Series: Penton Legacy #1
Author: Susannah Sandlin
Synopsis from Goodreads:
For vampire Aidan Murphy, life has never been so desperate. The vaccine used to treat a global pandemic has rendered human blood deadly to his kind, leaving them on the brink of starvation and civil war. In tiny Penton, Alabama, Aidan establishes a peaceful community of vampires and unvaccinated human donors. He dares to hope they can survive—until his estranged brother descends upon Penton and begins killing the humans. Determined to save his town, Aidan kidnaps an unsuspecting human doctor—and finds himself falling in love for the first time in nearly four centuries.
Dr. Krystal Harris thought she was coming to Penton for a job interview, but Aidan Murphy has other plans. Infuriated by his high-handed scheme to imprison her in the small town, Krys can't ignore the attraction between them. But is it love? Or does her dangerous, charismatic captor want only to bend her to his will?
Welcome to Penton, Alabama!
As my first ever vampire romance, I have one thing to say... Holy crap, what have I been missing out on?? Ok, now that is out of my system and I can move onto my review. :)
As I said, welcome to Penton, Alabama. A small - no, scratch that - a TINY rural town that is home to a small scathe of vampires and their unvaccinated familiars (plus some family members). It is as close to ideal living as these vampires can get. Not only are they living harmoniously with humans, but they are also allowed to live freely instead of being seen as monsters. On the other hand, life outside of Penton isn't so ideal. You see, a pandemic virus struck humans and after a cure was found, vampires everywhere learned that the new cure made human blood posionous. Vampires are starving to death and the Tribunal (vampire government) fears a civil war. Meanwhile, vampires everywhere are eyeing the unvaccinated humans living in Penton and are not happy. In Redemption, we meet the mayor (and master vampire) of Penton. Aidan Murphy is a complex vampire. From the moment he was turned in the 1600's, he was never okay with the way of vampire life. He was not one to hunt and kill. Instead, he created Penton as a place of safety for his scathe and their familiars. And he hopes to prove to the Tribunal that a city like Penton can flourish.
I loved Redemption! From the characters right to the plot, I was in book heaven. All of the citizens of Penton have had a rough past. Whether it be drug abuse, physical abuse, or being a former slayer, all of the characters look at Penton as a new beginning. I adore Aidan. He has built up a wall around him because he was not proud of his past. All through out the book, he fought to redeem himself and prove that he's not the monster his brother is. He brings in Krystal and immediately fights his attraction to her and feels horribly that he's had to kidnap her. Krystal, on the other hand, is a strong woman that questions her sanity as she falls for Aidan and compares herself to Patty Hearst. There are several background characters that are introduced in this book and I loved them just as much.
The plot of Redemtion is fast paced with both action, romance, and a lot of comedy. The witty banter between all of characters is fantastic. I love the world that Susannah created. Yes, the main characters are vampires, but they are almost human with their pasts. Loved it! This was my 2nd time reading Redemption and I know it will not be my last. Can't wait to re-read Absolution (Penton Legacy #2 next before Omega (Penton Legacy #3).