Published by Swoon Romance on Genres: Paranormal, Romance
provided by YA Bound Book Tours
In the town of Belle Ridge there are doctors, lawyers and teachers... but there is only one vampire. Will Leighton has become an expert in making a life for himself amongst the unsuspecting small-town inhabitants, as the high school history teacher. He has spent hundreds of years crafting an identity and routine that make him feel almost human, but he is always missing that important final element, love.
Ashton Wallace is beautiful, smart, and angry. She was forced into an eternal existence, and now her family has moved her away from everything and everyone she knows. In Belle Ridge she is supposed to finish high school and start her life again, but how do you make plans for the next several centuries?
Will has never met another of his kind, and is immediately intrigued by Ashton. He longs to show her that the perceived vampire lifestyle, so popular in storybooks, is far from reality...but will she let him be a friend and guide in this new existence? Can Ashton accept Will into her life, or will she be led astray by a dark stranger with whom she shares an unknown connection?
What if you were turned into a vampire before you had even started your adult life? Your future stolen from you by a creature of myth? All hope of being normal and living a normal life gone? What if you didn’t need to drink blood and could walk in daylight without suffering? What if you were immortal but could still blend in with everyone else? Will is a teacher at a high school in a small picture perfect town. He seems just like everyone else, no one knows his secret. Will is actually a vampire. He thinks he is the only one. He is all alone until a new student shows up. A student too old to really be in high school. She is also a vampire. She thought she, too, was all alone. They seemed destined to be together, not alone anymore.
What if you were turned into a vampire before you had even graduated high school? Ashton is facing just that after a night at a party left her close to death. Ashton is left to deal with her “condition” and tries to continue on with her life in as normal a way as possible. With her parents support she ends up in a new school, ready to start as normal a life as she can. The only problem is that someone in this town knows she is different. This town already has a resident vampire, and he teaches at her new school.
The vampires of this book are unlike any I have ever read. They don’t have all the drawbacks I would think a vampire would have. The author reinvents vampire for the reader. It seemed just a bit convenient to do this to fit the story. I didn’t really like that aspect but perhaps I am a bit jaded (my first love was The Vampire Lestat). I enjoyed the writers style and the story was well written. I had no idea where this story was going to go. I loved how the writer injected little flashbacks that helped me understand the characters.
This story takes us into the minds and lives of Ashton and Will. Ashton is shell shocked and unwilling to surrender to immortality, saying goodbye to everything that makes her human. Will said goodbye to those things long ago. His life has become trying to blend in and enjoy life as it comes to him. Being a teacher, Will tries to take Ashton under his wing. He tries to help her deal with the changes that have occurred and come to terms with her new immortality. He falls in love with the first vampire he sees, Ashton. He wants to be with her and end his lonely days. Ashton is reluctant to give in to him. That would mean admitting she is different. Right now she just wants to seem normal for as long as she can. She postpones her affections for Will until she graduates college. Everything is inevitable until she meets Griffin.
Griffin is so different from Will. He seems to be everything that Will is not, yet Ashton is so drawn to him. Now there are three. In Unrequited, Ashton ends up in a bad love triangle. I had no idea where the author was leading us. I didn’t know who Ashton would pick until the last few pages. I still don’t know if that choice makes her happy or if she changes her mind after one disagreement. I was really enjoying this read. Then I found out that this is a series book. I guess I have to read the sequel to find out what happens next.
About the Author
Whether writing stories to entertain her younger siblings, or typing up an essay for a class, EMILY SHAFFER has been a writer for as long as she can remember. Her stories may have changed from talking cartoon frogs to angsty young adults, but her goal to write a compelling story remains the same. When not writing, she lives in Nashville and enjoys all the music, food, and excitement that city has to offer. Her first novel, the well-received chick-lit title That Time of the Month was self-published on Amazon in 2012. Her latest novel, as the others before, are fueled by diet soda and pie.