Lash

Lash Series Book #1

Fiction - Paranormal
366 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2012
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Author Biography

Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Laura Carter for Readers' Favorite

Everyone has a story – even a violent killer Weresnake.Trystan is a young boy living with his mother and brother in the swamps of early 20th century America. Trying to make a better life for themselves the Weresnake family move to work in a hotel and bit by bit life begins to improve. Trystan’s father who has been absent since before his birth finds them, and he is now very wealthy and prominent in society. With his new found wealth and status the girl Trystan loves agrees to marry him. Then everything starts to go wrong. What we get is a heart-breaking story of what the loss of those you care for can do and the lengths one man will go to for revenge.

Tara Fox Hall has written a truly outstanding book. "Lash" is a surprisingly beautiful and emotional tale of heartbreak, loss, revenge and violence. Set in the early 20th century, the book interweaves the issues and prejudices of the time such as class, skin colour and the way women are treated, with an amazing tale of a man who is clearly desperate for love even if he himself doesn’t know it. The paranormal aspect of this book is incredible with a rich lore of the characters. Trystan is a lovable character despite some of the atrocities he commits. The pure love he shows his family and those that he cares for is beautiful, as is his perseverance no matter what struggles life throws at him. This is a truly remarkable book and a definite must read.

Lorraine Carey

"Lash" is a thrilling read from the jump as a young supernatural comes of age when he is thrust into the dark and gory side of the 1920’s Louisiana Underworld. Here shifters of all sorts and major Kingpins have control of the area. Lash is born into a traumatic shifter family where he is one with extraordinary powers and skills that enable him to track revenge on the creatures who kill his family. He must endure the Vampire Mafia, prostitution and gambling with even the most powerful figures from the underworld. He will become one of that most sought after killing machines at this time, and how he comes about to earn this power will leave you on the edge. The paranormal side of sex is steamy and comes with a twist. One that may even have you not wanting each scene to end. Lash is a kind-hearted soul who loves his family. However, fate has forced him over to the darker side of life. You will learn the dirty secrets of the south during this time as it is infested with the lust, rape and the desire for some demons to control even the most unwilling of souls.

Tara Fox Hall knows how to create real hard core fight scenes to sex scenes as her vivid descriptions take you to that very place in time. Lash is a likable character and you will find yourself rooting all along for him to come out of this alive. This is a high interest read for young adults, and also a broader audience. I found myself not being able to put each page down. Men will admire his strength and ruthlessness. And women will fantasize for the touch from this gentle but powerful creature. I can only hope Lash’s journey will continue on so that he may find the life he is owed.

Anne B.

"Lash" by Tara Fox Hall offers readers a great plot with a unique character. In this book Hall has created a shapeshifter were-snake. Let’s face it; most snakes have a bad reputation, so our sort of hero, Tryst, has the odds stacked against him from the beginning despite the fact that Tryst is a snake he has deep emotions. He has been hurt many times causing him to dislike humans. Lash is an unusual hero. Few authors would create a snake/assassin as their protagonist. While the thought of a snake makes my skin crawl and I certainly don’t want one to touch me, Lash is an exciting character. He is very devoted to his family, unassertive, and caring. The setting is the 1920s. When I think of the 20’s, I think of crime, mobs, prohibition and danger. In "Lash", Tryst is a mob assassin.

This book shows great depth in understanding human emotions. While the plot is definitely original it also has hints of a favorite fairy tale. If this was an older movie I could see James Dean as Lash. Think of a bad boy, poverty stricken with no way to go but up. "Lash" has it all: romance, paranormal, adventure, danger, and betrayal. Hall has included enough twists and turns to make it look like coils of a snake. One of the things I found unusual was Hall’s ability to write from the male perspective. That can be very difficult for females. However, Hall not only did it but she did it well as well.