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Alone

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Author: Marissa Farrar

Published: November 8th 2009

Format: ebook , 207 pages

Isbn: 9781907366079

Language: English


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Caught in a violent and abusive relationship, Serenity thinks there is no escape. Then she meets a stranger, Sebastian, who shows her the possibility of a different future. Only Sebastian has a dark secret; he is a vampire. As Serenity’s life takes a terrifying turn, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed; one of murder, love, and immortality. She is f Caught in a violent and abusive relationship, Serenity thinks there is no escape. Then she meets a stranger, Sebastian, who shows her the possibility of a different future. Only Sebastian has a dark secret; he is a vampire. As Serenity’s life takes a terrifying turn, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed; one of murder, love, and immortality. She is forced to confront her own weaknesses to save both her own life and that of the vampire she has come to love. But in the end all that matters is; can she find the strength to be Alone ?

30 review for Alone

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Fenton

    I am taking part in a 2017 Book Reading Challenge and one of the categories is to read a book outside of my comfort zone - and a Vampire PNR is certainly outside mine! I did enjoy the book and thought it was well written, engaging and entertaining, and I even admit to having a little crush on Sebastian the Vampire. I am glad I read the book and think fans of Paranormal Romance will love this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid Hall

    WRITING AS LUNA BALLANTYNE https://lunaballantyne.wordpress.com Thumbs up from Luna: The opening chapter is thought-provoking if somewhat unsettling. The book is a quick, easy read that you can pick up just about anywhere. Serenity is likeable in spite of the fact that I wanted to reach into the pages and give her a damned good shake. The whole vampire thing is strangely entertaining even though the plot is seriously under-developed and flawed. Thumbs down from Luna: The majority of my positive comment WRITING AS LUNA BALLANTYNE https://lunaballantyne.wordpress.com Thumbs up from Luna: The opening chapter is thought-provoking if somewhat unsettling. The book is a quick, easy read that you can pick up just about anywhere. Serenity is likeable in spite of the fact that I wanted to reach into the pages and give her a damned good shake. The whole vampire thing is strangely entertaining even though the plot is seriously under-developed and flawed. Thumbs down from Luna: The majority of my positive comments come with negative caveats. The opening chapter is thought-provoking, but I felt that the domestic violence theme was over-played and inappropriate for what is meant to be a relatively light romance novel. There were times when instead of wanting to read on, I felt so uncomfortable that I wanted to stop reading. In spite of the above comment, the book overall is too easy to read. Fluff springs to mind. While Serenity is likeable, and I was kind of rooting for her, she is so unbelievably needy. Yes, I know this is because of the domestic abuse sub-plot, but whatever happened to strong heroines? Sebastian the vampire is just too nice. He is a vampire for fucks sake. I kept waiting for him to say “Please” before making any kills… Madeline is too pantomime villain for my taste. In summary… I have no doubt that there is a whole army of young(ish) readers just waiting to devour Farrar’s books about the broken and needy Serenity and her fluffy, good-looking vampire. I prefer my men…and my vampires to be deadlier.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Milena

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I got this e-book for free after seeing the link on a facebook book club page. Save your time and don't even bother. Even vampire fans wouldn't be able to stomach this cheesy romance with quite a few bonus smut scenes that come out of nowhere. Serenity has been abused by every man in her life, starting with her stepfather and ending with her husband of ten years, who she accidentally kills during a fight. Sebastian is a very old, hot, white vampire, who sees Serenity one day and follows her home, I got this e-book for free after seeing the link on a facebook book club page. Save your time and don't even bother. Even vampire fans wouldn't be able to stomach this cheesy romance with quite a few bonus smut scenes that come out of nowhere. Serenity has been abused by every man in her life, starting with her stepfather and ending with her husband of ten years, who she accidentally kills during a fight. Sebastian is a very old, hot, white vampire, who sees Serenity one day and follows her home, saving her from her husband's abuse. I guess the author decided to do away with the part where vampires have to be invited into someone's home, but whatever. While her husband is in the hospital, Serenity thinks about and meets Sebastian a couple of times, feeling completely captivated by him even though they exchange five words. This novel was very disturbing to me, not only because of the abuse Serenity describes, but for other reasons as well. Since the intended audience is more adult, I didn't think I'd have to deal with insta-love and insubstantial romance or silly villains. I was wrong. One thing that bothered is the recurrent theme of Serenity's inability to have children. She talks about having had miscarriages and how her body doesn't seem to let her have children. At one point, the third-person narrator tells us that "her life had no meaning. Incapable of nurturing a child inside her, what was the point in her existence? Her body killed her babies, as though she was poisonous, toxic. She hated herself." Miscarriages are very sad and all, but I hate how the narration propagates the idea that a woman's life only has value if she has the ability to become pregnant and have babies. I understand that having children is something many people strongly desire, but Serenity feels like it's her only purpose. She could've made a career or gotten pets and hobbies, but no. Her mind is focused on a baby (even though she is highly aware of the abusive, detrimental environment/situation she's in. Also, this book has lots of subtly shaming in it. When Serenity talks about her mother being a hippie, she says that her mother was the kind of hippie "that liked to interpret free love as being a slut." Because women are not allowed to enjoy themselves or make use of their bodies as they wish as long as they're being safe. The story goes on and, SURPRISE!, Serenity realizes that she's in love with Sebastian, although they've only actually talked like, five times, and about nothing really (well, they talked about Sebastian doing away with her dead husband's body, so I guess that's something important?). The odd thing about this is that Serenity is aware that she doesn't know anything about Sebastian. But she finds a way to justify loving him without knowing anything about him at all, by making a very odd analogy. For Serenity, love isn't about knowing someone well, but how they make you feel. And she rationalizes that by saying "she loved each and every one of her unborn babies. They never had the chance to have a favorite food, color or song, but she didn't love them any less." I get that she's trying to make sense of her feelings, but it's totally absurd to me, because I've never imagined comparing the love you feel for your unborn/dead children and a mysterious, creepy man you literally just met. After Serenity kills their husband and Sebastian makes the body disappear, they don't get together because Sebastian's maker, a vampire named Madeline, is supposedly in love with him and wants him to be with her and nobody else, though Sebastian makes it clear time and again that he despises Madeline. The vampire eventually gives him an ultimatum: either he gets with her or she'll kill Serenity. Since he loves her so much, Sebastian explains to Serenity that he has to leave her alone to ensure her safety. Serenity doesn't like the idea, because she loves Sebastian so bad and wants to be with him. She says that he should Madeline kill her, because if she "can't be with [him], [she has] nothing else to live for." Serenity is totally crazy. Here are some very disturbing lines she says: "I will not stand by and watch you leave me for her!" (even though they're not together) "Sebastian dressed too well to be lying in coffins." "Why did you even speak to me if you knew we'd never be together?" "I assume you're going to provide the stationary?" (when Madeline forces her to write a break up letter to Sebastian). The narration is inconsistent. The author switches points of view often and randomly. First it's just Serenity, then we see snippets of Sebastian. All of sudden, Madeline gets her own passages and then even Officer Bentley, this police officer that eventually develops a crush on Serenity (for no fucking reason). And there are inconsistencies with the aspects of vampirism the author chooses to use. When Madeline first tells Serenity about Sebastian being a vampire, she points out, among other things, that he never eats. Later in the story, Serenity asks Sebastian what vampires need to survive. He responds: "The same as any human: food, air, shelter." So which one is it? Do they need food or not? Apparently there are two sequels to this story. I won't bother with them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    The BookChick

    This was a hopelessly depressing romance… and I use the word romance in its loosest sense. This story made me feel like an oppressive millstone has been placed around my neck by the time I reached the words, “T-H-E-E-N-D.” I’m sorry, but when I read a romance I want a “happily-ever-after-it-all-works-out-in-the-end” kind of story. I do not want to read a story that makes me want to step in front of a bus to end it all. That’s really what you got with this story. Serenity was a severely abused woma This was a hopelessly depressing romance… and I use the word romance in its loosest sense. This story made me feel like an oppressive millstone has been placed around my neck by the time I reached the words, “T-H-E-E-N-D.” I’m sorry, but when I read a romance I want a “happily-ever-after-it-all-works-out-in-the-end” kind of story. I do not want to read a story that makes me want to step in front of a bus to end it all. That’s really what you got with this story. Serenity was a severely abused woman who hated her husband and hated her life. She vacillated between anger at being abused and guilt because she felt she caused the abuse. She had a 9 to 5 job but her husband stayed at home to pursue his career as a “writer.” Later, she discovered that the only thing he really did write was several dozen instant messages filled with smut to women he was looking to hook up with. Regardless of how much she hated her husband she always acquiesced to his desires while subjugating her own. She “yes dear-ed” during every interaction with her husband…even while he was being physically and emotionally abusive towards her. Serenity’s go-nowhere inner monologue of “I’m going to leave…” chafed my nerves because I knew she would still be in the same place when I turned the page on my Kindle. I know that women deal with abusive situations like this, and worse, every day and they may have similar thought processes. I am not condemning them! In fact, I applaud any woman who can survive an abusive relationship and thrive afterwards. My problem was that there were pages and pages and pages of abuse……………in a romance novel. I also found it odd and a little off-putting how Ms. Farrar kept switching points of view from the character voice to the narrative voice. In several places she would say something like, “Sebastian felt…” or “Sebastian thought...” However, in other places, she switched to the narrative voice and referred to him as “the vampire…” and conveyed the story as if she was telling it as opposed to the character telling it. It was strange and it was confusing the first time I encountered it. Determine a POV and stick with it! The book was difficult enough to read without the added confusion. I am not a perfect writer but I also do not write professionally. I am a little miffed when I see grammatical errors and incorrect word usage in a novel that I paid good money to read. Ms. Farrar used incorrect words in a couple of different places in the story —“thought” for “though” and “tried” for “try”. Where have all the good editors gone? I have read so many books from well-known publishers in the past few weeks that have a self-published feel to them because of all the glaring errors contained within. There was a trailing conclusion to the story and the first chapter to the next book in the series to spur interest into purchasing the next book. Unfortunately, that strategy did not work for me since the first book left me feeling a bit despondent at the end.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shellie (Layers of Thought)

    The original review with more elements is posted on Layers of Thought. A romantic and emotional journey of an abused woman and her path towards healing - all within a vampire urban fantasy. Synopsis: Set in a present day Los Angeles, a young woman named Serenity is in a difficult and very abusive marriage. Her self esteem is poor and she questions whether she deserves her nightly beatings and emotional abuse from her creepy and jobless husband. When she stumbles upon a very compelling and gorgeous The original review with more elements is posted on Layers of Thought. A romantic and emotional journey of an abused woman and her path towards healing - all within a vampire urban fantasy. Synopsis: Set in a present day Los Angeles, a young woman named Serenity is in a difficult and very abusive marriage. Her self esteem is poor and she questions whether she deserves her nightly beatings and emotional abuse from her creepy and jobless husband. When she stumbles upon a very compelling and gorgeous stranger named Sebastian, all her feelings rearrange. As she begins to question her relationship with her husband, his abuse, and herself - the inevitable relationship develops. When Serenity realizes Sebastian is something other than human there is the inevitable conflict, some evil meddling, and ensuing drama. Thoughts: This is a romantic, mildly horrific, urban fantasy – with some important real life aspects and concerns. Some are based upon domestic violence and the inevitable emotional journey into the experiences of an abused woman. Additionally there is the internal conflict which one can only imagine a monster must feel when needing to kill to exist. With much angst within the pages one sees into the emotional travails; caring and empathizing with some characters while loathing others. Marissa Farrar does a fine job of showing the reader her character’s complexities in a easy and readable and page-turning manner. My only very small quibble around the book is that although the book was set in the US with the main character being American, the language is distinctly from the UK and British in nature, creating a mild internal conflict for me. I would say that some American readers may have a slight lag in the reading flow with a few small bits of the language. Thinking it would not be a detriment for most, especially if you like the Brits, I give this romantic and redemptive vampire novel a 4 stars. It was grand!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Noelle

    First can I say thank you to the author who provided me with the audible version of this book in exchange for an honest review. Secondly can I say that I think from now on I will stick to kindle versions or real books as I struggled with the narrator as well as the pace. I am a fast reader and really did not like having to "read" at a different pace than I am used to. That said...I loved this book!! Not my usual genre at all. Don't get me wrong, I love a good vampire story...Twilight was one of m First can I say thank you to the author who provided me with the audible version of this book in exchange for an honest review. Secondly can I say that I think from now on I will stick to kindle versions or real books as I struggled with the narrator as well as the pace. I am a fast reader and really did not like having to "read" at a different pace than I am used to. That said...I loved this book!! Not my usual genre at all. Don't get me wrong, I love a good vampire story...Twilight was one of my favourite book series/films...but when buying a book, I tend to stick with mystery, thrillers etc. However, this story was really good. The subject of domestic violence was tackled and well written/believable. Serenity's vulnerability and fear was captured perfectly as well as Jackson's abusive nature. A lot of people write about domestic violence but do not understand the essence of being a victim or the fear evoked by the perpetrator. The author did this well. This was a story of being a victim but rising above the fear, finding your inner strength and learning what true love is all about. It was a journey for Serenity and one for Sebastian as well. From the moment their paths crossed the connection was made and I was gripped. Another character I loved was Madeline. As I was listening to the book I could picture her from the author's description. She is evil to the core and I worried whether Serenity would be able to match her. What I also enjoyed about the book was that it was not riddled with many characters so you did not get lost throughout. You get an understanding of the key players in the book without throwing in characters for the sake of it. Would I recommend this book to others? Absolutely!! In fact I have downloaded /bought a few other Serenity books as I am curious what the future holds...and if you read this book, you will see what I mean!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Mckenzie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this book in a few hours because I COULD NOT put it down, it was a compulsion to keep turning the pages, I had to know what was going to happen next!!! This book brought up a lot of issues that mean a lot to me and thousands of other women all around the world. The pain, humiliation and degradation can not beat the strong woman inside and this book portrayed this brilliantly. I loved Serenity's character and how much she grows in this book, everyone deserves their white Knight. The end of I read this book in a few hours because I COULD NOT put it down, it was a compulsion to keep turning the pages, I had to know what was going to happen next!!! This book brought up a lot of issues that mean a lot to me and thousands of other women all around the world. The pain, humiliation and degradation can not beat the strong woman inside and this book portrayed this brilliantly. I loved Serenity's character and how much she grows in this book, everyone deserves their white Knight. The end of the book made me sad and I really nearly cried at it which shows what an amazing author marissa farrar truly is. If I could give the rating more stars I would. Everyone had to read this, its utterly awesome

  8. 5 out of 5

    Glynis

    Superb read, highly recommended for a Twilight fort grown ups.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Brilliant read - can't wait for the next one of the author!!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Samantha **ParaNormal Romance Party**

    1st line in the book---> “The day Serenity Hathaway came to view as the lowest point in her life, also turned out to be the day everything changed.” Review: **3.5 Stars** Alone was a very different story from the ones I usually read. I had no idea what to expect. The first thing that came to me was surprise. I never expected that the theme would be about the heroine's struggle with Domestic Violence and how she was able to live through it. Serenity Hathaway is miserable. She has been married for 10 1st line in the book---> “The day Serenity Hathaway came to view as the lowest point in her life, also turned out to be the day everything changed.” Review: **3.5 Stars** Alone was a very different story from the ones I usually read. I had no idea what to expect. The first thing that came to me was surprise. I never expected that the theme would be about the heroine's struggle with Domestic Violence and how she was able to live through it. Serenity Hathaway is miserable. She has been married for 10 years and living a nightmare. Everyday she must wonder what mood her husband is in. Hoping that its a good or else it will be hell for her. She gets fired and is too afraid to tell her husband, fearing the worst. As she fleas into the streets she runs into a mysterious man. That little encounter is able to give her the strength to go home but tell her husband about her job at a later time. Sebastian is a Vampire and has been for over 200 years. He sees a women running through the streets as if the hounds from hell were on her. As he sees her face he can see such desperation and fear, that he feels a connection to her. Knowing what she is going through first hand. As Sebastian continues to meet with Serenity her learns of her living hell. As the story progresses, so does their feelings, but everything takes a turn for the worst when there is a murder and Sebastian's maker comes to town. Serenity must struggle to break her fear in order to survive. First thing that I have to say that I liked this read. It was a difficult theme but I think the Author did a great job. I will be honest though, I am so used to reading the heroines being such strong characters that I was a little uncomfortable at first. I wanted Serenity to wake up, but like all women in that situation its hard. I don't want to give too many things away but one thing that I prefer is after reading so much pain and suffering that the characters go through, I'm happy to know that they got their HEA. Alone is more of a to be continued. I felt so incomplete but that's just my opinion!! There are some very complex characters, Sebastian is a tortured hero fighting his own demons while trying to come to terms with his feelings. The plot is fast paced, there is a little action and thrill. I am looking forward to Buried, I have my fingers crossed that Serenity and Sebastian get the HEA soon!!! final verdict!! **3.5 STARS**

  12. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    (Crossposted from Bittersweet Book Blog) What I Liked: Alone deals with the difficult and harsh reality of a violent marriage. Even though it made me uncomfortable at times, I appreciated the realistic storytelling of domestic violence. Since I've had experience with that myself, it felt realistic. Sometimes it seems melodramatic when Jackson is abusing her, but that kind of situation IS melodramatic when you're living in. I think she captured the thoughts going on in Serenity's head perfectly. Th (Crossposted from Bittersweet Book Blog) What I Liked: Alone deals with the difficult and harsh reality of a violent marriage. Even though it made me uncomfortable at times, I appreciated the realistic storytelling of domestic violence. Since I've had experience with that myself, it felt realistic. Sometimes it seems melodramatic when Jackson is abusing her, but that kind of situation IS melodramatic when you're living in. I think she captured the thoughts going on in Serenity's head perfectly. The writing was clear and descriptive. The story moves evenly and Marissa has a knack for pacing. I enjoyed the chapters that switched to Sebastian's point of view. It was a refreshing change, and it was interesting to get his perspective. I liked Sebastian quite a bit, in fact, especially as the story progressed. The dynamic between him and Madeline was entertaining. For being undead, they brought a lot of life to the story. The mythology of vampires was also unique. Not So Much: For the first half of the book, Serenity struck me as a very unlikeable character. I wanted to like her, but I couldn't. She didn't have much emotional depth, and she was extremely weak, although I can understand why. But I had a hard time understanding her reactions. I was especially thrown when she found out what Sebastian was, and she freaked out about it. With how much she had clung to him during the first part of the story, it didn't jive. If she was a younger girl, a teen, maybe I could understand. But she's supposed to be 28. I hate Twilight comparisons, but I couldn't help but draw them with this one--the instant "I love you!" relationship between Serenity and Sebastian, the breathless descriptives, even the silver car that Sebastian drives (an Audi, not a Volvo). This is very much an adult Twilight. The fact that Serenity latches onto Sebastian so quickly, and all of her thoughts begin to revolve around him, strikes me as sad. But, as I said, at about the half point she starts to develop herself and the story takes off. It's just at that point I had lost a lot of interest. Verdict: A decent read for me. I won't be continuing the series, partially because of my own burnout with vampire stories. But I would definitely read something else by Marissa not involving these characters; there's no doubt that she's a good storyteller. If you enjoy Twilight-style vampire romance, this is a solid choice.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer D

    It's hard to write a review for this book because of the sensitive nature of some of the issues brought forth. First and foremost, let me say that abusive relationships whether physical or mental are so utterly wrong and discusting I really don't know where to begin. The fact that a person could do that to another and for the most part, get away with it is disturbing. The worst part is seeing the women in these relationships all downtrodden or acting as though nothing is wrong, when clearly some It's hard to write a review for this book because of the sensitive nature of some of the issues brought forth. First and foremost, let me say that abusive relationships whether physical or mental are so utterly wrong and discusting I really don't know where to begin. The fact that a person could do that to another and for the most part, get away with it is disturbing. The worst part is seeing the women in these relationships all downtrodden or acting as though nothing is wrong, when clearly something is. Or protecting the ones that claim they love them. It's all about mind games and keeping those women under their thumbs. To all those women that have survived and gotten out of abusive relationships, I commend you. Your courage is unlike anything I will ever know. So, onto the book... with all the above being said, I couldn't stand Serenity during the first half of the book. I think for a "romance" book; the abusive relationship lasted too long. I would have liked to see Serenity fight more in the beginning of the book, but in the end, reguardless of when it happened, I'm glad she found her backbone. Sebastian the god knows how old vampire is the reason for Serenity's new found want of freedom. And this is where it gets out of hand. Literally within 3 days, they're both head over heels in love with eachother. I mean really... Even Twilight didn't work its mojo magic that quickly. Here's the rest of the book in a nutshell "I love you, I love you, I love you" "I love you too, I wanna be like you" "No, I won't turn you into a monster!" "But I want to be like you!" "I'm leaving" Yep, that just happened. SO... if a speedy and more adult version of Twilight is your cup of tea, then by all means read away. You'll probably enjoy it. As for me, I enjoy my books to be a little more realistic in the romance department. Seriously, all this took place in a week. Also, it's acetaminophen in the states not paracetamol. I actually had to look that up while reading because I didn't have a clue what the hell that was!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vivien Smith

    Wow I loved this book! I won ‘Alone’ in a competition and I'm so glad I was the lucky one, it’s the first book I have read from Marissa Farrar and it has introduced me another great author. I will defiantly be buying more from her catalogue. I already have books 2 & 3 in this series waiting and I can’t wait to get going. I love Paranormal Romance and this book had me hooked from the start, it is well written and I feel Marissa covered the subject of domestic violence in a believable way, I really Wow I loved this book! I won ‘Alone’ in a competition and I'm so glad I was the lucky one, it’s the first book I have read from Marissa Farrar and it has introduced me another great author. I will defiantly be buying more from her catalogue. I already have books 2 & 3 in this series waiting and I can’t wait to get going. I love Paranormal Romance and this book had me hooked from the start, it is well written and I feel Marissa covered the subject of domestic violence in a believable way, I really felt for Serenity for all she had been through and continues to suffer at the hands of her husband Jackson. I wanted to slap him myself! Serenity has had an unfortunate time with the men in her life, abusive Stepfather and a husband that continues the pattern that has become the norm for her. She just wants a life without the fear, terror and pain she lives with every day. She could leave Jackson, but he would find her and the thought of him punishing her is what stops her from running. The happy family life that Serenity always dreamed of is just that, a dream. Then whilst on her way home having just been fired from her job, she meets a stranger, someone who is nice to her, someone Serenity can’t stop thinking about, Sebastian! Although she doesn't know it, Serenity’s life is about to change, and just what that change will involve, she won’t believe! Sebastian made a promise to himself, don’t get close to anyone, because having someone also means the chance of losing them and Sebastian doesn't want to go through that, not again. But when he meets Serenity that maybe a promise he won’t be able to keep! I do love a Vampire especially hot sexy ones and Sebastian certainly fits that description. So don’t miss out, buy “Alone” and meet Sebastian for yourself! I highly recommend this book if you like Paranormal you will love “The Serenity Series”. I give it 5*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kami Dodson-Perry

    This is the first book I have read by Marissa Farrar. Even though the story was good I still felt this story was lacking. The story is about Serenity and Sebastian. Serenity has been abused since the age of 14. She really has no knowledge of life before all the abuse. Her step-father then her husband of 10 years. Serenity is terrified to leave her husband. She has nothing, no money, no family, nothing to help her get away. Her fear of him finding her and making her hurt even more than the average d This is the first book I have read by Marissa Farrar. Even though the story was good I still felt this story was lacking. The story is about Serenity and Sebastian. Serenity has been abused since the age of 14. She really has no knowledge of life before all the abuse. Her step-father then her husband of 10 years. Serenity is terrified to leave her husband. She has nothing, no money, no family, nothing to help her get away. Her fear of him finding her and making her hurt even more than the average day keeps her with him. But there is a major problem. Her husband does not work and stays at home writing his "novel" yeah right. Serenity gets fired for being MIA at work after passing out in the restroom from the pain in her back that her husband caused the night before. Unable to take the humility of telling her boss the truth she is fired. Now scared of what she will face when she gets home to her husband she decides to wonder the streets a little while. Then she has a panic attack and meets Sebastian who comes to her rescue. Everything changes for Serenity. Throughout the story you feel so sad about this character and for all the abuse she has had in her life. You understand her bipolar ways of being afraid to leave but knowing that she must leave her husband. At the same time you think she is so stupid for staying there but you realize she knows that if she runs her husband will find her and kill her. Serenity has never known happiness, never known real love, and you just find yourself hoping that Sebastian will swoop in and help her. And he does in a way. Then there is Sebastian and his past. Sad and alone both of them needing love. I felt the ending of the story lacked that happy feeling. This is a series but I am not sure if I will get the next one in the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Dorrier

    I really enjoyed the suspenseful book, Alone. It kept me turning pages and sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book! I started out feeling sorry for Serenity in all that she went through and it was so good to see her slowly get her strength back and reclaim her life as the book went on. It was also completely refreshing to watch as Serenity saved herself! Her realizations about saving herself and forming a plan. However scary the plan was she followed it and the love her life foll I really enjoyed the suspenseful book, Alone. It kept me turning pages and sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book! I started out feeling sorry for Serenity in all that she went through and it was so good to see her slowly get her strength back and reclaim her life as the book went on. It was also completely refreshing to watch as Serenity saved herself! Her realizations about saving herself and forming a plan. However scary the plan was she followed it and the love her life followed her direction which was a nice refreshing change as her bastard and incredibly cruel husband had told her what to do their entire marriage! The book made me want to cry in places, made me smile in others, and completely captured the "nosy" want to know what happens next that had me turning the pages for the better part of the day! Starting and finishing a book in a day is something I rarely do so thank you for keeping me glued to the book! Great book highly recommend it....In fact I enjoyed it so much I have already started the second in the Serenity series, Buried, and I am once again finding myself sitting on the edge of my seat only this time I feel the need to run at times as things have been kicked up a notch in this book and I find it scary as all hell! I want to run for Serenity...maybe I should make this a book to read while on the treadmill...I can pretend "that thing" is after me...after a second thought maybe that isn't the greatest plan I have ever had as you don't really go anywhere on the treadmill! I am thinking that would induce a nightmare of epic proportions where there would be no Sebastion to save me! Take Care, Amanda

  17. 5 out of 5

    Book Monitor

    It has been a long time since I have read a vampire novel but I am so glad I read this one. Serenity is the wife of an abusive husband. The book begins with her losing her job and on the same day she meets Sebastian, who is different from anyone she has known, at this early stage she is not really aware of just how different. From this point the story twists and and turns and her life changes dramatically. This was a compelling read. It has moments of darkness and the picture portrayed of abusiv It has been a long time since I have read a vampire novel but I am so glad I read this one. Serenity is the wife of an abusive husband. The book begins with her losing her job and on the same day she meets Sebastian, who is different from anyone she has known, at this early stage she is not really aware of just how different. From this point the story twists and and turns and her life changes dramatically. This was a compelling read. It has moments of darkness and the picture portrayed of abusive relationships really rings true to life. There are also moments of hope and Serenity is not just a victim of poor choices and bad relationships but a person who discovers she has a lot of internal strengths and her capacity for loving and caring has not been obliterated by the years of aggression and constant denigration, just deeply hidden. This is a love story but it is as much about the meaning of humanity, self respect and self forgiveness as it is about romantic love. Don't get me wrong, this is not a deep, worthy or heavy book, it is a really good story, well told, easy to read and with characters that feel real, even within the context of some of them being vampires. The ending sets up the next in the trilogy but this doesn't detract from the book as a whole, even though I usually dislike books that don't finish, this one does at least end in a place that feels appropriate. I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am so glad I did and have no qualms about recommending this for purchase. I will be buying others in this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah (blissbubbley)

    Writing a story about domestic violence cannot have been easy for the author and despite not being able to relate to how that feels to go through, I was near tears of concern for Serenity. How she believed it was all her fault and how I was urging her out of the door. I found I was turning the pages quicker and quicker wanting to know how she was. The relationship between Serenity and Sebastian intrigued me even more each time that he turned up (when you read the book you'll understand what I me Writing a story about domestic violence cannot have been easy for the author and despite not being able to relate to how that feels to go through, I was near tears of concern for Serenity. How she believed it was all her fault and how I was urging her out of the door. I found I was turning the pages quicker and quicker wanting to know how she was. The relationship between Serenity and Sebastian intrigued me even more each time that he turned up (when you read the book you'll understand what I mean by "turned up") and of course we know he's a vampire. Serenity doesn't know. But then she has enough going on. Sebastian helps her to see that leaving her husband is the right thing to do. Serenity isn't safe (spoiler alert!) even without her husband and she finds herself caught up in a lot more drama than she intended. I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book and I was absolutely intrigued by each page. Horrified by the domestic violence scenes but more because I wanted Serenity safe, I found an immediate protection feeling of her. I hated her husband, obviously. Sebastian was the typical hero but with flaws, more real - I like that. There's a sex scene about two-thirds through which has been building and building, it works well and creates real suspense and well you know... ;-) If you like your romance with a bit of drama and a whole load of mystery and suspense then this is for you. Got Book two on my must read list! Reviewed here

  19. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    Minireview: ... The beginning of this story unnerved me. Domestic violence SHOULD unnerve you, but this introduction and the helplessness (the inability to help oneself) seemed to resonate in my head. I literally HAD to continue reading just so I would get past it. Thank God, she got past it. ... For a moment it morphed into a classic vamp storyline: I have never even tasted your lips and yet I love you, will give my life for you, must have you. Ultimately it reverted to the original gritty contempor Minireview: ... The beginning of this story unnerved me. Domestic violence SHOULD unnerve you, but this introduction and the helplessness (the inability to help oneself) seemed to resonate in my head. I literally HAD to continue reading just so I would get past it. Thank God, she got past it. ... For a moment it morphed into a classic vamp storyline: I have never even tasted your lips and yet I love you, will give my life for you, must have you. Ultimately it reverted to the original gritty contemporary form. This feels like real life. No neat packages tied up with strings. Just the truth, as much as you can bare it. Visit Sweet Vernal Zephyr for my long winded reviews.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Not my usual genre, but an easy read, and I when I got to the end, I really wanted to know what happened to Serenity next, so I may well have to read the next one!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    DNF @ 47% Bland is the best way to describe Alone. I wanted to like it and I was going to persevere because the grammar was solid and, lord knows, decent grammar is in short supply in self published works. When you slog through twelve chapters and the story is still very vanilla and the main characters are still wet blankets, though, it's time to admit defeat. All we have here is instalove with no reason, angsty forbidden love with no chemistry. Domestic abuse is featured in the storyline, and no DNF @ 47% Bland is the best way to describe Alone. I wanted to like it and I was going to persevere because the grammar was solid and, lord knows, decent grammar is in short supply in self published works. When you slog through twelve chapters and the story is still very vanilla and the main characters are still wet blankets, though, it's time to admit defeat. All we have here is instalove with no reason, angsty forbidden love with no chemistry. Domestic abuse is featured in the storyline, and not unrealistically IMHO, but this is undermined by the sappy instalove. It's a serious subject but you can't take it seriously in its beige surroundings. One thing I was really annoyed by was the hero's belief that drug addicts are worthless and ok to prey on. Never mind their back stories. Never mind that difficult lives may have driven them to seek escapism in drugs. Never mind that they are still human beings... flawed but not evil. Never mind that he has done far more damage than they ever will. Fuck you Sebastian. You are going in my recycling bin.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Jones-hollaway

    Absolutely Riveting This story was absolutely amazing. I fell in love with Sebastian and Serenity. Serenity had a very emotional and mental roller coaster that had me in tears more than once. I am glad that this is not the end of their story or at least not the end of Serenity's. I'm hoping that there is going to finally be a happy ending. But I'm onto the next book and hopefully I'll find out soon. Way to go Marissa, your books so far have me addicted.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lin Robertson

    This was a different story for me, but I got straight in to it. Serenity was married to a horrible man. He treated her, as the control freak he was. Her only escape was her day job Was so glad when her husband ended up in hospital. She had a bit of freedom. She meets a man, who just happened to be there. Sebastian was his name. Loved this man. Let’s just say he surprised me. A great story by Marissa Farrar

  24. 5 out of 5

    Annette Aguilar

    What are you? A suspenseful adventure full of unpredictable evil, an abusing husband, a handsome stranger, an evil creature, an abused wife! Tragedy comes after years of abuse, hope for a future, torn apart, danger and evil stalking, survival may not be possible! What the future holds in store once evil enters is anyone’s guess!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    I gave the book another read thinking that I shouldn’t have given up on it. Serenity.....SHE ANNOYS THE HELL OUT OF ME! The characters are unbelievable, the abuse went on for so long that it lost it’s potency as a plot device and the ending was terrible.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jamillah Smith

    Loved it

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Williams

    A pretty good read

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lissette

    Since the age of eighteen, Serenity Hathaway's life has been a living hell. Her husband is nothing but abusive and repeatedly uses her misgiving's as a way of making her compliant to his wishes. She's tried to be helpful, to be understanding in the face of such adversity. Yet every bone in her body cries out against the injustices Jackson has committed against her. Caught up in the turmoil of having lost her job due to one of her husband's tirades, Serenity's mind starts to shatter as the implica Since the age of eighteen, Serenity Hathaway's life has been a living hell. Her husband is nothing but abusive and repeatedly uses her misgiving's as a way of making her compliant to his wishes. She's tried to be helpful, to be understanding in the face of such adversity. Yet every bone in her body cries out against the injustices Jackson has committed against her. Caught up in the turmoil of having lost her job due to one of her husband's tirades, Serenity's mind starts to shatter as the implications of her current predicament are made clear. She knows she'll need to keep up appearances. To maintain a happy front, for Jackson will make her life hell should he ever find out. Coming across a complete stranger on her way home, the man offers her a solace no one else ever has. In his arms, she feels safe. There's something about him that draws her to him and she knows he'll never hurt her. Yet the thought of trusting him is daunting and she's not sure she can do that just yet. Nevertheless, the memory of him embeds itself deep within her, drawing forth a well of emotion she never knew existed. One that clamors for his touch in more ways than one. Determined to stay away from the woman he unexpectedly comes across, Sebastian Bandores knows its a battle he'll never win. Serenity has incited his passion and stoked the flames of feeling he tamped down so long ago in order to survive. Witness to the degradation she suffers at the hands of her husband, he's well aware that he should stay away. That he should move on. Yet his better sense prevails and he dives head on into a situation he knows he may not come out of in one piece. Traumatized by the abuse she's suffered for so long, Serenity finds herself latching on to the enigmatic vampire. Her heart and soul yearn for him quite badly, something she knows is forbidden. Yet their immediate attraction is a fact she cannot deny. As the situation between her and husband takes a sordid turn, she knows she'll need to find a way to set herself free if she's to truly be happy. Yet when the opportunity presents itself, the price of her freedom is one she never imagined she'd end up paying in the very worst way. This was a very heart-felt and thought-provoking story. Domestic and spousal abuse is something quite a few women go through in this day and age. Many, unfortunately, may not live to see another sunrise. There are those who remain in such relationships because it's all they know. Others remain because they're too afraid to walk away for fear that they'll lose everything they hold so dear. Parts of this story hit home while I was reading. My Mom went through something similar when I was little. Thankfully, she found it within herself to walk away. Granted, my step-father wasn't that bad a guy, but his drinking problem caused irreparable damage that might have gone badly if Mom hadn't stamped her foot down and said, 'Enough is enough.' I think Marissa did a great job in building Serenity's world. The pain and heartache she feels pour through every page. We're able to feel her insecurities, her doubts, and her joys as she tries to stand firm and face the situations she finds herself in head on. I look forward to catching up on the next book in the series to find out what happens next with her, Sebastian, and Jackson. Kudos, Marissa, on such an intriguing story!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I was pulled into this book from first page...Serenity is a sad, kinda pathetic young woman. She has no life, no friends. Just her job..and her husband that abuses her physically every day. She longs to escape but has pretty much just accepted that this is the way of life...unfortunately, her daily beatings are interfering with her work. She is late alot, sometimes bc she can hardly move to walk there, others because she had to stay and tend to his every need...either way, they fire her one day I was pulled into this book from first page...Serenity is a sad, kinda pathetic young woman. She has no life, no friends. Just her job..and her husband that abuses her physically every day. She longs to escape but has pretty much just accepted that this is the way of life...unfortunately, her daily beatings are interfering with her work. She is late alot, sometimes bc she can hardly move to walk there, others because she had to stay and tend to his every need...either way, they fire her one day. She is absolutely horrified. What will Jackson say? He's going to kill her! She is in a wild panic and begins just running through the streets blindly... Enter dark sexy brooding vampire Sabastion. He is walking one night and this woman just blows past him..she has a look in her eye of absolute terror. So he follows suite, thnking maybe he can help, because surely someone must be chasing her. So anyways, they meet. Long story short, they are just kinda drawn to each other. He feels her pain and she feels his. He begins to follow her home every day. He witnesses the abuse..wonders why does she not leave?? But tells himself he can not interfere. One night he is watching as the hsband atte,pts to actually rape Serenity..he moves lightening fast and unseen and throws Jackson from her. Jackson hits his head and is bleeding. He swears someones in the room, someone grabbed him and threwhim. Serenity knows somehow...it was Sabastian. Jackson needs to go to the hospital bc of his head injury and answering Serenity's prayers, they decide to keep him over night for observation. She is thrilled to be without him. Sabastion just cant stay away from her and they begin seeing more of each other. In the meantime, Serenity can no longer take Jacksons abuse...one night she kills him as he comes at her..in the direct aftermath, still standing with the weapon in hand, Sabastian shows up. He smelled her fear...and the blood. He helps her, he rids of the body, gets rid of everything and tells her what to do. Then one nght Serenity is visited by a gorgeous and lethal female vampire..she threatens Serenity to stay away and that Sabastian is hers, and warns she saw what happen and she can make things very tricky for Serenity if she does not let him go... This was a great book and i could not wait to start the second one, which i am currently reading and it is great also..can not wait to see what happens!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book was a freebie on my Nook. I thought I would like it because it involves vampires, and I always love a good vampire story. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a good vampire story. Serenity, the main character, has been in an abusive marriage for ten years. Prior to meeting her husband she lived with an abusive stepfather. Being in her mind is incredibly annoying: half the time she is filled with thoughts that she hates her husband and can’t wait to leave, and the other half of the time thinking This book was a freebie on my Nook. I thought I would like it because it involves vampires, and I always love a good vampire story. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a good vampire story. Serenity, the main character, has been in an abusive marriage for ten years. Prior to meeting her husband she lived with an abusive stepfather. Being in her mind is incredibly annoying: half the time she is filled with thoughts that she hates her husband and can’t wait to leave, and the other half of the time thinking that she deserves every beating she gets. Soon she meets Sebastian, the incredible handsome vampire that she falls in love with immediately. This doesn’t really clear up her thinking, and she begins to waffle between thinking that she doesn’t want to be the kind of woman who always needs to be in the care of a man (stepfather to husband to Sebastian) and how she needs to be with Sebastian because she loves him SO MUCH! Sebastian also felt this insta-love, which makes even less sense considering that he is hundreds of years old. He states that what attracted him to her was her sadness and strength. Yup, her incredible strength. One of the things that really bothered me about this book is how Serenity is very preoccupied with her inability to have children. The topic comes up when you would least expect it, like when she compares her love for Sebastian to the love she has for the children she’s miscarried. And it keeps coming up, going so far as to say that life has no meaning for women who are unable to have children (very forward thinking, this book). Considering that she is, at times, able to acknowledge how screwed up her abusive relationship is, the fact that she wants nothing more than to bring children into it becomes quite sickening. By the end of the book she feels that she has developed the strength to help herself, but really all she does is rely on the help of the two men who have grown to care for her. One of these men has no idea the lethalness of the situation that he is walking into, and Serenity basically tricks her into providing a distraction and later hopes that he hasn’t gotten killed. How thoughtful! In the end, Serenity is so incredibly annoying that I just can’t drum up any sympathy for her.

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