Every few days the handsome stranger comes into the café in Lowtown for an hour a time. Most of the time he keeps himself to himself – one drink and he leaves. Sometimes people meet with him but about what remains elusive, the edge of mystery and danger adding to his allure.

Not that Ember is allowed to think about him. She’s finally on the cusp of gaining her citizenship and escaping Lowtown for good, so she can’t be seen to be involved with a vampire – evidence of one single bite would be the end of her prospects. But when those prospects are rocked by her links to the district’s dark underbelly, the stranger she must avoid could be her absolution – and she could be his .

Lowtown is a spin-off from the Blackthorn universe.  Haven is the first of the Lowtown series..

Title:  Haven
Series:  Lowtown #1 (part of the Blackthorn universe)
Author:  Lindsay J. Pryor
Genre:  Paranormal
Published:  November 2, 2017
Publisher:  Piatkus
My Rating:  5 stars

With the finale of the Blackthorn series coming soon it’s time to move on to another sector of the Blackthorn universe… Lowtown.

I’ve loved the Blackthorn series for several reasons, mainly because the stories are dark, gritty, sexy and give  me a completely different perspective on the Paranormal world than other series have.  If you’ve read that series then you’ll completely understand when I say Haven ratchets that feeling up tenfold into a darker, more dangerous, truly evil world.  While an environment can be evil it doesn’t mean that every citizen of Lowtown is as well.  There are good people living here trying desperately to go through the hoops and tests and insanely complicated dance to be allowed to move out to another district… somewhere a bit safer, with a better chance at life.  Ember is one such citizen.  She keeps her head down, saves her money, goes through the complicated dance to be so close to getting out that she can touch it, feel it, breathe it… until he happens and life changes, forever.

Ember’s life isn’t what it seems on the surface.  Unknown to her there are connections, history and events that link her to people best avoided and events better left unspoken.  When everything she thought she knew for certain goes up in smoke there is one person who has answers, one man who matters in ways she never expected.  Nate.  Vampire.

Nate is the embodiment of lethal danger, he is the reason you look over your shoulder at night searching the shadows the feeling of being frozen in place while every muscle screams to run, the shiver of darkness that doesn’t allow you to look away from eyes that see too much.  Nate is the reason I’m addicted to Paranormal.  A man who is dangerous beyond words, yet there is something still human there that flutters at the edges of your vision.  Aloof, compelling, a silent deadly killer when needed, a strong capable presence to turn to when necessary.  Nate will become the role model for every vampire you read from this day forward to live up to.  Yes, he’s that mesmerizing, and that badass.

Ember and Nate have connections to their past, their present and their future should they survive.  Each brings power, knowledge, abilities and emotions into their mix.  Ember is no simpering woman in need of a hero, she can stand on her own.  Nate is no hero, in his own eyes, yet for this human woman he can do and feel things he never expected.  He’s lived alone.  Truly alone.  Now he’s not… and that is both a miracle and a curse.

Haven will draw you in with a compelling couple, a truly dark and gritty world, and a story that will twist, turn, anger, sadden and completely consume you.  You’ll find light in this dark world, and watch as two people defend the good that needs to survive while falling deeper into each other.  There are moments that will make you want to look away from the page – but you can’t.  Moments that will give you a smile in the midst of darkness.  And by the ending you’ll want more, so much more… but you’ll have to wait until next time.

I am always amazed at the magic that authors create.  Lindsay J. Pryor has given us another paranormal world to rival Blackthorn.  Not take its place, but companion with.  Her world building, the descriptions that place me right in the middle of the action, the emotions that are drawn out of me while in her worlds always leaves me in awe.  And I don’t say that lightly.  If you haven’t read Ms. Pryor’s works yet then I would strongly, gently encourage you to take that dive off of a cliff and emerge yourself in this world.  You’ll never view Paranormal the same way again.

Also – if you love to hold a book in your hands, then this is also Ms. Pryor’s first print available story.  Sometimes you just need the feel of a physical book, so now you can do that as well.

*I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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