What do you do when your father wants to turn you into a vampire and the man who offers you protection has his own, dark agenda? Shawna Rawley has no choice but to run. Pentim Rawley, one of the most evil vampires who has ever lived, has just discovered that she is his daughter. Now he's obsessed with finding and turning her. She doesn't want Pentim to find the people she loves and use them to get to her. She doesn't want him to find and turn her. She has only one ace up her sleeve. The human in her may be at risk, but in addition to being half vamp, Shawna is also a white witch! Chad MacFare has an offer for Shawna he thinks she can't afford to refuse: he'll protect her from Pentim and his minions. But Shawna doesn't trust the sexy immortal. She knows he has his own agenda - he wants to kill her father, and he wants to set her up as bait...
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"Vampires, Witches, and Intrigue, OH MY!"
Shawna is an intriguing heroine with a truly unique lineage. Her father is a psychopathic vampire and the man who wants to protect her is also a vampire with an agenda.
How can you not love the concept, creation, and execution of such an amazing storyline?
Claudy consistently makes you love even her most vile characters. She makes them so evil, that you love to hate them. And she makes the heroes and heroines so amazing, that you wish you could be part of their world.
I am a huge fan, and am slowly addicting my daughter to her work as well!
Thank you once again, Claudy, for delivering an outstanding story. You always keep me salivating for more!
"Intriguing first book in the series"
This is a really interesting read. There were a lot of eh moments, but plenty of great spots as well. My biggest gripe about this book is it was confused about how much of a romance it wanted to be. Mostly it was a great Urban Fantasy read, with patches of romance. The romance felt awkward in the first half of the book. Too much coming at you, I guess. Later it evens out, but the heat factor is odd.
I loved the mix of legends. There are a lot of great elements here pulled from other paranormal, supernatural and fae legends. Little bit Vamp, little bit Highlander. I loved the marriage of these elements and cannot wait to see where the series leads. There are many pots cooking here, which can also be a touch confusing. You have loads of information to sort through, not always pertinent to the present story. I am sure it will come into play in later books, but right now it was a lot to take in at once.
I loved Shawna and all her sass! She is a great character to read and mostly had her stuff together. Only a few moments where she forgot her common sense at home.
It was great trading POV with the leads and even getting insight into the big bad. It is always great for the reader to be on the inside and know everyone's motivation. It really makes the whole story more engaging.
There is a bit of steam, open bedroom door, but not full on erotic play by play. Plenty of heat though.
The big battle was a little but of a fizzle for me, so much build to have ended with a whimper.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Valerie Gilbert, who is fabulous! I love her voice on this series, a perfect fit. She adds great energy to the story and some very delicious accents as well. I loved listening to her and she keeps the story moving at slower moments. I think this may be my favorite read of hers, so far.
I am eager to see what happens next in the series. There is a yummy Vamp I can not wait to see get a HEA!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
"I Love This AudioBook"
I enjoy all Claudy Conn's books! I'm LOVING THEM IN AUDIO EVEN MORE! The Narrator Does An AMAZING JOB!!
"Love anything paranormal"
I absolutely love Shawna. She's a strong willed woman who can take care of herself... for the most part. When she falls in love, she falls hard.... so hard she can't sneak away without him finding her. The narrator did an amazing job with this book. Her voice is so smooth and really captivates you and draws you into the story.
"exciting audiobook from Claudy!"
Listening to the book just makes it come alive so much more. I love the accents and the ease of which I could envision the action.
The characters. Claudy always has fantastic characters in her stories. Whether you love them or hate them, you can't deny how real they seem.
Oh I can never choose a favorite scene. I love them all.
I didn't cry, but there were moments that I did laugh. And it made me smile a lot.
I definitely recommend this audiobook!
Yes in a way because I feel like the narrator added to the already alluring tale
I think the whole new twist on the Dracula tale. I loved it
Her performance added to this amazing tale, it brought if to life. She allowed the scenes to play out like a movie in my mind
This book had it all. Laugh out loud moments and emotional moments that made you sigh in contentment
This was the first book Ive read by Claudy Conn's and its the first book I have listened to of hers.
I loved Claudy's new twist on Dracula's tale.
Claudy knows how to write dangerous and mysterious men leaving you wanting to read more of them.
So much is going on in this unique tale. All of it blends together perfectly.
Shawna and Chad are both independent, secretive and complex individuals. They are a perfect match. Chad comes into Shawna's life just in time to help protect her. They both try to fight the passion between them. Neither want to trust the other completely until they are forced to.
Chad is so sexy and his accent is such a turn on making you want him more. He is so confident. The way Claudy describes his chest with his tattoos has you picturing it in your head making you want to rub your hands down his abs just like Shawna wants to.
If you are a lover of paranormal and fantasy with a romantic twist you will love this tale.
This book was really refreshing. It was very light in the sex department but that didn't take away from the story at all.
"Loved This Audio!!!"
I read the book awhile ago, but listening to Valerie Gilbert's narration, the story and characters come alive!!! Her inflections really add to the overall emotional aspects of the story. Shawna and Chad are one of my favorite couples…..they were a hoot to read. This story had the right amount of romance and naughtiness to keep you engaged. I really enjoyed it!!
"The Slayer meets her match"
I have read the book but the Narrator brought this book to life
Nikki is a slayer who thinks she is immune but alas love has no immunity
When her brother jack becomes involved
Oh yes it was wonderfully done
This book was OK. I thought it started off quite rough, but did eventually smooth itself out. I enjoyed the H & h (though I did want to slap Shawna on more than once occasion). Oddly, my favourite character was Dammon. He was just a side character (and apparently the H of the next book in the series), but I quite enjoyed his calm demeanour.
Though I generally enjoyed the book, I am not without complaints. I hate making this criticism, because I think it is horribly over used, but a lot of the book is told instead of shown. I think a full 10% goes by in the beginning before the reader gets a single sentence of dialogue that isn't in someone's memory. The reader is also told repeatedly how skilled Shawna is, but we don't really see her fight or defend herself at all. We're also treated to quite a lot of internal dialogue as both Shawna and Chad tell themselves how sexy the other is.
Though I imagine it comes into play in future books I also didn't see the importance of the Dracula connection. It is set up in the prologue and he shows up once in the book, but doesn't seem to have an active role in the plot. I was left wondering, 'what's that all about?'
I also felt that the two dangers to Shawna didn't seem to line up. She's supposed to be running for her father and that's the basic framework of the story, but a good 75% of the book goes by before there is any real threat present to her by him. Most of the action centres around a demon she randomly encounters when she moves to Scotland (and amazingly and coincidentally moves in next door to Chad). This demon has nothing to do with the whole father situation and really felt very out of left field to me.
I also never understood Chad's attitude toward Shawna. If you were meeting a woman for the first time (and all subsequent encounters with her) and needed to convince her to trust you to protect her while she endangered herself for the greater good, would you're chosen method be antagonism and smug arrogance? He keeps trying to get her agree to his dangerous plan, but never gives her a straight answer to anything and purposefully goads her at every turn. Yes, it made for some amusing verbal sparing, but compromised his own goal repeatedly.
I will happily say this isn't a case of insta-love. At least not on Shawna's part. It is however a stunning example of sex = love. Shawna doesn't trust Chad and he only admits to lusting after her. Then they have sex and voila, sudden boundless, eternal love exists. I got a little whiplash I think.
Then, after 250+ pages of supposedly running from her sociopath father (that we almost never see) the whole book wraps up in about a page and a half. The climax was a little underwhelming I have to admit. Despite all of the above, I did enjoy most of the book. It took a little while for me to settle into the story. But once I did it rolled along well enough and it presented an interesting new birth of vampires myth.
Valerie Gilbert was good with the female voices but her male voices were not so good. Also she missed the g's in words like "Long" which was pronouced "lon" that was distracting and annoying.
"Fascinating Story of Dracula!!"
Intriguing, sexy, and fascinating.
Yes, I have. She does a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.
What can I say? Claudy Conn has written another amazing tale full of sexiness, suspense, and action. I just love the spin on the story of Dracula. Claudy is an amazing story teller whose descriptive writing gives you the feeling that you are living the tale.
Shawna (daughter of Dracula), is not only a vampire, but is also half-witch. A gift that has her father wanting to come after her. He sets out to find Shawna in an attempt to make her a full vampire. A vampire with special abilities. Shawna has been running most of life from her father to prevent this from happening.
Chad wants to help Shawna defeat her father, but she has no intention on trusting him. She wants to handle the matter all on her own. But Chad feels ahe is not ready or capable of killing her father all by herself. Both are attracted to each other, but neither wil admit to it. Can they put their trust issues aside and come together to destroy an evil man? And will they give into the passion they feel for each other?
For those who love paranormal romance with a little suspense, this book is for you. Claudy is one of my favorite writers, and I know she will become one of yours too.
loved it can't wait to read next one. on way to Amazon as we speak
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