First Sight (The Ivory Series, Book 1)

Rated 4.18/5 based on 11 reviews
Nicola Grainger is young, beautiful and gets whatever she wants. That is until she meets the deeply troubled Vaughan.
Vaughan is a 65 year old vampire who wants nothing more than to be human again. He loathes those who abuse the life they are given, the one he wishes he could lead.
The two enter a forbidden relationship that sees them thrust into a vampire turf war with Ulrich and his coven. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781476315829
About Melissa Crowe

I am from the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. In 2009 I started writing and now have a multitude of stories in various stages of completion. My love for paranormal started from a young age and I like to find interesting new creatures to create stories about. I have decided I no longer want to end up in the publishing companies slush pile and have decided to self publish.

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Review by: Christina Condy on Oct. 02, 2012 :
I received this book from the Author for my honest review.

In this book, we have a multitude of characters. Nicola is a strong and willful woman who is obviously looking for love in all the wrong places by going out to pubs and drinking herself sick. Then we have Vaughan a vampire who was made 65 years ago at the age of 22. The interaction between these characters happens fairly quickly and their “love” is almost instant, however I didn’t feel the bond as I do with other characters. The other characters in the book are interesting and the way they are written leaves a lot open for future stories regarding those particular characters. Ivan, Genni, Cassie, Bec even Justin all have a story to tell in some way. And I can honestly say I’d love to see more about them.

But back to this story, it is your classic, I’m a vampire, a monster you can’t love me story. Vaughan believes he is a beast; Nicola doesn’t care and loves him anyway. Pretty typical for Vampire books, right? Well not really, since we now have to add into the story the part that Nicola has been a feast for some vampires and has been bitten and drank from but has no memory. Then we add in a love triangle with the crazy vampire who “thinks” she is the one for Vaughan and it makes it more intriguing. Then we add in a vampire who is old, and I do mean OLD. And we have a major drama and mystery to unravel. Why is the coven in town and drinking but not killing? I had never heard of vampires being called a coven before I had always heard them referred to as a nest of vampires but coven works I suppose.

Oops rambling….

Back to my review… I believe that this book has all the necessary ingredients for a good story, and in this case a few books. I think that the story of a vampire wishing to be human is an old one but a good one and in this case it works. This story is NOT about a person changing for another person it’s a story about wanting to be something you’re not, in this case Vaughan does not want to be a vampire (can’t say I blame him though can you, I mean no sunrises or sunsets blah). The little twists and turns as they work out who is behind the coven who drank from Nicola is interesting. There was a bit of fluff and Bec and Nicola go out to various “uni parties or pubs” that I didn’t think was truly needed but it did give you a look at what Nicola’s life was like before meeting Vaughan and how she changes after meeting him.

I do hope that the author continues on with their story but also Ivan and Cassie’s story because I truly believe that one should be written as well. All in all I give this book a must read status… Do go out and purchase a copy for yourself because you will enjoy it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ren Flowers on Sep. 19, 2012 :
I thought this book was...well okay. It's a relatively quick and easy read. But to be honest I just really couldn't get into the story at all. I didn't really like the main character, Nicola at all. I couldn't really relate to her or her story line. This isn't a book I think I would read again. The story itself isn't horrible I just felt like it was rushed and missing something. I give it a 6 out of 10
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Yaz on Aug. 31, 2012 :
I liked this love story. It reminded me of Twilight so I was a little hesitant about it at the beginning. The female character (Nicola) is a young woman who enjoys partying and drinking. She then meets the love of her life, but he seems indifferent. The whole story revolves around these two characters and their love, and the challenges they have to face in order to be together. Nicola has an inner strength that made me like her. Nicola and her friend Bec seem to mature as the story evolved.

I think the story has a lot of potential. Since I am attracted to stories with suspense and drama, this story didn't leave me completely satisfied. I felt the story moved at a very fast pace. It had some action involved, but the drama seemed to get easily resolved. The characters fell in love at first sight, even though Vaughan resists and fights his feelings for Nicola. The problems they had to face got resolved pretty easily. It was a very straight forward story, which is consistent for a short novella like this one.

The copy I received had an excerpt of the next book of the series. I enjoyed reading it and it peaked my curiosity enough to give the second book of these series a chance. I liked the fact that the author's approach to solving this vampire/human love challenge is not typical.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Edinah on Aug. 30, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book. the story flowed and the writing was great. It felt like an everyday occurence which is great, but not so great at the same time. With the resistance Ivan and V (can't remeber how to spell his full name) I expected so much more action. And I expected so much from Nic's character.

Maybe the next one will 'quench my thirst'. I'm looking forward to reading it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: stina on Aug. 29, 2012 :
SYNPOSIS:  Nicola Grainger appears to have it all, is is young, beautiful and gets whatever she wants. That is until she meets the mysterious and troubled Vaughan.
Vaughan is a 65 year old vampire who wants nothing more then to be human again. He loathes those who abuse the life they are given, the one he wishes he could lead.
The two enter a forbidden relationship that sees them trust into the middle a vampire turf war with Ulrich and his rival coven. Loyalties are tested who will survive.

Review: I chose to review this book because vampires duh. I'm in love with them. So this book has a lot of exciting aspects to it. First a vampire love story is gonna catch the eye. There was action and suspence with both the war and the romance parts in the book. And it made you believe in love at first sight, which I believe in one-hundred percent.
Now with the whole everyone-is-drop-dead-gorgeous in the place thing should have given someone a clue, there are not that many beautiful people in one place with out one ugly ducklings. But all in all i found this book enjoyable.

So I give this Four****stars because it lackes realistic common sense. But that is all i found wrong with it. The story line was great.

QUOTES: My mouth went dry and I'm sure I stopped breathing. He was the most person i have ever seen. (Love at first sight)

My attention turned back to the bar. "He's perfect" I whispered and now heard the hammering of my erratic heartbeat in my ear.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Amy Softa on Aug. 29, 2012 :
First Sight is a well written vamp book, supposedly for the YA market (as tagged on Smashwords where I downloaded from), but the amount of drinking in the beginning of this book gives me pause about that. I do understand that it was based in Australia and the laws might be different there, but in the US legal drinking age is 21. The YA market is generally much younger than that (ages 12-18) and I wonder if the drinking sets a good example for that age group. This my main bone to pick with the book, other than that it is a great story. I also understand how the drinking and bar hopping is pivotal to the development of the story.

I must say that the book really didn't sink its teeth into me until around the middle then it didn't let go, I truly look forward to reading more and hope to meet more of the supporting cast of characters and learn their back stories. Much of the book reminded me of Twilight, the personality of the characters and the flow of the story. Not that that is bad because I enjoyed Twilight, but it really did feel familiar. Around half way the book started to separate itself from that and found its own identity. At first I didn't really care for Nicola, I thought she was shallow good looking party girl that cared for little in life than going out. I loved how she changed through the book and grew in character as the story progressed and her relationship with Vaughan developed. By the end of the book I had more respect for her and felt much more fondness for her. I liked Vaughan as well, although I still don't feel as if I know him very well, but I think that adds to his mystery and makes him so attractive. Of all the supporting roles I liked Ivan the most and would love to learn more about him and Cassie.

American readers should note that the Author is Australian and some of the terminology and slang might throw you for a loop for a bit, but not enough to affect your enjoyment of the book. Personally I enjoyed the dialect of the book and though it made it interesting.

For the first half of the book I though it was going to be only 3*, but once I finished I realized I wanted to read and really had enjoyed the story which bumped it up to 4*. Great job, thank you for the copy to review and I look forward to the next in the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Toni Hemion on Aug. 28, 2012 :
Well Melissa Crowe has done it again.. I simply loved this book! I have found a new Favorite Author!!!

I loved the characters, Nic and Vaughan you were just drawn too! There romance happend fast but why waste time right! I like how you could relate to some of the characters and there everyday lives.. When reading its like you are actually there! First Sight left you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next. This is a must read if you love vampires! I can't wait to find out what happens next!!!

I do hope to see more from Ivan,Gerri,and the rest of the coven!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Vazquezanzua on Aug. 27, 2012 :
OMG!!! This story was amazingly written. I was absolutely drawn in from the beginning. I loved the romance between Nicola and Vaughan awww!! The way the author made you wait for them to hook up was awesome! I was on the edge of my seat! I was like come on you have to like her!! lol I also loved the other characters. Bec, Nicola’s BFF, was not one of those weak and whiny characters. Bec did get herself in some trouble at the beginning but she did learn her lesson very fast. I loved that about her. Also I loved that Vaughan’s coven each had a different attitude about dating humans. And when Anna was thanking Nicola she still stayed with her beliefs about the human/vampire relationships. I have to say that I just love that it’s set in Australia. I think that adds to the story even more. I would recommend this book to all vampire lovers and anyone else that wants a great read!!! And I can’t wait for the next books in this series!!!!
Note: This book was given to me from the author (through goodreads.com) in exchange for my honest review. There was no monetary compensation for my review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Vazquezanzua on Aug. 27, 2012 :
OMG!!! This story was amazingly written. I was absolutely drawn in from the beginning. I loved the romance between Nicola and Vaughan awww!! The way the author made you wait for them to hook up was awesome! I was on the edge of my seat! I was like come on you have to like her!! lol I also loved the other characters. Bec, Nicola’s BFF, was not one of those weak and whiny characters. Bec did get herself in some trouble at the beginning but she did learn her lesson very fast. I loved that about her. Also I loved that Vaughan’s coven each had a different attitude about dating humans. And when Anna was thanking Nicola she still stayed with her beliefs about the human/vampire relationships. I have to say that I just love that it’s set in Australia. I think that adds to the story even more. I would recommend this book to all vampire lovers and anyone else that wants a great read!!! And I can’t wait for the next books in this series!!!!
Note: This book was given to me from the author (through goodreads.com) in exchange for my honest review. There was no monetary compensation for my review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Burt on Aug. 26, 2012 :
I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

Writing: The writing was good. With some Indie books you can run into a problem where there is lots of bad grammar, bad spelling and confusing sentence structure. Not the case with this book.

Plot: Entertaining and moves at a good pace. I did wish there was more courting between the two main characters. They've got that I-just-saw-you-but-my-heart-beats-only-for-you thing. Which I don't dislike necessarily but a bit more getting to know you in the beginning would have been nice.

Characters: Nicola is a party girl who seems to find trouble every where she goes. I like her straight forward attitude. Vaughan's got a little "Edward Cullen" in his personality. He refers to himself as a "monster" on occasion and thinks Nicola would be better without him. The supporting characters are good. I hope in book two we learn even more about them.

Altogether an enjoyable fast read. P.s A sneak peak for book two was included at the end. It looks like it might be even better than book one. I like the way the plot was headed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: angelwings03 on July 24, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. Was a great read and I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to see what the next installment in the series brings for Nicola and Vaughan
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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