Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of "third species" beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit's most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy - a master vampire - comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived. For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed seven years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane's help she is next. She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for. Or die.
Contains mature themes.
©2012 Lindsay J. Pryor (P)2014 Tantor
Lindsay's created a great alternate reality where Vampires and Lycan alike are known humans. The humans call them the third species. Within that world exists the Third Species Control Unit (TSCU) and within that are subdivisions such as the Lycan Control Unit and the Vampire Control Unit (VCU). Think of it like an FB I sort of organisation. The female protagonist, Caitlyn Parish works for the VCU as a shadow reader meaning she can read vampire's 'soul' of sorts. She has become obsessed with tracking and hunting down Master Vampire, and apparent criminal, Kane Malloy as well as finding what killed her parents. Kane Malloy is, in turn, on his own mission to seek vengance for the murder of his sister Arana.
Their stories intertwine and they realise that their current life's path are not so different even though they are on different sides of the law and order tracks.
I don't want to give too much away. However, the sexual tension is evident from their first meeting and also how they are the right fit for each other. Their relationship unravels amidst each of their finding out what happened to their respective murdered family members.
So many twist and turns in the story made it a great and addict 'read' (or listen in my case). I heard it all in 2 days! It is a complete plot. No gaps. Very heavy and I loved it!
"Needs a different narrator"
Getting through the first chapter was rough. The story itself was okay, the telling and writing not so much. A more extensive vocabulary would have helped greatly. While Ms. Flosnik is not a terrible narrator, she didn't really fit this story or these characters.
"Really can't say......"
The narrator. I did not get past the first chapter.
If the narrator was different.
Everything. The accent was the worst.
Did not get that far.
Listen to the sample before you buy!
"Excellent Audio Book"
It is not often lately that I purchase an audio book that I finish in two days. I just couldn't stop listening. Kane keeps Kaitlynn wondering throughout the story what his true intentions are. Excellent end to a great story
Kane was my favorite character, he is misconceived throughout the story and is more of a hero rather than a villian
No but I can wait to start book two in the series, now one of my favorite authors
Yes when Kane's true feeling were exposed.
Highly recommended for paranormal lovers.
"Great Series starter"
Good book, great writing, definitely on the more intense side. The hero is a genuine bad boy - so much that you might not like him, reminds me of nalini singh's Raphael character in her guild hunter series. there is some closure at the end but definitly more to come on this couple - per the authors website there will be more to their story at some point later. Def hooked on this series - glad to find it after milling about with some other so-so PNR's that just werent grabbing me. This definitly pulls you in! If you like Black Dagger series and Nalini Singh i think you will like this series.
"Incredibly boring, no one worth rooting for"
This thing was incredibly boring. It seemed like one scene after another with Kane (who is not in any fashion a hero, not likeable in any way at all, and seems to have few redeeming features) seducing the "heroine" (who also seems ridiculously weak for the term), and even these scenes are boring. I wish I hadn't wasted my credit.
"THE FOUNDATION STONE TO A GREAT NEW PNR SERIES"
Welcome to a new world with, it's rules, it's Prophecy, it's lores and it's characters which are made up of Humans, Vampires, Were's and, well….. others who are called the Third Species. There's Summer Town for the elite Humans and Third Species free, Mid town which is again Third Species free, Low Town where less fortunate Humans mingle with the Third Species and finally there's Blackthorne which is an un-policed Ghetto and is where the Third Species are forced to return to each night and live….. and that's where most of this exciting story takes place.
It revolves around Caitlin a smart strong yet vulnerable Heroine who is obsessed at getting answers from the very handsome but manipulative, ruthless, arrogant and very sexual Alpha Master Vampire called Kane. But, in turn, sexy Kane has his own agenda which is all about vengeance however when they meet there's an unwanted sizzling sexual chemistry between them. As the plot unwinds there's plenty of world-building, action, tension, suspense, secrets, major major "OMG I didn't see that coming" plot twists, sex and an intense push/pull relationship between Kane and Caitlin as trust is a big issue and is constantly being tested.
Told from dual POV's but Anne Flosnik's British narration somehow didn't fit this dark seedy world of Vampires as I'm used to her usual genre of happy Historical romances. Don't get me wrong, she did a great job but I personally think it would have been even better with a different narrator.
Worth a credit? It's just the beginning of what will hopefully build to be an awesome series, there's a bit too much inner dialogue but it's a very addictive and enjoyable listen which has a building 'to be continued' storyline….. and I just can't wait to hear more. Totally worth my credit.
if you believe being controlled is sexy, give it a try. Awful. Rape, real or make believe will never be my cuppa.
I enjoyed the story, but admit I had a hard time getting into the audio version of the book. Although the narrator did a great job, her voice is that of a woman in her late 50's so it definitely didn't go along with the characters of the book.
"Great start to a new PNR series"
I liked the world building and characterization a in this one. There were a few twists and turns I did not see comming. All in all a good read.
unique story enhanced by remarkable narrating! honestly I could not stop listening to it. the story itself is great.unique creature characteristics, and the world author created is different than any other I have read about. but all of it was made even better by the narrator. she brought so much life and emotion to the characters, im speechless. amazing job on all fronts
loved the book, unfortunately didn't enjoy the narration, it actually spoilt it. a great pity, I am now reading the print version without listening to that very boring voice droning on. it's much better.
I really dislike leaving bad reviews. Normally I can find something positive to say but this has to be the first book I can find nothing good about at all. Dreadful prose, dreadful narration. I won't be buying any other books by this author or read by this narrator.
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