Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.
Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes.
Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House.
In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…
This was such an interesting novel! It reminded me of the Vampire Dairies and Beautiful Creatures, even though it has a completely different storyline. There are so many layers and it’s such an intricate story that makes it hard to put the book down! The characters are mysterious but make you crave wanting to get to know them better!
Alivia Ryan has just inherited everything a girl could ever want but it comes at a steep price. Coming to the small and mysterious town of Silent Bend, Mississippi, is just the start to unlocking her family history. But what’s more is the dark and sordid family she is going to get right after her twenty third birthday. She could have never known that while she was on the brink of losing her life, she was also losing her heart.
Ian Ward is a vampire hunter. He’s dedicated his life to keeping his family and town safe but there is only so much one person can do. He thought he would hate all vampire kind until Alivia came into town. He can’t understand why he has these feelings but for now he’s going to embrace it until his last breath, and that might come sooner than he ever thought.
This novel is told in first person point of view of Alivia. I really liked seeing everything and everyone through her eyes but I think the story would have taken on a fantastic dimension if Ian had, had a point of view as well! The cover is awesome and eye catching as well as the blurb. The blurb gives out so much information but it doesn’t really make sense until you read the story!
All in all this was a fantastic start to the House of Royals series and an interesting one at that! I’m super bummed that it ended on a crazy cliff hanger but what a cliff hanger it was!! If you are in the mood for a deep southern mystery that’s got its hooks into the paranormal and a romances that gets your heart breaking then come check out the House of Royals!!!
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.