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Now that Elizabeth Rochewell's archaeologist father has died, society mandates she leave the freedom of the Sahara Desert and return to the stifling parlors of Regency England. Ian Rufford is a tortured soul. Captured and sold as a slave to a sadistic vampire, Ian will use any means possible to escape, especially after he realizes that he, too, is a vampire. He decides that an English doctor specializing in disorders of the blood might be able to save him, or put him out of his misery. For Elizabeth, the only good thing about her trip back to England is meeting a handsome, brooding stranger. Ian is aware of Beth, too, but he can't risk dragging her into his own personal hell. Darkly erotic and sinister in tone, this richly detailed book isn't for the faint of heart; but readers who crave the shadowy worlds of Christine Feehan's Carpathians, Laurell K. Hamilton's vampires, or Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters will find that Squires' book is just the thing to sink their teeth into. Shelley Mosley
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"All of the elements that made Squires' previous sci-fi romantic suspense novel, Body Electric, such an eye-popping read manifest themselves here-a feverish romance, a pervasive sense of danger and an exhilarating chase full of adrenaline-fueled encounters... few romantic suspense authors know how to write a chase sequence as thrillingly as Squires."-"Publishers Weekly" on "No More Lies"
"Squires' fast-paced conspiracy novel gives readers a run for their money, and then some."-"Booklist" on "No More Lies"
"Readers of such historical titles as Claudia Dain's To Burn will enjoy Squires' epic style and unforgettable characters."-"Booklist" on "Danelaw"
"Electrifying and sensual sci-fi romance...Squires's deft plotting and full-bodied characters make this whirlwind adventure worthwhile."-"Publishers Weekly" on "Body Electric"
"Wow! Susan Squires gives her readers a breathless hardcore ride in her latest, Body Electric."
-"Romantic Times" Top Pick on "Body Electric"
"Body Electric is dynamite. It keeps you on the edge of your seat even while it makes you think-and it does it with great characters and a zong of sensuality. This book is a ripping good read. I couldn't put it down."-Catherine Asaro, on "Body Electric"
"Susan Squires has a fascinating, unique voice; she is a rare talent. An absolute must-read."
-Christine Feehan on" BodyElectric"
"A taut, daring, edge-of-your-seat read, Body Electric will leave you gasping for more. Gifted new author Susan Squires blends romance and cyber-thriller in a masterful work that advances the genre as much as it entertains...and logs on as one of the promising new stars in 21st-century romantic fiction."
-Susan Grant on "Body Electric"
"[The writing of Susan Squires] is not for the faint of heart."-"Romantic Times"
"An outstanding debut novel that takes some risks and succeeds. Susan Squires gives us a gritty, complex love story that is as engrossing as it is endearing."-"The Romance Reader "on "Danegeld"
"Bravo Susan Squires! If we let this wonderful, original book fall by the wayside, we will be stuck with cookie-cutter books and will have only ourselves to blame."-"All About Romance" on "Danegeld"
"A competent and well-thought-out historical novel, with just a bit of magic thrown in for delicious spice. Brava, Ms. Squires!" -"Old Book Barn Gazette" on "Danegeld"

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Susan Squires has really never written romance. If you look hard at her backlist, while sold as romances, her books really aren't. They are so much more. She writes complex character studies, and since romance is a part of the make up of the human condition, it will play a strong thread through the stories. But foremost, she is a writer who like to go where most romance writers fear to tread - or is permitted by their editors! She like to challenge the reader, provoke them, make them think, so up front this is not your typical romance book. For those seeking a richer story, told in the fashion you don't have see in romances today, then you will want to snatch up Susan Squires newest book. Squires has been off the market for a year. Changed publishers. This switch gives her elbow room with the word count and the ability to tell her story as she wanted.
And wow what a story!!
As with most Squires' book, the hero is the grabber. Ian Rufford is an English, living in the early 1800s. He is sailing when pirates attack his ship. He is taken prisoner, carried to Africa where he is sold into slavery to the very beautiful, but extremely heartless Asharti. Ian is forced to trek across the desert while being cruelly punished by the vicious Asharti. He comes to realize that Asharti is not just an evil woman, but a creature of the night, a vampire. He thinks his nightmare is at end when he escapes. Only there is no escaping Asharti and now Ian is that which he hates. He is trying to make his way back to England and hopes there is and end to what he now is.
Elizabeth Rochewell has worked with her father an eminent archaeologist. They are on a dig when a ancient pillar falls and kills her father. So Elizabeth is returning to England. On the ship, Ian and Beth meet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire - Regency ... before it was fashionable. July 26 2017
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Five stars to Susan Squires for an excellent paranormal/regency read. The story was well written, and she captured me by telling the backstory through flashbacks... doling out just the right amount of information at the right time. This story is the beginning of a series, but the book stands on its own. As this is a paranormal (vampires), she had considerable world building, and it was delightful that she did not do a "data" dump at the beginning of the book, again weaving the information into the story at the right time and not giving you too much. Be warned - this book is explicit - or as I would say ... hot & spicy! I loved the heroine ... SASSY ... just the way I like 'em, and the hero? He had sufficient angst to keep me happy too. I look forward to the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Writing in a Highly Erotic Vampire Tale Oct. 30 2005
By M. Rondeau - Published on
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There seems to be a trend lately amongst the writers to find their nitch in the ever popular paranormal field, specifically with blood sucking being tales, be they vampire, upyr, werewolf, etc. Some have an amusing humor aspect, or the `to die for' romantic hero, and then are those with `bite' and that is where THE COMPANION lies.

Ian Rufford as a younger son on his way to a career in the diplomatic services had the misfortune of having been captured by pirates, sold as a slave to an evil being whose delight in subjugation, depravation, and torture was beyond human comprehension. For two years, he'd endured all the while praying for death. Abandoned in the desert he was later rescued and would soon come to the realization that within him he carried a parasite he would later come to know as "The Companion"

Elizabeth Rochewell's home was Africa. Born of an Egyptian mother and her beloved English archeologist father, the Dark Continent was her home. With her looks, she didn't quite fit into either society; too dark for England; too light for the Egyptians. After the untimely death of her father, she found herself on board ship reluctantly heading for her only surviving relative in England. With little to amuse herself on the voyage home, she found herself drawn to another passenger, the mysterious Ian Rufford who seemed to awaken and excite feelings that disturbed her.

After a fierce sea battle Elizabeth would make a startling discovery about the stranger that defied all logic. Yet, beyond all reason she would see past, what would have sent most rational young women running in terror, to the soul of the man, and she would link her destiny to his as they battled together an evil bent on destroying the world.

*** After reading diverse reactions to this novel I read it with an open mind. While some portions of the book may not be to everyone's taste, (it can be grisly and contains some very explicit sexual degradations) I found the writing itself to be brilliant. The characters of Ian and Beth were fully fleshed out. In flashbacks, you learn of Ian's background, his rape and depravation at the hands of Asharti. Elizabeth was remarkably drawn with intelligence, compassion, and a strength of character that was totally refreshing and unique. Though one could say it lacked a truly romantic feel the author built a progressive relationship from trust, respect, and admiration that ultimately turned it into a beautiful story of love. For me a totally satisfying book from an author I've put on my watch list and intend to backlist as well!
4.0 out of 5 stars A good paranormal book. April 28 2014
By fancypants.dft - Published on
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If you like paranormal books this one is not bad. Just be aware it is part of a series. I liked it. It does seem to have a little too much information that I think wasn't really necessary to the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Paranormal? Aug. 21 2015
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Loved this book. The author did a wonderful job of drawing me in to her story. I have read hundreds of historical romances and hundreds of paranormal romances. I think this is the first novel I have read combining the two genres. I will most definitely be adding this author to my favorites.
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible read! July 24 2013
By Shannon - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed all the Companion series books. Just inhaled them one after the other. I highly recommend this and the whole series.

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