Title: Tall, Dark & Lonely (Pyte/Sentinel #1)
Author: R.L. Mathewson
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Things are finally looking up for Madison. After years of scraping just to get by she lands her dream job and finally has a decent down payment for a house so she can move her brother and sister into a real home. It’s too bad nothing ever goes the way it’s supposed to. When the mother that abandoned them years ago suddenly shows up and moves them to New Hampshire Madison has no choice but to go or lose her brother and sister. Shoving her dreams aside yet again, Madison tries to make things work, it’s really cold, her fifteen year old sister acts like a hooker in training, men act funny around her, her boss is a real jerk, she feels like an outsider, her best friend turns out to be a sixteen year old punk, and the incredibly handsome guy renting the room adjoining hers not only hogs the bathroom, taking three showers a day and leaving her with cold water, but he also has a secret. A secret that she becomes a bit obsessed with and can’t let go no matter how many times she’s warned off.
Detective Ephraim Williams learned long ago not to show any emotion or allow himself to get attached to humans. What was the point? They came and went and he remained. This time wouldn’t be any different or so he thought. When his landlady told him her grandchildren were moving in he didn’t expect much, well other than to be left alone. What he didn’t expect was to have to fight bloodlust every time he so much as caught a whiff of his delectable neighbor’s scent or her bombarding him with questions every time she cornered him. If that’s not bad enough a Master from his past has found him once again and is demanding his blood and is willing to do anything to get it, even using the exasperating neighbor that makes him feel more than pain for the first time in centuries.
Once I came across one of R.L. Mathewson’s books, I could not put the rest of them down! Not one! I started with the “Neighbor from Hell” series and quickly began the “Pyte/Sentinel” after. Tall, Dark & Lonely is the first book in this series, and if you are a fan of a “forever kind” of love, this book is for you! 🙂
Ephraim is a two-hundred and six year old Pyte (born from a vampire father and human mother) that falls head over heels for Madison. He’s caring, loyal and generous, and only has eyes for his tenant’s human granddaughter. At first sight (and smell) he is attracted to her and her blood.
Madison is twenty-three year old woman who has had a rough life, and that’s putting it mildly. Her deadbeat mother has never cared for her or her two younger kids, and because of this, Madison has had to grow up faster than most to look after her siblings: Jill (fifteen) and Joshua (ten). Madison has spent her whole life putting her family first, to provide for them. Now, she has a chance to feel at ease by moving them all in with her grandmother. She wasn’t expecting was to fall in love. Let alone with a pyte and the danger that it may bring.
This story is one of my favorites! Madison has a lot to learn and Ephraim is the perfect guy to teach her. Even though Madison has grown up extremely fast, she’s still very sheltered when it comes to boys and dating. Ephraim is the first man that makes her feel special. When she tries to reach out, he flees because he knows once he starts a romance or more with her, he won’t stop! O_O
Another favorite part of this book is that I get to continue to read the story in Without Regret (Book 2) & Tall, Dark & Heartless (Book 3)! Hopefully sometime this year or early next, we’ll get the next installment of this great series! 🙂 Once you read this story you won’t get enough of the characters and their personalities. Each character will remind you of someone you know and you’ll grow to adore each one! Don’t miss it! You can’t beat the price! 🙂
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About R.L. Mathewson:
Hello, my name is R.L. Mathewson 🙂
Before I tried my hand at writing I was a receptionist, cafeteria worker at the college I attended, museum worker, bellhop, and about a dozen other different things that are pretty embarrassing so we’re just going to skip over those things and pretend that they never happened ;D
At some point I got a little direction in my life and tried my hand at emergency medicine, since I am, or at least was, deathly afraid of needles I opted for the fun job in EMS, an EMT. It was a fun job, a bit stressful, but I learned a great deal and had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. I learned a great deal from my patients and have never forgotten the wisdom they imparted on me. After a short stint as a Residential Home worker I decided to try the stay-at-home mom job and found out something very important.
I can’t just sit around with nothing to do while I try to be deathly silent so that I don’t wake up one of my children and send them into a blood curdling screaming fit. So, to fill the time I started to read again. When I was in school I was a bookworm, but got away from it as I grew older. I was drawn back into my love of reading by Julia Quinn’s What Happens In London. It was a wonderful, witty book and I fell instantly in love with romance novels.
Some of the romance novels that I read were great and I couldn’t get enough, I started to play with the idea of writing a book. Several months later I finally gave in and tried. For four months straight I worked day and night until finally I finished my first book. Then of course I re-read what I wrote, cringed and deleted the entire book and started over again. I started working on other projects and soon had two finished books, Tall, Dark & Lonely: A Pyte Series Novel and A Humble Heart: A Hollywood Heart’s Novel. It was a very exciting time except for one little problem……
I had absolutely no idea what to do with the books now that they were done. So, of course I put the books aside and forgot about them for a little while I worked on other books. Months later I decided that maybe I should do something with them. I looked into getting published, admittedly not very hard since what I read about the publishing process wasn’t exactly making me jump and down with excitement.
After reading an article about self-publishing I knew that was the way I wanted to go. I like the freedom to write what I want, when I want and publish a story that I hope others will enjoy reading. It gives me a great deal of freedom and allows me to retain full control over my work, which of course allows me to set the prices of my books and make them affordable for everyone 🙂 Which of course is the reasoning behind the $0.99 price tag for my books.
That’s how I became a writer and why I self-publish. Well, that and I’m pretty laid back and don’t want to be hassled with contractual obligations. That would just cut into my writing time, time with my kids, reading time and my hot cocoa addiction. Yes, I am thoroughly addicted to hot cocoa and if you’re interested in experiencing the perfect cup of cocoa you can find the recipe for my cocoa somewhere on my author blog.
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