My rating: 4 of 5 stars
MY VIKING VAMPIRE is the first book in the Sanctuary, Texas series and my first read by author, Krystal Shannon. (I actually won a signed copy of it in a contest!) This is an older man/younger woman paranormal romance (duh, it’s got VIKING and VAMPIRE in the title, LOL!) that also has elements of suspense and BDSM all centered around a small town of paranormal beings. Sound intriguing??
The story jumps right into suspenseful from the beginning and maintains a pretty quick pace throughout. In a future where supernatural beings are exposed, Bailey is a human who’s constantly on the run from a horrific past, an abusive ex and a scary Djinn. When she’s rescued by Erick and with no where else to go, she finds herself in a small, off the map Texas town called Sanctuary. Here, Bailey meets all kinds of fantastic creatures: dragons, pixies, fairies, lycan and more!
I loved the world building in this colorful tale! I don’t read TOO MUCH paranormal, though I thoroughly enjoy the genre, and maybe this doesn’t sound too unique but it was definitely different and a refreshing change of pace for me. Ms. Shannon did an awesome job of creating a world that’s far fetched but not so out of the realm of reality that I can’t picture Sanctuary and it’s saucy inhabitants in my mind!
Bailey was a heartfelt bag of contradictions. She was sweet but tough, incredibly strong but filled with fear and she didn’t trust easily but she found herself trusting Erick pretty quickly. Erick was worthy of a sigh or two! He was possessive, protective and also sweet, understanding. He helped to bring out the “warrior” in Bailey and their attraction and connection was evident from the start! The secondary characters are vibrant and fun, they help to bring life to the story. It’ll be interesting to read more about them.
The plot had several unexpected twists that help to build up the tension and anticipation. My only complaint, was that the final “battle” between Bailey and the Djinn felt a little rushed. I wanted more from it and thought it could have been expanded and drawn out! But overall, this was a well written, interesting take on the mystic and I’ll be visiting Sanctuary again! Told almost completely from Bailey’s POV with a sexy ending.
She’ll fight them to the end…
…Or die trying.
With enemies closing in on her, Bailey Ross has nowhere to run–except into the arms of a sexy stranger, who promises to keep her safe.
But the irresistible and mysterious vampire, Erick Thorson might be a little more than she bargained for. As they begin to grow closer and their chemistry ignites, they realize that their lives are more in jeopardy than ever before. Can Erick live up to his promise of sanctuary in a world of danger and doom?
**BOOK ONE IS FREE!
Interview with the Author
Q – So, what makes the Sanctuary Texas series special?
A – A lot of different reasons. Mostly I wanted to create something that mirrored the kind of books I like to read. My top picks are usually paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. Any of the shifter and supernatural best sellers out there of course, get my vote, and anything that has strong heroes, heroines, unique worlds, dangerous and fast-paced action-filled plots.
The Sanctuary Texas books are a great mix of all my favorite things. You’ll find the series based in a small town in Texas (my home state) and it has a mixture of vampires, shifters of all different kinds, and some paranormal creatures you might never have heard of before, plus incorporating psychological thrills that will send you on an emotional rollercoaster, suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat, and scorching hot romance to curl your toes. It also keeps with my theme of “meant to be” fated mates in each and every individual novel.
Overall, the Sanctuary Texas series is designed to keep you turning the pages and pull you completely into the world of SANCTUARY and its citizens.
Q – What order should I read the books in?
A – While I’ve written the series so you can read the books in any order to enjoy each couple’s “Happily Ever After”, I’d suggest the following sequence to really capture the build of the larger series journey:
– My Viking Vampire
– My Dragon Masters
– My Eternal Soldier
– Mastered: Teagan
– My Warrior Wolves
– My Guardian Gryphon
– My Vampire Knight
Q – So, why should readers give these books a try?
A – Because the Sanctuary Texas series is a sexy, thrilling ride that won’t let you go! Each of the books has hit the top ten bestsellers list on Kindle for Vampire Romance and Paranormal Romance.
Needless to say, life is never boring when you have an elementary-aged special needs child you are homeschooling and half a dozen 4-legged friends roaming the house. They keep her and her husband busy, smiling, and laughing.
If you are looking for leisurely-paced sweet romance, her books are probably not for you. However, for those looking for a story filled with adventure, passion, and just enough humor to make you laugh out loud.