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Beth's Review: Redemption (Penton Legacy #1) by Susannah Sandlin

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Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Released: June 12, 2012

Narrator: Angela Dawe

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 10 hours and 20 minutes

Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook

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The world’s vampire population is on the brink of starvation since the vaccine to treat a global pandemic rendered human blood deadly to them. Their only hope for survival is a handful of rural areas that the vaccine never breached. The tiny town of Penton, Alabama, is one such enclave, where the immortal Aidan Murphy has established a community of vampires and their willingly bonded humans. Together, they live in peace—until Aidan’s estranged brother descends upon the town and begins attacking its humans. Whether the rampage is a result of his centuries-old feud with Aidan or the civil war threatening to erupt in the vampire world matters not. All that matters is the blood. Desperate to save his adopted family, Aidan breaks one of his cardinal rules, kidnapping an unvaccinated human doctor—and unexpectedly falling in love for the first time in nearly four hundred years. Sensual and thrilling, Redemption is the first installment of what is sure to be a darkly addictive new series from paranormal romance novelist Susannah Sandlin.

Four Boundless Stars

Redemption is the first book of the Penton Series, and reads as such. The introduction to the characters, community, and terminology is well developed and clear. Along with the complete story of Aidan Murphy, the “mayor,” how he came to be in Penton, settling to become the leader; we learn how he and his mate, Krys, meet.

Set during a time where life for his kind is scarce due to a vaccine given to most humans. This vaccine makes human blood poison to vampires. Penton is a community where their species can live in harmony with their families and familiars; which are humans they live with as family, who have volunteered to supply the vamps with the sustenance needed to survive.

Krys, short for Krystal, is introduced to the town as she interviews for a position at the Penton hospital. She’s a new doctor, fresh out of med school with a pile of student loans and not much else. She is in transit when she’s introduced to the community at its worse. A story you must read.

The story was well written and narrated, with an ending as abrupt as the one in this review. Overall, 4 Boundless stars; I liked it.

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