My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A half-bloodling, Ascher Rousseau is a half human, half vampire hybrid that knows he shouldn’t actually exist. He’s gone through his entire life questioning his existence, wondering what his actual purpose is. Unable to truly understand as to why he was born in the first place, he knows he doesn’t quite fit into either world. Because of the fact that he can walk in daylight, most of the vampiric world consider him to be an abomination. Humans, on the other hand, have no idea as to what he truly is.
Discontent with the way his life is going, he’s drifted through life as if nothing has ever really mattered. His way of thinking changes when he meets Shauna, a woman working at his brother’s bar who’s beautiful as well as brawny. There’s something about her he can’t quite put his finger on that peaks his interest.
Knowing that he should leave well enough alone, he sets off to win her heart against his better judgment. Inadvertently drawing Gabriel’s ire because of this, Ascher briefly wonders if he should back away. Shauna could do better, he surmises. Yet his need of her trumps all and he gives in to the longing he feels deep inside to truly call her his own.
When Ursula, the woman he’s been arranged to marry, catches wind of what he’s up to, she’s determined to thwart Ascher’s plans. She won’t give him up without a fight. It doesn’t matter that Ascher doesn’t want her, she’s intent on staking her claim upon the Rousseau’s and the secrets they guard closely.
Thwarting her every move, Ascher does his best to protect Shauna at every given opportunity. He knows now that she’s his true mate and will stop at nothing until his enemies are dead. When several family members are caught in the crossfire, hers included, he realizes there’s more to the situation than meets the eye and it’s up to him to set things straight, once and for all.
This was quite an intriguing story. There were quite a few grammatical errors and running sentences that needing fixing, though. Overall, the premise of the story is a unique one. The book was a good read.
“No fate other than the one I choose.”
The timeless creed, and tattoo, bore by the Rousseau’s— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher – a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.
Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula— a prearranged union to a woman he abhors — he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.
Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna— a beautiful, bi-racial human Wiccan — and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.
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About The Author:
Ashlynne Laynne has always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun loathing creatures of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music that is of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny. The vampire/witch pairing is unique and different when most books pair vampires with werewolves.
The infinite possibilities, for such a wickedly unique couple, intrigued her. There is no shortage of romance, steam and surprises in The Progeny. These books are for adults and contain adult sensuality and themes, but minimal profanity. She loves writing on the edge and teetering between the erotica and romance genres. She thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the damned version of Romeo and Juliet.
She’s currently working on book two of the series entitled Blood Bonds. In her spare time, Ashlynne enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. Ashlynne juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write full time one day soon.
Ashlynne lives in North Carolina with her husband and teenage son.
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