Review: Laney by Joann I. Martin Sowles

Laney by Joann I. Martin Sowles (The Brookehaven Vampires #1)

Book description (from Goodreads) –

In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…


When Laney meets the new student at college, Oliver, her life is forever changed. Falling more in love with Oliver everyday, she knows that it is he, who she wants to spend her life with. When Oliver reveals a secret about himself and his family, Laney knows that it doesn’t matter. She loves him, and that is all she cares about. But is love enough to keep Laney safe? Oliver’s family has enemies – very dangerous enemies, who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

When Laney’s life is put at risk, Oliver knows he will have to face the enemies of his family to protect her. But why does Oliver’s family have such a powerful enemy and why does Oliver’s sister dislike Laney so much?


I first read Laney last year and loved it. It is one of those books where you find yourself turning the pages eagerly, wanting to know what happens next. One of my favourite things about this novel is how the relationship between Oliver and Laney develops. As soon as they meet each other there is a connection between them but the relationship doesn’t develop too quickly. Laney and Oliver are friends first before they become a couple, and it is really enjoyable to see their relationship grow and strengthen.

As well as there being many paranormal elements to the story, there are also many realistic moments woven through out, such as family, friendship and school. Author Joann Martin Sowles, balances the supernatural with realism very well, making it very easy for the reader to connect with the characters. It was really easy to understand them, how they were thinking, and why they made the decisions they did.

Laney is a very likeable character, and there were times when I found myself laughing, because some of the things that Laney says to herself are just so funny. Oliver and Laney care very deeply for each other and there are so many romantic moments between them making this a fantastic novel for anyone that loves romance.

Another aspect of the novel that I loved was that the secondary characters add to the story. They are not hidden away in the background. They have their own stories to tell. I was intrigued by Oliver’s sister and why she had taken such a dislike to Laney and there were quite a few times during the novel where I found myself coming up with theories: I was wondering – does that mean something? Is that just a coincidence? I can’t wait to read the sequel to see if any of my theories are correct.

Laney is an amazing paranormal/supernatural romance novel that I highly recommend for all lovers of paranormal romance.



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