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Forbidden The Claim (Anglais) Broché – 27 avril 2006


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Overpriced and Disappointing 29 mars 2009
Par Lauren Holly - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book was sadly disappointing. There was no depth to the characters. There was no attempt to build an emotional tie between them which is essential if one is to believe their story will continue. Their attraction to each other was told- it was described. It was not allowed to develop through the character's words and actions. While the story line had some appeal, there was not enough intensity to keep me wanting to turn the page.

Ms. Sommersby described the hero as an old-world character with ancient beliefs who had remained isolated for many years- a good premise that was blown apart by consistently having him think and speak in modern day slang. It was billed as a sexy erotic novel. It was neither erotic nor sexy. It takes more than a few words like "[...]" thrown into a text to pull a reader into the moment and make them feel that erotic sensation, that passion. I'm sorry to say Ms. Sommersby didn't come close.

One would assume if a man- vampire or not- was willing to throw away all that he had achieved over several centuries for a woman- she would be in some way special. There was nothing especially redeemable or unique about the heroine. I came away feeling this guy had been alone for so long any female wearing a skirt would have caused the same reaction. Page 6: "It had been so long since I'd been in the presence of a woman.. I had forgotten how enticing they could be."

Need I say more?

Over-priced and falling far short of the hype of some of the reviews, I would not recommend this book. Nor would I be tempted to purchase another in this series.
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This interesting vampire world is worth 3 stars, but I gave it 2 stars because it's unfinished. The ending is in Book 2. 10 juillet 2009
Par Jane - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
STORY BRIEF:
In this paranormal world, vampires eat normal food and drink. They don't require human blood. As they get stronger, they can exist in sunlight. Ren is a vampire who successfully manages funds for the vampire community. He lives on a private island near his friend Grace. Violet and Grace (humans) have been pen pal friends for years. Violet comes to visit, not knowing that Grace recently died. Ren and Violet are immediately drawn to each other. Violet encourages intimacy but Ren refuses to have sex, fighting his own desires. It is against vampire rules to mate with humans.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
The story is told from Ren's perspective. There is not much character development. Most of the story is she wants, he wants, but he refuses to give in. I didn't feel the emotional pull, anticipation or passion that I normally like in romance novels. But I did like it because it was odd and a little different, for a vampire story. This is a very short story and unfinished. At the end, the problem has not been solved, but Ren has a plan. I was unsatisfied because I wanted to see if and how his plan would work. One must read the sequel "Forbidden: The Awakening" to finish the story. Both books are very short with each telling half the story. They should have been combined into one book.

DATA:
Story length: 120 pages, double spaced. Swearing language: none. Sexual language: strong/erotic. Number of sex scenes: 4. Total number of sex scene pages: 15. Setting: 2006 on a private island. Copyright: 2006. Genre: erotic paranormal romance.

OTHER BOOKS:
For a list of my reviews of other Samantha Sommersby books, see my 4 star review of "Forbidden: The Temptation" posted 7/2/09.
5 Flag Read from Euro-Reviews. Excellent Vampire Romance 2 avril 2007
Par Caffey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Forbidden: The Claim, is a vampire romance book written by author Samantha Summersby. Byron Renfeld, a vampire for two centuries, is a Dommie which means he has devoted his life to serving the clan. Those born immortals, like Byron, are chosen to serve in some way to work their way up, and if they serve well, they given an afterlife. Children of vampires that are born mortal are promised an afterlife. Byron works in securing the financial life to the Chosen by being in the position of the Treasurer of his Clan. His success is reflected on his own wealth that he brings forth in the book with his beautiful victorian home and life on the island.

Grieving for two friends, Fred and Grace, leaves Byron with letters from Grace's niece Violet. With these letters, Byron reads them and develops feelings for Violet. On a rainy night Violet shows up to Byron's home with her plans to visit with Grace being unaware that she had passed away. Together they share their grief and further get to know each other. Violet herself is an independent and a bold woman who has strong feelings for and wants Byron. Over the course of the story, she begins to understand he is a vampire, that he is forbbiden to her. If she takes these risks to be with Byron, he may lose his authority as the Dommie, which is losing his way to an afterlife. Violet may also lose her life. The rules of the Chosen are, that he is not to chose a mortal to love. Thinking that he will notfall for Violet deeply, they continue on into a sizzling relationship. Together their love is so strong, sensual and intense, that they take the chance of being with each other until Byron's past lover, Rita, comes and warns him that he will have to step down or be expelled. Bryan does not want to have the life that was like his father, which is exactly what Bryon is doing similarly. With wanting to keep Violet hidden he has Ruth, who is a strong supporter to Bryon as well, bring Violet home and keep her safe for him while he thinks over these events and to make plan if they can be together again.

Forbidden: The Claim is a very absorbing read, that I could not let go and put down. I had goosebumps reading parts of this story because I was feeling for Bryon, and feeling for Violet. Samantha Sommersby has written Bryon's story which he narrates with so much visual and emotonal insight with his words really captivate you into believing. The author even has Bryon reflecting on Violet's reactions and thoughts so naturally. You end up feeling her feelings and thoughts through Bryan. This was done outstandingly by the author Samantha Sommersby. With Bryon keeping himself isolated and sheltered in his home and you could sense the outpouring of love he had within him when he met Violet! She was so determined and strong that she faced up to Bryon during his anger when his fangs would appear. With her love and strength she would not give up her love for him. I even fell in love with these two characters. This story is the beginning of their journey. You won't find the ending to their story here, but you'll be begging the author Samantha Sommersby to give you a peek, to give you the rest of their story now. A definate keeper and start to Bryon's life that you'd want to spend an your life to keep knowing.

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Great Series Starter 21 septembre 2008
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Excellent contemporary erotic vampire series starter. Heat and lots of it, humor and intelligence. The winning triad for me. Other reviewers have provided well written story summaries; I won't be redundant. I loved the premise and fell into the story line immediately. I really love the authors new twist on the vampire alpha male. Byron Renfield "Ren" is everything you could want in an Alpha male vampire hero; sexy, very hot, but Ren also has elements of a sensitive romantic nerd rolled in to his character. A "he had me at hello" kind of guy. The tension and attraction between Ren and his HEA Violet is drawn in a way that raises your blood pressure and occasionally gets one's tear ducts working.

My only complaint; it was over too soon. I immediately downloaded the next two stories and read all night. I cannot wait for the next, fourth book in the series. I am hoping for a long relationship with this series.

While the story is short and pricey for a hard copy, it is worth the price if hard copy is what you require. I found it at allromanceebooks.com for a much lower price in the electronic format. However, having read it, I would happily pay the hard copy price now. I am hoping though that the publisher may think of combining the first two books into one larger book. They really belong together.
Short Story Inflated Price Decent Premise 21 mai 2008
Par Ann - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This isn't even a novella. Definitely a short story or a few short chapters from a separately marketed longer work. The idea is good, but underdeveloped and despite what the cover art implies not very erotic. Of course, 116 double spaced narrow printed pages doesn't leave much time for development. Short story writers, however, know how to deliver. Ms. Sommersby is no short story writer. I'm sure short changing the buyer in this is an editorial decision or a publishing ploy. I have the second book but I'm strangely unmotivated to read it. I'm not attached to the characters at all at this point. I have no reason to be. Don't waste your money. I'm trading it at the used book store next trip. Look at your local used shop or at the library.
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