawe and I found this book because I was specifically looking for stories narrated by her. I'm not a huge fan of vampire stories, but I found this surprisingly interesting and original. The Penton Legacy is a trilogy - Redemption is followed by Absolution and Omega and I'm looking forward to listening to those when they are available.
I really liked this book. I was surprised, I thought that it was going to be a train wreck. The plot was original and entertaining. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Yes, Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling Series. I really like Angela's vocal range. She is able to make both the male and female characters unique and fitting to what I imagine the character is like.
No. I liked being able to read this while driving back and forth to/from work. 2 hours per day and when I just couldn't stop, then I continued while at home.
This story hit all the points of a fine story but nothing more. Overwhelmingly, it was just uninspiring and without any degree of intensity. The author tried to create angst and included aspects that would normally deliver on some intensity, but for some reason, they didn't add any bang to this story.
This was a good paranormal, vampire story essentially about Aidan (a vampire) and Krys/Krystal (a human medical doctor) getting together as mates. But it was a bit mild, too straitlaced for my taste. There was no rough language (Aidan said s*it & hell once), very little gore or explicitness in the action, the fights, the blood feeding, and the narrator was as ho-hum as the story. I’m not sure which contributed to the blandness more—the story or the narrator. I think it was, primarily, a bad combination of the two. Some stories would work with this degree of sterility, but a story of battling vampires isn’t one of them. A vampire who enjoys draining humans and is more than willing to kill his brother would not likely be one who used pristine language. Over the 8+ hours of the story, there were two sex scenes that included some detail but only enough for you to know that sex was occurring and for you to get the gist of what was going on. I think the goal was more romance than eroticism or sensuality, and to some listeners that goal might have been attained. But it was too little to me. The passion revealed was a 4 on a 1-10 scale.
The author did a god job of showing the relationship’s progression, even though there was immediate attraction between Aidan and Krys. And they didn’t jump to talking about love, though it was muttered w/in a month. And the characters were ok, but Krys did two dumb things near the end of the story, about 2 hours until the end, that detracted from the story and her character as a smart and strong woman. They were manufactured dramatic moments that weakened the story. And Krys accepted knowledge of vampires a bit too easily or quickly. She had questions and was curious, and there was a bit of a struggle but very little. And there was little struggle in coming to terms with her feelings for a vampire too. The author also didn't have everything in the story turn out well for everyone in the town, which added some realism to the story. That was good. But the drawn out fight between Aidan and Owen, which was a 2nd major theme in the story, didn't quite make sense. It could've been over with at their first encounter. The author tried to explain this, but the justification was a weak one and continued to weaken as their battle lengthened.
The narrator did not do the voices as described. For instance, Owen, Aidan’s brother & enemy, was described as being about 2 months out of Dublin, Ireland. Yet, there was no obvious Irish brogue in the narrator’s depiction of Owen. And all of the males essentially sounded the same. It was impossible to distinguish among them. This was also true for the females.
Food Supplies for Vampires are quickly drying up thanks to a new vaccine for vampirism which renders the human blood poisonous for vampires. Master Vampire named Aiden Murphy and a few vampires moved to Penton, Alabama to establish a peaceful community with vampires and their human familiars (bonded humans called their family or "Fam") who have not had the vaccines.
So with the population of unvaccinated humans dwindled, vampires were starving all over the world and the vampire ruling Tribunal were running out of ideas for a new food supply. Thus Aiden’s community gained the attention of other vampires who envied them and in addition to being worried about a possible rise to power as the only well-fed community. Aiden invites a young doctor named Krystal Harris to come interview to be his community's personal doctor and Krys becomes the object of Aidan's attention. However, his forced detention of Krys broke vampire laws giving the tribunal an opening to target Aiden’s scathe.
I found this book a solid start to the series. I admit the book was kind of predictable and simple in plot, but that is exactly why I loved it. Sometimes stories get bogged down with twists and turns, but this one was just pretty straight forward, thus the story and the writing stood front and center.
I actually liked Aiden’s lieutenants more than I liked him because he was kind of one dimensional in the beginning. I will admit that I didn’t quite understand why Aiden’s brother was as sadistic as he was, but when juxtaposed with Aiden’s character, I could see that Aiden must have been a mirror that Owen hated looking into. But I think Matthias Ludlam is going to be a force to be reckoned with and Aiden will have his hands full protecting his community. Great writing style and great imagery.I look forward to the development of this upcoming war between the Penton residents and the Tribunal.
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