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Tall Dark and Lonely has given me a new vampire to love! I LOVE EPHRAIM!
I was hooked on this book from the first sentence. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning finishing this book. I couldn’t get enough of Ephraim! Madison is a wonderful counterpart to Ephraim. She tests his resolve and patience. They are a dynamic pair and keep each other their toes.
While Ephraim is a vampire, he’s a special vampire. He’s a Pyte. He also has standards he lives by and refuses to become a monster. Being a Pyte means he’s a daywalker! In addition to being a daywalker, he was born, not made into a vampire.
Madison was forced to grow up early as her mother isn’t really a mother. Madison’s mother, Candy, is more concerned with partying hooking up rather than being a mother, so Madison stepped up.
When Madison and Ephraim meet, sparks fly and so do the tempers. I found myself laughing, crying, and cringing throughout the story. I laughed at the arguments Ephraim and Madison got into, cried when they were being too difficult to listen to each other, and cringing when Ephraim went all me, vampire on Madison.
I loved this story and found R.L. Matthewson’s take on vampires to be refreshing. R.L. had many of the traditional view on vampires as well as some new insights. R.L. also managed to introduce the beginning of vampires and sentinels without belaboring the point and boring me. It flowed nicely into the story and was integral to the storyline. R.L. also did an amazing job of showing how vampires are like what we’ve traditionally thought as well as some new aspects.
While I loved this book very much, I would have liked to have seen more action and suspense in the story. There was definitely some suspense in the story, but I would have liked to have seen that ramped up a bit.
I found the way the romance played out between Madison and Ephraim very realistic. They were definitely attracted to each other but both had issues to work through. The resolution to their problems was not a walk in the park, they had to work for it and the culmination of that hard work was oh so worth the wait!
This was a fantastic start to a new series and I’ll definitely be reading more! At a find of 99 cents for the book, R.L. Matthewson is quite the find! This book is definitely worth more than that!