Forever Freed

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A heart can break, even one that no longer beats.

I stalk my new neighbors, a single mother and her child, drawn by the irresistible scent of their joy and love. I crave their blood, starved for some healing respite from my ancient guilt and grief. Now to lure them into my grasp.

But they surprise me. Little Olivia accepts me without fear--talking, smiling, offering innocent affection that tugs at my long-lost humanity. Her mother, Samantha, ...

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Overview

A heart can break, even one that no longer beats.

I stalk my new neighbors, a single mother and her child, drawn by the irresistible scent of their joy and love. I crave their blood, starved for some healing respite from my ancient guilt and grief. Now to lure them into my grasp.

But they surprise me. Little Olivia accepts me without fear--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 tempting the forgotten man within me. They lure me instead.

Ah, Dio, Lucien, run and spare them while you can...

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Vampire Romance Books - Rhonda V.
"Laura Kaye’s Forever Freed is unlike any vampire romance I’ve read to date. With characters that grab you from the start this is a book that will stay with you long after you finish. Many times throughout the book the author had my heart racing, my eyes tearing, and my stomach fluttering. Laura Kaye has been added to my auto-buy list!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989465052
  • Publisher: Laura Kaye
  • Publication date: 7/4/2013
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 853,339
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of nearly a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    I found Laura Kaye's books through a good friend of mine, who al

    I found Laura Kaye's books through a good friend of mine, who also liked her fanfiction on the internet. The first book, or should I say, novella, I read was Hearts in Darkness, which blew me away in originality and simplicity; i.e., no battles scenes, few characters, etc.

    Kaye's book, Forever Freed, was a heartfelt, emotional and lovely romance between, a vampire, Lucien and Samantha, a human. Another interesting twist and one I found unique, was the inclusion of a 5year old girl, "Ollie," Samantha's insightful daughter. As we all know, most vamp romances don't involve children, (unless the typical virginal character becomes impregnated), and I found it refreshing. I must admit, I hesitated at the thought of a child being one of the major characters, but Kaye made it work. The pace of the story was slow at first, but picked up about 1/3 of the way through and stayed that way. The good thing is, Kaye's great writing continued to capture my attention and I finished it quickly.

    The chemistry was red hot between Lucien and Samantha and the intimate scenes were even hotter! I found myself smiling through a lot of this book and little Ollie was a sweet, yet accident prone, child who thankfully lacked in bratty and combative tendencies...whew!! This is a good book for those of you wanting a little vamp, a little drama and a lot of entertainment!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Great!

    I am convinced I can read and enjoy just about any book that Laura Kaye writes because of how beautifully she writes about human emotions. I have never read books about vampires, not my cup of tea, except for Kaye's. This book, like all she writes, immerses you into the character's lifes and feelings, the joyous and the dark ones, so deeply that they feel real. Her command of words is absolutely amazing and she has a remarkable ability to build relatable characters and intense stories of love. But in this book, the intensity of a vampire senses heightens the emotional effect of her writing style and you just cannot put the book down.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    United By Books Reviews by Lindsey Hutchison

    Lucian has been guilt ridden for decades over the death of his wife and child.One trip to the hospital to collect some blood, and an encounter with a lovely little girl named Olivia (Ollie), who looked straight at him not with fear but with curiosity, amusement and affection, had Lucian craving more of the goodness of her feelings . A few days later, upon returning to the hospital, he ran into feelings of pure bliss and followed them till they led him to the beautiful woman whose feelings had reached out and wrapped around him. He craved more, so much so that he found out where she lived then bought a house near her just so he can feel those feelings she projected on a regular basis. Lucian is an empathic vampire, and Samantha has become his newest prey . Lucian planned to lure Samantha to his house and drain her to take her feelings into him. Ollie had gotten to him and he vowed to protect her. Lucian then realizes that Samantha is Ollie's mother. The feelings between Lucian and Samantha build, and soon he went from wanting to kill her, to knowing he loved her and to do that would hurt him so much worse. Word got back of his relationship with her to another vampire who had always been jealous and resentful of him, and he goes after Samantha. Lucian saves Samantha, evoking the wrath of the vampire leader of Detroit who is also the father of the vampire that died at Lucian's hands saving her. Laura Kaye grips you in the first few pages of the book. Her words flow, and soon you're in that world feeling Lucian's war and pain. You're also feeling the love and building affection between all the characters. You cant help but grow a fondness for Ollie. The passion between Samantha and Lucian is slow to build, but is worth the wait. When it arrives, it's so explosive . By the middle of the book I didn't want to put it down to go to sleep. At the end I was tearing up cause I had connected so much with the characters. This book was well written and is definitely a book to read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

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    Forever Freed.... Forever Hooked....

    After patiently waiting for Forever Freed's release - I dove into it with a great fervor.
    And I was not disappointed! The character of Lucien Demarco had me hooked from the get go. Dark, brooding, delicously hot man - grieving over his past, hating himself, resigned to the fact that this is his life and this is how it will be, but always wanting something more. Then we meet Ollie - a truly amazing young girl - she pulls you in and you immediately fall in love with her from the moment she walked across the hospital plaza - her innocense, her compassion, her uniqueness - her ability to see thru Luciens secret and truly see him. Samantha crosses paths with Lucien and he is hooked from the moment he senses her emotions - he becomes enthralled by her - wanting her - stalking her.... As Lucien is contemplating Samantha's fate - he is shocked to realize that Ollie is actually Samantha daughter... Everything plays out wonderfully from there - never a dull moment... My own emotions taking the dramatic toll of what life brings them with every page. The ending is gripping and I sobbed at what happens between Lucien and Samantha and of course what befalls Ollie... Highly recommend this books and can not wait to see what the future holds for us from this amazing author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Highly recommend!

    I loved this book and couldn't put it down! Lucien is still mourning the loss of his wife and child more than a century after the fact, struggling with the guilt and horror of their deaths and what he has become. When he meets Sam, he is stunned by the happiness he absorbs from her and wants more, even if it means her life; until he meets her daughter Olivia who looks looks him in the eye, sees him as something different, yet accepts him completely. Lucien is first obsessed and then amazed as he slowly begins to realize that there may be a chance at happiness and family that he thought was lost to him forever. Wonderful, well written characters and a great story told from the hero's POV, this isn't just another vampire tale. The emotions are heartfelt and real, and moved me to tears at several points as these characters struggle with doubts, fear, and a deep and abiding love that sometimes requires the innocent wisdom of a child to put everything into perpective. I highly recommend!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

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    Wonderfully written!

    Review by Shannon: Lucien Demarco has hated his vampire life for over 100 years. His family was murdered and he was turned (then abandoned by his maker), but he¿s been wrecked with the guilt of his wife and daughter¿s death all those years.

    When he meets a little Olivia at the local hospital and she doesn¿t shy away from him, instead looking him in the eye and smiling at him, he¿s amused. On his next visit to the hospital, when he meets a woman, Samantha, whose happiness calls to him, he¿s intrigued and thinking of drinking from her to absorb her happiness. But when he discovers the little girl is the daughter of the woman he craves, Lucien soon learns there are much better things to crave.

    Lucien is a heartbreaking character. He hates killing humans who don¿t deserve it to feed, so he goes weeks without feeding. He¿s one of those people that will continually ¿pick the scab¿ just so he can feel the pain. He¿s so full of self-loathing and despair, which makes your heart break for him because you can tell he¿s truly a good person at his core.

    However, once he makes the decision to move forward with a relationship with Samantha and Olivia, you can see his wonderful human traits come out. He wants to make sure both his girls feel loved, never want for anything and always feel safe. He knows keeping his vampirism secret is a huge breach in trust, which eats at him, but it seems life keeps getting in the way of him telling his secret.

    Samantha and Olivia (or Ollie as she¿s called) were wonderful characters and balanced out Lucien. They were both full of life and looked past what was on the outside to see the core of a person. Without needing to be told or asked, they always managed to give Lucien exactly what he needed and made him let himself go back to the man he was always supposed to be.

    That¿s not to say they don¿t have some drama in their relationship. The last 100 pages were full of drama with some bad vampires trying to destroy Lucien¿s happiness, but in the end love conquers all!

    Wonderfully written with an amazing cast of characters. This was definitely not like any other vampire story I¿ve read. It will pull at your heartstrings and having you reaching for a tissue.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    WOW

    Wow who knew such a heart-warming story, could have you so on the edge of your seat. I absolutely loved this book! It pulled at all my heart strings, while kept me completely engrossed in the book. The characters I felt were well formed. I completely love little Olivia. This book did have a feel of 1st person narration, if you don't mind that. The pace moved well. The plot was good, I was hoping to see more background on Lucien. Maybe in the next book? Oh please say there will be another one. I would recommend this to anyone to read.

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    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Amazing book! I didn't want this story to end. What a wonderful

    Amazing book! I didn't want this story to end. What a wonderful and heartfelt story. You will fall in love with Lucien, Samantha & Ollie. I am crossing my fingers for a sequel to this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

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    I couldn't help myself!! I was reading this at EVERY possible opportunity!!

    Forever Freed is a wonderful, heartwarming story that will keep you completely engrossed from beginning to end! It is written from the hero's point of view, which was fun to read ;) Not only is it full of love and passion but it also has plenty of suspense, excitement and a few terrifying moments! Lucien Demarco was turned into a vampire over 100 years ago. He had a family. A wife and a child who were his whole world. They were killed and Lucien was powerless to stop it from happening. He has been living in guilt and self hatred ever since. Then he runs into Samantha. She is everything he is not. She is everything he wants and needs! He decides he WILL have her, even though it will mean she will die. He stalks her, even buys a house right next door to her. He can't help himself. He can taste her emotions and her happiness is a sweet taste he hasn't had in a very long time! He HAS to have her!! But there is a problem. He has also met Ollie, Samantha's 5 year old daughter. She is sweet and purely innocent and Lucien has vowed to protect her. Samantha and Ollie are not afraid of Lucien like most humans are. They are drawn to him for some reason. The more time he spends with them the more he realizes he would do anything to protect them. He realizes that he can't live without either one of them. For the first time in a VERY long time he feels love. He feels like he has a family. I couldn't help myself!! I read this book at every possible opportunity! I read while sitting in the car waiting for the kids to get off the bus, I read while I was cooking supper and I was up late into the night just to stay engaged with the characters! The passion is smoldering hot and will make you weak in the knees ;) The action is fast paced and will grip at your heart!! If you love vampire books, I HIGHLY recommend you grab this one and start reading ? You will not be disappointed ;)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2011

    tugs at your heart

    I finished reading Forever Freed. Oh my, I cried. That makes it a great book! I didn't zoom through the sex scenes, either. Another plus for the book! I had thought that not having Sam's pov was going to annoy me, but it didn't. With an empathic vampire writing in first person, Lucien tells us what Sam's feeling. Ollie, her young daughter, is just precious. She came up with a unique take on Lucien's true nature. > > I liked this book even more than Hearts in Darkness, a novella by Laura Kaye, and I liked that one, too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

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    3.5 stars:  FOREVER FREED is a stand alone paranormal storyline

    3.5 stars:  FOREVER FREED is a stand alone paranormal storyline by Laura Kaye. The premise focuses on vampire Lucien Demarco, a human woman Samantha Sutton and Sam's daughter Olivia.
    Lucien is a vampire who has fallen in love. Samantha is a human female, with a young daughter, and it is through Sam's daughter that Lucien will first begin to lose his heart.
    Living for decades, feared and ignored by humans, Lucien is overcome with emotions when one small young child opens her heart and her mind to a man who believes he is incapable of ever finding or being in love. With his immediate connection to Olivia, Lucien is overcome with need when he begins to believe that Samantha is the woman for him.
    The storyline is told from Lucien's POV. We learn about the loss of his first family; his entry into the world of the vampire; and the current vampires out for revenge for a crime against one of their own.
    Lucien is a likeable character and a reluctant vampire. He is the `almost' perfect boyfriend/mate/lover. His concern is for the safety of Sam and her daughter, but his presence in their life has made them a target for revenge.
    The writing and storyline premise are simple. This is not a psychological drama or a study in the paranormal. Forever Freed is a sweet storyline of one vampire's need to love and be loved and the woman who has opened his mind to a possible future. But it is also a story of forbidden love and the extremes and pressures of what one vampire will do to keep the people he loves safe from harm
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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    Finally!!! Laura Kaye writes about vampires the way they should

    Finally!!! Laura Kaye writes about vampires the way they should be written. No glamour, glitz or sparkle. Lucien is old school vampire without all the silly myths. So, why doesn’t he take the blood of the two humans he finds so attractive? Samantha and her daughter, Olivia, have something special. Something worth holding onto for a lifetime. Why does Sam and Ollie fall for him? Why not, I did? Read the book to find out why. You’ll thank me for it…and Laura Kaye too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

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    "Samantha ... She was the light, and I had been drinking th

    "Samantha ... She was the light, and I had been drinking the dark for so very long."

    The first time Lucien Demarco sets his eyes on Samantha Sutton, he's blinded by her vibrance, her stunning allure that is so full of life, which is something he lost a long time ago. Her spirit literally glows and yet she's been through so much, too much, which leaves an emptiness in her heart that urges her to push everyone she loves away.

    He, initially attracted to her tantalizing scent, catches himself caring for and sympathizing with her and her domestic conflicts—and it isn't just the empath in him that's causing this. He is the exact opposite of Sam, the exact opposite of what she needs, but is affected by her in ways he cannot comprehend: a corner of darkness propelled by a beam of light, and an ignition of touch. He can't get involved, not with a prospect so human; having escaped the clutches of a powerful, gang-like network of vampires and fled to Detroit, where he thought he was finally free, he realizes what danger he puts himself and his new "family" in, when long-due vengeance came knocking on his door. And yet the stir in his body and soul is compelling enough for him to wander away from all rational thought.

    Sam and Ollie are the only people who have been able to trigger any type of emotion in him—at least the only people he's encountered in what seems like an eternity. They renew him. They become him. And with that acknowledgment, he knows he cannot survive without them or ever turn back.

    The emotional intensity of this book is so, so powerful. Not only the contemporary-set romance and the steamy chemistry between Sam and Luce, but also the highs and lows of family and self-sacrifice—all of it was a turbulent ride. As Lucien relearns the mess—and utter beauty—of humanity through his beloved Sutton girls, he discovers that although they are his dire weakness, they will save him—and he, them—in the end... and they will forever free each other as well.

    The characters, while good together, are not very developed individually. Sam is distant and completely two-dimensional. She's incredibly likable—kind, sensitive, gorgeous—but just seems a little too perfect, which I found unpalatable. Fortunately, Forever Freed is narrated by Lucien, who is as flawed as Samantha is faultless; unfortunately, his first-person male perspective is stiff (he is centuries old, after all), overexposed, and irritatingly bleak. I feel he wasn't as sexy and alpha of a vampire hero as he should've been in this story.

    The high action and precarious plot make up for the flat characters, however. I enjoyed the suspense immensely, including the hot love scenes tucked in between. This book is full of untold secrets, vampire gore, and the implications of overcoming temptation in the name of love; a fresh twist on vampire romance!

    Pros: Smoldering chemistry between Samantha and Lucien! // Loved Samantha's character // Ollie is adorable // Vampires aren't sparkly and omnipotent // Very realistic and raw portrayal of bloodlust and supernatural danger

    Cons: Strange, uncomfortable narration // Stylistically nothing impressive (no specific quotes that stood out to me)

    Verdict: While Forever Freed's characters are a bit flimsy and the narration slightly off-key, the acute, powerful storyline and the complexity of Samantha and Lucien's relationship really reverberated with me. Laura Kaye brings us an untraditional paranormal romance with a crucial slant on love and humanity, as well as on the compassion and sheer vulnerability you hold for the one person who has the power to bring you back to life.

    Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): An engaging read; highly recommended.

    Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via Romancing the Book, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Laura!).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    Forever Freed was such an emotional and romantic book between Lu

    Forever Freed was such an emotional and romantic book between Lucien and Samanth, but what really got my heart was Samantha's daughter Olivia. I loved how Lucien was with Olivia. from the get go. This story was heartfelt and absolutely precious. Laura Kaye is one of my favorite authors, and she did another fantastic job!!!

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    Laura Kaye never disappoint this is a great love story I could

    Laura Kaye never disappoint this is a great love story I could not put this book down. You will love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Vampire romance.

    I received this book in a quick orderly fashion and I am enjoying it. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Recommened good read

    Loved it! Great read! Did have problems on pg 642 using my simple touch, couldnt move past that page on my nook, was able to finish the book using the nook app on my samsung nexus and it also worked fine with my nook tablet, so maybe just a simple touch issue?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Loving a hero's POV

    This is the first book I've read with a completely male POV and I very much enjoyed it. The story was a perfect blend of dark, heartwarming, touching and steamy. Ms. Kaye continues to be one of my favorite authors and you won't be disappointed with this read. Hats off to you, Ms. Kaye!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Loved it!

    What can i say....great characters, great storyline... i loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Thoroughly enjoyed!!

    I really loved that this book is from Lucien's point of view. It was nice to see if from his perspective and what he was going through. I thought it was a great story and I couldn't put it down! It is a definite re-read for me! Laura never disappoints!!

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