No Such Thing As Immortality Paperback – 7 Jan 2013
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Characters that you want to read more about - I love Nate and Rowan, their relationship is just so real, right down to her rather natural response to finding out what Nate is. It is also so sincere with such intense feeling but lightened up with very funny banter. Nate's 'family' have alot of potential and I would love to know more about them, especially James (who seems damn cute) and Madeleine (although Elizabeth and Frederick are great as well). I like Aunt Heather and I am a bit intrigued about Bess.
The idea of the car crash at the start works very well and hooks you in so you want to see how it develops. The villain is sinister and the way the book is written it promising lots more pain for Rowan, Nate and the families. He cleverly manipulates to disrupt and get what he wants but I love the strength of Nate. He seems so solid and utterly lethal if he needs to be. More please! I'd like to see what Rowan can think of next to embarrass Nate and see how all the good guys, including the vampire council and Heathers 'clan' can keep them safe. A brilliant start to this story, leaving you wanting more. Well done!
Like Mr Darcy, Nate has a younger sister whom he adores. His desire to protect and look after her is what leads him to becoming a vampire in the first place. Also like Darcy, he has a grand ancestral home in the Derbyshire countryside and he shares this with Elizabeth (the sister), her husband Frederick, an ex-soldier who served in the Napoleonic Wars, and his two friends James and Madeline. All five of them are vampires, needless to say. They are a close knit community and Ridings affords them privacy and seclusion, funded by the Gray business empire of which Nate is the head but very much a hands-off boss, leaving the running of it to others.
It's pretty safe to say that Nate isn't looking for love. In fact, the only real emotion he feels, apart from his loyalty and friendship to the other four, is a self-loathing for the "monster" he perceives himself to be.
Then one night, he is involved in an impossible car crash and meets the driver of the other car, the very modern, very independent Miss Rowan Locke, and Nate's NON-life is thrown into total chaos as he is assaulted by emotions he has never experienced, even when he was mortal. Not only is he forced to deal with his own awakening feelings for the beautiful Rowan, but for some mysterious reason he is also bombarded with Rowan's emotions, too. After two hundred years of being supremely controlled and "locked in", can Nate find the strength to take charge of his new circumstances, or does he represent the biggest threat to the woman he finally has to accept he has fallen in love with?
This beautifully-written novel is a joy to read. From the very first sentence the reader is hurled into the story, much as Nate is hurled into chaos. The delicious unfolding of an unlikely hero, watching as a man used to being in total charge of his feelings is changed beyond recognition by an intense, passionate love, is always a delight to read. It worked with Darcy and Elizabeth and it works with Nate and Rowan. Like Miss Bennett she is a feisty young woman, not some doe-eyed pushover. The intensity of her feelings for Nate stagger her. These are two people who are seemingly destined to meet and fall in love, no matter what the consequences, no matter what the outcome.
I was thrilled to discover that this book will have a sequel, not least because there is much mileage to be gained from the other vampires in the group and the other minor characters in this novel (if, indeed, any of them could be called minor!)This is much more than a love story, although it's the romance that is paramount. There is a mystery running through the storyline, tangling around all the characters and leaving many questions unanswered. I can't wait to read the next book to find out exactly what does Aunt Hetty know? Who or what is the evil Simeon Frey? Will Elizabeth ever get her heart's desire? Will Frederick give in to his wife's wishes? Will James and Madeline ever find love? What are the strange beings that came to Nate's and Rowan's rescue? But more than anything I want to read more about Rowan and Nate. Oh yes. Nate...*sigh* How ironic that a man without a pulse can set my pulse racing. Such is the power of Sarah Tranter's creation. A truly fabulous debut novel.
The additional contrast between the immortal earl (yummy!) and the sassy, modern woman is hilarious at times, making the book a fun read as well as a compelling one.
Nate's family is a story in itself. They form a great cast of support characters, each with their own hopes and dreams and fears; I'd love to meet them again.
Loads of drama, tons of humour, and a highly engaging storyline means I rate this as a solid 4 stars - and hoping there *will* be a sequel as some reviewers have indicated.
This is the first book I've read by Ms Tranter, and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last!