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 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.
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I really wanted to love this book because K.A. is the best and she never disappoints...however the first 7 or 8 hrs of the book was extremely painful ALL DUE to Leah. She was painstakingly annoying. I know the point is that she is headstrong and afraid to love because she doesn't want to get hurt but MY GOD she was EXHAUSTING.
And honesty this book was a bit redundant. I'm gonna stop here because I don't want to be too negative on a K.A. book but I just couldn't act like it was all good. Let's just say Lucien kept me listening.
Give me a Kristen Ashley book to listen to and I'm happy... couple this with my love for hot Alpha Vampires and I'm in book Heaven and, for me, this story didn't disappoint. 40 yr old Leah didn't want to go to the Choosing Ceremony where a Vampire would claim her as his Concubine.... a mansion, clothes, wealth, a car, a maid and she'd be looked after for the rest of her life just like all the women from her family had done for decades before her and, in return, she was supposed to be the willing blood donor to a Vampire. The only problem was that, unlike the rest of the mortals at the Ceremony, Leah wasn't happy, wasn't looking forward to her new life as a kept woman.... and was determined to get out of it.
Lucien was admired, respected and feared amongst his fellow Vampires and mortal women would swoon when they saw the brooding, handsome, charismatic, dangerous and sexy man walking by. He'd been watching and waiting for Leah for 20 years and the time had finally come to claim her... he thought it was going to be easy but he was about to get a shock because Leah didn't want any part of it. This started a battle of wills between a feisty, funny, strong independent woman and a powerful centuries old Vampire who was used to getting his own way... and yet he was loving and delighting in the chase, the challenge and the spirit that Leah was giving him. It was a refreshing change for Lucien, after centuries of willing women, to finally have someone who wasn't just going to suck up to him and give in to his desires as he sucked her blood and he was so looking forward to the challenge that was his Leah.
What a wonderfully entertaining and complex paranormal dual POV love story this was and there was no 'instant' anything here... well maybe hate and animosity from Leah towards her forced situation and the dictatorial Vampire that had made her his Concubine. And, as Lucien tried everything to coax the stubborn Leah into submission, there was lol humor, witty banter and a blossoming mutual respect and attraction that slowly grew between them. However, they weren't left alone to fight and f... out their differences because the Vampire Dominion had rules... rules that Lucien had no problems in breaking which brought outside threats from Vampires, from a bitter jealous ex and from Lucien's secrets and lies that Leah finally found out about during a very frightening and dangerous confrontation. There were sensual seductions, sex and eventually the bearing of hearts and souls as this unlikely couple became one loyal, loving and eager pair of the Prophesied Three (Vampire, Werewolf and a Werevamp) three couples that would save humanity in the War that was coming.
Worth a credit? You may have a problem with the 'forced' situation that made up this story but there was never a case of Lucien being brutal or raping Leah - instead he was often patient and thoughtful. And, IMO, this is Paranormal fiction at its best because KA has weaved an ingenious and intriguing web around a fascinating world that is in danger of collapse and annihilation. A HEA ending - but the War is coming so we will see more from this couple at the secondary storyline progresses - and great narration from Abby Craden too. So, YES, creditworthy... and I'm eagerly about to download the other 2 books in this fascinating Trilogy.