Omega By Susannah Sandlin
The Penton Legacy #3
David Jackson’s back slammed into the wall with enough force to crack the plaster, sending a cloud of dust, splintered lathing and blood-covered plaster chips pluming outward.
Challenge: #readmyowndamnbooks and Complete a series
I picked this book off of my shelf as a reading palate cleanser, as the previous book left me with a bad taste. I have been meaning to get to this book for a while. A really long while. I read the first and second book of this series almost four years ago. (I can’t believe that it’s been that long, but that’s what Goodreads says….) While normally I wouldn’t recommend going 4 years between books in a series, at least not without rereading from the beginning, I wasn’t lost with this book. This is in part because each book is in itself its own story within a bigger story.
For those who have not read the first two books, I won’t go into this book with too much detail. But this series follows a scathe of vampires who are trying to survive the blood shortage caused by a human vaccination. Aidan Murphy started this scathe between vampires who are willing to live by a strong moral code and unvaccinated humans who agree to be feeders in exchange for living in peace. In short, the Penton scathe is an anomaly in the vampire world, and not vampires are happy about it. The vampire tribunal, the vampires’ governing body, at best, is passive about the Penton Scathe. Until a power hungry, morally bankrupt and twisted vampire, Matthias, starts whispering in their ear. This starts a chain of events putting the Penton scathe on the defensive, not just with assaults led by Matthias, but with the tribunal as well.
I am not sure if I did a good job explaining the series, but I promise you that it’s really really good. While the overall story is about the Penton scathe trying to convince the tribunal that they are innocent and that Matthias is the bad guy, each book focuses on a particular couple. Redemption is Aidan and Khrys’ story; Absolution is Mirren and Glory’s story; Omega is Will and Randa’s story.
Will and Randa have had a rocky relationship, both carrying huge bricks from their past on their shoulders. Both are certain that the other hates them, but the grudgingly do what they have to since Aidan has made them patrol partners. Then things begin to change, and they realized that the other was carrying some baggage and their public personas was just a way to cope and deal with those issues. As they are digging deeper with each other, for the sake of their partnership, they begin to uncover (or admit) the growing attraction between them. In this book, both will have to confront the truth of themselves as well as the truth of their fathers.
But this is not just your average romance. Ir’s not just hot and steamy. This love story is full of some blush worthy sexytimes. There is almost sex, definite sex and loving sex. But don’t get me wrong, the sex scenes are done with great taste and it’s done between two people who deeply care for each other, even if they do not realize how deep their feelings go. While it is graphic descriptively, it is not smutty.
What I really, really enjoyed about this book is that the story could have stood on its own without the sex. What I mean is that the scenes didn’t just set up the next sex encounter, they were a part of the whole. And while the story would have been a great story without the sexytimes, it was also made much richer with the sexytimes.
This is a series that I would definitely recommend. I found the story engaging. I found the characters lovable and I am still invested in all of the characters, well all of the good guys. I found myself laughing out loud, because despite the danger that they are in, they’re still funny as hell at times.
He leaned over and kissed her long and hard, ignoring the throbbing pain in his chest and the fact she’d accidentally beaned him in the head with her cast.