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Posted June 24, 2014
This is the second in her Purgatory Series. I gave The Wolf Within 4 stars.
Dr. Olivia madden has a history which includes werewolf attack and a Ph.D. in criminal psychology. She's spent years working with the human serial killer population, but her motive for getting into Purgatory, the paranormal prison, is murky at best. Shane August is a vampire under cover working for the Para unit FBI to uncover the secrets on Purgatory, and his back-story and motives are even murkier.
Cynthia Eden has a few tropes she likes to go with, the insanely powerful heroine who doesn't exactly know what she is and what she can do. The morally ambiguous hero who is absolutely and often without reason devoted beyond measure, and the fated/insta-mate.
What makes this work for me is that the characters are fun, the action is nonstop, and the plot and the characters themselves are usually twisty and devious in the extreme. This particular book is well paced, with a clever twist on old and not much used paranormal character, and there was some real chemistry between Olivia and Shane.
While this can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the books in order because you will have a better sense of the characters as a whole. Solid 4 stars and I absolutely cannot wait for Connor's book next!
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Posted August 17, 2014
MARKED BY THE VAMPIRE is the second instalment in Cynthia Eden’s contemporary, adult Purgatory paranormal series. Purgatory is an island prison for the supernatural-those that cannot be controlled. This is Dr. Olivia Maddox and FBI Agent Shane August’s storyline. Although this is the second in the series, MARKED BY THE VAMPIRE can be read as a stand alone. Some of the previous storyline characters play secondary roles and any information from the prior story is imparted where necessary.
Told from third person POV the story follows Olivia Maddox as she has gained access to Purgatory to further her research surrounding the darkest of the supernatural powers. But Olivia has a secret-one that if discovered or released-will place everyone in danger. So to add to her protection, vampire and Para Unit specialist Shane August is sent in undercover only to realize a little too late that they have both ‘literally’ been thrown to the wolves. Someone knows about Olivia’s true identity and is hoping that Purgatory will keep her under control.
The attraction between Shane and Olivia is immediate. They have a connection that can only be called fated and in this Shane is determined to protect Olivia at all costs-even if it means taking out everyone who threatens the woman he believes to be his mate.
The secondary characters include many of the previous storyline characters as well as a new cast of villains who are on the hunt for the ultimate in supernatural powers. The storyline is well paced; the suspense and mystery will keep the reader on the edge of their seat-and in the end-there was very little difference between good and evil. Trust must be earned and very little is earned throughout the story. Needless to say, Olivia had some major issues of trust, especially when she found herself imprisoned by the very people who had promised to keep her safe.
Cynthia Eden writes an exciting and intense story with all the hallmarks of a paranormal mystery-the reader is never sure just who is the bad guy; who is the betrayer; and who can be trusted with your life. Life in Purgatory is hell, but working with the Para Unit is like working for the Devil-himself.
Posted August 13, 2014
Posted August 11, 2014
**copy provided through NetGalley**
I’m so glad I’ve found this series. After receiving this copy I purchased and read the first book in the series, The Wolf Within. I enjoyed that book and was really excited about starting MBTV. While in this installment we follow Shane and Olivia, it’s a continuation of the story left open at the end of TWW. Both Shane and Olivia are in Purgatory, one as a Doctor and the other as a prisoner. Shortly after their arrival, all hell breaks loose. While both Duncan and Shane are strong and fearless characters there is just something so damn sexy about Shane and the way he carries himself. I think what I love most about this series is how immersed in the story I get. I almost forget I’m reading a book. It’s fast moving, full of action, romance and mystery….Now let’s bring on CONNOR!!
- “I’ve seen countries rise and fall. Watched more death and pain than you can imagine.”….”I didn’t think there was any pleasure left for me here, then I looked up on a storm-tossed ferry, and I saw her.”
Posted August 6, 2014
I really enjoyed this story and I didn’t realize it was part of a series so I am definitely planning on reading the first installment. The synopsis is very detailed and gives readers a good idea about the book. There is action, suspense and subterfuge wrapped around this steamy paranormal romance. Cynthia Eden is a masterfully diversified storyteller and I always look forward to reading her brilliantly crafted worlds. Every book is a delightful adventure and I highly recommend any of her books!
***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
Posted August 3, 2014
Cynthia Eden is an automatic not even read the blurb one click when I want an easy hot alpha read, be it her contemporary or paranormal books. While to a certain extent you know what you’re going to get her writing is such that you just don’t care.
This new Purgatory Series has the best of both worlds – vamps and shifters which as a parawhore I love. Reading is always an escape and Cynthia Eden takes you to a world you half wish existed because, as violent and harsh as it may be, these men and their stories are the stuff that fills our dreams.
The Wolf Within (Purgatory 1) and Marked by the Vampire both have fabulous alpha male leads but unfortunately in both books their female partners I found sadly lacking. A little whiney, a little weak and needing a good shake to find their backbone! Despite the awesome yumminess that is Shane, and the usual hot chemistry and sex that you know will be delivered, this was tempered down by the annoying Olivia with her ‘damsel in distress but it’s ok I know my man will rescue me’ attitude. While we know he will I like a little self-preservation and strength in my heroines.
Don`t let my annoyance with Olivia put you off though because this is still a good read, just not her best. I will read the next instalment and am interested to see what happens with Connor as I do love a tortured werewolf!
Posted July 31, 2014
Wow. I enjoyed the first book in this series a lot but this one really took it up a notch. Fantastic story with the introduction of new characters. Can't wait for the next one.
Vampires and werewolves exist. The worst are sent to Purgatory, a paranormal prison. Bad forces are at work within Purgatory. FBI Agent Shane August, a vampire with a dark past, is sent undercover to infiltrate the vampire clan. Dr. Olivia Maddox wants to find out why certain paranormals go bad. She gets permission to enter Purgatory and believes it's the opportunity of a lifetime. When the prisoners break loose only one person can protect her. But Shane knows she has secrets.
Posted July 28, 2014
Olivia Maddox has made studying paranormal killers her life's work. So when she is given the opportunity to interview paranormal prisoners at the maximum security prison, Purgatory, she jumps at the chance. Only Olivia has no way of knowing what exactly she signed up for.
On her way to Purgatory she meets Shane. A very sexy, alpha vampire. However, the only problem is that Shane is a prisoner being transferred to the infamous prison Purgatory. But all is not what it seems and Olivia is slowly learning that fact.
I liked the character of Olivia. She seemed competent and didn't suffer from insta love. But what she did suffer from was head-in-sand-distressed-need-a-man-to-rescue-me syndrome. Which detracted from what would have been a strong leading female character. She has her own secrets and dark side. Ok fine, I can deal with that. As a matter of fact, I kinda like that. Her flaws gave her more depth and likability.
Now on to Shane. Yum! Shane is an alpha vampire. When I say alpha I mean ALPHA!!!!! I can't say much more about him without giving things way. But I will say Shane is the ultimate BAMF! If you ever find yourself at a maximum security paranormal prison Shane is the type of guy to have on your side.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick fun read that satisfied my need for a paranormal romance. Marked by the Vampire is the second book in the Purgatory series. But fear not, it can be read as a stand alone novel.
Posted July 27, 2014
Posted July 26, 2014
Shane is an ancient vampire FBI agent sent undercover to Purgatory, a prison set up for paranormals, to infiltrate the resident clan of vampires there. Olivia is a psychiatrist that specializes in killers. She manages to pull strings to get into Purgatory to study the worst of the worst. She wants to learn why they turn bad, what pushes them over the edge into evilness. But Olivia has ulterior motives for wanting to study the monsters, she has a darkness inside of her that she wants to know how to control. She's worried that it may slip her grip one day and she may turn into one of the monsters herself.
The attraction between Shane and Olivia is instantaneous and right from the beginning the suspense starts. As soon as the they get to Purgatory "accidents" seem to happen around Olivia. After a massive prison break it's obvious someone knows something about Olivia's secret and wants to use her for their own purposes.
Shane is determined to protect her. He has claimed her but others have decided that she is too dangerous to live. I won't give out anymore details because I don't want to spoil the story but this is one of the reasons why I love Cynthia Eden so much. The twists and turns, the imagery, attraction, suspense and action is non stop. It's a roller coaster ride of emotions, especially the last half of the book. This was another great book in the Purgatory series and I am eagerly awaiting more!
*I received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley for my honest review
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Posted July 16, 2014
For different reasons, they will both enter Purgatory and what begins there will change both their lives forever. Will that be a bad thing or a good thing? The only chance they have will be to rely on each other as the danger comes from every direction…even from within in this thrilling paranormal romance.
This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers on their toes with lots of suspense, action, drama and romance. The author brings the story to life with well written scenes and details that inspire vivid images and captures the imagination and the well orchestrated suspense and action scenes draw the reader deeper into the story making them feel as if they are right in the middle of all the action. The characters are strong, compelling, easily understood, mysterious and grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning and spine tingling tension builds throughout the story as the danger escalates and more information is revealed about a conspiracy from an unsuspected source.
The attraction between Shane and Olivia radiates extreme heat from every page and the sex scenes are hot and steamy, but relationship is a roller coaster ride of emotional ups and downs that keep the reader on the edge of their seats. Olivia just wants to know makes the monsters tick… humans and paranormals alike and the reader can’t help but be intrigued with the mysterious young doctor who has such hidden depths that even she doesn’t understand what it means. Shane is an ancient vampire that is sent in undercover to find the corruption inside Purgatory and finds himself blowing his cover to protect her powerful secrets even as the passion stirs between them.
Cynthia Eden has once again created a fantastic paranormal world with intriguing and fascinating elements and captivating characters that enthralls readers and ensures that they can’t put the book down until they have read the very last word. This story is an action packed and entertaining read from beginning to end and I can’t wait for the next one.
Posted July 13, 2014
Posted July 12, 2014
I love Cynthia Eden's books. This one was well written and had a great plot and story line. It desperately needed a good strong female character foe the lead. Instead, it got a whiney, self absorbed brat. I have never felt so sorry for the male lead character in a book before. The fact that he got stuck with that poor excuse for a woman as his mate totally ruined the book. I got to page 127 and couldn't take any more. Its bad when you are hoping someone will punch the lead character in the face.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 6, 2014
I've been reading Cynthia Eden books for a while now and I have yet to come across a bad one. This is the second in a series about a paranormal prison called Purgatory off the coast of Washington state. I had the first book for awhile before I read it then decided that I should start it before I read this one and I'm glad I did. It wasn't really necessary since this can be read as a standalone, but it was more enjoyable with the background of knowing the characters. Shane's introduced as just a regular agent in a secret organization based in Seattle called Para Unit. They're a secret branch of the FBI. But that's not all he is. He's also a very old vampire. The only thing is, in the first book, The Wolf Within, he's said to been born/made in the 1300's and in this book he's 2000 years old. So, not sure there...
This book starts off when Shane meets Dr. Olivia Maddox on the ferry ride to the island prison and sparks fly from there. Olivia is there to interview the prisoners to figure out why they kill. Shane is there to figure out who's trying to make the prisoners try for escape. Of course nothing goes right for either of them and they start off on a run for their lives.
I loved Shane's character from the start. What's not to like about an alpha badass vampire? Uh, nothing. Olivia was the right parts vulnerable and tough. More beta then alpha, but kick-ass just the same. She ends up on a journey where she not only finds love, but herself as well. Even the secondary characters are intriguing enough to want more from them. Looking forward to Connor's story to see him finally redeem himself. But I'm really looking forward to Pate's story!
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Posted July 1, 2014
How have I not read every book this woman's written? I loved this book so much. Yummy vamps and dangerous supernaturals roaming around. I loved the truth about the heroine when it comes out. Nice to see a woman with real power that doesn't depend on a man giving it to her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2014
Posted June 15, 2014
His job is to stop the monsters. Her job is to study prisoners to help them. To survive, they have to rely on each other.
Dr. Olivia Maddox wants to interview some of the worst criminals. She is going to be stuck on an island to do this. The criminals are Vampires and Werewolf’s. Shane August is a FBI Agent being sent in undercover with Olivia. He knows about her role but she knows nothing about him other than he is on her list to interview.
When all hell breaks loose on the island Olivia and Shane must turn to each other to survive. It is then that Shane finds out that Olivia is more than human. Olivia thinks she is only human.
I enjoyed the action and the passion in this book. Olivia not knowing who to trust kept me rooting for her to come out on top. I am looking forward to more.
Posted June 13, 2014
A must read Contemporary, Paranormal, Washington State
Shane August is an FBI Agent that is also a very powerful vampire with a dark past. He is sent to a prison for an undercover assignment. It is his job to infiltrate the vampire clan any way he can. It’s his job to stop the monsters that live among the humans. There are deadly forces working within Purgatory, the only prison in the U.S. that is made to keep the paranormals confined.
Dr. Olivia Maddox is determined to find out why some paranormals go bad and others keep control. Why some vampires are pushed over the edge and why some werewolves turn savage. Olivia thinks she can help them if she can just understand them. When she is given permission to enter Purgatory she thinks she is getting the opportunity of a lifetime. What she doesn’t know that she is actually walking straight into hell.
Shane and Olivia’s only chance at survival is to depend on each other. Olivia’s only chance at surviving the prisoners that have broken loose is one vampire. Shane is the only one that can protect her. While they fight the enemies surrounding them a dangerous passion comes to life between them. Shane realizes that there is more to the doctor than he first thought. She is a woman with powerful sinful secrets that she has been is carrying around. Secrets that a man will kill to possess.
Olivia soon realizes that sometimes you can’t control the beast inside you. No matter how hard you try. There are some passions that can push you to the limits of your control. The lust she feels growing inside her for her vampire is sending her straight into a deadly storm of desire.
This is proving to be an excellent series. The characters are complex and intriguing and pull the reader right into the story. While so far the stories prove to hold up on their own they are much better read as a series as things that happen in the first book show up in the second and the reader has a better understanding of what is happening in the series by reading all the books. This one wraps up nicely but leaves enough to easily have more books in the series. The world building is great and will have readers wishing that this world was real. It is dark and edgy and full of action. With enough suspense woven into it that it will keep readers guessing as to what the characters secrets are and just what will happen next. It is also a relatively quick read that makes for a wonderful break from the real world.
Posted June 12, 2014
Another hit n run for Cynthia. I absolutely love reading anything by this author. once again the storyline is fantastic the characters are out standing . This story follows Shane and Olivia , Shane goes undercover into purgatory to find out what's going on behind the gates. This is where Shane meets and falls in love with Olivia who turns out to be more then she seems. I loved how this story turned out and how when you think you have it worked out any other twist comes into play. once again Cynthia leaves us hanging for the next book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2014
Marked By The Vampire, Cynthia Eden
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I've read several of Cynthia's books now, so I know I enjoy her classic, succinct writing style. All story, no waffling! This one is paranormal ( its that vampire bit in the title that gives it away – yes?) and was a fun read.
To begin with we're given a clue that some people aren't exactly what they seem, and that there is clearly some uncover/underhanded work going on. That fits in with much of Cynthia's novels that I've enjoyed, they have that suspense element and she does that really well, keeping me guessing exactly whats happeneing. So it was with this one, til it got to the point where I was wondering just what and who was going to be revealed next...dealing and double dealing, people who were working for others and not the side I expected, all wrapped up with some danger, violence, and sexy, sensual sex....A great mix.
I liked Shane right from the start, and it was clear that he was in Purgatory for reasons other than what were given, but I didn't know who else was in on that, and what he was actually there for. Olivia seemed a troubled person, seeking to find out what made killers act as they did, but she didn't fit the usual “do-gooders” mould, and wasn't afraid of danger – til she reached Purgatory where the danger wasn't just the usual from interviewing dangerous prisoners, but had the added addition of someone – or maybe several someones – flipping and messing with the safety measures. Why, who, when and where was the next danger coming from. It's a novel full of suspense and danger and some vivid surprises, but with a perfect ending. Its the second in a series, I've not read the first but that was fine, as it seems each is a standalone, but with connected characters so it's the sort I like, where novels are complete but integrated with each other and carrying an overall story arc. I look forward to more.
Stars: Four – a fun read.
ARC supplied via Netgalley.