Leah Buchanan's family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family's legacy. But when she's summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go.
Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries but he's tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire. So he's taking it back. And this is because Lucien has been watching and waiting for decades for Leah to become available for a Selection and he will not be limited with what he can do with her. He will have her, all of her. Therefore, Lucien is going to tame Leah, even if he gets hunted and killed for doing it. What neither Leah nor Lucien expects is the strong bond that will form between them, connecting them on unprecedented levels for mortals or immortals. And what will grow between them means they will challenge their ways of life and their union will begin The Prophesies which makes them one of three couples who will save humanity or die in the effort.
©2012 Kristen Ashley (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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"I so wanted to love this but Leah..."
I really wanted to love this book because K.A. is the best and she never disappoints...however the first 7 or 8 hrs of the book was extremely painful ALL DUE to Leah. She was painstakingly annoying. I know the point is that she is headstrong and afraid to love because she doesn't want to get hurt but MY GOD she was EXHAUSTING.
And honesty this book was a bit redundant. I'm gonna stop here because I don't want to be too negative on a K.A. book but I just couldn't act like it was all good. Let's just say Lucien kept me listening.
"Third Time Not the Charm"
This is the 3rd book by this enormously profligate author I have tried to read. It is the first I finished, but barely. It is the last one I will attempt.
In the first two books I tried to read I thought she was over-wordy and tried to hide the lack of real plot and meaningful characters behind overly descriptive text.
The plot of this book called for detailed description. Since it had a fantasy element she needed to do some world building. But she did very little, so it was impossible to make believable characters in a world that was apparently identical to our world, except there were demons and vampires, we just hadn't noticed coexisting with us.
And she seems to use older than average heroines, which on one level I applaud. But especially in this book, her 40+ year old main character came across as an immature and ditsy 18 year old, and that is being generous.
By the shear volume of books she has released in the last few years, she must push one out every month or so. And it definitely shows
"Hoping their story continues in the next books"
I cannot believe I am going to make this statement about KA book but, in this particular case, I think this story ended too soon. I am hoping their story will be continued in the next couple of books because there is too much to come that was not shared. I truly think that this is likely the case. I am off to the next book, in the three, and I hope you choose to come along for the ride.
PS: My only complaint is the choice of the voice, used by the narrator, for the Heroine. It is a very immature voice for someone who holds 1/6 of the future of the world, in her hands.
-V from Kansas
"40 Year Old Child"
I haven't returned a book in over two years but I'm really considering it. The only thing that made this book was the narration and the alpha male. The female is 40 years old and through the majority of the book she is childish...well she didn't seem like she was 40. I got so tired of listening to her that I mainly fast forwarded until finally I was done with the book. While the premise was good the female character was lacking. I will not be continuing this series but will continue to be a KA fan.
"What happen to the sweet strong female character KA usually have...?"
Keep hoping Leah's personality will get better, 4hrs in and she's still so rude and annoying. I usually finish KA's book in 1 sitting. This time I've to stop so many times because I'm too annoyed with Leah
"almost gave up"
I hated Leah! In the first 1/2 to 3/4 of the book I could not stand this 40 year old child. She got on my nerves and I wanted to smack her. She got better as time went on and Lucian and his family made this book work and the events that played out once his family came into the picture. I will get the next book in the series because the story line was good and the plot thickens still but I hope this leading lady is more likable.
"Very Very Long But Good"
This is a really interesting story and of course well written. I enjoyed the mystery but the STUBBORN WOMAN WRECKED NY NERVES. Still it's a great story. I loved it. Now book two. P.S . Thank you Kristen for being an awesome author and putting the entire series out in one day. I love that about you👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
"Fantastic Start to This Series"
Love everything about Lucian and Leah!!!! If you like paranormal, this is the way to go! the narrator did a superb job!
"Brilliant and unforgettable!"
My biggest complaint about this series; there are only three.
If you enjoy fics with supernaturals, look no further. These are the books you've been waiting for.
Kristen Ashley writes romances with a depth and breadth of emotion that you can't help but be moved by. Her stories and characters are not easily forgotten, and leave you wishing for more every time.
Sexy, touching, adventurous and sassy, her worlds and characters are created so beautifully, you can't help but wish they were real. I'm so thrilled Audible picked these up!
"A painful listen, 4 hrs in, can't take anymore"
The story had a good premise, but the female protagonist was whiny, and a spoiled brat. A 40 year old woman should've been more cunning, reacted with more intelligence. She acted like a 12 year old. Sophomore effort on KA's part. Disappointing.
This is a fabulous book!! Listen to all the good reviews!! Yes Leah is slightly annoying but tbh Lucien is so arrogant he deserves her distrust and her being stroppy. At the end of the day folks it's very entertaining!! Best vampire paranormal I have listened to in ages!!!!
I've given the story 4, that's wishful I listened as far as I could before the pain of the narration, lead me to skip large chunks to get to the end.
"nice entertaining book."
was easy but interesting listening.I bought the 2nd in series fingers x it's as good.😊
"Vampire Romance with Stress and Anks"
The idea of this book pulled me in, a world where generations in select families act as concubines to the vampire world. Interesting idea.
Obviously our heroine Leah is reluctant. She has been seen by Lucian previously and the whole or lets say eighty percent of the story is the to and fro play between the couple.
Leah is supposed to be forty but heavens she acts like a teenager. Her continual anks got on my nerves but I really enjoyed Lucian. If you are looking for an action packed story then forget the first part of this book, however, if you enjoy the battle for supremacy between a Master and his Concubine then this is the book for you.
I am not sure if I will buy the next book in the series or not.
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