Review & Giveaway – OMEGA by Susannah Sandlin

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TITLE: Omega
 Penton Legacy #3
  Susannah Sandlin
  Feb 5, 2013


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The bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton, Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat into the underground fortress of last resort: Omega. There, Will Ludlam is charged with the care of Penton’s humans, though he longs to fight alongside his vampire brethren. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal’s vicious leader, Will’s capture could doom the resistance. Yet he is determined to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father—and to former US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to fight a war. But as their enemies descend upon Omega, Will’s polished charm—and Randa’s guarded heart—finally give way to the warrior within. Fans of Susannah Sandlin’s Penton Legacy are sure to devour this long-awaited third installment of the steamy paranormal series.

**A review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**  



She-Wolf Review


It’s no secret that here, at She-Wolf Reads, there’s a lot of love for Susannah Sandlin (a.k.a. Suzanne Johnson) and her Penton Legacy series.  I’ve reviewed the first two books here and here, the author has guest posted here, and the latest book in the series, OMEGA, made my most anticipated reads for 2013 here.  There’s something about this community of vampires and their layered relationships, coupled with the tenuous future of Penton that keeps me coming back for more.  Sandlin originally announced this as a trilogy.  Let me say right now that I will start writing letters to the publisher to get more books in this series.  Yes, I like it that much. And this latest release, OMEGA, didn’t disappoint.


Some of the strongest and most original aspects of OMEGA are its two main male protagonists – Will and Cage.


His ego couldn’t deal with both his father and a woman with bigger balls than him. A man had to have limits.


Let’s start with Will.  In the second book, ABSOLUTION, when I got the sense that Will would be the featured character in the follow-up, I admit there was a part of me that may have been a little worried.  I bought into his image as an arrogant, cocky, reformed rich kid who, while smart and with a good heart, still came across as someone who lacked a certain depth.  That Sandlin is a tricky one.  The Will we discover in OMEGA is unlike any other vampire hero I’ve read in a PNR.  His arrogance masks insecurity and while he’s a strong male character, he’s not the overt alpha male we normally see in the genre.   This guy has serious issues and a past he’s trying to not let define him.  I love the depth Sandlin gave him, along with the very realistic coping mechanism of arrogance to hide insecurity.  I also loved that he’s paired with Randa, a Vet, who probably scares and intimidates the shit out of him, all the while not knowing she feels the same about him.  The tension is delicious and the coming together of the two is sweet, tender, and deserved.


One thing that sets OMEGA apart from the previous two books in the series is that there’s a good amount of time devoted to another character in addition to Will and Randa, the book’s central couple.  That character is Cage.  He got on my radar in ABSOLUTION and in OMEGA, Sandlin fleshes out his position in Penton and why he’s there.  Cage is interesting.  He has skills from his past in the military in addition to a unique profession that makes his insight into the Penton vampires probing and, at times, funny.  Cage also starts to have feelings for one of the Penton crew which opens up a romantic dilemma for the tight knit group.  While I did feel there were traces of insta-love, it didn’t matter.  The conflict it promises to create is going to be heartbreaking and I want to see where it goes.  But I won’t give details because it would be a major spoiler.  Suffice it to say that if we’re lucky enough to get another book, Cage will be a major player both in terms of the future of Penton and with regards to its romantic drama.


For series fans, rest assured Sandlin brings the overarching storyline of Penton’s relationship with the Tribunal to somewhat of a conclusion and by that I mean she goes ahead and opens up another storyline that is, well, very cool.  The potential for spinoff or continuation is ripe in OMEGA leaving me both satisfied and, honestly, rabid for more.


Now, be honest…a letter to the publisher…too much?


My Soulmate. May not be perfect, but it’s perfect for me.





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About the Author


Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night. A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch and the horror fantasy of Stephen King. (Um…it is fantasy, right?) The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana.


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48 Responses to “Review & Giveaway – OMEGA by Susannah Sandlin”

  1. Ana Death Duarte

    This series seem pretty cool, and from what you said in your review, this book can be perfect xD

    I am curious to read the series now

    Thanks for the giveaway =]

  2. miki

    I felt like you! yes the ending is enough and at teh same time we want more!!!!

    The publisher needs to hear us out ( now teh sentinels of new orleans must get more book too…. perhaps even before penton legacy series^^;;)

    fabulous books!

  3. Roger Simmons

    I am a big fan of The Penton Legacy series by Susannah Sandlin. Glad the book tour is of to a good start. Waiting patiently for the mailman to bring my copy of Omega, only 8 more days. Thanks for your review. A letter to the editor is not too much to do. But sales will probably be the main factor of influencing the publisher. We need to pass the word and help convince our friends to buy the book.

  4. Sandyg265

    I’ve read the series she writes as Susan Johnson but haven’t had a chance to try this one yet

  5. Michel Reinhard

    OMG…I cannot wait for this book. I just read Redemption and Absolution last week. I was blown away.This series was so well written, the ongoing plots dynamite, the characters were intriguing and well developed. I felt like this series was right up there with J R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breeds, and Lynn Veihl’s Darkyn series. I left very positive reviews on goodreads and amazon. I posted on facebook about the series. I feel like this series has so much potential to be so much more and I hope there are more books to come.

  6. Sullivan McPig

    I’m so jealous that you already read Omega. Im countingthe days til the release and for my pre-ordered copy to arrive.

  7. Tia

    This is new to me. Sounds really good. Thanks for introducing me to a new series.

  8. Timitra

    I have the first two books in this series, haven’t read them as yet though but I’m very excited to…thanks for the great review!

  9. elaing8

    Great review.Looking forward to reading this.

  10. Opal

    I’m determined to read this series this month. I know I’ll like it since we have such similar tastes. Awesome giveaweay. Thanks for holding it.

  11. Rachel

    This sounds great! I am loving the cover and can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway also!

  12. Barbara Elness

    I have the first book in this series but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. After reading your review I’m going to have to get right on that, as well as get my hands on the rest of the series.

  13. Braine

    Cool! I didn’t know this was one of her pen names! So happy to learn this. Great post, Lee, I’m not really into vamps but Ai might make an exception for her.

  14. Elizabeth

    I have been wanting to read this series since I ever first stumbled across your review of the first book. Gonna have to go out and buy the first one this weekend, it’s way past time or me to try this series out. Especially when I love many of the same books as the illustrious She-wolf

  15. Filia Oktarina

    WOW!! This series look greats and the cover book…..amazing!!
    Looking forward to reading this series.

  16. shannon Ginther

    You have definitely convinced me to pick up the first book .

  17. Liz Semkiu

    This is an awesome series! I can’t wait to read Omega. Thanks for the contest.

  18. Rachel at theJeepDiva

    I love this series. Thanks for the giveaway and here’s to many more books in this series.

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  19. annie wallace

    Thank you for the giveaway. I loved the movie and the first two books. 🙂

  20. Stacy O

    I love paranormal stuff and this sounds interesting.

    Thank you for the giveaway

  21. lynette

    this is a great giveaway, thank you. and this series looks great. i havent read it yet but i want to get into it

  22. Anne C

    I never had the pleasure of reading any books by Suzanne Johnson but you had made me very interested. Thank you for this post. 🙂

  23. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    Sounds like a great series. Love the cover! Vampire Tribunal! Crazy paranormal politics. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Paola

    This series seem like something I would really enjoy. Nice covers, thanks for the giveaway.

  25. DeeDee Griffin

    I have the first book in this series but haven’t had time to read it yet. I need to get to it soon!

  26. Dovile

    I can’t get enough of paranormal books. And thanks for the chance!

  27. Makaela

    The series sounds pretty great. Thanks for the giveaway, I will have to check out the first two books soon!