My Fallen by Ashlyn Mathews

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My Fallen by Ashlyn Mathews
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Full (195 pgs)
Heat Level: hot
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

When a normally quiet and polite Vampire Slayer is tasked to help an arrogant and selfish demon, only trouble can ensue.

Guilt-ridden by a mistake that cost her fellow Slayers their lives and the subsequent tarnished reputation of her brother’s business, Slayer-born Elise Castle agrees to work with the sexy, but arrogant and selfish, Xavier Doom, by bringing in his demon-turned-vampire friend. If she succeeds, her brother can hire more Slayers while Xavier’s status guarantees them more clients.

Xavier is a Fallen, a special kind of demon with an insatiable appetite for women, money and power. When his best friend is kidnapped and turned into a vampire, he hires the best Slayer money can buy. If the Slayer fails, Xavier stands to lose not only his childhood friend, but the opportunity to skyrocket his wealth with the top secret information hidden in his friend’s mind.

Xavier’s arrogance grates on her nerves while his concern and charm reels Elise in. But can she give her heart to a creature like her father, a Fallen, who had abandoned his family for the appeal of money and power? Or will she see Xavier for the good and loyal man he truly is?

Defiant and strong-willed, Elise is a challenge. Yet her strength and courage appeals to Xavier while her no sex policy has him hot for her. As his feelings for her grow, he must make a decision. Give his heart and soul to a woman who can only offer him her love, or walk away from her and seize the chance for more money and power?

Lives and friendships are at stake while love and loyalty is put to the test. Will Elise and Xavier come out unscathed and together? Or will a secret from Elise’s past tear them apart?

With some unique twists to the usual “slayer” plot, Ms. Mathews novel, My Fallen intrigued me from the get-go.

The book has created some fascinating ideas about those who are less than (or perhaps more than) human. For instance, people who are changed to vampires have a period of time during which they may potentially be changed back. It’s short — seventy-two hours — but a great idea (and the basis of this book, actually, as Xavier and Elise wouldn’t have met if not for this).

The author has given a huge set of conflicts, both internal and external, to keep our hero and heroine apart and it was difficult for me to imagine they’d be able to overcome them all.

I admit, I didn’t like Xavier at first. He was exceptionally blunt and crude to Elise when they first met and if I’d been Elise, I’d have most likely smacked the smug look of his face and then slammed the door on any interaction with him. His initial behavior didn’t endear him to me in the least. But don’t worry … he does some growing and changing as the book progresses and eventually becomes someone I could get behind Elise falling for.

I liked Elise right off. She’s smart, strong, loyal and determined. This is why her reaction to Xavier didn’t ring true to me, at least not at first. She had every reason to dislike him intensely, but it takes no time at all before they’re groping each other and getting naked. I admit, I’m a fan of lots of sexual tension build up before things get physical, so this part of the novel frustrated me some. However, the Fallen are apparently very sexual beings, so as I got to know Xavier and Elise better, I could understand it a bit more.

The plot was truly fantastic, though. It’s a complex world the author has built and populated with exceptionally realistic characters. I’d be hard pressed to name the secondary character I liked best, though I am pulling for Drake to have his own book next.

I spent much of the book wondering who was bad, who wasn’t, what information was correct, and so on. We have lots of information to process, plenty of action (in and out of bed) and a storyline that reels the reader in and holds on tight.  Ashlyn Mathews is a new to me author, and I’m so pleased I opted to review this book.  If she continues on as she’s begun, this book series will be stunning.   My Fallen is sure to please any paranormal romance fan, especially those readers who like their books hot!

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    Great review! Makes me look forward to it all the more!

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