Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

What would you give to be with the one you love?

Would you give it all, including your life?

…his hands on my back pressed me against him. This kiss was different, desperate almost. His lips left mine and gently, very lightly traveled across my cheek and down to my neck, hovering there. His cool breath ...
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Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1)

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Overview

What would you give to be with the one you love?

Would you give it all, including your life?

…his hands on my back pressed me against him. This kiss was different, desperate almost. His lips left mine and gently, very lightly traveled across my cheek and down to my neck, hovering there. His cool breath sent chills through me, awakening feelings I didn’t know existed. His lips softly kissed my neck, and then I felt two sharp pricks. I gasped...

In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011916922
  • Publisher: Brookehaven Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/30/2010
  • Series: The Brookehaven Vampires , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 105,829
  • File size: 263 KB

Meet the Author

Joann’s love of fantasy and science fiction inspired her to create the Brookehaven Vampires and their world. She lives in Northern California with her very supportive husband and their two wonderful children, along with what she likes to call her furry entourage–two tuxedo cats and a very devoted Aussie. Between being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom and a wife, she spends her spare time, what little there is of it, hard at work on the next Brookehaven installment.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    GOLDEN!

    I absolutely loved Laney!! Am ecstatic that the next installment is coming out this year, hurry up Joann with Darkness I need more Oliver in my life! I'm not going to go into detail and ruin the next esteemed Laney fan, but all I can say is it's a keeper. Worth its weight in gold!
    *drum roll!* And the best Hater award goes too.
    At Anonymous *GIGGLE* are you seriously hiding who you are? You might as well show yourself, if you're going to write something totally off, you might as well own up to it, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. College students!!! Did you go to college or were you deprived? It also sounds like, where you come from we're a little loosey goosey, when was our innocence lost? Eww sucia! Can we keep our jaded reviews to our self-please? Xoxo
    Joann! Another hater to add to your shelf, I see BIG things in your future!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    *GIGGLE*

    *Giggle* needed a word counter on that! Laney is almost 22 I believe. Never been kissed kind of stuff & her best friend too. They live alone in their own place. So old enough to b adults but so innocent they make my 10 yr old nieces look jaded! Can't get a handle on that. 2011 and both woman are on their own, they are attractive and not antisocial. I could c if only one was nun material but both girls? Ok so the language for the girls is like a 12 year old girl. all giggles and boys and sugar and spice. "omg he looked at me, I think I am gonna faint." only it is chapters of the same boy crazy stuff over and over. Oliver looked at me, I think Oliver is looking at me! so they both need to woman up instead of acting 10 years their junior. Thankfully the friend finally acts like the woman she is, still juvenile but closer to a college aged woman. They should have graduated by now unless they waited a year b4 school. I was married 4 3 years at that age! COME ON! So that is my issue. No one acts like that... So if this is YA, they are in the wrong age bracket. It was like the author was trying to make them the age of adults for adult content while keeping them juvenile for the YA crowd. About 1/2 way thru we get a plot. Not bad; a lil thin in places & finally I enjoy it because the girls are now acting like women! FINALLY! With all that said I will read the next book because I am interested in the story line. The Author could have written the 1st half of the book to fit into a chapter or 2 and made the dynamic between Laney and Oliver so much more true to life and could actually c love in there. as it is now it's nothing more then infatuation by a girl who never has looked at a boy long enough to want him. very cliche! So if u can get past the bubblegum, giggles, and jumping up and down & don't forget the fainting and (every vampire has a cool car) u can c a plot u will like, hopefully. I give the craptastic masterpiece 2 1/2 stars!

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    Pleasantly surprised Sowles has an enjoyable writing style - for

    Pleasantly surprised
    Sowles has an enjoyable writing style - for an author with few books, it is smooth and with very few errors to detract from the story. Dialogue flows well. Because of the inevitable comparisons to Twilight (which I loved, btw), I will give you this: Yes, there is a human (?) girl in love with what turns out to be a vampire and all sorts of danger and drama ensues. The other thing it has in common with Stephanie Meyers' books (and what I enjoyed about both) is the emotional story & development of the characters. I wouldn't go too far beyond that with comparisons, and this is definitely not a copycat story. The main character is barely 19 (not 22 like someone else said) - still young and naive enough to be figuring out who she is, and yet she isn't totally self-absorbed either. This is page-turner, there is enough mystery to keep you wanting more (even more so with the second book). I would recommend this to older teens because the content of this and the next book are rather mature (references to underage sex & drinking, general college age stuff).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    Better than Twilight

    I can not wait for book #2 to come out, I really enjoyed this book. It is a very good read, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen! It definitely leaves you wanting for more!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    Great

    This book reminded me somewhat of Twilight, but Sowles is a better writer. She doesn't drone on and on about one thing that's not important. The book is fast paced and holds your attention from beginning til end. The cliff hanger as all good books have leaves you wanting more. The only thing that disappointed me was that I bought the book early on and I want the next book NOW! It's going to be a wonderful series. Needless to say if you liked Twilight, you'll love this book. It's great also because it's more grown up. These are college aged people Sowles writes of so there are some intimate moments, but nothing erotic happens.
    Great all around. Characters were wonderful and I liked that the heroine wasn't a sit on her bum and do nothing type of girl, waiting for her hero to come. There are points where she's like "well, this is it." But she still tries to keep herself alive. She's not so dependent upon Oliver to the point where you start to dislike her. I really liked Laney.
    If you haven't read the book you must. It's a must read. And Joann Sowles needs to write faster because the suspense is killing me.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    One of the BEST vampire books out there

    Laney, Book 1 of The Brookhaven Vampire Series by Joann I. Martin Sowles is a young adult vampire novel that exceeds any expectation for young adult novels today. The main character Laney is a wonderful representation of what it would be like to today's world if a nineteen year old met a cute boy in class and he happened to be a vampire, or at least in our dreams. The setting in in the real world, a small college campus, and the events that take place are easily ones that readers can picture themselves in.

    The author makes her book so enjoyable because she makes her books relative in today's world. There is a scene where Laney, Oliver, Carter, and Kiera is watching a movie- Twilight and Oliver looks to Laney and asks if she likes vampires. It's a creative way of Sowles bringing her world to the real world of today.

    The story was very fast paced and full of mystery and adventure. Eveything that was done or said was relating to that next clue or piece of the puzzle. The author left you wanting more at the end with many questions such as, "Is the head of the coven her father?", "What is Laney", " Why is Kiera getting dizzy?", and "Why did Laney not tell Oliver about her "dream?"

    I can't wait for the next book. I have burnt out on young adult novels but once I began reading and entering her world I couldn't put it down. This book is great for the Twilight fans that have grown older and like stories much like Vampire Diaries. I highly recommed this book.

    Here is a synopsis of the book for you to decide for yourselves:

    What would you give to be with the one you love?

    Would you give it all, including your life?

    In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life-that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

    As Laney's sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure-including a love she didn't know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver's love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn't so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver's most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    OMG

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Amazing Vampire Read

    This book was amazing!! A new spin on a vampire novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! !!!!!!! ;)

    it was an amazing book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Laney

    I loved this book and now I'm going to start on the second one. I sure do hope there will be a third one in the near future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Lots of fun!

    Its fun, hot and steamy and terrifying. A must read. Better than twiight.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    loved it

    great great great. this is a must read. at the edge of my seat waiting for the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    solid

    loved this book i wonder when the next comes out but loved oliver way more than edward from twilight

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    loved Loved LOVED this book

    loved this book and all of its characters. Barely took me a day to read as I couldn't put it down. However I was dissappointed w/ the ending. . . it just ended but I am definetly waiting impatiently for the next install I cant wait

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

    AWESOME Book!

    This has quickly gone to the top of my favorites list! The character's are amazing and you will be hooked and wanting more by the end.
    I highly recommend this book to everyone, teens and adults alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2010

    You have to check this one out! It's a must-read!

    Laney: The Brookehaven Vampires is a must-read. It's a page turner from the very beginning. This novel has the perfect blend of suspense, drama, and love story to keep you reading until the very last page...and it will leave you begging the author for the next installment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Very good.

    Could not put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    1,708 pages fyi

    1,708 pages fyi

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

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    I liked this story although it was very frustrating when it ende

    I liked this story although it was very frustrating when it ended. Be prepared that as you are reading it you will be left with a lot of unanswered questions. It is about Laney who is in college, meets a guy who happens to be a vampire. She learns that there are other creatures that go bump in the night besides vampires. I can't really say much else without giving away the story, but I would recommend it. I hope book two has some answers.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

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    Loved every word!

    Loved every word!

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