19 April 2014

Willow Creek: Craving Tour Stop!

Title: Willow Creek: Craving
Author: Stephanie Summers
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: March 8, 2014

A small idyllic town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains is home to a thriving community. People are happy, crime is practically nonexistent, life is good…unless you’re Sabine Crowley, who has been chosen to be the next blood bag for the vampire lord who has protected the town from otherworldly creatures for 200 years.

Sabine has big dreams for her life, and none of them include becoming a vampire’s concubine. On her 18th birthday, she seeks solitude to process the cruel turn her destiny has taken. As she sits alone in Cleary Park, a sexy stranger approaches her. He’s tall, mysterious, handsome, and a complete jerk. He soon reveals himself to be a vampire and she’s terrified of him and her strange attraction to him. She wants to get as far away from him as possible, yet finds herself wondering if she’ll see him again.

Remy, the cocky newcomer vampire, has been summoned by his maker, Bastian, to take his place beside him in the hierarchy of vampires inhabiting Willow Creek. He’s none too thrilled to be stuck in a boring little town in the middle of nowhere where he’ll have to feed exclusively from the girl he’s been paired with. He’s repulsed by the whole situation.

When Sabine tries to run away from her fate, Remy is forced to follow and bring her back. They’re unwillingly thrust into each other’s lives and reluctantly find an undeniable attraction between themselves. Will they ever look past their contempt for one another and act on their urges? Or are they destined to hate each other forever?

Ms. Summers's Willow Creek series is off to a good start with Craving. I liked how the epilogue set the stage not only for the book, but the entire series. Willow Creek was established 200 years ago in an area of mystical significance. The town's founders were not the first to settle in the area, but they were the first to recognize the benefit of meeting Bastian's terms...he protects them from others who would slaughter the town's residents while he and his vampires are free to walk among them, only taking one of the town's residents every 10 years to serve as his (or one of his people's) sole source of food.

It is selection time and Sabine is one of the residents up to be chosen as she is turning 18 this year. She hates her parents for having her at a time that would make her an option during a selection. She hates the town because she's never been able to go anywhere. She hates the vampires because she feels like they've stolen her future. She wants nothing to do with the town, the vampires, or the selection. Interestingly enough, Remy, her vampire counterpart, shares similar feelings about the selection. Neither of them want to be involved with the selection but they have no choice. Rather than making the best of a mutually unappealing situation, they seem intent on antagonizing one another and this brings forth the entertainment.

I should note that at first I found the writing to be a bit stilted. I soon realized that this was limited to Remy and was intentional to show his character and how he treated Sabine. As the book progresses and Remy's feelings towards her change and grow, the writing style for his character becomes warmer and I found myself connecting with his character as he connected with Sabine. This was an interesting use of writing styles and I feel it paid off for the author.

In case you were wondering, we do not find out what it is that makes Willow Creek a mystical place in this novel. Fortunately, Ms. Summers weaves a good story, so I am looking forward to reading the sequel to learn more about Sabine & Remy, the mystery behind Willow Creek, and Bastian and his (merry) band of vampires.

Stephanie Summers is a wife and mother of two. She recently graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in accounting, though writing is her true passion. Stephanie seemed to always have a story or two or ten running around in her mind. At the ripe old age of 30, she finally decided it was time to put aside the thought that she didn't have what it took to write a novel and began writing her first story. She has since began and finished a paranormal romance, The Willow Creek Series: Craving. Her short story, Love Forgotten, was chosen to be published in the upcoming Stardust anthology. Her contemporary rock star romance, Undone, is scheduled to be released later in 2014.

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