Thursday, October 8, 2015

One with the Shadows (The Companion Series) by Susan Squires and Her Top Ten Favorite Vampires or Anti-Heroes ~ #5StarReview #ParanormalRegencyRomance #Excerpt @SusanSquires


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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – One With the Shadows
SERIES – The Companion Series
AUTHOR – Susan Squires
GENRE – Regency Vampire Paranormal Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – September 15, 2015
LENGTH – 322 pages
PUBLISHER – Independent
COVER ARTIST – Rebecca Poole, Dreams2Media


—Publisher’s Weekly (A Best Book of the Year)

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Bestselling author Susan Squires brings you a shadowy world of seduction and betrayal, vengeance and desire…
TEMPTATION BEGINS IN DARKNESS
Kate Malone makes her living reading Tarot cards and fleecing society’s elite. With no prospect of independence, her own fate looks bleak. But Kate’s fortunes change when she steals a magnificent emerald—and is confronted by a mysterious stranger. Kate is sure the striking gentleman’s attention is a ruse to retrieve the gem. But his presence awakens her to a passion she never dreamed of… and to powers she never knew she possessed.
AND LASTS FOR ETERNITY
Gian Urbano is bound by honor to retrieve the mystical stone that can drain a vampire’s power—and drive them to madness. The willful, stunning Kate has no idea of the emerald’s dark magic, or the lengths Gian’s enemies will go to possess it. But soon Gian discovers for Kate a desire more compelling than duty—one that could save them both or lead them to their downfall…
“Squires writes a darkly compelling vampire romance.”—Affaire de Coeur
Full of colorful characters, romantic locales and vivid details of 1820’s life [One with the Shadows] has a delicious pace and plenty of thrills, and her vampire myths is both mannered—almost Victorian—and intriguingly offbeat. Bound to net a wide audience of paranormal fans, this one may even convert devotees of traditional historical.”—Publisher’s Weekly (A Best Book of the Year)

Author Susan Squires Top Ten Favorite Vampires or Anti-Heroes



In no particular order:

  • Frank Langella in the Dracula that came out in the seventies.
  • Mad Max from back when Mel Gibson wasn’t crazy, and in the new Tom Hardy movie.
  • Jean-Claude from the early Anita Blake novels by Laurell K. Hamilton.
  • Sherlock Holmes (difficult guy, drug addict, anti-social—but I can’t get enough of him, especially the Benedict Cumberbatch version)
  • Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series and True Blood.
  • Daniel Craig as James Bond (they finally got back to bad boys again!)
  • Duc d’Avon in Georgette Heyer’s These Old Shades
  • Don Draper from Mad Men (love Jon Hamm)
  • Ian Somerhalder from Vampire Diaries
  • Captain Homer Jackson in the British series Ripper Street, played by Adam Rothenberg. Just finished binge watching. He’s the police surgeon with a questionable past, and worse current choices. Why do I always like the bad boy better than the traditional hero? I started watching for Matthew McFadden, but I stayed for Captain Jackson (if that’s his real name.)


Love some of her choices!!  I totally agree with Mad Max, Eric Northman, Sherlock Holmes (even though I usually do not like the story, he's a fantastic character), Daniel Craig, and oh yes, the perennially yummy Mr. Somehalder.  Such a fantastic tortured soul he is with just the right amount of twisted and human.  Thanks Susan!! 

EXCERPT

Everyone else in the room hung on her words, the men wanting something they could use to jibe him, the women hoping for something that said he would be theirs. But she couldn’t make out the story the cards told. She didn’t have any words, only an ache in her head and a feeling of... dislocation, as though she were looking at herself from far away.
Yet words came.
“You have seen blood, rivers of it, in a desert.” She blinked. The room began to swirl, the colors of the crowd melting together. “Blood you brought forth through extraordinary heroism in a cause you believed was just.” She stood. The table toppled. Surprised, she glanced down to see the cards scattering very slowly to the floor. But the crowd behind them was spinning faster. “It has left you wandering in your soul, impotent. Evil is around you even now, and may still win out.” Her voice did not seem to be her own. “Many trials are ahead. Thievery will be involved. I see a stone, an emerald. Your arrogance can still be tempered into wisdom by your trials.” She had a sensation of falling, and yet she knew she stood, looking up at him. He too stood, staring in fascinated horror. “Love can transform you.” She gazed up into those green eyes and the room receded entirely.
The green of his eyes turned into the green of a stone.
It was an emerald, as big as half her fist. It glowed in darkness. A woman’s hand with long nails held it with a pair of silver tongs. The glow of the emerald cast refracted green light on the rough stone walls and floor of a cramped room. He was there: the arrogant, beautiful one. He was naked and chained to the wall. His pale skin stood out against the dark stone on which he lay. “You are mine,” the woman said “The jewel will give you to me.” Fear shone in the man’s eyes. The woman came closer, touched the flesh of his chest with the stone. He arched and groaned. The glow brightened until it lit the cell with a blinding green light. The woman’s laughter echoed crazily back from the rock walls.
And then nothing. The stone cell vanished. Kate took one breath, and collapsed.




REVIEW



I love Vampire stories, especially Vamp romances.  This is the second of Susan Squires books I have read (the first was One with Darkness) and it is better than the last if that is possible.  How?  There was more romance and isn't that what we are here for?  

This time we are in Rome with a young lady named Kate who has be left all alone, without a cent to her name.  Using her wits to get by, she gets invited to parties to tell fortunes with Tarot cards.  At one such party she meets Gian Urbano, our handsome Vampire for the book.  It seems they are equally taken with one another.  Also, Kate has stolen a large Emerald that Gian needs to get from her and transport to safety on behalf of Vampires everywhere.  Kate will only give in if paid what it's worth so she can live more comfortably.  The two become partners, working together to keep the Emerald safe while making the most of their close proximity romantically.  Tons of adventure, ups and downs and twists with some of the usual plot elements but not to the typical degree and enough heat to burn up the pages.  Whooo baby!

Susan has a unique take on Vampires but I like it.  She still keeps them dashing and bold with the attitude we love so well. (See her Top Ten Vampires or Anti-Heroes List)  She gives female Vamps power which I also like but allows for some rule breaking as in this book with Gian and Kate.  These are indeed complex characters that are well thought out.  I love the good one and hate the bad ones, just like Susan planned it.  And I especially love it when characters from past books get to come and visit such as the Ruffords.  It make such fabulous continuity and when they are people I like, I love to see them again. But like I said in the beginning, the best thing in the book was the additional dreamy, steamy, yummy Romance between Kate and Gian.  Well done Susan! Romantic Vampire lovers everywhere should read this!  5 Stars!

Assessments:

Rating:  5 Stars - A Must Read!!

Heat - 3/5 - Blush Worthy

I received this book in exchange for my forthright and honest review.





AUTHOR BIO

Susan Squires is a New York Times bestselling author known for breaking the rules of romance writing. Whatever her time period, or subject, some element of the paranormal always creeps in. She has won multiple contests for published novels and reviewer's choice awards. Publisher's Weekly named Body Electric one of the year’s most influential mass market books and One with the Shadows a Best book of the Year. Time for Eternity, the first in the DaVinci time travel series, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly.
Susan has a Masters in English literature from UCLA and once toiled as an executive for a Fortune 500 company. Now she lives at the beach in Southern California with her husband, Harry, a writer of supernatural thrillers, and two very active Belgian Sheepdogs, who like to help her write by putting their chins on the keyboarddddddddddddddddddddddd.

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