I’m a major vampire book fan. I’m also a Keary Taylor fan. So I was rather excited when I found out she had written a book about my favorite supernatural creature.
This book, however, is a good one for even those who aren’t vampire fans because it isn’t so much about vampires as it is about a character just trying to find her place in a crazy new chapter of her life.
The forbidden romance took center stage, as you can probably tell from the blurb, and I liked that there was insta-chemistry and then feelings that built up rather than insta-love.
My favorite thing about the book though was actually just Alivia herself. She was super down-to-earth and mature about things. She never made mountains out of mole hills or got overdramatic, and she had her priorities straight. She also never sat around doing nothing, waiting for people to make decisions for her—she got proactive and took her fate into her own hands. And I definitely loved how she stood up for herself and didn’t let the people in her life push her around. It all made her really relatable and likeable to me. I don’t often genuinely like female protagonists, especially when they’re written in first person, but Keary Taylor writes them well. And though Alivia was my favorite, Ian was also great—he was an adorably gruff closet sweetheart!
Another thing I liked was how beautiful and interesting the Mississippi setting sounded. It added a lot of atmosphere and charm to the book.
Overall this was a book that was focused on characters and intrigue rather than action, but it still flowed well and kept my attention until the end. And the next book has more action, more angst, more emotion, more intrigue, and more vampires, so this book did an amazing job of laying the foundation (while still being interesting) and creating a story I couldn’t wait to keep reading!
Readers who like character growth, complicated relationships, chosen family, intrigue, and a different take on vampires.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: House of Royals (House of Royals Book 1) by Keary Taylor
Book Review: House of Pawns (House of Royals Book 2) by Keary Taylor
Book Review: House of Kings (House of Royals Book 3) by Keary Taylor
Book Review: House of Judges (House of Royals Book 4) by Keary Taylor
Book Review: House of Ravens (House of Royals Book 5) by Keary Taylor
Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.
Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes.
Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House.
In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…
Book Author: Keary Taylor
Publisher: Self Published
Series: House of Royals
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 3.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Mississippi, USA