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Sheep Book Review: Mated in Treason (Kan Asma Vampires Book 1) by Christa Paige

Mated in Treason (Kan Asma Vampires Book 1)
by Christa Paige
June 13, 2017
339 pages
Welcome to the world of the Kan Asma Vampires. The Kan Asma are genetically modified humans who've become vampires. For centuries, the Kan Asma lived symbiotically with their human neighbors until the government recognized something had increased their life spans. Scientists and militia stormed their quiet Abkhazian village and betrayal followed. Many vampires experienced brutality and torture. Others died from experimentation. After a perilous journey, the surviving Kan Asma fled their homeland and settled in West Hollywood, California. The refugees cling to their sacred traditions, holding their mating rites above all others because without them, their numbers would diminish. There is no love or emotion in their Council-determined matings. Now, their quiet lives have suddenly been turned upside down. Lines have been drawn between the wealthy aristocrats and an uprising determined to halt the unfair ritual keeping wealth and power out of reach. Those who are lucky to find love in these matches are very few, and they will have to fight with everything they have in order to claim their mates or suffer a broken heart for eternity.

When the kraliyet bodyguard ended up in her hospital bed after an explosion left him in critical condition, Nadia tried to warn herself not to fall in love with him. After all, she's no vampire Cinderella, and happily-ever-afters didn't happen to low-born females of the Kan Asma. But her heart wouldn't listen, and soon she wanted to claim Gunnar as her forever mate, even if it meant taking him the only way possible, as a husband in a disgraceful human ceremony.

Gunnar fell in love with his nurse the moment he saw her smile. He yearned to claim her as his, but the Council would never allow him to mingle his powerful blood with a female from a poor family. The penalty for an unsanctioned mating is a death sentence. He doesn’t care about the threats and possible consequences of making her his. Though, due to the high probability of genetic incompatibility, he can't complete their blood-bond without knowing if it might take her life. Losing her would be worse than torture.

Their only hope lies with the treasonous Faction hell-bent on destroying the very people Gunnar calls family. Determined to find a way to be mated, Gunnar seeks out the leader of this hidden uprising. Together, Nadia and Gunnar must break every law and rite of their vampire culture to become bonded for life. Gunnar will play a deadly game of subversion or pay a blood price that would sever him from their people and put a bounty on his head. They must survive a dangerous infiltration of the Faction, because they’ll do anything to be together, even if it means being mated in treason.

If you just read the whole big plot above me then I'm sure we can all agree. 1. Rich people hate on us poor folks way too much. 2. Gunnar is a pretty badass name. 

Those are just two little factoids of knowledge I'm throwing down for you all. I'm a fact giving vampire goddess like that. But aside from the rich haters and awesome names, this PNR was a really great start to a series I hope we get to read a lot more of! 

Sure, the sob tale of two peoples families that wont approve of their relationship has been done a lot in stories. But it's one that continually works. We can all relate to that feeling of not being enough in one way of another. Plus I'm sure we can also relate to wanting some thing that's just out of reach. Our lead pair have that whole drama dialed in nice and tight. They both do a great job of feeding off each other throughout the story. As the chapters build, so does their love. 

Personally I would have loved more action. More fighting, more being thrown into the battle of each faction. That's just my own personal tastes and I totally get it can be hard to balance all the moving parts of each character. Maybe book two? 

The groundwork has been laid and I think it's very solid indeed. I am anxious to see what happens next in this new world, lots of doors are opened and I can totally see more characters taking center stage. 

If you want to start a new fang-banging good PNR then I am recommending this one! 

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About the Author:
Strict professor by day. Romance author by night. Lover of all things alpha-male twenty-four hours a day. Christa Paige is a multi-published author in several genres. Her passion for love stories spans many tropes. She writes sensual, romantic tales and sweet love stories. In her free time, Christa, likes knitting and has a yarn stash that keeps growing. (Especially if it is bamboo.) She has a love/hate relationship with running but can’t turn down a themed 5k race. Her beagle babies are her running partners. She never tires of watching a Star Wars marathon or rereading Lord of the Rings. There’s a special place in her heart for the Regency Romance. Mr. Darcy is her favorite Regency hero, especially when he is wearing Hessians and a cravat.

Christa's series The Blood-Vine published by Liquid Silver Publishing, Kissin' Cops published by Liquid Silver Publishing, Women Who Serve (Book 1 Coming soon), Kan Asma Vampires published by Hartwood Publishing.

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