Review: Redemption (The Penton Legacy #1) by Susannah Sandlin
A pandemic has killed thousands of humans worldwide, followed by a vaccine that changes the makeup of human blood, rendering vaccinated humans lethal to vampires. Aidan Murphy, a master vampire, respects and cares for his human donors as well as the donors for his scathe (vampire family). Wanting to protect them, Aidan buys up a small town in Penton, Alabama. Krys, an unvaccinated doctor, is looking to relocate to a rural area and is interviewing for the job in Penton. After the death of the town doctor and an attack on his close friend, Aidan decides to keep Krys against her will in hopes that she’ll want to stay. With their intense attraction and the continued attacks on the townspeople, Aidan fights to keep himself together and his people safe, because the loss of Penton, Alabama could be the end of vampire race. Redemption is Recommended!
- Title: Redemption
- Series: The Penton Legacy #1
- Author: Susannah Sandlin
- Prominent Characters: Aidan, Krys
- Recommended Reader Age: 18+
- Genre: Paranormal Romance
- Sexual Content Level: moderate
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Having strong morals and a fierce loyalty, the devilishly handsome Aidan Murphy founded Penton, Alabama on the idea that humans and vampires are equals; humans deserve respect for keeping vamps alive, and should be treated as family. After the town doctor is killed, his human best friend attacked, and going against everything he believes in, Aidan decides to keep the new doctor against her will. What he didn’t plan on was the intense attraction and mating behaviors she has triggered in him. He’s loved once and failed his first wife. He can’t let himself go there again.
Strong-willed and independent, Dr. Krystal Harris had an abusive childhood causing her low self-esteem and the need for complete control of her life. Her attraction to Aidan aside, he’s trapped and is forcing her into doing something she knows she shouldn’t get involved in. Krys can’t be with another controlling man. It took her 17 years to escape her father and she will not involve herself with another man like him.
As the attacks continue on the people of Penton, Aidan and Krys’ attraction starts to turn into something more. Krys fights to overcome her ingrained upbringing, trying to allow herself to love Aidan, while he also struggles with his growing love for her. Opening up to her and getting rejected would kill him. Krys is a distraction, but one he needs even though he’s fighting to save his town, his people, his race.
This story starts off really slow and I have to admit that I was kind of disappointed with the way the story was beginning to sound like almost every other vampire paranormal romance that I’ve read. However, about halfway through, the story picks up rapidly and I realized that I had become invested in the characters and was determined to see how the it ended. The characters are very well-written and grow on you as the story progresses, making my rating of the book higher and my likelihood to continue the series definite.
Undead or alive? Does it really matter…
He unbuttoned the top few buttons of his shirt and drew her hand inside it. His chest was hard and warm, and she could feel his heart beating beneath her fingertips. “Feel that?”
She nodded and jerked her hand away, liking the feel of it way too much.
“That’s what you do to me.” He slid even closer, till his thigh touched hers, and her heart almost stopped. “I wanted you as much as you wanted me, and it didn’t have a damned thing to do with me enthralling you. All it did was give you the nerve to act on your feelings.”
He slid an arm around her shoulders and leaned in to graze his lips across her neck. Was he going to bite her? Was he going to kiss her? Was she going to let him? “I thought vampires were not really alive. You know,” she said, her voice shaky. “Undead.”
He kissed her neck and trailed his warm breath till his mouth hovered just above hers. “We don’t die, we evolve.” He kissed her softly. “Don’t I feel alive?”
“Ok, one month. And I have one more question.” She raised her eyes to look in his, waiting for the familiar dizzy sensation. It didn’t come.
“Why can I look in your eyes right now and nothing happens and yet sometimes you can hypnotize me?”
“Because I’m not trying to enthrall you now.” He smiled. “That was the question?”
“No!” Krys sounded more strident than she’d intended.
“Then the answer is yes, I’ll have someone come tomorrow and repair your bathroom door,” he said, smiling.
“That wasn’t the question, either.”
He looked at her, one eyebrow raised.
“Can I see your fangs?”
If ya run from him, he’ll eat ya…
“You were with him tonight,” he whispered. “And yet he hasn’t bonded you to him. Such temptation.”
Krys wished she could slow her jackrabbit heart rate. She remembered a brindle pit bull their neighbor, Mr. Nelson, used to have. It had cornered her in the Nelsons’ yard one day when she’d run out of the house to escape one of her father’s tirades. “If yeh run from him, he’ll eat yeh,” the old man had told her. “Don’t throw the evil eye at him, just set still and he’ll leave yeh alone quick enough.”
Vampire. Pit bull. Same principle. She remained still as Renz inhaled her scent, trailed his lips along the curve between her neck and shoulder.
Finally, he raised his head and released his grip. She stumbled away from him and backed toward the fireplace. Just when she started feeling safe and thought she was going to survive this whole ridiculous experience, something would happen to remind her how utterly not in control she was.
Renz smiled as he opened the door to leave. “You should tell Aidan to bond you, doctor. It would protect you from wily old vampires who are up past their bedtime.”
If you liked Redemption…
If you enjoyed Redemption and are looking for more stories of female leads clueless about the thriving paranormal world around them, check out J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1), Lara Adrian’s Kiss of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 1) or Rachel Caine’s Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, Book 1).
Redemption is a great debut novel and an enticing beginning for this new series!