Lash, #1

I enjoyed everything about this Lash. It featured a unique twist that set it apart from other paranormal stories.

Tryst is a were-snake and grew up in the swamps. His family didn't have anything and his dad was a no show. The family leaves the swamps in search of a better life. Dad shows back up and for a while things are looking good. But life held a lot of heartbreak for poor Tryst. This is the shocking story of how far one man will go for revenge. His journey took a violent path as Tryst became Lash, a deadly assassin.

The story is set in the twenties and this was the first time I've read anything from that era. That setting gave the story a gangster-ish vibe and I found that I enjoyed it a lot. The story is also told in the hero's POV, and once again this was unique. Confession time: I didn't think I'd enjoy that at first. I generally lean more toward reading stories that are told from the heroine's POV or better yet with both. But the author gave Tryst/Lash a strong voice that endeared him even when I didn't like the things he did.

I felt that Tryst/Lash had two very distinctive personalities. He showed great loyalty to his family. But he also did some very bad things. He loved his family and was willing to do anything to protect them. It was hard for me to get over his various misdeeds, but at least I understood where he was coming from. He was searching for love without even knowing it. He was capable of great caring but yet he killed without remorse.

The only thing that bothered me about the book was the ending. It kind of just faded away. Hopefully there is more to come and I look forward to getting another glimpse into the life and times of such an intriguing character.

This is not a book for the faint of heart. It's gritty and intense and at times it's downright shocking. It's a great story that will tug at your heart strings.

I enjoyed Lash immensely and look forward to more from this talented writer. I'd recommend Lash to all the paranormal readers who are looking for something refreshing and unique.

Book Blurb for Lash

Scarred from a childhood spent in constant indigence, teen years infused with ill-gotten affluence as the son of an influential criminal, and finally into adulthood rife with complications—weresnake Trystan Valeras is hardened into the titular Lash: a whip-wielding killer with a talent for violence and a thirst for vengeance.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2013 4.00