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The Burning (Companion Series Book 3) by [Squires, Susan]
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"A darkly compelling vampire romance…the plot keeps the reader turning the pages long into the night."--Affaire de Coeur on The Companion

"Bestseller Squires charts a new direction with this exotic, extremely erotic, and darkly dangerous Regency-set paranormal tale. With her ability to create powerful and tormented characters, Squires has developed a novel that is graphic, gripping, and unforgettable." --Romantic Times (4 ½ starred review) on The Companion

"Travel through Egypt's deserts and London's society with two of the most intriguing characters you will ever read about. You will encounter a dark world that is intense, scary, and sexy, and a love that will brighten it…powerful and passionate…captivating…Squires has a wonderful ability to keep her readers glued to the edge of their seat." --Romance Junkies on The Companion

"A vibrant, riveting, and sometimes just plain scary novel that should satisfy anyone--including the man in your life--who enjoys paranormal tales…Squires' saga is off to an intriguing start." --All About Romance on The Companion

"Squires does a fantastic job of taking an old tale vampirism, and she spins it into a new and fresh tale with characters who intrigue and captivate." --Fallen Angel Reviews on The Companion

"An unforgettable, sensual, and erotic novel that take you places you've never gone before…will make you believe in the power of true love." --Romance Reader at Heart on The Companion

"[The Companion] delivers sensual love scenes, an intriguing plot fraught with danger, adventure, and the unexpected which will leave readers anxiously awaiting the next enthralling tale from this immensely talented author." --Rendezvous on The Companion

"Squires has just taken the traditional vampire novel to a whole new level with The Companion. With her riveting and compelling writing, she has woven a tale of love amidst the most desperate of circumstances and created unforgettable characters…fans of the genre will be fascinated…The Companion will capture your interest from the first scene until the last…readers who like a strong historical novel as well as one with a definite bite should add The Companion to their wish list. It will be a keeper for sure!" on The Companion

"Squires has demonstrated a talent that few can surpass. Her descriptions and historical details are flawless. Her characters exceed their potential and the plot keeps you quickly turning the pages. Squires has joined the company of authors whose books are classics. Look for this book to become a classic in its genre too. THE COMPANION is a gem. Obviously, everyone needs it." --Coffee Time Romance on The Companion

"A totally absorbing novel…the characters are brilliantly conceived and perfect for the gripping plotline. The author gives the reader a unique twist on what vampires really are, a tortured hero to adore, the only heroine who could possibly be right for him, a truly horrific villain--and a fascinating story that carries the reader through one exciting adventure after another…Squires' prose grabs you from the beginning and gives you a relentless ride through this complex, beautifully written book."--New and Used Books on The Companion

"A riveting story, the first of what I expect to become a fresh, unforgettable new vampire series." --BookLoons on The Companion

"A book to be savored, not torn through at breakneck speed…Squires is a talented author and The Companion offers the promise of more beautifully, dark vampire novels to follow."--The Romance Reader on The Companion

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Award-winning, bestselling author Susan Squires brings you into a world of erotic temptation that comes alive at night and thrives on our darkest secrets and longings. Take the journey to an unforgettable place in the heart of darkness and desire…


It is 1821 and all who know the beautiful, mysterious Ann Van Helsing believe she is insane. Yet Ann’s curse is the deep psychic ability that shows her everything about another human being—their history, thoughts and desires—simply by touching them. Overwhelmed by a power she can barely control, Ann roams the quiet woods and caves near her estate, searching for an elusive peace. Here she encounters the man who will change everything…


To atone for an unforgivable transgression against his own kind, vampire Stephan Sincai has become a vigilante who must hunt and kill those whom other vampires have made. When Ann discovers Stephen bleeding in her cave, she reaches tries to help him. The moment she touches him she knows every fiber of Stephens being—and the knowledge is at once frightening and irresistible…


Ann and Stephen are drawn together by a powerful force. As they fight against the evil surrounding them, an enemy bent on destroying them will make them choose between what they love and what they fear the most….

Romantic Times (4 ½ star review) on The Companion

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3346 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
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  • Publisher: Susan Squires (July 21 2015)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010BUD31Q
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This is the first time for reading anything by this author and I'm happy I did.I wasn't disappointed at all. I really enjoyed this book, and I think it was because I heard it wasn't a warm ,feel good romance like I usually read. Honestly if you don't mind reading about darker elements then you need to read this book by author Susan Squire, I fine sometimes I need a change from the some old boy meets girl. boy gets away .and boy can't have girl. Stephan Sincai is a 2,000 year old vampire .,who's is nicknamed "The Harrier" -He's trained to kill all the "made" "rather then born "Vampires are considered dangerous Stephan was the one to blame for Ashanti {baddie in the previous book} so he's trying to atone for his quilt by the service to the Rubius the head of the vampires. And then there's Ann Van Helsing a mad woman or is she? This woman has a strange psychic ability that when she touches someone she gets their thoughts and memoirs which has crippled her, and she can't even be touched by anyone ,That is no way to live, This book is filled with twists and turns through out the whole book. You will find things like evil, good ,hurt ,hate. and love. I recommend given this book a 1-2 try and see what you think me I can't wait until the next one comes out .
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different... May 23 2006
By JGK - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book despite the bad reviews. I had read Susan Squires previous books in this series and had a hard time believing that this one was as bad as some said.

I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed the book, maybe because I had some warning that it wasn't a warm, fuzzy feel good romance. Honestly, I enjoyed the darker element. Lately, I've been bored with the same 'ol, same 'ol "boy meets girl, boy can't have girl, boy gets girl anyway" historical romance.

I've read most (if not all) of the major historical romance writers and a number of the minor writers. I've also read a number of the supernatural romance ficition out there and can tell you, a lot of it is just bad.

In this, the writing was good, the characters well developed and the story something interesting. It's not the next great American novel but I wasn't expecting it to be. It was an easy read on a 3 hour flight. Like I said, if you like your romance a little darker, a little edgier then you might want to go ahead and give this a try.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Entertaining Sept. 5 2006
By Desert - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stephen was trying to right wrongs that he felt responsible for and was willing to do whatever it would take to find redemtion. Ann was cursed with the sight from touch, who made the ultimate sacrafice for love. This was not your average romance story but it does keep you on the edge.

I was thoroughly entertained and I couldn't wait to get to the end of the book. I actually read it in one day. There were some dark parts that not everyone will like, and the author has a differnt take on the vampire genre which was refreshing. This was the first book of Susan Squires that I read and it will definitely not be my last.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You Can Rape The Willing April 20 2006
By Shadow Dancer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Very disturbing book--on several counts. The flash backs in her other books orovided insight into the characters--how Beatrix had almost reached the point of no return, how Ian became a vampire, and why the poor guy needed counseling. All the flashbacks in this book provided was the fact that Stephan is a "bottom" without enough preservation to have a stopping point. I liked Ann, and I liked Stephan--in spite of the fact that he's an idiot. I wish Squires had spent more time on why someone who has lived for over 2000 years is too self-destructive to realize the so-called good guys are doing a head game on him. Ann figured it out and she's been in an isolated area for 25 years. I also wanted more on Stephan's past--she dropped just enough hints to be annoying. On the whole, I thought two potentially good characters were wasted on nasty, destructive rape scenes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting story but a little too much distasteful sex Jan. 13 2007
By Helen Hancox - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Burning" is the follow up to "The Companion", a Regency era vampire story. I love both vampire tales and historical fiction set in the Regency period and loved "The Companion" with its new take on two common subjects - think how many trees are cut down each year to make Regencies or Vampire mass-market paperbacks.

As soon as I had finished "The Companion" I bought Squires' next two books which are set in the same world and with some of the same characters as "The Companion". The first I turned to was "the Burning" and I was really looking forward to another cracking tale.

Stephan Sincai is a 2,000 year old Vampire who is nicknamed "The Harrier" - he's been trained to kill all the "made" (rather than "born") vampires as they are considered dangerous. Stephan was the one to blame for Ashanti (baddie in the previous book) and so he is trying to atone for his guilt by his service to Rubius the head of the vampires.

Ann Van Helsing is a mad woman. Or is she? She has a strange psychic ability which means when she touches someone she gets all their thoughts and memories which has crippled her; she can only wear the same old clothes (new clothes have to be "broken in" as she reads the seamstress and the weaver's thoughts and feelings) and can't be touched by anyone, even her uncle. Her mother went mad on the night Ann was conceived because of this curse within the female line. So Ann lives as a recluse with her uncle and is his heir - he refused to marry and have children to prevent the disorder being passed down any further.

Unfortunately Ann's cousin Erich Van Helsing wants to get his hands on her money and plans to marry her and then commit her to an asylum after having his wicked way with her. But his plans go rather awry when Stephan Sincai turns up in their village and even stranger things than normal start happening. Stephan has 2,000 years of history and when Ann has to bind up his wounds - and touch him - it starts a whole new chain of events.

Like "The Companion" the back story for our hero is trotted out fairly regularly as flashbacks. And like the former book, his history is pretty nasty. He has spent the last two years being trained as a vampire slayer by three sisters and their training methods seem rather unusual - they consist of training him in sexual stimulation and control. I felt the book dwelled far too much on this aspect of the history, more than it really needed - I wonder if it was written for titillation of the readers. Sadly it didn't work for me, it was too distasteful and there was too much depth and description in it. In the final denouement of the book some of these issues come back and again they were rather overdone.

I docked the book one star for this overreliance on sex and I think it's rather a shame as the basic premise of the book was really good - two misfits finding each other, how does a woman who can feel every memory cope with a man with the memory of twenty lifetimes? Our hero is tortured by his memories as well as physically - he has bucketloads of guilt for having made Ashanti and for various other things - but in some ways this wasn't worked out quite as well as in "The Companion". This book isn't badly written at all, it just wasn't of the same high standard as the previous book. I will be interested to read the third, "The Hunger", focussing on the Countess of Lesse, to see if Susan Squires is fully back on form for her third in this series.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Burning July 2 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ann Van Helsing lives at her familial estate with her uncle Thaddeus. Ann suffers from a curse passed down from the women in her family that makes it impossible for her to touch a person or their belongings. She immediately feels everything that, that person has felt in their lives. It is overwhelming and almost maddening so she avoids almost all contact with others. Her uncle is attempting to set her up in marriage with a distant cousin who Ann despises.

Stephan Sincai is a vampire. He is on a mission to eradicate a rogue vampire named Killkenny before he succeeds in his goal to take over the English government by creating more vampires. Stephan feels responsible for Killkenny because he was created by Asharti, a woman Stephan himself created long ago, who has become evil. Stephan has become a Harrier, a killer, by the command of an Elder vampire named Rubius, because he sexually tortured Rubius' daughters. Stephan is to kill all made vampires to atone for his bad deeds. It is during his search for Killkenny that he meets Ann.

Ann helps Stephan when he is injured and in the process, she learns everything about him. Soon it is Stephan's turn to help Ann. Ann's abilities combined with Stephan's, make them a unique and amazing pair. As they explore their newfound relationship, Stephan resolves to keep Ann safe, therefore she must stay away from him, but Ann discovers that Stephan is the only man she wants.

The Burning is a highly sexual and emotionally moving story. I was fascinated by Ann and intrigued by Stephan's plight. Ann and Stephan share a beautiful love that is rife with danger and turmoil. The Burning is a dark story where Stephan and Ann find peace and acceptance in each other when neither thought they could ever have it. Stephan's sexual training made me uneasy at times, wishing things were different for him and for Ann, but over all I found The Burning to be well written, with a compelling storyline that drew me in right from the start.

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