From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the fourth book in the smart and steamy Penton Legacy series.
British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in Penton, and resolve his relationship with Melissa Calvert. The last thing he expects is to find himself drawn to Robin Ashton, a trash-talking eagle shape-shifter and new Omega recruit.
Meanwhile, as a dangerous saboteur wreaks havoc in Penton, the ruthless Vampire Tribunal leader Matthias Ludlam has been freed on the eve of his scheduled execution. But by whom? And to what end? As war and chaos rage on, love isn’t something Cage is looking for, but will his attraction to Robin distract him from the danger living among them?
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I love this author's style and imagination. Loved the series even tho I started with book two and followed with book one, then three.
That said, this one was a bit of a disappointment. We had much of the same cast, altho there were curiously "convenient" absences by some of the core characters that played nicely in the story arc such as Hannah, the immortal young cherokee psychic. She gets sidelined in a flat way that tells me Ms Sandlin may be growing tired of the series. Some of the muddiness in the romance with various folks vying for the same mates also seemed forced. In fact I was quite bored by the whole thing.
But most disappointing--the lovely complicated scheming bad guy(s) that were so easy to hate in previous books were, in this book so predictable from very early on (chapter one or two?), that there was no suspense for me throughout the book. It's not a terrible book and if you are a fan of the series, you'll like this latest edition, but its definitely not like the first three in terms of suspense, romantic heat, plot and story arc. You'll like it. You just may not get the same thrill as earlier books.
There is a set up for Nick's ("Zorba") tale in the next book. I look forward to it.
Narration was fine and she kept on her toes with the Irish, Scottish, English, and deep south accents. Ms McFadden does a respectable job keeping them straight and moving at a good pace through the book.
I didn't feel the love between the 2 main characters at all!
I would have rather heard more about Melissa and Mark and had Cage and Robin be the back characters in this book. I loved her other 3 books in this series and was soooo looking forward to this read, but like I said felt no real love/romance at all between Cage and Robin. I really didn't even like Robin. I liked Cage in the other books before but this book made me dislike him.
It's the same narrator, and the same style. If you liked the narration style in the prior 3 books, then you will get more of the same. She didn't add nor take away anything for me. It was a satisfactory reading.
I like this one. While it was Cage Reynolds book, this was really a transition book. The author introduced new supernatural creatures and abilities as well as crossed over with her Omega Forces series, see Storm Force book.
In this book, someone rescues Matthias Ludlum before his execution. the same person began sending flyers, troublemakers to disrupt the Pentonville's utopia. The General from the book Storm Force sent a couple of Omega Force agents to help 1)find Matthias 2) find the source of the sabotage. The agents had special abilities. for instance, Nick could read someone's past by touching an item they touched. Robin, was a bird shifter. So with this new elite counter-terrorism team, the author introduced Shifters to this series.
Anyway, Robin takes an immediate liking to Cage Reynolds. Cage was still trying to resolve issues with Melissa from the last book, but this bold shifter had him intrigued. And at first it seemed like Melissa and Robin might arm-wrestle for the rights to be Cage's bedmate...but the author kept the focus on the sneak attacks on Pentonville by the unknown enemy.
Who was targeting the peaceful Penton residents and why? Also, what's the deal with the new shifters popping up in Pentonville? A member of the Vampire council and someone who opposes Aidan and his ideals, has some new plans in motion that will change the balance of power between humans and supernatural creatures. Matthias Ludlum was just a pawn, and Pentonville is just a small town he plans on crushing as he continues to his ultimate goal.
I really liked this one. the author upped the ante by adding shifters, bird, cat and canine. We have a psychic who can read the past coupled with Hannah who can read the future. There is about to be an all out brawl in Alabama. I am excited for the future of this series. I didn't quite like Robin's intrigue with being bit by a vampire, but i liked her boldness and her loyalty to best friend Nick. I wish I had read Storm Force before but I will remedy that shortly. I also didn't buy her romance with Cage as more than exciting supernatural sex. All the other couples are Vamp-Human, so This is the first all out Creature Couple. They are my least favorite couple. Their story wasn't built up quite like the prior couples.
All the prior couples except Will and Randa featured heavily this one and we have some new people to add to Aiden's Lietenants. I like the new shift in series promises to show a more aggressive Penton as they take the offensive in the war.
I love this series but since I've read 150+ books in-between the 3rd and 4th book it's nearly impossible to remember everyone's story: Melissa, Mark, Aiden, Krys, Mirren, Glory? Yeah, I vaguely remember their names but I have no idea what their stories were about. I loved this one, though. Loved Cage and Robin. Absolutely adored Nik. Alas, one bad guy dies and another has already taken his place and I'm not really sure I can do this anymore. I think I'll just stick to stand-alone books or trilogies that have all three books available. I recently read 4 books in a series and went to the authors web site to see if it mentioned when the next book would be out and saw that there will 13 in that particular series. Really? Do authors really think readers will wait around for years for them to write the next book in the series? Ummm...NO!!
As to the narrator: All I can say is WOW!!! Ms. McFadden has come a long way since Absolution and Omega. Her voices were just phenomenal. Melissa's southern drawl was perfect. Cage's British accent was so sexy and so funny at times. There were several times I laughed out loud and I'm sure if I had just been reading it that wouldn't have happened. It was the way Ms. McFadden read it that made it so funny. Nik's voice was just awesome, as was Robin's. The voices were all perfect and you knew exactly who was talking at any given time. Wonderful, wonderful job Ms. McFadden..
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