Review for The Companion Book Bundle 2 by Susan Squires
TITLE – The Companion Book Bundle 2 SERIES – The Companion Series AUTHOR – Susan Squires GENRE – Paranormal Romance PUBLICATION DATE – December 8th, 2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) - 892 PUBLISHER – Susan Squires COVER ARTIST – Dreams2Media
BOOK SYNOPSISONE WITH THE NIGHT
Far from the glittering lights and shallow bustle of 1822 London lies another world—a realm of shadows and secrets, where desire holds dominion and passion know no limits…
Jane Blundell’s keen intellect and wit have always set her apart from her marriage-minded peers. But such differences are nothing compared to the change that comes upon her when she is infected by a blood sample in her father’s laboratory. Suddenly her veins resonate with a terrifying, exhilarating power. Dr. Blundell takes Jane to the Scottish highlands to research a cure, where she collides with the only man who can understand her hunger—and slake her unending desire…
Callan Kilkenny has returned to England from Marrakech, still filled with self-loathing at the deeds he committed in the name of a beautiful, depraved vampire. Now that he has tracked down Dr. Blundell in hopes of a cure, he has also found a kindred spirit in Jane. Her passion and her blood call to Callan, fueling a carnal need that shocks them both with its intensity. But others have come in search of the cure too…for reasons that are deadly. And to save Jane and the rest of their kind, Callan must risk everything—even his last chance at redemption…
“When it comes to combining extreme sensuality with dangerous drama, no one does it better than Squires.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews
Kate Malone makes her living reading Tarot cards and fleecing society’s elite. With no prospect of independence, her own fate looks bleak. But Kate’s fortunes change when she steals a magnificent emerald—and is confronted by a mysterious stranger. Kate is sure the striking gentleman’s attention is a ruse to retrieve the gem. But his presence awakens her to a passion she never dreamed of… and to powers she never knew she possessed.
Gian Urbano is bound by honor to retrieve the mystical stone that can drain a vampire’s power—and drive them to madness. The willful, stunning Kate has no idea of the emerald’s dark magic, or the lengths Gian’s enemies will go to possess it. But soon Gian discovers for Kate a desire more compelling than duty—one that could save them both or lead them to their downfall…
Full of colorful characters, romantic locales and vivid details of 1820’s life [One with the Shadows] has a delicious pace and plenty of thrills, and her vampire myths is both mannered—almost Victorian—and intriguingly offbeat. Bound to net a wide audience of paranormal fans, this one may even convert devotees of traditional historical.” —Publisher’s Weekly (A Best Book of the Year)
Contessa Donnatella di Poliziano has power, beauty, and—as a vampire—eternal life. Her overwhelming regret is a mistake she made centuries ago when she chose not to transform her one true love, Jergan, into a vampire too. Donnatella’s choice has deprived her of the only true love she’s ever known. But just as all seems lost, the discovery of a 300-year-old note leads her to a gift left by her old friend, Leonardo da Vinci: a machine to take her back in time to rewrite the history of her heart…
Once back in time, Donnatella’s memory of the intervening years is lost. Yet when she sees the breathtaking barbarian slave, Jergan, from afar, she feels like she has always known him. The instant attraction she feels draws them together. For Donnatella, the romance is tantalizing, awakening a passion that feels both old and new. But as the two fall in love again, a new danger threatens to tear them apart. Now Jergan’s love for Donnatella will be tested in a most perilous way—and if he fails, the two lovers will be separated again…for eternity.
The Companion Bundle Two is a compilation of three Paranormal/historical novels by Susan Squires. One With the Night is the first book in the bundle and is the love story of Jane Blundell and Callan Kilkenny. Both have become vampires unwillingly, one by accident and one by force, but both share a common goal, to rid themselves of the disease and the only person who might be able to help them is Jane’s father. Neither expects to find love and when they do they both fight it, hoping they can find a cure and move on with their lives, but fate has other plans for them.
In Book Two, One With the Shadows, you get to meet Kate Malone, a tarot card reader and Gian Urbano. Their paths cross when Kate steals an emerald that Gian needs. When their paths cross it takes them both on a path they never expected to be on.
The last book in this bundle is One With the Darkness. Contessa Donnatella di Poliziano travels back in time to find the love of her life she let slip away many years ago. The only problem is that not only does she lose her memory when she gets there; she has also changed the entire course of history. She may not have her memory but the moment she sees Jergan she starts to fall in love with him all over. But can their love survive the test of time?
This historical/paranormal romance bundle was a good read. I enjoyed going back in time with all of the characters and following them on their journeys.
3.5 out of 5 stars
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Susan Squires is a New York Times bestselling author known for breaking the rules of romance writing. Whatever her time period, or subject, some element of the paranormal always creeps in. She has won multiple contests for published novels and reviewer's choice awards. Publisher's Weekly named Body Electric one of the most influential mass market books of 2003 and One with the Shadows, the fifth in her vampire Companion Series, a Best book of 2007. Time for Eternity, the first in the DaVinci time travel series, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly.
Susan has a Masters in English literature from UCLA and once toiled as an executive for a Fortune 500 company. Now she lives at the beach in Southern California with her husband, Harry, a writer of supernatural thrillers, and three very active Belgian Sheepdogs, who like to help her write by putting their chins on the keyboarddddddddddddddddddddddd.
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