Blackthorn’s First Forbidden Romance by Lindsay J. Pryor
In an imaginary future, the world is controlled by humans who rule over vampires with an iron fist. Society is divided and ‘third species’ (such as vampires) are both feared and discriminated against. Additional seeds of unrest are sown by whispers of a vampire prophecy foretelling the overthrow of the human regime.
Blackthorn itself is the most impoverished of several administrative districts – a real melting pot for vampires, lycans and humans – and a subsequent hive of social unrest.
This dark and dystopian urban backdrop is the setting for intense forbidden romances that will not only impact on the fate of humankind, but also on the fate of the ‘third species’.
Blood Shadows, the first of those romances, is Kane and Caitlin’s story.
Who he is
Kane Malloy is a master vampire and, as such, is dual feeder – a rare form of original vampire capable of draining both blood and energy.
Where he can be located
Kane lives in the district of Blackthorn. He owns several properties on the east side. He has dens that he moves between.
Kane has lived alone since the death of his younger sister and only sibling, Arana. Their parents were murdered by vigilantes centuries before. He mixes with Blackthorn’s underworld, having numerous acquaintances and a handful of friends within it. His reputation dictates he is both feared and respected.
Kane is on the Vampire Control Unit’s most wanted list and has been for over four decades. He is accused of extensive crimes and misdemeanours, but only a few are substantiated. His continuing ability to evade capture and questioning could be down to the fearful hold he has on the Blackthorn community or their loyal support of him.
Kane is defiant towards authority or anyone who tries to control him and is resentful of the human power enforced in Blackthorn. He has his own code of behaviour, does not succumb to social forces and is not concerned about meeting other people’s standards. He is confident in his interactions with others, knows he is an attractive vampire and will use it to his advantage. He is perceptive, intuitive and charming. Kane is sexually uninhibited and experienced, but has trouble engaging emotionally. His lack of intimacy in relationships can
often leave him seeming detached. He is self-reliant and can show self-control and restraint in order to get what he wants. He harbours grudges. He does not expect to fail at the things he does.
Who she is
Caitlin is a shadow reader (shadows are substitutes for souls in the third species) and reads evaders of justice to secure convictions as part of her work for the Third Species Control Division. She also doubles up as an agent with the Vampire Control Unit – the most elite task force in the TSCD who work in the darkest parts of Blackthorn.
Where she can be located
Caitlin lives in Lowtown, the district that borders Blackthorn. Despite most agents living across the border in the more privileged Midtown, Caitlin resides in Lowtown to demonstrate her faith in the effectiveness of the TSCD in keeping communities safe. When she isn’t shadow reading in the TSCD’s detainment centre, she’s tracking known criminals in Blackthorn.
Caitlin, an only child, lost both her parents seven years apart from each other. The fact they were murdered to the very day, the very hour, has left her convinced she is next in line.
Despite following in her father’s footsteps to become one of the VCU’s best agents, she has suffered a great deal of opposition during her six years in the unit. Her colleagues believe she only gained her place because of her father’s reputation and her step-father’s position as head of the VCU.
Caitlin lives alone. Convinced she is on borrowed time, she makes no effort to forge relationships. She is focused and driven, efficient at her job and is outwardly not easily intimidated. Having to harden herself to the disapproval of her colleagues can make her come across as sullen, unsociable and not a team player. She is shy and more comfortable with her own company rather than the company of others. She is a workaholic. She is fiercely independent. She can also be impulsive and dangerously naïve, overestimating her own abilities in order to obtain her goals. One of those goals is to be the first agent to capture Kane Malloy, and it’s not only for professional reasons.
Type: Paranormal Romance
For vengeance – would you trust a vampire? For justice – could you betray your family? For love – are you ready to question everything you believe in? Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived. For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next. She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for. Or die. You can read the first three chapters on Scribd for free:
Lindsay J. Pryor is a British Paranormal Romance author who writes dark, intense stories set in the dystopian world of Blackthorn.
Her trademark powerful vampire heroes and utterly combustible sensual romances have earned Lindsay comparisons with both J.R Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
A finalist in Mills & Boon’s New Voices competition in both 2010 and 2011, Lindsay has already proved a smash hit with readers.
Comments like “Utterly captivating”, “Jaw-droppingly good”, “Awesome”, “I forgot to blink”, “The sexual tension is off the charts”, “I nearly fainted when he removed her belt”, “I drooled on my keyboard” and even “Tell Kane he can have my soul RIGHT NOW!” convinced Lindsay she just might have what it took to become a published author.
With the launch of Blood Shadows, that dream is now a reality. Her journey to published author though has been a long one.
Lindsay has been creating stories since she was nine years old, when she quickly decided that fantasy was more interesting than reality. She thought she’d grow out of it but hasn’t yet.
Despite years of bashing out stories on an old typewriter, it was the death of her father in 2007 that finally convinced Lindsay to try and become a published author.
“One of the last things my dad said to me was to do what I wanted to do in life. After he passed away, I pulled out all my scribbles from over the years and got back to writing what I loved most – paranormal romance.”
If reviews are anything to go by, it was a journey well worth making.