You Never Forget Your First Laura Kaye Novel: FOREVER FREED

This is a new feature where I will offer a reprise of a review or post from my earlier blogging days.  It could come from here or from my now defunct blog “Winged Effigy.”

I wrote earlier this week that I’ve been reading Laura Kaye since her early days writing Paranormal Romances.  It struck me as a great way to start off this new feature.  I have updated links and information to make it current.

I am sort of amused by how my style has changed over the four years I have been blogging. In someways, I like the younger and more naive blogger better. Hmmmm


Print Length: 334 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1601549326
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Laura Kaye; 2 edition (July 4, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
First Edition:
Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (May 3, 2011)Kindle Edition: 329 KB
Black Rose edition (May 16, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Ick Factor: None
Cliche: Genre specific, minor.
FYI: Sexual Content, Violence
Age: Adult
My Original Post: June 8, 2011original post

My heart may not beat, but that doesn’t mean it’s not broken.
After an isolated century mourning the murder of my long-ago family, I crave the irresistible scents of joy and love that radiate from my new neighbors, a single mother and her young daughter. I’m starved for their blood, and for the healing respite from my ancient grief that will accompany drinking down their life-giving emotions. Now to lure them in.
But they surprise me. Little Olivia accepts me without fear or reservation—talking, smiling, offering innocent affection that tugs at my long-lost humanity. Her mother, Samantha, seeks me out when she should stay away, offering sweet friendship, and calling to the forgotten man in me. They lure me in.
Aw, Dio, Lucien, run and spare them while you can…


square "my take"

This Indy-Press  [now published by author]  to be an exception to my over generalized thoughts about small presses. It is a very good book that has been edited. You would not believe, or you might, how many finished books I receive that have never been proofed beyond spell-check. Kaye, is a real writer, who is working at her craft and cares about the finished product. Writing is not easy and it is not something “anyone can do.”

The intimate scenes were really, really well written, explicit,  and respectful to women. Occasionally the prose is actually transcendent. Sometimes there is a bit too much description, because, I think of the detail, it occasionally seems that Lucien is female.. Description is akin to putting details into a painting. You have to know when to stop. I know because I do it as a painter all the time. But that is a minor detractor from the overall quality of the writing and the story. The suspense/action scenes felt a bit rushed.

Kaye offers a lot of world-building detail: Lucien wears a condom when they have sex, since his ejaculate contains blood. Lucien says it is for her protection. At that point he had not done a healing and wasn’t entirely aware of the mechanics behind turning. Lucien worries that his seminal fluid may turn her because of the blood. However,the romantic and sexual relationship between Lucien and Samantha develops slowly. Lucien is a decent guy and it is months before their relationship is completely consummated.

I was very happy to find this book a pleasant read. It has love, sex and some violence. As with many vampire tales the heart of the book lies in redemption. Lucien felt he failed his family, he felt, at time a monster and undeserving of anything good. When Sam’s daughter Ollie hugs him unreservedly it changes his existence from someone who could think of harming her mother to someone who never could. It evolves into him almost believing in himself again.

This is a good book that had me in tears from the elegantly scribed sorrowful passages. It is not all morose though there is plenty of laughter and pleasure. I also stayed up until 3:30 in the morning reading it because I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep until I finished.

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Highly Recommended.