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Monday, October 26, 2009

Forbidden: The Ascension by Samantha Sommersby

Forbidden: The Ascension by Samantha Sommersby
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (163 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Fern

There’s only one way to safeguard the future—fight free of the past.

Byron Renfield is a master of climbing the social ladder. He’s successful, handsome, independently wealthy…and a vampire. As a member of an elite group of immortals, the Dominie, Byron’s spent centuries isolating himself from humanity in order to pursue redemption. It’s a good plan…until Violet Deeds comes along.

Violet is beautiful, sexy, outspoken…and human, which makes her completely off limits. His society’s canon may forbid it, but Byron is rocked by a longing so intense that in one impulsive act of passion, he claims Violet as his mate.

Irrevocably bound together, Byron and Violet enter one another’s worlds, threatening the balance of society and nature. He takes steps to protect them both from the Dominie’s inevitable retribution, but it isn’t enough. Violet is hunted down and kidnapped. If Byron wants a life—any life—with Violet, he must defy the very core of the Dominie itself. And win.

This book has been previously published and has been revised and expanded from its original release.

WARNING: This book contains one fabulously feisty redheaded heroine, one hunky holy-man-turned-rebel vampire, a group of corrupt religious zealots, women in chains and plenty of scorching hot sex.

When I read the blurb for The Ascension, I was incredibly excited. It sounded like an entirely new take on the vampire genre, and best of all, it was written in a first person a narrative using the hero’s voice. After settling in to read, I knew I’d found something special, and was hooked by the end of the first page.

Byron Renfield, aka Ren, is a three-hundred and seventy-nine year old vampire, which means he has one hell of a history. But unlike other vampire stories, the immortals in this world are born, not made. They believe salvation will be granted to them upon the end of days by caring for their mortal children, the chosen. The rare few that have proven themselves worthy of such a life become Dominie, vampires that will most assuredly be granted entrance into the gates of heaven. When Ren meets Violet, all of his beliefs will be challenged. The intense feelings he experiences are too powerful to be denied, but if he claims Violet as his own, their destinies will be twined, not only in life, but in death.

This is a story that has so many facets, in both the world created and the characters that exist within it. I was fascinated by the concept of a vampire sacrificing his immortality. When Ren claims Violet, she’ll age slowly, but she will not be immortal. In fact, in claiming her, he will become susceptible to harm for the first time in his existence. When she dies, he will too. There are also religious elements that will lure you in. Everyone wants to get to heaven. But how do you do that when Cain, the very man god has cast aside, is the originator of your kind? Not to mention, mating a human as a Dominie is pretty much an instant death sentence?

This book was a thoroughly fascinating read and one I enjoyed very much. There are so many twists and turns, and when they come, you’ll hang on tight and look forward to where the journey takes you. There were a few instances during heavily written dialogue scenes that I had to go back to figure out who was speaking, but aside from that, the material is very well written and the plot will ensure you fly through those pages. I’m going to be looking for the sequels right away.

If you want a vampire story that offers something unique, be sure to put The Ascension on your TBR list. You won’t regret it.

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