Ok, let me make you guys laugh at my blonde moment. So, when I sign up for tours, I normally don’t read anything but the book description. I wanna know about the book, nothing else. giggle. then I check the dates to make sure I can do it. ok, well I was all excited about this book, thinking it sounded so interesting for a new series. Well, it is good, but then I about smacked my head off my shoulders, when I realized who the AUTHOR was… An author I actually love and hadn’t even read the name. hahaha she writes the Hyde series I liked so much. So, I am even MORE excited to show you this one, because this series is going to be EPIC! It’s awesome. 🙂 Now, lemme show you some goodies so I can prove to you how much fun it is.
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Off the Hook Publishing
Date of Publication: May 29, 2014
ASIN: don’t have one yet
Number of pages: ~386
Word Count: ~100,000
Cover Artist: Amanda of Pixel Mischief Design
An invisible wall built from the tears of those touched by death
An impossible love as divided as the world around them.
After Addison finds a nearly-dusted vampire in the garbage outside her building, her ability to stay off the supernatural world’s radar is deader than the vamp. Almost as dead as she’ll be if anyone thinks she put him there. Should she finish the job somebody else screwed up or move him somewhere humans won’t find him? To keep the Heights hidden, she may have shoved a stake into her own chest. Just when she thinks her life couldn’t possibly get any more dangerous, she finds out who he is.
As vampire king and Prime to all supernatural beings in the North American zone, Rhyse is accustomed to getting what he wants without asking. But he neither wanted nor asked to be wounded in an ambush, waking up chained to a bed with a hole in his chest. Unfortunately, he needs help to discover who tried to kill him. But worse than that, his only ally is his captor, someone unaware she has the power to destroy their entire world.
As a prophesized war brews in the Heights, Addison and Rhyse must decide which carries more risk—trusting someone who could destroy you or trusting someone who could love you?
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Addison backed up until she hit the counter. It was over. It had been over ever since those chains came off. Ever since she brought him into her apartment. Into her life.
“I saved you. I could’ve left you outside until the sun came up.”
“I imagine you wish you had.”
“Can you…can you not kill me? Just take some, but not all?”
Rhyse brushed her hair behind her shoulder and curled his fingers around the nape of her neck, whispering, “Do you trust me that much?”
“I don’t even trust you a little.” She felt the sting of tears. “I don’t want to be turned. If you drain me, let me die.”
He ran his other hand up her shoulder, to her throat and slowly closed his fingers around it. One move and her neck would break. “To drain you I would have to drink from you. And that, my pet, I will not do.”
She didn’t know what he meant but now seemed like a bad time to argue.
“Did you know what you are? How many of you exist?”
She didn’t answer. Partially because speaking required the air he was cutting off. Then his hands were gone, just like the rest of him.
Was it over?
When one of the women behind the counter moaned, Addison went to make sure they were alright.
Rhyse was on top of one of them, his fangs obviously burrowed in her neck. The woman moaned again, her legs wrapping around him. One hand clutched his shoulder and the other slapped the wall, searching for a hold.
It had to have been shock that made it impossible to look away. Or run away. The woman’s moans got louder, then crested, and her body went limp. Not in a dead way, but in an I-just-had-the-best-orgasm-of-my-life way.
Get out of here.
“Leave and they will die.” His voice stopped her after only two steps. “Stay and they will wake up from a very pleasant, very erotic dream.”
She grinded her teeth when she heard another moan. He must have moved on to the other woman. With two to feed from, there was less of a chance he would drain them, but… “Why should I trust you?”
The woman’s moans stopped and she whined, “No.”
“I do not care if you trust me,” he said. “Only that you obey me.”
“Fuck you.” But she didn’t move. “Are they alive?”
“Of course. It is against the law to kill humans.”
“Then let me go.”
“You are not human, Addison.” His voice came from just over her shoulder.
“I am. I promise. Totally human.” Somehow he’d missed the fact that seers were human, despite her telling him at least five times.
She heard the shuffling of fabric and looked down to see him wrapping his already-bloody shirt around the arm she’d cut. He tied a knot with the sleeves and pulled it tight. There was no part of this that she understood.
She sucked in a breath when he put his hands on her hipbones. Then another as they slid to her belly and down, pressing her back into him. She felt his heat and a vibration on her back as he made a sound similar to a cat’s purr but scarier. Clenching her eyes shut, she waited for death.
“You should thank them.” His voice was all sex. Dangerous, risky, awesome sex. “They just saved your life.”
They did? “Thank you,” she called out with a shaking voice. “Now that your belly’s full, how about you back off a little?”
“I should kill you, Addison.”
“I’m going to have to disagree with you about that.”
After a moment he stepped away, sighing as if he just made a really tough decision and wasn’t sure it was the right one.
“So,” she said, heading for the door, “it seems like you’re feeling better which is great. I’m really happy for you. Since you don’t need me anymore, I’m gonna go now. I’ll see you around.”
“Come to me, Addison.” His eyes were back to their original inhumanly beautiful color. Though he didn’t quite look calm, he looked satisfied.
“Come to me or I will snap your neck.”
“If you had simply brought a human to me, this all could have been avoided.”
“I was just thinking the same thing.” Total lie—she wasn’t thinking a goddamn thing besides, “Shiiiiit!”
“You and I have things to discuss, and a few memories to alter along the way back to your home.”
Damn it on many counts. “Alter or wipe?”
“Alter, of course. Although my strength has returned, wiping that many minds would still be highly taxing. I prefer to save my power for other activities.”
Like…? Nah, she didn’t want to know.
He opened the door and gestured for her to go first. Which he’d probably never done before. Minions opened doors for him and she doubted chivalry ranked high on his list of valuable traits. But she went because when you gotta go, you gotta go.
“Did you know?” he asked.
What was it with that question? “Know what? That your victims come while you feed? Yeah, I heard it happens occasionally.”
“Always. They always come while I feed. If it were possible, I would show you.”
“I just heard more proof than I wanted to, thanks.”
“I have no doubt that it would be far more enjoyable to feel you come than to hear her do it.”
Shall we talk about the fact that even I like the vamper in here. DAMMIT! I hate when that happens hahahaha 🙂 No seriously. This is an amazing start to a new series. It’s fantastic wrapped up in a side of bacon. Yep, we get food analogies again 🙂 It was that good. I could not put it down, I could not let go, and even though I didn’t know what was going to come, my heart broke when it did. This one is going to cause some emotions to run high for a lot of you. And it’ll make you grab your seat and hold on for dear life, while you scream and cheer and get all crazy!
Ok, our main lady is Addison, who is stuck. She’s stuck being a pawn for the vampires. They suck, pun intended. And it’s not just vampers, there’s all kind of supernatural characters in here. So what happened is that all the “higher” races, the shifters, vamps, etc., now run things, and “seers” like Addy are the bottom of the totem pole. Now, let me explain, and no it’s not a spoiler because it’s told right in the beginning. A “seer” is not magical, they are the humans who have the ability to “SEE” those more than human. So the big wigs decided to round up all those seers and make them their slaves basically. Bully for them, as I will not invest in Addy’s dusting powder and some serious stakes to carry around 🙂 Anyways, back to Addy, who is really cool. She isn’t kick ass in the beginning, but becomes awesome. She starts as a disposer, you know, those who “dispose” of the bodies before the humans see things. And she accidentally finds a big vamper dying in her trash and she is seriously stuck with him. Well, she learns some things, he learns some things, and hot damn we have some serious tension going on, as well as some serious line crossing. She is brave, and courageous, and caring, and loyal, and a little nuts, and willing to sacrifice herself to help others. She’s my new hero, though I don’t think I wanna hang out with her, because she has some scary people floating around. And people like to make her bleed, alot. 🙂
And then there’s Rhyse. Well big bad kind vamper has a little tiny human who’s gunna knock him on his ass. It was AWESOME!!! 🙂 And, not to mention in the beginning, he wants to kill her, and eat her, and by then end, he wants to keep her and love her. Let me just say that this book has the best romance plot line. I’m normally allergic to that part, LOL, BUT, this author made that vampire work so damn hard to get her, only he doesn’t in the way he wants. There’s no love at first site, OMG I am gunna fall over myself to be with him. His powers of persuasion don’t work on her, and she has a power over him that’s gunna blow his mind. It’s a back and forth, and most of the time, I swore they were gunna kill each other. It was definitely one of the best anticipations I’ve read in a very long time.
Ok, the world building is probably the best I’ve read in a while, because it’s not just your modern day world, but the way the others govern themselves, and the way things fall, and how the humans really don’t know about it all. It’s amazing, and it’s complex, and it’s so enriching. It’s definitely a cool place to be in. And of course there’s like 80 twists that will blow your mind. Every time I would think something normal would happen, BAM, there’s another twist that makes me yell or drop my jaw. Seriously, the ending made me cry, because I felt HORRIBLE. But I understand. Yep, be prepared for a thorough jaw dropping scenario. And not to mention, cold heartless vampires get a heart, bitter, crazy girls gain a vampire as well as something that can’t be said due to spoilers, and her best friend gains his life, which I cheered for the entire book. I totally thought her bestie Logan wouldn’t get to see something great! So, if haven’t given you at least SOMETHING that sounds interesting, than you suck like the vampers. We can’t be friends anymore. LOL 🙂 Seriously, I am routing for this one, and I will be the first to get my paws on book two, no matter who I have to bribe LOL 🙂 5 AMAZING, FANTG-TASTIC, BLOODY WOLFY PAWS! PS, Ms Stewart could you give me a nice little wolfy in book two, maybe Noah has a friend LOL 🙂
About the Author:
Lauren Stewart lives in Northern California with two of the most amazing children that the world has ever seen. She reads almost every genre so, naturally, her writing reflects that. With every book, every story, you’ll find elements of other genres–fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women’s literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn’t kill us should make us laugh.
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Ms Lauren, thank you once again for giving me excellent books. I will need to get my hands on the last of the Hyde trilogy because I totally missed that it came out! I am so excited for you because this one is GREAT! Really 🙂 I wish all of you guys good luck on the giveaway because you totally want to win this one!!! Happy reading and later gators!! I’m gunna leave you guys links for her Hyde trilogy in case you wanna see that awesomeness too!!!
dammit I seriously love these covers! Like I think some of my all time forever cover favorites, and if you only read these stories to know why they mean something 🙂 ok click on the covers to take you over to check them out!