Allegiance by Susannah Sandlin

June 10th, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Review 71 Comments

10th Jun
Allegiance by Susannah Sandlin
by Susannah Sandlin
Series: Penton Legacy #4
Published by: Montlake Romance
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the fourth book in the smart and steamy Penton Legacy series. British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in Penton, and resolve his relationship with Melissa Calvert. The last thing he expects is an attraction to Robin Ashton, a trash-talking eagle shape-shifter and new Omega recruit. Meanwhile, as a dangerous saboteur wreaks havoc in Penton, the ruthless Vampire Tribunal leader Matthias Ludlam has been freed on the eve of his scheduled execution. But by whom? And to what end? As war and chaos rage on, love is the last thing Cage is looking for, but will his attraction to Robin distract him from the danger living among them?

Allegiance is the fourth novel in Susannah Sandlin’s Penton Legacy series, and I was eager to get back to this small-town and its characters. Sandlin’s paranormal romantic suspense series has been intense from the first book, with fleshed out characters, and an action-backed plot. While Sandlin does a great job of filling in the details, I highly recommend reading the Penton series in order. Each tale continues the overall arc and tells the story of one couple. Allegiance grabbed me from page one, and had me holding my breath, swooning and laughing.

Penton, Alabama is home to vampires and humans living side-by side. Master vampire Aidan Murphy leads the group and outside forces have been working to crush this model community. In Sandlin’s world, a vaccine created to treat a global outbreak has had a nasty side effect. The blood of vaccinated humans is now deadly to vampires. The series has given us hot romances, intense battles, backstabbing politics and a nemesis to make you shiver with fear. The town was ravaged, but out of the debris, an elite force was created known as Omega Force. Uniting human military with the supernatural and you can learn more about them in the spin-off series Omega Force.

The leaders of Omega Force have sent Robin an eagle-shifter and Nik,who can see the past by touching objects to help rebuild Penton. You will adore Robin. She might look like a pixie, but her tongue is sharp and she can pack a punch. I adored Robin in Storm Force and absolutely loved seeing her in Allegiance. Cage Reynolds a British vampire we met in the last book has returned with plans to become a permanent resident. Cage is a psychiatrist and former mercenary and the man will definitely make you swoon.

Allegiance was an intense ride, and I consumed this in a short time. Outside forces are working to destroy Penton and its alliance with the Tribunal. Matthias Ludlum has escaped but who helped him? Accidents and strange sightings have the folks of Penton on alert even as they forge new friendships with Robin and Nate. Melissa Calvert and Cage work to resolve things, and we see tremendous growth in her as a character. The interaction between Robin and Mirren Kincaid is downright hilarious. I laughed so hard; I had tears. The romance that develops between Robin and Cage was delightful. They are both alpha personalities, and it caused moments of humor for me, as these two dealt with their inner feelings and attraction to each other. Sandlin brought heat to their romance, and it felt genuine. My heart was in my throat as this intense tale unfolded. No one was safe, and the diabolical happens had me flipping the pages. The tale had a wonderful flow to it, with action-packed scenes and moments of fear. This had some dark elements to it that will raise the hair on the back of your neck. Sandlin weaves humor and a steamy romance into the story perfectly balances out the tale and providing me with that book high I constantly chase. We are far from done with Penton, and I cannot wait to return.

Penton Legacy Series

Omega Force Series

* Susannah Sandlin is author Susan Johnson who writes the urban fantasy series Sentinels of New Orleans. She is an auto-buy for me in whatever name or genre she chooses.

About Susannah Sandlin

Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance and romantic suspense, often set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night! A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch, and always fancied herself living in Cornwall (although she’s never actually been there). Details, details. She also is a fan of Stephen King. She is the author of the Penton Legacy series (REDEMPTION, ABSOLUTION, OMEGA, ALLEGIANCE), The Collectors series (LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP and DEADLY, CALM, AND COLD) and the standalone novel STORM FORCE. Awards include the 2013 Holt Medallion award for ABSOLUTION; a 2014 RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award Nomination for ALLEGIANCE; a 2013 RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award Nomination for OMEGA; and the 2014 Linda Howard Award of Excellence for ELYSIAN FIELDS (written as Suzanne Johnson).

Under the name Suzanne Johnson, she writes the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series: ROYAL STREET; RIVER ROAD; ELYSIAN FIELDS; PIRATE’S ALLEYy (coming in 2015); and BELLE CHASSE (coming in 2016)

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71 Responses to “Allegiance by Susannah Sandlin”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You love her Sentinels of New Orleans series so yes, yes, yes! These have an urban fantasy vibe too them, even though they are paranormal.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      When I first read book one, it had an urban fantasy vibe, even though it is set in a rural town. I think you might enjoy these Carmel.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Whenever possible I try to review on release date or right around since I think it boosts the book more. I devoured it last month. I love how dark this one was and like you I cannot wait for the next book!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You don’t like the cover? LOL This series has been a blast to read.

  1. Jenny

    Paranormal romantic suspense? YES PLEASE! Plus an eagle shifter? Even better. I don’t think I’ve read a book that features an eagle shifter yet, so I can’t wait to meet Robin! This series is a new must for me Kim:)
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Robin was hoot Jenny. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have read all of her books under both names and honestly loved them all!

  2. Andrea

    I have the first two books in the series, just haven’t had a chance to get started. I love her books as Suzanne Johnson.
    Glad you enjoyed Allegiance, Kimberly!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      i can honestly say I have loved every book she has written under both names.

  3. miki

    This is a great addition to the series, not my favourite book in it but i loved it and Yes Robin is a fantastic addition and will make us laugh i’m sure
    Nik ( ^^ not nate by the way ^^) is also a great characther and i do hope we will have more of him later

    it’s really a series to try but read in order is better (and you can add Storm Force from where Robin are Nik are oriniated in your reading list as well it’s more a paranormal thriller than paranormal romance but with a team of shifters ( diffrenet kind, lot of action, humour and yes romance too)
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I read them in order, and Storm Force, I liked the darker, more open tone of this one. Hopefully the next book will have you smiling again Miki

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have read every book ever written by her under both names and loved them all Mary.

  4. Lily

    I have to admit I haven’t sat down to read anything by this author but i’m kind of intrigued by the sounds of her books! Definitely adding them to my TBR pile

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I get ya, and yeah there is some twisted science in here, as well as a strong UF vibe.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo yes and be sure and add Storm Force as well, it adds to this tale as far as getting to know new characters.

  5. Maida

    “The series has given us hot romances, intense battles, backstabbing politics and a nemesis to make you shiver with fear.” —> What’s not to love!!?? This sounds absolutely fantastic! I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this series before. I love action, romance and great characters, so I am looking forward to giving this series a try. Plus, I really like the sound of the story arc and world of this series too. Glad you enjoyed this, Kimba! Fabulous review! Love the YUMMY covers! LOL :p

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Maida, I have really enjoyed each installment and I am eager for more!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yay, so glad you love them too..this has a darker tone, laced with humor.

  6. Livia

    I’ve only read the first in the series, but it was a lot of fun and I liked the worldbuilding too. Glad to hear the rest of the reads are just as fun, I’m gonna finish reading the series…at some point, lol.
    Great review!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I have been there done that…. so glad you enjoyed book one!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy, did you read Storm Force yet? It introduces Robyn and I kind of recommend reading it first even though it is a separate series since they intertwine.

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