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- Print Length: 424 pages
- Publisher: R.L. Mathewson (December 17, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 17, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GNFNRM
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Tall, Dark & Lonely (Pyte/Sentinel Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Detective Ephraim Williams has been living in the boarding house for years, Ephraim doesn't attach himself to anyone not after centuries of being alone. As a Pyte he is a mix between vampire and human and despite efforts over the years to kill him, he can't die. When he meets Madison, he is immediately attracted and knows he needs to stay away from her. However, he can't he wants Madison but could she accept him for who he is and with danger lurking he feels the need to protect what he is beginning to think of as his family.
I liked this one but thought at times it was a bit angsty. Madison is an interesting character but at times I think she was a bit immature when it came to Ephraim. I liked Ephraim a lot, he is a big alpha male who questions himself initially with Madison but once he makes a decision he is a force to be reckoned with. Great read.
The book definitely has some flaws that would have likely been improved by a tighter editing, however at the heart of it were two very interesting people who sucked me deeply into the story in the first chapters. There was a bit of 'and the kitchen sink' thrown in in terms of plot points, but I did chalk some of that up to the world building as there is at least one sequel. However, as the story progressed it did lose a little of the tightness at the beginning. Given some rather abrupt seeming jumps in time and perspective it almost felt like perhaps this had started off as a series of novellas that were then melded into a full book.
Other reviewers have noted, and I would reiterate, that some of the word choices, grammar/punctuation/capitalization errors were a bit much. In general I can overlook a few, but there were just enough to pull me out of the story at times. Particularly bothersome to me is the occasional (I think twice at least) lack of capitalizations--my grammar skills are far from a mastery level so if something looks odd perhaps it's my own ignorance, however...the capitalization errors do bug me ('states' when it's really States, as in 'returned to the States from overseas'). Not earth-shattering, but indeed something to notice. For those who are more grammatically inclined these might be deal breakers.
The thing that bugged me the most however is that I have a new author to add to my 'needs to check an anatomy textbook' list with regards to the hymen. It's just not all that far inside...yes there are anatomical differences, but still. Let's just say the hymen in this story had a bit more of a starring role so I wish the description of activities did not imply that the darn thing is that far inside. If you're in, you're in...this in-but-only-an-inch-so-it-doesn't-count thing is annoying. As for the uber-thick version our heroine is blessed with, honestly I felt as though we were reading about a septum not a hymen.
At this point my rating is a bit difficult. The story started off as a clear 5 even for me, but the point of view changes, the jumps in time, grammar issues, and that darn hymen, started pulling it down for me. Ultimately there is some really good story present and on the assumption the author will improve (or perhaps get better editing) I am very interested in seeing how this world unfolds--I bought the sequel when I was about a third done. I'm forgiving the excessive plot elements as many first books do a bit of that in their world building--not that it has to be done that way, but I can forgive that one if the next books show it was worthwhile. Given the promise shown I think this could end up as quite a fine series.
I am looking forward to the next story and I do recommend giving this one a try!
> I am an independent reviewer. This is the first novel in the Pyte/Sentinel series and ends with an HEA.
>Madison's mom, Candy, is a total loser, leaving 23 year old Madison to raise her younger brother and sister. When Candy does reappear, she is a bad influence on the kids. Almost homeless, Madison packs up everyone and moves to her Grandma's boarding house. She gets a job, the kids are looked after by a strong-willed grandmother and she meets a reclusive tenant, Ephraim. Ephraim is hiding the fact he is a Pyte/vampire. Once he smells Madison, though, he has to have her.
>The story started out with a heartbreaking prologue explaining what happened to Ephraim. What this man went through physically and mentally will have readers rooting for his HEA. In present time, he is a cop. The role of protector is perfect for this Alpha male. There are a lot of characters and all of them are so interesting. The principal at the school Madison teaches at is a slime. There is a delinquent student, Chris, who, I think, plays a big part in future books. Of course, Madison's siblings, mom & Grandma are all fun to know. The most fun is watching Madison and Ephraim fight an attraction and then just go for it.
>Madison seems to accept a world with other creatures in it fairly easily, but who knows how everyone would react confronted by that knowledge. The scenes of torture are intense. I wish there wasn't so much time skipped between the ending and the Epilogue. I would've wanted to see Chris's recovery and the blessed event.
>This book is appropriate for an adult audience. Once again, a wonderful story in a brand new series.
Also, the editing was BAD. This book desperately needed punctuation, and it was distracting. :(