Friday, March 2, 2012
The Progeny by Ashlynne Layne Review
Title: The Progeny
Author: Ashlynne Laynne
Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing
Pub Date: Feb 1, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Got it through Philla Book Tours
“No fate other than the one I choose.” The timeless creed, an tattoo, bore by the Rousseaus- 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.
Asher 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 pre-arranged 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.
A Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae is what this book was like. I mean a very hot book. I had to have a glass of water at times, while I was reading this book. Vampire books are sometimes tricky to write, yet this book was an absolute delight to read.
What was particularly strong in this book was the relationship between Ascher and Shauna. I mean the writer developed Shauna and Ascher having a friendship first. I mean Shauna isn’t like other girls that Ascher has met. She intrigues him and makes him curious. Plus he is trying to avoid his upcoming sealing to Ursula because of the presence of Shauna.
He is very attracted to Shauna for a variety of reasons, but they get to know one another for their own reasons. For Ascher it’s about connection and feeling that you’ve found your other half and for Shauna someone she can relate to, share things. I think that this is the basis for any good lasting relationship. They have their obstacles of course through out the book.
One of the major obstacles in this book was Ursula, who I found to be a great villain. She will do anything to get Ascher and him to be her mate… but she doesn’t want to let go of him and move on with her life. Ursula wants Ascher for completely selfish and doesn’t care who she hurts. She is a really great flesh out villain.
I also love how Shauna and Ascher’s love scenes were written. They were written so beautifully that you felt that these two characters truly loved and cared for each other. Not to mention that these were some of the hottest scenes I ever read. I had to have a glass of water at times.
Also like the fact that that were some great developments when it came to Shauna’s powers and abilities. I love when they make the female heroine have powers. I felt that this made the book work so much better. Because Shauna is Ascher’s equal in this way.
What I love is even though there are so many great twists in this book, I felt that this book was a true romance. I haven’t read a really good vampire book in a long time. This book had a great hero, heroine and a good cast of supporting characters. Yet the romance to me was what propelled the story. An excellent Vampire romance to be savored.