Series: The Three
Series Placement: #1
Author: Kristen Ashley
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 24, 2013
Published by: SPA
Pages: Approx. 438
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Leah Buchanan’s family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family’s legacy but when she’s summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go.
Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries but he’s tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire.
So he’s taking it back.
And this is because Lucien has also been watching and waiting for decades for Leah to become available for a Selection and he will not be limited with what he can do with her. He will have her, all of her.
Therefore, Lucien is going to tame Leah, even if he gets hunted and killed for doing it.
What neither Leah nor Lucien expects is the strong bond that will form between them, connecting them on unprecedented levels for mortals or immortals. And what will grow between them means they will challenge their ways of life and their union will begin the Prophesies which makes them one of three couples who will save humanity… or die in the effort.
5 Smokin’ Hot, Alpha Stars!
Amazing Paranormal with Fantastic Story and Steamy Characters!
Wow, I loved this read!
Leah Buchanan comes from a long line of concubines. Her family has been servicing the vampire world for centuries and she’s up next for selection. Leah, however, has tried her whole adult life to stay far away from the selection process but it seems someone was set on this year being her year.
Lucien has been waiting twenty years for Leah to be free to attend a selection so that he could claim her as his. He’s been watching, waiting, biding his time but this year, is the year he takes what he wants and doesn’t let anything get in his way. Including the willful, obstinate ways of Leah herself.
When these two come together, there’s struggle, misunderstandings, secrets, humor, chemistry and lots of mystery as these two find their way.
This is my second time reading this book and I loved it just as much as I did the first time. Kristen Ashley has a very talented way with bringing out the absolute best in her characters through her writing. Her hero’s are courageous, sexy, dominant and are ready to fight for what they want. They may be a bit challenging when it comes to the opposite sex but thats what makes them so intriguing. Her heroines are always sexy, intelligent, savvy and girly girls without the prissiness I hate so much in ill written characters. They are strong, and they to fight for what they want. This book has all that and more.
I loved Leah. She was goofy but not in an irritating way and she was “real”. Her reactions to being claimed by Lucien were spot on. I mean, he’s a vampire and he wants to set her up like a mistress, use her as a happy meal and when he’s done, let her go. Or at least thats what she thinks in the beginning so she resists and puts up a good fight to keep her heart and herself intact both physically and emotionally. And when she finally lets go, its a beautiful fall to something incredibly sensual and fantastic.
I adored Lucien. That man was all alpha. Yes, he didn’t explain himself very well and yes, he messed up.. A LOT. But underneath it all, he wanted something he was, by law, not supposed to have. So he waited patiently, fought tooth and nail to have it and then did everything in his power to tame it. He loved Leah’s spirit and her personality. She went against everything concubines are supposed to represent and he care for her more because of it.
Watching these two fight their way to each other was so much fun. I enjoy the humor this author injects into her writing and this one made me laugh and grin many times. I also enjoyed the hot, steamy passion the mains have and their chemistry was undeniable.
Lets Talk Story, World Building and Plot...
Everything from the unique way of vampire society and rules, to the history thats revealed, to the overall plot that this trilogy will play out, was written to PERFECTION!
THIS.. This is how you write a fantastic paranormal with amazing characters, phenomenal world building, an intense and fantastic story and a plot that will keep you turning the pages well into the night. For the second time, I read all the way through, from beginning to end, without stopping.
Even knowing how it was going to turn out, I still couldn’t put it down!!
The Wrap Up:
I know I’ll read this one again and again. And I'm very excited to head into book two to see how this series continues. Once again, Kristen Ashley has blown me away! LOVE HER BOOKS!
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