The Progeny is the first book of The Progeny series.  Ascher is a half-blood vampire, who is unique to his kind; he was born instead of made.  He meets Shauna and is instantly drawn to her although he technically belongs to someone else.  In this story, we see the trials that Ascher and Shauna must go through to be together, and we also see what it is about Ascher that makes him vital to the entire world.

I really liked Ascher’s character. Laynne him a lot of depth as he struggled between his human nature half and his vampire half.  Shauna didn’t seem like a very strong character to me in the beginning, but the more I read about her, the more likeable she became to me.  By the end of the book, she really started to come into her own, and she started to show strength the reader may not have seen in the beginning.  I liked the secondary characters in the book as well, such as Shauna’s sister, Katy and Ascher’s family.
This book follows that certain formula you see in paranormal reads, but Laynne adds her own personal flavor and makes it interesting. The ending of the book gave closure in some respects, but it is left in such a way that you know the story between Ascher and Shauna is far from over.  I am curious to see the direction Laynne takes the series.

 

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From Amazon.com

“No fate other than the one I choose.” The timeless creed, and tattoo, bore by the Rousseau’s— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher – a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.

Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula— a prearranged union to a woman he abhors — he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.

Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna— a beautiful, bi-racial human wiccan — and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.

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