Monday, February 16, 2015

Review of Until The Sun Falls From The Sky by Kristen Ashley

Synopsis: Leah Buchanan’s family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family’s legacy. But when she’s summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go.

Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries but he’s tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire.

So he’s taking it back.

And this is because Lucien has been watching and waiting for decades for Leah to become available for a Selection and he will not be limited with what he can do with her. He will have her, all of her.

Therefore, Lucien is going to tame Leah, even if he gets hunted and killed for doing it.

What neither Leah nor Lucien expects is the strong bond that will form between them, connecting them on unprecedented levels for mortals or immortals. And what will grow between them means they will challenge their ways of life and their union will begin The Prophesies which makes them one of three couples who will save humanity… or die in the effort.
5 Stars!
Review: I love Kristen Ashley's writing. Whenever I'm in the mood for that alpha male hero - even if they are just shy of being an anti-hero, or, in this case, if they are a centuries old vampire, I know that I can count on Kristen to provide that character. She does not disappoint with Lucien, and in fact, really delivered a new type of Vampire for me to love. I'm not an avid paranormal reader, so I don't know if my standards are as high as others that consider that their main genre, but Lucien is definitely one to remember.
This story starts off with Leah attending her Selection. Her family has been offering its members up, for generations, to be concubines to Vampires. This was an agreement settled upon between vampires and mortals in order to provide some type of order and rule to Vampires feeding off of humans. Leah is not happy about her fate, and she has further tried to avoid that fate by continuing to be in a relationship since coming of age, as they will not take a man or woman from a known relationship. So, this is another factor that I liked about Leah - she was 40 and not that young, naïve female character that does not know her mind.
Lucien, who is somewhat of a legend among his people, has been waiting for Leah since she came of age to be in a Selection, so everyone knows that she belongs to him. Everyone except for Leah, that is. She fights this for weeks, which Lucien actually appreciates and looks forward to, as he feels that the agreement has taken away something elemental from Vampires - the ability to hunt and "tame" a mate of their choosing. So, without asking anyone, Lucien actually creates a different type of arrangement with Leah, and this sets off a domino effect within the world of Vampires, as well as other Immortals. It actually begins a set of Prophecies, although more is to be revealed in the coming books.
As for Lucien and Leah, there are many among Lucien's kind that are against Lucien having the type of relationship with Leah that he wishes to have, so they set about making life difficult for Leah, as she is the most fragile of the two. Lucien finds out that he has more people supporting him, however, than he realized, but he has to find out who he can and can't trust before Leah is hurt.

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