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“Krystal Harris is given an amazing opportunity to work in a rural community as a doctor and pay off her student loans. Upon arriving in town for her interview, she has to put her skills to use when one of the town people has been attacked. Aidan, the "mayor" of the town and master vampire has to...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Vampire Aidan Murphy has founded the peaceful town of Penton, Alabama, consisting of vampires and bonded humans with pure blood that have never been tainted with a vaccine deadly to vampires.
Dr. Krystal Harris has unknowingly been sought out for her uncontaminated blood and background by the town of Penton to replace their recently murdered doctor. Arriving at Penton for a job interview she ends up being kidnapped by Aiden. Trouble is she is beginning to fall for the handsome vampire.
Many at the governing body of the Vampire Tribunal, feel threatened by Aiden Murphy and the army he is building in Penton. Matthias Ludiam is one of those vampires. He secretly sends a killer to infiltrate Penton, Aidan’s older brother Owen.
Redemption sets the foundation and is a great start the Penton Legacy Series. This action pact book is exciting and hard to put down. I enjoyed the characters and community of Penton; both having a lot of depth. Penton is a worthy community were the inhabitants feel that they finally belong.
Susannah Sandlin did an admiral job with the start of the Penton Legacy Series. I can’t wait to read book two, Absolution.
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
“Excellent.....”Shaz R wrote this review Sunday, June 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5 of 5 Stars
Aidan is dark, handsome and brooding, everything a Master Vampire should be. Krys is a survivor. She’s beautiful but doesn’t really own it. She and Aidan both struggle with their respective pasts and family issues. Of course, they truly belong together.
I love that Ms. Sandlin has given them an almost supernatural desire for each other, something out of their control and nearly overwhelming. It is a wonderfully romantic touch to think that they are fated to be together, that they were made for one another.
The big picture is that Vampires are in danger of dying of starvation as a race when a human pandemic creates the need for a vaccine that, unfortunately the Vampires are allergic to. Aidan creates a close knit community where Vampires and unvaccinated humans live together in harmony, sheltered and removed from the outside world. Vampires in power are jealous of what Aidan has created and concerned by the number of others who follow him. One will secretly use Aidan’s greatest weakness to try to kill him and destroy what he has accomplished. Aidan will have to face the past that haunts him when his own brother is sent to end him.
The story is full of action and moves quickly. It is not complex and is an easy read. The emotional ties between the players draw you in to their world and while the romance is a bit subdued, I think Aidan and Krys have a promising future.
I was provided a copy of this book without charge for an honest review. My opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any payment, agreement or other compensation.”
“A pleasant surprise.
This is another one of those paranormal romance series that seems to be just that little bit more refined, the characters a tad more sophisticated and mature, and the focus slightly less on sex and action and more on relationships, science, communities and...you know, grown up stuff. AND sex and action! There are plenty of PNR series out there following groups of hulking warrior-types who live together that would appear quite juvenile in comparison. More like a group of Frat Boys (to borrow an American term) than centuries old men born in a more dignified era. That's not to say one is preferable over the other, I've read and enjoyed both, I just thought it worth noting that this falls in the former category rather than the latter. If you've enjoyed series such as [a href="http://www.goodreads.com/series/56171-immortal-guardians"]Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians [/a]and maybe even [a href="http://www.goodreads.com/series/41627-love-at-stake"]Kerrelyn Sparks' Love at Stake series,[/a] then you should like this series.
As well as being a Paranormal Romance, it's also got a Post-Apocalyptic thing going on. Something I wish had been detailed a touch more, actually. The setting was very insular—all set it Penton, as the series title would suggest—and the community [span id="freeText18351598198597691077"]Aidan Murphy has tried to build there. Yet we're told that the world has suffered a massive loss to its population through a virus. A virus that people are now vaccinated against, which for vampires is a disaster because it makes their blood poisonous to them.[/span]
This is the reason behind Aidan's newly-formed community in Penton. A nice place to be for the vamps who live there, but the ones out there starving, unable to find enough unvaccinated humans to survive on, aren't happy about it. They see the Penton vamps, each with their own blood-bonded human, well-fed and happy, and seek to destroy them out of jealousy and fear of Aidan's increasing power. Aidan, on the other hand, couldn't give a flying fig about power or any of their dominance games. He just wants a quiet, peaceful life. To provide for his humans and make sure his vampires are taken care of. That is all. In the search for this, he tries to employ a new doctor for the community after the last one was killed. Enter Dr. [span id="freeText18351598198597691077"]Krystal Harris.[/span]
Krystal was a pretty good heroine—Level-headed, a touch insecure—but really it was Aidan who stole the show for me. A sweet-natured man who doesn't seem to realise his own appeal. I enjoyed the relationship between the two and thought the background plot was strong even with the setting being so limited. Perhaps we'll see more of the the world and this elusive 'Vampire Council' in the next book, which I will definitely be reading:)
4 Stars ★★★★”
“With a leg firmly on both sides of the Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy fence, Susannah Sandlin has created a fascinating world on the verge of a vampire apocalypse. The vampires are hungry. A recent plague has resulted in humans being vaccinated with a substance that makes their blood poisonous to vampires. Visionary Aidan Murphy has created a community, in rural Alabama of all places, where unvaccinated humans and the vampires they are bonded to can live together peaceably. This is a major change from the traditional predatory approach vampires have taken to humans, and it causes great unease in the vampire hierarchy. Aidan’s own brother, Owen, is sent to destroy the town. In desperate need of a doctor for his people, Aidan resorts to kidnapping, and finds himself needing way more than just medical services from the feisty physician.
The writing in this book is superb. Ms. Sandlin writes like a seasoned professional and Redemption belongs on the same shelf as your other favorite paranormal authors and titles. The characters are drawn with detail and attention. The plot is excellent and well paced. There is plenty of action to keep the story boiling. The ending line of the book referenced a much earlier conversation and was the perfect conclusion. As the first book of the Penton Legacy series, Redemption was a winning beginning.
I absolutely loved this book. I will be eagerly reading future books in the series and checking out other releases by Ms. Sandlin. ”
“The main reason this book gets three stars is the fact that I really enjoyed the concept. It's set in a world where vampires exist, but are a somewhat extinct species. The reason is a vaccine almost every human was treated with in reaction to a pandemic. This vaccine caused a change in the human body and makes their blood toxic to vampires. Now they're slowly starving.
We mostly see a little village named Penton, where Aiden is the vampire boss of other vampires and humans that were never vaccinated and willingly feed them.
This is pretty original - at least I haven't heard of a vampire book plot like this before -, which nowadays is always great. So, most of my liking the book had to do with the idea. Also, the writing wasn't bad per se.
It could have been even more awesome if not for the fact that I was actually pretty bored after a while. I felt like we get a lot of pretty useless details on what the main character Krys is doing, but on the other hand, interesting stuff is just skipped over. Like that drain-and-fill on Mirren. Am I the only one who would have liked to see that?
To me it was pretty obvious what would happen most of the time. Krys going out, thinking 'well, he told me to stay here, but I'll be back before he wakes up anyway' ... I actually rolled my eyes at that. How dull if you actually know that, of course now she's going to get caught by the bad guy. Really, like a bad horror movie.
The other thing that really bothered me was the romance. Frankly, it sucked. Krys gets kidnapped and locked up by Aiden (because she's an unvaccinated doctor and they need one), and she's mad at him for a bit, but then she just isn't anymore.
Their relationship was incredibly unbelievable and no fun to read. Aiden was a bit dull, as well (he was described as 'brooding').
I might read the next one, because it'll be about Mirren and I think he could be a more interesting character. But it's no 'need to have right away' book for me.”
“See my blog for the book tour for the 2nd book, great giveaway, for this and the 2nd book. Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com
I really loved this book. It was a great introduction for a great new series. I loved the different world these vampires live it. True Blood fans will for sure love this series.
I really liked Aiden, he is swoon worthy for sure. And Dr. Krystal Harris I really liked alot, I was able to connect with her and felt part of this world right along with her.
The writing is top notch, and have no complaints on that at all. Its a great idea that Susannah had for this series, and will enjoy reading the rest of the books.
I rather not spoil anything for you, so will keep this short. You can basically get an idea on the summary what its about, and I just wanted to add that I liked the characters, and was hooked from the start.
I loved how we swapped back and forth from Krystal's point of view and Aidens, I like when I get to get into the head of the men. It's a great insight, lol.
Overall, great story, and worth giving it a shot.
5 out of 5 stars.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book along with the 2nd book Absolution for a book tour, for my honest opinions.”
“Krystal Harris is given an amazing opportunity to work in a rural community as a doctor and pay off her student loans. Upon arriving in town for her interview, she has to put her skills to use when one of the town people has been attacked. Aidan, the "mayor" of the town and master vampire has to enthrall Krystal to stay until he can convince her otherwise.
Well, this was certainly a pleasant surprise. I had not heard of this series but was intrigued by the premise and of course, I love vampire books but I wasn't prepared for liking it as much as I did. I would even go so far as to say it's ~ almost ~ but not quite up to the par as some of the heavy hitter series.
The premise is that a vaccine for humans that was used against a pandemic has caused their blood to be poisonous to vampires. There are not too many humans that are unvaccinated and this has lead to vampires starving and fighting over them. I thought this was a great spin on a vampire story and I loved that Aidan just wanted to make a place where humans and vampires could live together in peace.
Krystal was almost a bit too accepting of everything...too accepting of the vampires, too accepting of her attraction of Aidan and too accepting of something that happens at the end. I'm not saying that's a bad thing but I wish she would've fought things a bit more.
Aidan was great...hunky, brooding, Irish vampire that wants to protect everyone, feels guilty about some things in his past and feel unworthy but doesn't want to hurt the human he falls for. What more could you want?
Ahhh...how about a bad guy that just happens to be his brother? I had high hopes for Owen but he is really bad. I enjoyed their brotherly "love" but I felt the drama went back and forth too much and dragged on for too long.
There are a lot of great vampires in the scathe namely Aidan's lieutenants; Mirren, Lucy, Will and Hannah. Mirren's story is next and it should be very angsty. Lucy's story will be a hard one as well but I love that we might have a female vampire lead. Will's story will be complicated. And Hannah...well, she's a whole other story but you'll have to read this to find out.
All in all, a really enjoyable vampire story with a twist and some really good romantic and steamy scenes. Can't wait for the next one!
♥ "You shine like the sunlight," he said softly. "Don't ever doubt how beautiful you are."
“This book was so good I can't wait to see if there will be another one. The story line was really nice and I just love a good romance.
The author have a talent for writeing, I never read any of her books before but I feel that she could go a really long way with writing. Vampires lover's around the world would love this book I feel that this is a most read.”