Tall, Dark & Lonely (Pyte/Sentinel, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tall, Dark & Lonely by R.L. Mathewson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Things are finally looking up for Madison. After years of scraping just to get by she lands her dream job and finally has a decent down payment for a house so she can move her brother and sister into a real home. It’s too bad nothing ever goes the way it’s supposed to. When the mother that abandoned them years ago suddenly shows up and moves them to New Hampshire Madison has no choice but to go or lose her brother and sister. Shoving her dreams aside yet again, Madison tries to make things work, it’s really cold, her fifteen year old sister acts like a hooker in training, men act funny around her, her boss is a real jerk, she feels like an outsider, her best friend turns out to be a sixteen year old punk, and the incredibly handsome guy renting the room adjoining hers not only hogs the bathroom, taking three showers a day and leaving her with cold water, but he also has a secret. A secret that she becomes a bit obsessed with and can’t let go no matter how many times she’s warned off.


Detective Ephraim Williams learned long ago not to show any emotion or allow himself to get attached to humans. What was the point? They came and went and he remained. This time wouldn’t be any different or so he thought. When his landlady told him her grandchildren were moving in he didn’t expect much, well other than to be left alone. What he didn’t expect was to have to fight bloodlust every time he so much as caught a whiff of his delectable neighbor’s scent or her bombarding him with questions every time she cornered him. If that’s not bad enough a Master from his past has found him once again and is demanding his blood and is willing to do anything to get it, even using the exasperating neighbor that makes him feel more than pain for the first time in centuries.

Tall, Dark & Lonely

A Vampire but better!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧
Romance: 💋💋💋💋💋
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 👨🏻👱🏻‍♀️🧔🏻👩🏻

The heroine: Madison – her mother never acted like a mother so Madison was always in charge of her siblings. Though when her mother needs a place to stay and threatens to take the kids away to New Hampshire to live with their Grandma at her boarding house, Madison has no option but to go with or lose her siblings from her life.

The Hero(es): Ephraim – he is a Pyte, which is basically a vampire that can walk in the daylight. He has more power than a vampire and can’t be killed. He was born in nineteenth century England and was tortured when his family and the local magistrate found out what he was.

The Story: Ephraim lives at the boarding house that Madison and her siblings move to. He is a detective with the local police department and is quite the loner. He and Madison share the side of the house that has a separate entrance and they share a bathroom.

Ephraim is good at controlling his cravings for blood, but when he gets a whiff of Madison’s blood he struggles to control his blood lust. I liked that aspect of the story as well as the whole bit about the Sentinels, which are a group of people born with angelic blood whose job it is to protect humans from Vampires.

The Sentinels want Ephraim to join the fight against Vampires. The romance between Ephraim and Madison was steamy, the supporting characters were great, especially Chris. As for the narrator, she was ok but not great. I would rather have had a few narrators. Though I liked the family theme and I can’t wait to hear more of this series.


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