by Susannah Sandlin
Series: The Penton Legacy #2
Publication date: October 9, 2012
Genre: Adult/Paranormal Romance/Vampire
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon
*contains foul language, sexual content and violence. This is not suitable for young readers.
With the vampire world on the brink of civil war over the scarcity of untainted human blood, battle lines are being drawn between the once peaceful vampire and human enclave of Penton, Alabama, and the powerful Vampire Tribunal. Mirren Kincaid once served the tribunal as their most creative and ruthless executioner—a time when he was known as the Slayer. But when assigned a killing he found questionable, Mirren abandoned the tribunal’s political machinations and disappeared—only to resurface two centuries later as the protector and second-in-command of Penton. Now the tribunal wants him back on their side. To break their rogue agent, they capture Glory Cummings, the descendant of a shaman, and send her to restore Mirren’s bloodthirsty nature. But instead of a monster, Glory sees a man burdened by the weight of his past. Could her magic touch—meant by the tribunal to bring out a violent killer—actually help Mirren break his bonds and discover the love he doesn’t believe he deserves?
I absolutely love this action packed, swoon worthy
paranormal romance series. Sandlin captured my attention from page one and held
it to the last page. As I closed the book and caught my breath I immediately wanted
the next book. Absolution
vampire Mirren Kincaid and Glory Cumming’s story. While this could easily work
as a standalone, I recommend reading them in order to meet all the characters
in the town of Penton, Alabama.
The tale picks up almost immediately where Redemption ended.
Mirren Kincaid is a master vampire, known as “the Slayer” due to his previous carnage
for the Vampire Tribunal. After a killing he felt wrong about he left that life
and is now second in command in Penton.
The tribunal has decided they want him back and are determined to have
him. They capture Glory Cumming planning
to use her to break him. They lock her in his cage after starving him. Glory
prepares to die, but instead finds there is more to this man then his thirst.
The tale that unfolds is action packed, filled with sexual tension and a
romance I found myself rooting for.
I really liked Mirren from the onset of the Penton Legacy
series and was delighted to get to know the man behind the tough guy exterior.
He is a killer, but with it comes a price and no one is harder on him then
the man himself. Dressed in black and rippling with muscle he is completely
swoon worthy and it was delightful to watch him fall for Glory. Glory has had a
rough life. Descended from a shaman she has abilities she is unable to control.
She is fiercely independent, and not at all afraid of Mirren. I loved the interactions between the two of
them and how headstrong she was. The romance was cute, edgy, and downright
hot. These two quickly get in over their heads and it was so much fun to watch
it unfold. We get to see other townsfolk, and learned more about Will and his
partner. I am seriously hoping his romance is the next to develop. *hint* There
were plenty of evil villains to hate and the tension they created had me
turning the pages.
Sandlin’s world is unique and I love the small setting of
Penton, Alabama. A vaccine used to stop a virus has made anyone whose had it poison
to vampires. This had caused a blood shortage for the vampire world as
unvaccinated humans are scarce. Aiden Murphy has built the town of Penton,
offering hope to lost, downtrodden humans and vampires. Here they
live side by side. They are all bonded to Murphy and in exchange for blood they
work together to build a haven. Vampires around the world are looking to the
success/failure of Penton. Some members
of the tribunal feel threatened by them and will stop at nothing to see Murphy
and his town destroyed. Sandlin delivers a plot that is fast paced, with tons
of action packed, kick-ass scenes that had my heart racing. She does this while
weaving the stories of the townsfolk into the tale bringing it to life. She blurs the lines of reality for me and I get completely lost in the story. The
characters are fully developed and we even see growth in them. I cannot wait to
go back to Penton.
I highly recommend
Absolution to fans of paranormal romance, swoon worthy vampires and action packed
suspenseful reads. Omega the next
book in the Penton Legacy will be released in February 5, 2013. Look for my review.
I want to thank Susannah Sandlin for providing this ARC in exchange
for my unbiased review. *Purchases made through buy links result in a small
commission which is used to fund our giveaways.
I gave this novel 5 coffee cups out of 5.
Susannah Sandlin is a pen name for Suzanne Johnson
author of the fantastic urban fantasy series Sentinels of New Orleans. You can see my review of Royal Street here
look for my review of book two River Road
in early November.
Labels: adult, paranormal romance, Susannah Sandlin, The Penton Legacy