HAVEN – A Lowtown Novel
A spin-off from the bestselling Blackthorn series by Lindsay J. Pryor, set in Lowtown, the neighbouring district to Blackthorn. The product of a brutal class system, the dark, gritty world of Lowtown will grip you and never let you go.
Every few days the handsome stranger comes into the café in Lowtown for an hour a time. Most of the time he keeps himself to himself – one drink and he leaves. Sometimes people meet with him but about what remains elusive, the edge of mystery and danger adding to his allure.
Not that Ember is allowed to think about him. She’s finally on the cusp of gaining her citizenship and escaping Lowtown for good, so she can’t be seen to be involved with a vampire – evidence of one single bite would be the end of her prospects. But when those prospects are rocked by her links to the district’s dark underbelly, the stranger she must avoid could be her absolution – and she could be his . . .
Lindsay J. Pryor is the author of the Amazon bestselling BLACKTHORN series, her dark, complex and gritty urban paranormal romances having achieved numerous Gothic and PNR number ones in both the UK and the US. LOWTOWN, a spin-off from the Blackthorn world, is her upcoming urban fantasy series of standalone books.
Quickly deciding that fantasy was more interesting than reality, Lindsay has been creating stories since she was nine years old. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and Communication and is a qualified Psychology lecturer and English teacher. She taught for eighteen years before becoming a full-time author.
Lindsay was born and grew up in Wales and now lives in South West England with her husband, their rescue bunny and a plethora of wild woodland creatures.
BLACKTHORN is published by Bookouture. Her LOWTOWN novels are being published by Piatkus (Little, Brown Book Group).
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I always say this but I LOVE PNR. It’s my favourite, out of all the genres. I love how PNR can take you away and anything can be real, the expected is not expected and the surprises are believable. Authors have more leeway when it comes to PNR BUT they do have to have some realism. That’s what Lindsay creates.
Haven has all the grittiness and the rawness of her Blackthorn series. It comes with the depravity and the nitty gritty. She has this way of creating a world that in all reality should disgust you, it should make you want to run for the hills BUT you know with absolute certainty you’d run straight into those pages and into that world. It’s fantastic creativity.
It’s not just the world building that amazes me, it’s also the story itself, there are so many plot twists and second guessing. You go through one chapter thinking you know what’s coming and then bam, you hit another plot twist. If this book was a theme park ride it’d definitely be a rollercoaster.
Let’s move to the characters for a second. Nate, he’s most definitely all male, he’s alpha and from the description very much a hot tamale. However, that isn’t what sells him to me. (although that helps)
He’s enigmatic but without throwing it out there. He has this aloofness that isn’t an act. He lives his life alone and his attitude screams it. He’s aware of his magnetism and isn’t afraid to use it to get what he wants. He screams confidence; however, you break through that tough shell and he’s just as vulnerable as the next guy.
I found myself liking the female lead character and anyone who knows me knows that that very rarely happens. Ember, she has kept her head down, saved money and is moving on and trying to better herself. She’s strong and determined. However, she has this vulnerability and this sense of rightness. I really enjoyed reading her.
The chemistry between the two was electric. The tension palpable. I always love the push and pull of characters who, in hindsight aren’t meant to be together. In this case, vampire – human. Any reader who favours vampires will tell you that the ultimate vampire book boyfriend would be typically a Nate. The elusive alpha, strong but aloof, wary but intrigued. The actual way the character tries to put you off is the very reason you are attracted and Nate very much attracted me.
Lowtown has the feel of Blackthorn, if a little more regimented. In fact, if you’ve read Lindsay’s Blackthorn series, you will know that there is an area in Blackthorn that is called The Row, it’s where the dirtiest and the meanest bullies operate, they are sickeningly depraved and will do ANYTHING to keep what they believe is theirs, even if by force. Haven felt like that to me. When all’s said and done it’s a dog eat dog world and the weakest die and are left to rot. The actual aura of the book read like that to me. It was fantastic writing.
I’m always in awe of an author’s ability to take you away from the real world and Lindsay seems to do this every time. Blackthorn will be my first love but it most definitely won’t be my last. Lowtown has just become a very real contender.
Haven: A Lowtown Novel
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