Welcome to my review of Christine Amsden's latest novel set in the world of Cassie Scot
~ Kaitlin's Tale!!
~ Kaitlin's Tale!!
Date Published: May 16, 2016
About Kaitlin's Tale:
Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the Hunters Guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.
When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin's past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.
*Companion to the Cassie Scot Series
The Cassie Scot series and the additional books that are set in this world are some of my very favorites books to read. They are full of action, drama, and romance and each books stays with the reader long after reading "The End" and closing the book. The romances within the series don't come easily and Kaitlin's Tale is no different in that regard.
All Kaitlin wants is to be loved. When she discovers that she's pregnant after a one-night-stand, she tries to make a go at it with the father, Jason, a vampire hunter. Shortly after Jay's birth, Jason ends up joining forces with the vampires by becoming one. Attempting to do what's best for Jay, Kaitlin decides to move to Jason's "nest" in hopes that they could become the family she's always wanted. Only, her life, and the life of her young son are in grave danger. It seems that Xavier, Jason's sire, has plans for Jay and even more sinister ones for Kaitlin.
In another attempt to do what's best, since moving in with a coven of vampires wasn't such a great idea, Kaitlin flees and heads to the Hunters Guild - and soon discovers that wasn't such a hot idea either. One consolation is that there's a familiar face - Matthew Blair - from the town she's from. Except, Matthew isn't exactly an ally. Kaitlin's not sure what he is but she hopes that he can rescue her and Jay from the clutches of a mad leader that has plans for Jay that are even more sinister than the ones the vampires have.
As with the 4 books in the Cassie Scot series, plus the first book set in the world of Cassie Scot, the dialogue, character development, and writing style of Kaitlin's Tale is well done. The content and plot in the book is fresh and unique. I was pulled into the world of Cassie Scot from day one with its smart heroine and strong hero and it continues with with story of Kaitlin and Matthew.
The undertones of the story are filled with unrealized, sometimes pushed aside, or feelings of undeserved love. Kaitlin and Matthew started off in a bad place, since Kaitlin is still upset at Matthew for things that he did with and to Cassie in previous books in the series. Being together in the compound allows Kaitlin and Matthew to air some things, including a dark secret that Kaitlin has been harboring for a very long time. I enjoyed the development of their story and the end left me happy and satisfied with where things were.
The author writes characters that have deep layers and are emotional. They are believable and easy to love. The novel was written with feeling and realistic emotions - all of which can be felt by the reader. You won't be disappointed with the newest addition to the Cassie Scot world!
Review copy courtesy of the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
Kaitlin's Tale Purchase Link:
Meet the Author:
Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she's a freelance editor, mom, and foster mom.
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Purchase Links for Additional Books in the Series:
The Cassie Scot Series
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1)
Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)
Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)
Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)
Madison's Song (a Cassie Scot Companion)