Nightshine (Kyndred Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 19 Jan 2012
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About the Author
Under her own name and pseudonyms, Lynn Viehl has published over twenty-five novels with ROC and NAL since her debut novel was published in January 2000. She and her family currently live in Florida.
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Initially, this books seems to ramble a bit,and I was not sure where the plot was going. There are several flashbacks, some of which are only a few years, and some considerably longer. These are integral to the characters as they are in the main body of the story. In particular though, I liked how Ms Viehl has managed to reunite the Darkyn and Kyndred strands of the story. Earlier Kyndred books had vague links, but this is a much more defined tie.
Overall, the ending really makes this book. The slight confusion earlier on is why I have dropped a star on this book, but it is a good read nonetheless.
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Paranormal Romance - Nov 1st, 2011
Thrilling action and intrigue will draw new and returning readers into this wonderful paranormal series about humans whose genetic DNA was altered and try to hide their special abilities.
When paramedic Charlie Marena finds herself trapped on a bridge with a gunman, it seems like a normal day. But when a wealthy and mysterious man named Samuel Taske tries to save her instead of letting her save others, she is grateful if annoyed. However, when both of them are targeted and kidnapped, they find themselves forming an uneasy alliance. They must trust each other with their deepest secrets, which include their special powers. However, their captors are aware of their talents and intend to breed them with a host of other unfortunates who also possess special abilities on an isolated island. Can they escape or will they be held captive by a madman?
This was an interesting story because it delves into Charlie's past. Charlie is gutsy and likeable. I loved the glimpses that the author reveals about her past, how it defined her and her motivations to help others and not be a victim. The hero, Samuel is strong and self- sacrificing. He is the sort of tragic figure that is very intriguing to read about. He realizes he is going to die, and yet he risks his life to save a woman that he does not know because he was told that she would be in danger. He is very noble and it made me happy that he was able to find someone who complemented him and finally loved him in turn. I also enjoyed how many of the characters all secretly knew each other through their aliases, and they were finally able to meet in person. Besides the characters, the mystery behind who the master of the island was suspenseful. My favorite character was actually Samuel's friend Drew who also has special powers and tries to save Samuel with mixed results.
For those who like a more complex plot and very engaging characters, this solid book will definitely keep your interest. Nightshine is a satisfying addition to the Kyndred series and one fans will not want to miss.
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
In the previous volume, sixteen year old Lillian disappeared while riding. Her horse was found in a neighboring property, but the young girl was not found by searchers. Her mother left the estate twelve hours after the disappearance.
Lilah was fired by her boss for having a flat tire. Lilah was puzzled by the termination, but didn't fight the order. She cleaned out her desk and left to a standing ovation by fellow workers.
She dreamed that two men came into her house and injected something into her. They put her into the back of their truck and drove away. Some other man was also in the back of the truck.
In this novel, Charlotte Marena is a Hispanic EMT on a San Francisco County Fire Department ambulance. She is studying to become a midwife.
Vincent O'Hara is Charlotte's partner in the ambulance. Vince often picks the wrong type of women for his dates. He has asked Charlotte to go out with him, but she always refuses.
Samuel Taske is a Kyndred. His Takyn name is Paracelsus. His limo is driven by Jimmy Findley.
In this story, Charlotte and Vince are ready for a little coffee. When she calls in to the dispatcher, she is asked for their location. She tells the dispatcher that she is near the entrance to the Golden Gate bridge and they are sent to care for victims of a shooting on the bridge.
Charlotte hates to cross the Golden Gate. When she was much younger, her father had jumped off that bridge with her in his arms. She survived, but her father had not.
The traffic on the ramp is very heavy. Charlotte calls the dispatcher about the highway patrolman who is supposed to close the bridge. The dispatcher says that the CHP has not responded to calls.
Once they get on the bridge, Charlotte finds the CHP dead behind the wheel from a bullet wound. Vince and Charlotte pull two victims off the road toward safety and started tending them. Vince pops up his head to look for the sniper and is grazed by a bullet.
Samuel calls from his limo to ask Charlotte if she was hurt. She wonders how he knows her name. She tells him that she is not hurt and asks whether he is injured. Samuel says that he is fine, but that Findley was shot in the chest.
Charlotte goes to tend Findley and realizes that she needs to tell the police about the shooter. She doesn't have her cellphone, so she asks Samuel if there are any phones in the limo. He tells her that there are two, but that he can't leave Findley to find them.
Charlotte tends Findley's collapsed lung and then sends Samuel for a phone. Then she calls the dispatcher and is told that the SWAT team will be sent. Charlotte and Samuel watch the tower where the shooter is located while they wait.
They see a body fall off the tower. They assume that the shooter has jumped. But then the shooter shows up at the limo with his rifle.
This tale has the shooter throwing a gas canister into the limo. Charlotte and Samuel lose consciousness. When they awake, they are on an island off the Mexican coast. They are alone within a luxurious house.
Samuel had been on the Golden Gate waiting for Charlotte to appear. His precognitive sense had indicated that she would be faced with a great danger. But he was not aware that he also would be endangered.
Charlotte is also a Taken like Samuel. The next installment in this sequence is Nightborn, a Darkyn novel.
Recommended for Viehl fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of preternatural creatures, political intrigue, and skeptical romance. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
Quick & Dirty: Extremely old evil finally meets his match.
Opening Sentence: The lord of deception and fate stared out at Sokojotsin from the invaders' eyes.
When I got this one in the mail a while back, I had to stop myself from doing a facepalm. Where did this series come from, and why am I just finding out about it now?
Okay, so in this series, we have been introduced to the Kyndred; (or Takyn as they refer to them in the book) individuals who have been altered with the DNA of the Darkyn, a species of vampire. And also, a set of people who are under attack by companies and groups who want to study them and/or reproduce them, per se. This here book is no exception.
The heroine, Charlie, is a paramedic in the great city of San Francisco, and she has the ability to hear people's thoughts. Samuel Taske is a multimillionaire who also has a special ability; he can "read" the history of any given object. The two meet when they are caught in the crosshairs of a sniper, then subsequently kidnapped and brought to an isolated island off the coast of Mexico. This is no luxury vacation, however. They are confined to some swanky digs and are given only two rules; no escaping, and have sex, lots of sex. You see, the whole point of this particular couples retreat is to create a new race of super humans to be used to take over the world! Because, really, what else would you do with them? Actually, this really old guy, one who was once known as the king of an ancient race of Central Americans has decided he wants his old kingdom back, and plans to use this race of humans to accomplish it.
The two eventually meet six other couples in their situation, all of whom are also being forced to procreate and most of them have been successful. With the presence of these two new powers, the fourteen Takyn, and two more characters that are left stranded with them, decide to take back their lives and fight the evil that is "The Master" and win.
I have always liked Lynn's writing in her other series, but just got caught up in life, and fell off the Darkyn wagon. This book has now caused me to take the first steps to rectifying this problem. I enjoyed this book just as much as the books in the Darkyn series, and I expect to enjoy the rest in the Kyndred series when I get them.
The Kyndred Series:
FTC Advisory: Penguin/Signet provided me with a copy of Nightshine. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Meanwhile someone else has a different methodology when it comes to studying the DNA of the Kyndred; this scientist kidnaps the Kyndred and takes his victims to a remote Mexican barrier island where he forces them to interbreed. San Francisco medic Charlotte Marena and Takyn protector Samuel Taske are snatched to this isle. They are attracted to one another though she distrusts him as he knows too much about her and she (and he) enjoys the sex between them, which frightens her. As they plot to escape, his power has vanished so she is their only hope to identify and safely flee from their sinister host.
The fourth Kyndred romantic urban fantasy (see Shadowlight, Dreamveil and Frostfire) is a terrific suspense thriller enhanced by the Aztec location. The story line is fast-paced whether it is a sexual interlude or a desperate escape attempt. Readers will appreciate this exciting tale as the overarching theme moves forward with death and life.