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Summary

Once upon a time, humankind ruled the world while lycans and vampires lived in secret.

This is no longer that time.

Willow

Run, run, run!

They're chasing me, even into my dreams. And when I awake, I see him. Striking blue eyes with a hint of the devil inside. He's my savior and my worst nightmare combined. Because he owns me. He found me. He saved me.

But I don't want to be owned. I want to be free. Even if it kills me.

Ryder

I needed a diversion, a plaything, something to distract me from this perpetual boredom. And she appeared as if the Almighty above had heard my prayers. Or, more accurately, the devil. Because I'm not a good man. Humanity died inside me long ago. It was what I needed to survive.

But she's such a pretty little thing. I think I'll keep her and make her mine. At least for a little while. Humans are so fragile, after all.

Welcome to Ryder Region.

It might not be mine yet, but it will be soon.

For I haven't lived this long by playing nice.

I prefer to bite.

©2020 Lexi C. Foss (P)2020 Lexi C. Foss

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Rebel who finds his cause. I loved this!

Not only does this book look fabulous on the outside, it is brilliant on the inside. That cover...phew!! It depicts Ryder perfectly, mysterious, deadly and sexy as hell! I read and loved Rebel Bitten a while back, but listening to the audio version has given it extra life. Told in dual pov, both narrators were excellent, very expressive. I've heard both before in some of the authors other series, but I have to say, Kale Williams was spot on with Ryder, exactly how I imagined him. Ryder, what can you say about him. He's a man of action and little emotion, one of the oldest vampires. Ruthless, calculating, cold, powerful, commanding, dominant - a recluse who never does what's expected. He's not been idle though whilst in his self imposed exile, he's been building a fortress and watching. Now he's out in the open, a newly appointed royal, but a rule breaker, a rebel.  He sees the huge fundamental flaws and the evil cruelty of the current system and is determined to dismantle it piece by piece. This man is seriously hot, one of my favourite male characters in Lexi C Foss's vast array of worlds. Humans in this dark, brutal world are worthless, dispensable cattle and are classed as nothing but food and playthings. Ryder knows their importance though, afterall vampires can't survive without them. When an injured, dying, beautiful human woman stumbles onto his territory, he sees a fire in her that has all but disappeared from most humans.  He's intrigued, so he does the unexpected and saves her life with his blood. I loved these two, Ryder refusing to toe the line in Queen Lilith's new world of the blood alliance. He had compassion beneath his hard exterior, even though took him a while to admit it, with the help of his feisty pet!  Willow was confused as to why Ryder as a royal was so complex and completely different to everything she'd been taught. She was a strong willed survivor and hadn't been broken despite the hell she'd been through and slowly their connection and super hot chemistry brought each other back to life, with a few fangtastic twists along the way. This world is intense, harsh, savage and bloodthirsty at times but always there is that chink of light and hope that not everyone complies with the system.  It's full of darkness, suspense, intrigue, twists, turns, steamy hot passion and a compelling plot. I love this series, the rebellion has started and I can't wait for happens next.

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Wonderful! great Narration

I'm still processing everything that happened, I can't believe that I finished it in one sitting, just 1 day. But it was really good, really, really good, and with a fabulous narration that makes it a thousand times better. Ryder wasn't at all what I was expecting him to be, from what I have gathered from the past book I had created myself an idea of how he was going to be. Well, my assumptions were wrong, he's so much more than what meets the eye, and I loved him, he's just amazing. Willow... You rock girl!!! You did the unexpected and I am so amazed by it. I cannot say more without spoiling it. This books just keep getting better and better, and I need Kingly Bitten "pronto" now, I am going to die knowing, who, what comes next. As for the narration, just perfection. Kale Williams was so perfect as Ryder, his voice so emotionless, "flat", bored, just so perfect for Ryder. And Sarah Puckett was just as great for Willow. Honestly these pair never disappoints. 🎧PFP ALC Review Team 🎧 (

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  • LyricalRain
  • 28-10-20

Absolutely ❤️ this series

Ryder is said to be an antisocial type of independent thinking, rough around the edges vampire. One of the oldest. He doesn't really care for abiding by the rules of a baby vampire when it doesn't suit him. The description of him in the previous book is accurate. Willow is stronger than most. Her will to survive is the only thing that saves her at the farm. Being able to talk to her two friends during "University" was a lifeline for her and only adds to the strength of all three characters. What she has to endure brings out the fight in her. Loved the action in the book as well as the romance.

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  • Sandi
  • 26-10-20

Action packed and scorching hot!

Rebel indeed! Ryder and Willow are a force to be reckoned with, for each other, and for those who come after them. After she escapes a brutal breeding camp barely alive, Ryder decides to help Willow when her fighting spirit intrigues him. Ryder is not your typical vampire royal. He essentially despises this new world order created by Lilith, and has spent the last century as a recluse, avoiding the outside world as much as possible. Willow, as a human, had hoped to become a vigil, but is sent instead to the breeding camps, where she fought daily for her life. The relationship between them at first is very much a master/plaything type dynamic, as they tiptoe around each other trying to figure out what’s between them. As things progress, sparks ignite, and the passion is infernal. Ryder finds himself wanting something he never thought he would and Willow finds herself wanting something she never thought she should. The story here is full of action. Ryder has piqued the ire of Lilith by claiming territory and not bothering to follow her rules, and the other royals are out for his blood because they want the territory he claimed. Ryder is one of the oldest vampires alive, and has the battle and strategic prowess to match. His best friend, and only progeny, Damien, is his perfect compliment. Their camaraderie is fantastic, the back and forth jabs and snark, as well as the respect and consideration for each other is fantastic. As the female lead, Willow isn’t a shrinking violet. She can pack a serious punch and stands her own ground as she finds her feet in their dynamic relationship. A force to be reckoned with, especially towards the final climactic confrontation. There are so many other aspects that make this story fantastic, and they are often the little touches. Ryder’s interactions with the AI are hysterical, and his conversations and attitude with Lilith are priceless. These little things pull the story together so much better and make it that much more fun to indulge. And the narrators! Oh my goodness, the narrators. They are fantastic. Sarah has essentially become the brand female voice for this author, and Kale is quickly becoming my favorite male voice in her stories. They bring these stories to a whole new level with life and emotion, and make the book that much more enjoyable.

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  • Mommyneedsabook
  • 05-11-20

Oh well that was lovely.

If you not heard or read the previous books in this series stop and go do that. You'll need all of them to properly enjoy this. I've read Rebel Bitten, it was phenomenal in my own head but to hear Ryder and Willow's story told by Kale and Sarah brings a new feeling to this epic journey. I've had so many audio books where the authors just picked whoever was the cheapest and you can tell because the quality of narration shows. But Kale and Sarah do justice to Ryder and Willow.

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  • Amber
  • 03-11-20

Amazing story as always with Lexi C. Foss's books!

I love Ryder *sigh*...he is one of my favorites. I love does he is the rule breaker who does not fall in line with society. Willow is an amazing character too. All her life she fought and she does not stop no matter what she goes through. I am never disappointed with Lexi's. I get suck into the book and never what to leave. The characters are always so strong and lovable. I cant say enough about Sarah and Kale. They are fabulous narrators! They bring such heart, personality, and love to the characters. I could listen to them all day!

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  • Chatsworth Buying
  • 29-10-20

Lovedddd It!!

Ok, Hands down this is my favorite of the series! I loved Ryder and Willow. Not only for their intense chemistry from the start, but a lot happens in this book that makes it the turning point for the series. We get to see other characters from previous books as well, which I love. Kale and Sarah do an amazing job narrating. If you haven’t started this series yet, WTF are you waiting for, do it now! Have fun!

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  • Katilicus
  • 29-10-20

Lexi, Kale and Sarah at their absolute best

Welcome back to the Blood Alliance where vampires are Kings, Lycans dominate, and humans are chattel and cattle. Be careful: everyone bites. This novel has absolutely everything that I could ask for in a dark dystopian future: heartbreak, pain, bad ass alphas, with females that bite back, not to mention a real level of sensuality that makes the entire tale all the sweeter. With that said: Ryder offers warnings up front and I sincerely hope that people read those with caution. There are plenty of triggers here, but Lexi is able to weave them in in such a way that they do not detract from the story or linger in the minds of the reader. This story truly revolves are our hero: Ryder. With a name like this, you just know he is going to be a powerful force of reckoning, and he absolutely does not disappoint. He is unapologetically ruthless, a mastermind for innovation, and a master of conscience. He is never afraid to make his positions known, and is very much an ends justify the means kind of character, which is where our Heroine, Willow, briefly mentioned in previous novels comes into play. Rather than become a weakness, he crafts Willow into being his greatest strength. Willow is from the first scene a woman who knows she is destined for more. She would rather die in a fight than live in a world where she is less than she should be, and it truly shows. She is one of those characters that you cannot help routing for, and Ryder's perfect compliment in every single way. While she arguably goes through the biggest set of changes in the story, she is truly a supporting character to Ryder's epic undertaking, which makes this all the more amazing. I've said this in previous reviews, but this series truly revolves around its males despite having seriously amazing females to accompany. However, Lexi is able to navigate this dynamic without making anything every feel truly patronizing and domineering (well, except the bedroom, wink wink nudge nudge). It's a tight rope to walk having the main storyline hinge predominantly on the actions of the heroes without making the heroines seem weak or somehow secondary, which is far from the case in this one. Willow is in every way Ryder's equal, and it shows, giving us some of the sensual and real moments the series has delivered to date. Lexi also takes the time to give us a real secondary relationship that blows me out of the water. The relationship between Ryder and Damien is entirely real, bringing some of the much needed comedy to an otherwise dark tale. I think of all the scenes I highlighted on my kindle, their banter is probably the most prevalent. Like Willow, Damien is a critical counter balance to Ryder and is an absolute force that is needed throughout. Really, this relationship makes much of the book, and I cannot imagine Ryder without Damien. Now I cannot end this review without discussing the audio book: which is one heckuva ride. Kale and Sarah absolutely do it again, and in the most dynamic way so far. Kale Williams is an amazing addition to any story: having a wide range of vocal talents that make every single character unique and their voices believable. There are no accents that make me cringe, or charcters that sound alike. Even without the text to mention who is speaking, you can always tell who it is, and also what they're trying to express. Beyond just a vocal range there is an emotional range that is so incredibly rare in audio book narration that truly makes you feel like the character is narrating to you in real time. Without spoiling anything, there is a scene in here where Kale truly makes you feel like the character is suffering: not just through words but through their actual speech and thoughts, adding much needed pauses and breaks as if the character were actually thinking the story. With potentially the exception of Kale's performance as Issac Wakefield in Angel Bonds (another Lexi C. Foss title from the Immortal Curse series), this is truly the greatest performance I have heard from him to date, moments bringing me to actual tears. Sarah Puckett is an absolute staple in paranormal series. I find myself missing her when I listen to a series where the heroine is in a certain age group (20s-30s) because she truly bring the characters to life with voices that just make sense. She makes every female character different, and can pull off the full gamut of emotions that come through her voice beautifully. The way she can make her voice quiver when there is suffering, and make her characters truly come alive during the uh...more sensual moments truly shows her range. There is also nothing cringeworthy about her performance during the more sensual scenes, making the emersion in the fantasy complete. The production value on this is absolutely spot on, with no noticeable guffaws in editing or errors in reading. Lexi's team has done an amazing job at making sure that Kale and Sarah truly shine in this one, and that the characters come to life and bring the listener into the world of the Blood Alliance. Everything about this book is a 5/5. **I received a complimentary copy of the audio book only in exchange for a completely honest review. All views on this book and the accompanying audiobook are entirely my own.**

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  • Sarah
  • 15-11-20

Great voice actors

I’m usually not one for audio books but this one is the exception. I love how the story was told. Will definitely listen to more.

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  • ToastyGirl
  • 06-11-20

Ryder, Ryder, Ryder

Another great addition to the series!!! I absolutely love this world Lexi has created. I already can’t wait for the next book. Hoping it’s Jace’s book next. The narration was impeccable in this. Kale & Sarah are just so flawless. They know exactly how to bring Lexi’s work to life. Thanks so much for making your books into audio form.

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  • The Book Madame
  • 05-11-20

The build up is worth it

If you’ve already listened to the other books in this series, you know the build up Ms Foss does with each character. Personally, this is my favorite one but I claimed Ryder in the whole 5 mins he was in Regally Bitten. Anyways, back to the build up, each character (the Hero and Heroine) have evolved and gotten stronger with each book. Everything about this book was...ugghhhh sooo good! Definitely read the book leading up to this one on the series to fully enjoy everything about this book. P.S. Ryder is mine (it’s in print so it’s fact lol) and he is the best

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  • Joyffree
  • 30-10-20

Howling Bloody Good Read!

I couldn't resist 🙈 the pun I previously read this but listening to it? this is one of this series that contains all the ingredients necessary to craft a memorable paranormal experience You will lol - I'm not kidding you will experience anger, frustration, fear, hope and love You will be a part of their story not just an observer watching it unfold great narrator's solid storyline and a collection of characters that will stay with you looking past the closing credits on my phone full review to follow