Tuesday, February 5, 2013
VBT: Giveaway and Review ~My Fallen by Ashlyn Mathews
When a normally quiet and polite Vampire Slayer is tasked to help an arrogant and selfish demon, only trouble can ensue.
Guilt-ridden by a mistake that cost her fellow Slayers their lives and the subsequent tarnished reputation of her brother’s business, Slayer-born Elise Castle agrees to work with the sexy, but arrogant and selfish, Xavier Doom, by bringing in his demon-turned-vampire friend. If she succeeds, her brother can hire more Slayers while Xavier’s status guarantees them more clients.
Xavier is a Fallen, a special kind of demon with an insatiable appetite for women, money and power. When his best friend is kidnapped and turned into a vampire, he hires the best Slayer money can buy. If the Slayer fails, Xavier stands to lose not only his childhood friend, but the opportunity to skyrocket his wealth with the top secret information hidden in his friend’s mind.
Xavier’s arrogance grates on her nerves while his concern and charm reels Elise in. But can she give her heart to a creature like her father, a Fallen, who had abandoned his family for the appeal of money and power? Or will she see Xavier for the good and loyal man he truly is?
Defiant and strong-willed, Elise is a challenge. Yet her strength and courage appeals to Xavier while her no sex policy has him hot for her. As his feelings for her grow, he must make a decision. Give his heart and soul to a woman who can only offer him her love, or walk away from her and seize the chance for more money and power?
Lives and friendships are at stake while love and loyalty is put to the test. Will Elise and Xavier come out unscathed and together? Or will a secret from Elise’s past tear them apart?
An excerpt anyone?
“If you want the truth, then I want something in return.”
Why wasn’t she surprised? “It depends on what you want.”
He took a step, and she held still as he cupped her face in his palms. “You don’t like Fallens. Forget I’m one.”
“Forget I’m a Fallen and see me as a man.”
The expression on his face, highlighted by the glow from his eyes, told her he was dead serious. In return for him being truthful with her, she only needed to view him as a man instead of a monster? It seemed like an easy bargain. But—
“You won’t know if I’m being truthful or not,” he said. “You’re just going to have to take my word for it.” He smoothed the pads of his thumbs over her cheeks. “And I changed my mind. I don’t plan on staying away from you. Not after witnessing your nightmares.”
She staggered back. “You didn’t—”
“No, I didn’t read your thoughts, but I could see your face.” He advanced and she backed up, against the railing.
“It was either the floor or me plastered to you in the bed, Slayer. I don’t do well when a woman hurts as much as you did in your sleep.”
The concern in his voice blindsided her. He removed her sword out of her grip, placed her weapon on the top rail and leaned in close until his lips nearly touched hers.
“I’m going to kiss you, Elise Castle.”
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About the Author:
Ashlyn Mathews is a paranormal and contemporary romance author. She is fascinated with strong men and women who walk a fine line between good and evil, happiness and loneliness, and duty to family and love.
A big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Japanese Anime, she incorporates various weapons into her paranormal romances and gives her characters out-of-this-world names just because she can. She lives in the inspiring gloom of the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four young boys and a Golden Retriever that likes to boss her around. When she’s not writing, you can find her at her day job, shuttling her boys to and from soccer practices and games, listening to music, reading, or connecting with others on Facebook and Twitter.
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This story was rather quickly read. My Fallen was a hot, steamy, imaginative, book that grabbed my attention from the first page and kept me in it's hold until well after the last word.
Elise is a slayer who hates the fallen with good reason. Her father had been a fallen and he broke her mother's heart and then abandoned his children letting them be separated and go into foster care instead of taking care of them. If that wasn't enough of a reason, three of her friends were killed by a fallen while she was helpless to do anything but watch.
Enter Xavier, a high ranking fallen. He wants Elise from the get go. Watching him fight with himself about his feelings for her, and struggle to come to terms with it was like sweet torture. I loved when he got jealous. lol!
He wasn't alone in the struggle to deal with his feelings. Elise had a similar war that she was waging with herself. It's no fun fighting a loosing battle. Especially when you are fighting yourself. :-)
The banter between those two was fun to read. I hope there will be more books to come about these characters.
The plot had romance, paranormal creatures, action, guilt, and loyalty.
I recommend this to everyone looking for a hot paranormal book to devour.
I received a copy of this book from Goddess Fish in exchange for my honest opinion. It was spunky and
hot, a great read.
In My Fallen, Elise can't seem to forgive herself for surviving when her friends died.
Do you hold on to guilt?
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