REVIEW: Haven by Lindsay J. Pryor

Five Stars




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 . . .



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A stunning piece of paranormal literature.

As a long-time fan of Lindsay J. Pryor, I couldn’t wait to read this book. I had high hopes, and Lindsay certainly did not disappoint. Indeed, she surpassed them. Throughout the story, as I greedily absorbed the pages, unable to put the book down, I couldn’t help but think how graceful it was. Haven is set in Lowtown, which is an awful place for its residents. It is a district where nowhere and no one are safe, which transcends to the reader, creating an edge of your seat feeling throughout. Yet there is grace to be found, and I think it’s in the seamless way the story has been written. The characters are dynamic and deep, capable of showing incredible strength in the most dire situations. They are fantastic together, yet strong on their own, which makes their desire to protect people all the more powerful.

After reading Haven, I felt there was a hidden meaning to the story, a silent moral. Though set in a paranormal world, where vampires roam the streets, drinking blood (among many other beings, known as the third species, that instil fear), it is the humans that are truly evil, particularly the ones who hold powerful positions. And I couldn’t help but compare them to the people in power within our world today. That rather than fear those we don’t understand, we should embrace them.

Haven is a story that has everything to offer a reader. The action scenes are adrenalin-inducing. The love is heart-warming and at times heart-breaking. The setting is uninviting, yet incredibly addictive, with hidden places that give hope. And the characters are complex. It’s a story no one should miss.

About the Author

Lindsay J. Pryor

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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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