Welcome to my stop on the tour for Krystal Shannan’s My Viking Vampire: Sanctuary, Texas # 1. Please read on for an excerpt, check out the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Excited to see this author’s take on a vampire-heavy story, I’ve read Shannan’s Pool of Souls Olympian Gods series, and loved her characters. In this story, she is jumping forward just under a century to a world where tensions and discrimination has not lessened, only changed the focus of the bad behavior.
Bailey is a human woman with a highly troubled past: her abusive ex-husband is determined and dedicated to reclaim her, and his connections make it easier to find her. Her life with him was laden with pain and misery, bringing her attention from a djinn who revels in the pain and darkness that come with her marriage and memories of it.
Erik is a gentlemen vampire: much like a more notorious Eric he is also descended from Vikings, and has a healthy grounding in all things supernatural. His vampire nature, while fierce, often is subjugated to his innate protective streak once he has met Bailey. To keep her safe from the dual beings with ill-intent, he whisks her off to Sanctuary: a ‘parallel’ universe where magick is apparent, pixies, sprites, dragons, weres, and others live in relative harmony, and humans are rarely allowed to stay without escort.
What Krystal Shannan does like few others is build characters and settings that build in your mind’s eye with ease, finding a plotting arc that runs smoothly from one point to another, adding some twists and tension that fit the story: pushing events forward to a conclusion, without rushing, giving time for the characters to form and attach to readers, without feeling overworked.
In this story, the connection and tension between Bailey and Erik helps to show the characters of the two: Bailey’s innate trust of Erik, his protective and dominant nature, and the inclusion of some seriously sexy BDSM-flavored scenes give Bailey the opportunity to take control and learn that her trusting in one man/vampire doesn’t need to result in pain. A long book at 400 pages, this reads as quickly as a novella, one sitting as you will tear through the pages to get to the end.
A lovely introduction to the Sanctuary, Texas series, Shannan has started another series that will please many.
Title: My Viking Vampire
Author: Krystal Shannan
Genre: Shifters, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches
Published by: Self-Published
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Bailey Ross’ world is crumbling around her. Her abusive ex, a human, is closing in on her again, and to make matters worse, a new enemy, a djinn, is stalking her. This supernatural being takes great pleasure in human pain, something Bailey has in excess thanks to her ex. If she’s caught by either, she’s as good as dead.
Backed into a corner and desperate to escape, she does something she swore wouldn’t ever be possible again –trusting a man. And he’s a vampire.
Protection via the sexy vampire Erick Thorson may prove to be a little more than she bargained for. Sparks fly between them and she finds herself agreeing to more than just protection. Though he has promised not to let anyone harm her, the small west Texas town is more than it seems and he may not be able to make good on his vow no matter how hard he tries.
Will Sanctuary be the home Bailey longs for or will she have to die to find out?
Book 1 in the Sanctuary, Texas Series
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.