CREATURE OF HABIT: BOOK ONE
– SYNOPSIS –
The summer after college, Amelia Chase lands a coveted position as the personal assistant for the brilliant, yet reclusive, Grant Palmer. Grant’s aloof nature and obsessive-compulsive behavior leads Amelia to rethink her position until Grant steps in to rescue her during a bizarre kidnapping attempt. She soon realizes Grant is a man of many secrets, all hidden behind an elaborate façade of self-discipline and control.
Grant Palmer spends his days in an expensive suit and tie, funding charitable works for his family’s Foundation. His nights are reserved for patrolling the small city of Asheville and the bordering mountainside in an effort to protect residents from rogue vampires. Why? He has his own collection of kills to atone for from his own days as a rebellious, blood thirsty killer.
Amelia and Grant’s professional relationship turns personal, distracting Grant from his duties. As the number of victims rise, it becomes apparent that a predator in the hills of North Carolina has a vendetta against Grant. Aware of Grant’s increasing interest, possessing Amelia is one way for this killer to enact his twisted revenge.
– REVIEW –
Reclusive philanthropist Grant Palmer is a puzzle that his new assistant, Amelia Chase is determined to solve. Unbeknownst to her, he’s a vigilante vampire, obsessed with (among other things) protecting the unsuspecting humans of Asheville from predators — be they vampire or not. As their working relationship develops, so grows the intense, mysterious attraction between Grant and Amelia. Can this mortal woman be the key to unlocking Grant Palmer’s heart? And is this enigmatic, handsome man truly the superhero of Amelia’s dreams, or is he really a monster, waiting to pounce?
Creature of Habit: Book One of Angel Lawson’s Creature of Habit Trilogy is an adaptation of her popular Creature of Habit Twilight fan fiction. And while there are a few pointed similarities that harken back to the Twilight aspect of her fan fiction story (they are vampires, after all), they don’t distract from the mesmerizing plot and subtle character development of her story. Lawson’s Grant Palmer is beset with an admirable responsibility to protect the innocent. Constantly on guard, he resists his feelings for Amelia, attempting to rationalize her presence in his life as a test from the divine:
“She was simply a test. One I could successfully pass — like other challenges over the course of my lifetime.” p.47
Amelia, determined to discover Grant’s secrets, sets out on a course of misguided actions that lead to nothing short of laugh out loud comedic relief. Eventually (and inevitably), Grant and Amelia draw closer to one another, and Amelia recognizes that their fates are entwined:
“Separate, we were two people muddling through life. Together we were electric.” p.328
Lawson’s writing effortlessly takes the unsuspecting reader from humorous situations to horrific scenarios — it’s a well crafted story. And as the story progresses, the UST levels start to chart dangerously between the vampire and his lady love. However, this reader would be remiss in not pointing out that, although Grant Palmer becomes obsessed with and addicted to Amelia’s lemony scent, there are no actual lemons, per se, in Book One.
Book One does end with a minor cliffie, mitigated somewhat by an epilogue — conceivably it stands alone, but Creature of Habit is so compelling, reading Book Two is a must. And Book Three is, well, this reader can only hope it’s the icing on a big, luscious lemony cake.
* I was gifted an ARC of this book by the author for an honest review. *
– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
Angel Lawson lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day you can find her writing, reading, plotting her escape from the zombie apocalypse and trying to get the glitter out from under her nails.
She is the author of the completed Wraith Series, Serial Summer, FanGirl, and Vigilant. She is the co-author of the New Adult Paranormal book, Odin’s Murder with Kira Gold.
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