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The Companion (Volume 1) Paperback – April 30, 2015
Now that Elizabeth Rochewell's archaeologist father has died, society mandates she leave the freedom of the Sahara Desert and return to the stifling parlors of Regency England. Ian Rufford is a tortured soul. Captured and sold as a slave to a sadistic vampire, Ian will use any means possible to escape, especially after he realizes that he, too, is a vampire. He decides that an English doctor specializing in disorders of the blood might be able to save him, or put him out of his misery. For Elizabeth, the only good thing about her trip back to England is meeting a handsome, brooding stranger. Ian is aware of Beth, too, but he can't risk dragging her into his own personal hell. Darkly erotic and sinister in tone, this richly detailed book isn't for the faint of heart; but readers who crave the shadowy worlds of Christine Feehan's Carpathians, Laurell K. Hamilton's vampires, or Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters will find that Squires' book is just the thing to sink their teeth into. Shelley Mosley
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"All of the elements that made Squires' previous sci-fi romantic suspense novel, Body Electric, such an eye-popping read manifest themselves here-a feverish romance, a pervasive sense of danger and an exhilarating chase full of adrenaline-fueled encounters... few romantic suspense authors know how to write a chase sequence as thrillingly as Squires."-"Publishers Weekly" on "No More Lies"
"Squires' fast-paced conspiracy novel gives readers a run for their money, and then some."-"Booklist" on "No More Lies"
"Readers of such historical titles as Claudia Dain's To Burn will enjoy Squires' epic style and unforgettable characters."-"Booklist" on "Danelaw"
"Electrifying and sensual sci-fi romance...Squires's deft plotting and full-bodied characters make this whirlwind adventure worthwhile."-"Publishers Weekly" on "Body Electric"
"Wow! Susan Squires gives her readers a breathless hardcore ride in her latest, Body Electric."
-"Romantic Times" Top Pick on "Body Electric"
"Body Electric is dynamite. It keeps you on the edge of your seat even while it makes you think-and it does it with great characters and a zong of sensuality. This book is a ripping good read. I couldn't put it down."-Catherine Asaro, on "Body Electric"
"Susan Squires has a fascinating, unique voice; she is a rare talent. An absolute must-read."
-Christine Feehan on" BodyElectric"
"A taut, daring, edge-of-your-seat read, Body Electric will leave you gasping for more. Gifted new author Susan Squires blends romance and cyber-thriller in a masterful work that advances the genre as much as it entertains...and logs on as one of the promising new stars in 21st-century romantic fiction."
-Susan Grant on "Body Electric"
"[The writing of Susan Squires] is not for the faint of heart."-"Romantic Times"
"An outstanding debut novel that takes some risks and succeeds. Susan Squires gives us a gritty, complex love story that is as engrossing as it is endearing."-"The Romance Reader "on "Danegeld"
"Bravo Susan Squires! If we let this wonderful, original book fall by the wayside, we will be stuck with cookie-cutter books and will have only ourselves to blame."-"All About Romance" on "Danegeld"
"A competent and well-thought-out historical novel, with just a bit of magic thrown in for delicious spice. Brava, Ms. Squires!" -"Old Book Barn Gazette" on "Danegeld"
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Top Customer Reviews
Ian Rufford as a younger son on his way to a career in the diplomatic services had the misfortune of having been captured by pirates, sold as a slave to an evil being whose delight in subjugation, depravation, and torture was beyond human comprehension. For two years, he'd endured all the while praying for death. Abandoned in the desert he was later rescued and would soon come to the realization that within him he carried a parasite he would later come to know as "The Companion"
Elizabeth Rochewell's home was Africa. Born of an Egyptian mother and her beloved English archeologist father, the Dark Continent was her home. With her looks, she didn't quite fit into either society; too dark for England; too light for the Egyptians. After the untimely death of her father, she found herself on board ship reluctantly heading for her only surviving relative in England. With little to amuse herself on the voyage home, she found herself drawn to another passenger, the mysterious Ian Rufford who seemed to awaken and excite feelings that disturbed her.
After a fierce sea battle Elizabeth would make a startling discovery about the stranger that defied all logic. Yet, beyond all reason she would see past, what would have sent most rational young women running in terror, to the soul of the man, and she would link her destiny to his as they battled together an evil bent on destroying the world.
*** After reading diverse reactions to this novel I read it with an open mind. While some portions of the book may not be to everyone's taste, (it can be grisly and contains some very explicit sexual degradations) I found the writing itself to be brilliant. The characters of Ian and Beth were fully fleshed out. In flashbacks, you learn of Ian's background, his rape and depravation at the hands of Asharti. Elizabeth was remarkably drawn with intelligence, compassion, and a strength of character that was totally refreshing and unique. Though one could say it lacked a truly romantic feel the author built a progressive relationship from trust, respect, and admiration that ultimately turned it into a beautiful story of love. For me a totally satisfying book from an author I've put on my watch list and intend to backlist as well!
All in all a great book. I can't wait for "The Hunger"
All of that changed when I began reading The Companion by Susan Squires and was introduced to Ian Rufford. Oh my! The more I read the more I wanted to find out about him. Tortured and damaged yet strong and with a sense of dignity, Ian managed to redeem for me the entire world of vampires and for that I’m deeply grateful to Susan Squires.
I found Elizabeth Rochewell, the heroine really easy to relate to: uncomplicated, realistic, she won me over with her unassuming nature. Life hasn’t always been easy for her but she doesn’t complain nor expects people to feel sorry for her.
Events bring Ian and Elizabeth in the same place at the same time and, as much as they try to resist being in each other’s company, there is only so much space one can hide on a ship. When things begin to go wrong at every turn, Ian loses control and does something he can help but loathe himself for.
There’s much more to the story than their relationship: there’s mystery, complications, surprises and a fast pace that keeps you on your toes, reading one page after another and as soon as you think you have it figured it out, there it comes: the bomb.
I applaud Susan Squires’ ability to create fascinating characters, intricate storyline and great pacing.
Needless to say Susan Squires’ portraying of vampires during the regency left me curious and yearning for more, so much so that the entire series (6 novels to be exact) are now in my library, waiting for me to discover their treasures.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had never read Susan Squires before last night-yes last night. I read this book in one sitting. I couldnt put it down.Read more