Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Supernatural, Romance
Also by this author: Penmort Castle (Ghosts and Reincarnation, #1)
Series: The Three #1
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: My shelves
Leah Buchanan’s family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family’s legacy. But when she’s summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go.
Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries but he’s tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire.
So he’s taking it back.
And this is because Lucien has been watching and waiting for decades for Leah to become available for a Selection and he will not be limited with what he can do with her. He will have her, all of her.
Therefore, Lucien is going to tame Leah, even if he gets hunted and killed for doing it.
What neither Leah nor Lucien expects is the strong bond that will form between them, connecting them on unprecedented levels for mortals or immortals. And what will grow between them means they will challenge their ways of life and their union will begin The Prophesies which makes them one of three couples who will save humanity… or die in the effort.
First of all, this is a book that I look forward to reading every October! It’s one of my favorites because it’s two of my favorite genre’s combined: paranormal and dark romance! I am a sucker (LOL, see what I did there??) for both of those!
Until the Sun Falls from the Sky follows Leah as she’s first becoming a concubine – a term used to describe the singular person (usually female) that vampires feed on. In this world, vampires are subject to strict rules regarding their feeding, and they take a concubine in order to sustain their blood-sucking habit. They aren’t allowed to do anything more than feed (i.e., romance and/or lust is strictly forbidden) from this one person. Concubines don’t often last long for their position, as vampires crave change and challenge, with the record being 7 years. In return, they financially provide for their concubines for the rest of their lives.
Leah comes from a long line of concubines – in fact, an ancient ancestor of hers was the very first! Her whole life, she’s made sure to be in a relationship when the time rolls around for concubines to be chosen. But this time, she finds herself unattached and forced to attend the ceremony, where she is chosen by Lucian, who’s waited 20 years for his turn. But Leah is kept very much in the dark about the rules concerning concubines, and she has no idea that romantic interludes (and the like) are utterly forbidden. She fights him every step of the way, but she doesn’t really question him moving in and spending the night – even if, to every other vampire and concubine watching, it was a declaration of war to the ruling council.
“Mine,” he declared.
“Never,” she returned.
His mouth moved to her ear and he murmured, “We’ll see.”
This book felt like one of those dark romance marriage of convenience, but vampires instead of the mafia. Lucian kept Leah in the dark regarding certain facts about vampires and her situation, effectively cut her off from her family (with their permission! Not super impressed with her family :/) and focused on winning her over. But she wanted no part of this vampire/concubine/Lucian thing. I loved the hate between the two of them, and had to admire Leah’s spirit! She was such a fun character, sassy, feisty, and not afraid to speak her mind! And not just because she notoriously refused to grow up until she turned 90 years old.
Lucian was very much a controlling, possessive, dominant male… and I loved to hate it. I really didn’t like the way he kept her in the dark about everything, including when she was in danger, and to be honest, he pissed me off frequently. He’s a large reason why I compare this so much to dark romances, because he does cross that asshole line quite frequently, like the dark heroes we’re used to. Buuuuuuuut… he got me there in the end. Because he’s hot, sexy, and I basically read this book every year.
Everything about Lucian aside, I still thoroughly enjoyed this read, because Kristen Ashley truly is a great storyteller. Contemporary romance is her main genre, but I love her branching out and trying the supernatural/paranormal genre’s on for size! In a lot of ways, just like with her Ghost and Reincarnation series, it reads like an (albeit dark) contemporary book, except vampires are involved. That said, a hot shifter is in the cards for book two, and I’m so excited about that reread!!
(Recommended read: Sparrow by LJ Shen!)
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