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Alone (The 'Serenity' Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 264 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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'A romantic, mildly horrific, urban fantasy... It was grand!' ~ Layers of Thought
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'This feels like real life. No neat packages tied up with string. Just the truth, as much as you can bear it.' ~ Sweet Vernal Zephyr
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'Alone has... a violence, brutality and evil more pernicious for being real.' ~ Taliesin meets the Vampires

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  • File Size: 1579 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Warwick House Press (January 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YRN6NG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,345 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Marissa Farrar has always been in love with being in love. But since she's been married for many years and has three young daughters, she's conducted her love affairs with multiple gorgeous men of the fictional persuasion.

The author of fifteen novels and numerous short stories, she has been a full time author for the last five years. She predominantly writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but has branched into contemporary fiction as well.

If you would like to know more about Marissa, you can usually find her hanging out on her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/marissa.farrar.author . You can also tweet her at http://twitter.com/MarissaFarrar

She loves to hear from readers and can be emailed at marissafarrar@hotmail.co.uk.


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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Lynne on August 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Alone is not, in my opinion, a "horror" novel, not like a Stephen King or Dean Koontz anyway. Alone is sooo much more than mere spooky stuff or gore and it is precisely because there is a strong thread of romance. The novel is the story of Serenity, a woman caught in an abusive marriage. She is walking down a crowded street in LA and suffers a panic attack. She takes off running through the crowds on the sidewalk and turns into an alley to try and calm herself. A man follows her and asks if she is all right; that is the start of a truly touching relationship.

The man is handsome beyond belief but it is the compassion and sensitivity Serenity sees in him that draws her. The initial meeting is brief but the memory of him lingers as she makes her way home and is confronted with the A-hole husband. I'm not going to go into too much detail here except to say that Sebastian, the man from the street, rescues Serenity from another round of abuse and their relationship blossoms from there.

Since it is on the blurb I'll go ahead and say that Sebastian is a vampire. The desperation he sees in her eyes at their first meeting draws him to her and over the course of the novel we learn that Sebastian, like Serenity, is afraid and tired of being alone. That is the focus of this remarkable book; a woman who clings to a horrid life because she thinks it is better than being alone and a vampire weary of his solitary "life" and longing for what he lost when he was made a vampire yet reluctant to bring the woman he loves into that life.

There is horror. Scenes that show how a vampire must feed are fairly graphic and the abuse scenes are visceral. That is what takes the novel toward the Horror genre, but to me this is women's fiction, romance, and I'd say it borders on pure literary fiction. It really is that good; thought provoking. This novel has lingered in my mind for over a week and I highly recommend it.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By BookChick Blog Reviews on September 16, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am not sure where all the 4 and 5 star reviews are coming from but this was a hopelessly depressing romance... and I use the word romance in its loosest sense.

This story made me feel like an oppressive millstone has been placed around my neck by the time I reached the words, "T-H-E-E-N-D." I'm sorry, but when I read a romance I want a "happily-ever-after-it-all-works-out-in-the-end" kind of story. I do not want to read a story that makes me want to step in front of a bus to end it all. That's really what you got with this story.

Serenity was a severely abused woman who hated her husband and hated her life. She vacillated between anger at being abused and guilt because she felt she caused the abuse. She had a 9 to 5 job but her husband stayed at home to pursue his career as a "writer." Later, she discovered that the only thing he really did write was several dozen instant messages filled with smut to women he was looking to hook up with. Regardless of how much she hated her husband she always acquiesced to his desires while subjugating her own. She "yes dear-ed" during every interaction with her husband...even while he was being physically and emotionally abusive towards her.

Serenity's go-nowhere inner monologue of "I'm going to leave..." chafed my nerves because I knew she would still be in the same place when I turned the page on my Kindle. I know that women deal with abusive situations like this, and worse, every day and they may have similar thought processes. I am not condemning them! In fact, I applaud any woman who can survive an abusive relationship and thrive afterwards. My problem was that there were pages and pages and pages of abuse...............in a romance novel.

I also found it odd and a little off-putting how Ms.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RomParty on March 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
**3.5 Stars**

Alone was a very different story from the ones I usually read. I had no idea what to expect. The first thing that came to me was surprise. I never expected that the theme would be about the heroine's struggle with Domestic Violence and how she was able to live through it.

Serenity Hathaway is miserable. She has been married for 10 years and living a nightmare. Everyday she must wonder what mood her husband is in. Hoping that its a good or else it will be hell for her. She gets fired and is too afraid to tell her husband, fearing the worst. As she fleas into the streets she runs into a mysterious man. That little encounter is able to give her the strength to go home but tell her husband about her job at a later time.
Sebastian is a Vampire and has been for over 200 years. He sees a women running through the streets as if the hounds from hell were on her. As he sees her face he can see such desperation and fear, that he feels a connection to her. Knowing what she is going through first hand. As Sebastian continues to meet with Serenity her learns of her living hell. As the story progresses, so does their feelings, but everything takes a turn for the worst when there is a murder and Sebastian's maker comes to town. Serenity must struggle to break her fear in order to survive.

First thing that I have to say that I liked this read. It was a difficult theme but I think the Author did a great job. I will be honest though, I am so used to reading the heroines being such strong characters that I was a little uncomfortable at first. I wanted Serenity to wake up, but like all women in that situation its hard.
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