by Susannah Sandlin
Series: The Penton Legacy
Publication date: June 12, 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository
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
I love sexy, tough, complex and noble vampires and Redemption
satisfied my craving. I was immediately drawn into
the world Sandlin created. I consumed
this in a few hours and cannot wait for the next installment. Intense characters, fantastic world building and a unique plot make this the perfect start to a promising new series.
In the tiny town of Penton all is not as it seems.
After a vaccine renders human blood fatal to vampires, Aidan Murphy has built a
small tight knit community in rural Alabama. Here vampires and unvaccinated humans live side by
side. If successful his community may be the answer for his race. After the loss of their doctor he searches and
finds Dr. Krystal Harris. When things go wrong the night of her interview, Aidan is forced to hold Krystal hostage. The tale that
unfolds is riveting and perfectly paced as Aidan works to save his town from a
threat and deal with the beautiful and captivating doctor.
The characters were well developed and I connected with each of them. I found Aiden to be complex and a totally smexy vampire. He is a born
leader, and protector. He carries the burden of this town and its people on his shoulders. He cares about his community and makes it a
point to know both the humans and vampires. To him they are his family and bonded to him by blood. Aiden has a painful history and has closed himself off. When he enters a room his presence consumes the room and others look to him for guidence. Beneath this exterior is a passionate, sensitive man and I loved discovering the many sides of him. Dr. Krystal is smart, compassionate and flawed. She is
also curious and her need to know, geeky side, lands her in trouble. Watching the
two of them interact was funny, sweet and smoking hot. The relationship grew
slowly and I liked that. Members of the community added to the tale and had
substance. Hannah was one of my favorites.
She is a vampire with physic abilities and her back story was interesting. Of course there are evil characters and
unknown players who add to the suspense.
The world building is solid and I liked Sandlin’s twist.
While she has not changed much about vampires, the back story and vaccination twist
were believable and refreshingly original. The utopia Aidan is trying to create
was interesting and the perfect setting for endless plot lines. I love small
town series, where you get to know everyone and Penton appealed to me. The plot, character development and flow was wonderful. I quickly became invested
in the characters and the tales outcome. Sandlin has a gift for weaving a suspenseful plot with fleshed out
characters. This appears to be a series where each can be read as a standalone and focuses on one couple.
is a must read for fans of suspenseful paranormal romances, and vampires. Fans of the Sweetblood and Night Huntress series will eat this up. The next two books in the series are due out later this
year and this reader cannot wait. The titles are
which releases October 9 and Omega
due out December 18.
I want to thank the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
I gave this 4.5 coffee cups out of 5.
*Sandlin is a pen name for Suzanne Johnson author of the urban fantasy
, which rocked my face off. See
my review here
Labels: adult paranormal romance, Susannah Sandlin, Suzanne Johnson, The Penton Legacy series, vampires