Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.
Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes.
Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House.
In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…
First of all, let me say that I have never been one to jump on the vampire-hunting bandwagon or found fangs seductive. Well, I may have briefly in the mid 1990’s, but that was unavoidable. With that said, what appealed to me about this book was not the vampires but the political and suppression angle. In this book, bloodlines and genealogy determine power while race can make you an inferior slave or dinner - sometimes both. And, it is not by coincidence that this story takes place in Southern Mississippi.
The characters really developed, and the author really pulled me into the story. There were some times that the heroine annoyed me, and some slight over usage of words or phrases. However, it’s not enough to deter me from book two, House of Pawns.
This book is perfect for a mature teen or young adult. But, cliffhanger beware! You know it’s coming, but the writing still leaves you anticipating.
Book two, HOUSE OF PAWNS, releases December 15, 2015.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Andrea'. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~