Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Progeny (The Progeny Series #1) by Ashlynne Laynne

The Progeny (The Progeny Series #1) by Ashlynne Laynne

Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing
Format: Paperback/E-book
Length: 350 pages
Purchase: Amazon |
Book Description:

“No fate other than the one I choose.”

The timeless creed, and tattoo, bore by the Rousseau’s— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher-a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.

Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula— a prearranged union to a woman he abhors — he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.
Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna— a beautiful, bi-racial human Wiccan — and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.

About the Author:
Ashlynne Laynne has always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing creatures of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music that is of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny. The vampire/witch pairing is unique and different when most books pair vampires with werewolves.

Ashlynne loves writing on the edge and teetering between the erotica and romance genres, and thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the wicked, damned version of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently working on books three and four of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Rocker Series, and an untitled novella WIP. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write full time one day soon.

Ashlynne lives in North Carolina with her husband and teenage son.

Our Review:  4 BITES!

               Author Ashlynne Layne is a bit of a tease; her writing in The Progeny flows much as foreplay to its intended result.  Layne tantalizes the reader with juicy encounters between the main characters: Ascher (a half-vampire) and Shauna (a human, who later discovers she’s a “natural witch”), while holding back the all-out eroticism until the plot line and characters are ready to reach a simultaneous climax. 

The book begins with the burning of Andres Rousseau during the Salem Witch Trials, which gives the story a historical grounding and leads into the present-day setting and trials of his descendants.  A prophecy decrees Ascher will seal (the vampire’s version of marry) with another vampire named Ursula from a clan in Russia, but he doesn’t love her.  When beautiful Shauna is introduced as a new employee at the family bar (yep, Rousseau’s) he is smitten.  Layne does an impressive job of recreating the buzz and nervous anxiety two people feel when they have chemistry, slowly and suspense-fully building up their relationship.

               This strong development of the main characters along with intriguing details regarding vampire and witch lore, and a good cast of supporting roles and their ensuing side-stories, keep the readers’ interest piqued.  The subtle sensual language of The Progeny builds in intensity along with the action/adventure, drawing the reader in and allowing one to relate to the internal and external struggles of Ascher and Shauna.  Though there are a few too many overt gushings of cheesy romantic sentiment, the actual love-making scenes make up for it with vividly explicit imagery.  The denouement leaves the reader satisfied but yearning for more, as any good sensual experience should.
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