Scott Prussing was born in New Jersey, attended college and graduate school in Connecticut, but was smart enough to move to beautiful San Diego as soon as he received his Master's degree in psychology from Yale University. In addition to writing, Scott enjoys hiking, riding his bicycle at the beach, movies and golf. He is one of the few remaining people in the United States without a cell phone.
on April 23, 2014 :
Breathless.....left me ... well Breathless! This is such an amazing read! I'm a huge twilight fan and vampires are a part of my list of literature that I love. I had the opportunity to read this book and I really enjoyed it. I loved his take on vampires and vampire hunters this was very different than your commonplace vampire story. The one toothed gratham was also super interesting. Scott is a master storyteller and paints a beautiful picture in your mind of his characters and of the places they interact. I loved the main character Lisa she was so amazing, flawed yet beautiful. I also have a soft spot for Callie she is so perky and loveable! I cried during the final confrontational scene. I don't want to spoil it other than to say WELL DONE! I love this story and I will be reading the rest of the series for sure!
(review of free book)
on Jan. 12, 2014 :
Growing up listening to her mother's claims to have been bitten by a one-fanged vampire, Leesa has been fascinated by vampires her whole life. Raised by her older brother in the face of their mother's inability, Leesa Nyland is devastated by his last message. Now eighteen, Leesa has followed her brother to Westland College to learn why he disappeared two years ago. She may have found a friend and ally in the person of her vampire sciences professor.
Leesa has a lot to learn and her most important lessons won't be found in a classroom. There is more to the world around her than she could have imagined. Vampires are real, her mother really was bitten by a one-fanged vampire and the two boys interested in her aren't human. Stefan de Kula, a member of the local vampire council, wants her for his consort. Rave Maston is a volkaane, a race of vampire hunters who live for centuries. Destiratu, the magical energy that causes both vampires and volkaanes to become more reckless and vicious is growing. If the energy becomes strong enough, the delicate balance that exists between vampires and volkaanes will be upset.
Rumors of blue fire, a strange community on the edge of town, a stranger claiming to be her father, and the possibility of a cure for her mother turn Leesa's world upside down. When she learns her brother is still alive and a captive of one of the local vampires, Leesa has to decide whether she is willing to pay the ultimate price for his freedom.
There was a lot to like about this book, not the least of which is a new twist on the well-known genre of vampire and vampire hunter. The author brought a fresh idea to the old idea of vampire hunters which created a lot of room for the plot to go in different directions. Introducing a magical energy, the destiratu, that causes both vampires and volkaanes to lose control and become much more aggressive was wonderful.
There were enough new ideas throughout the book to hold my interest all the way through. There were some problems that should have been caught either in beta reading or editing, but nothing severe enough to put me off the book or the series. Had the editing been better, I would have gladly given this book four stars. Overall, I enjoyed the book enough to pick up the next one in the series.
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 04, 2013 :
Thank you for this wonderful book. I enjoyed it very much.
(review of free book)
on July 30, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book. I like how the writer made Leesa beautiful but flawed. And that Rave was aware of her flaws. But found her so alluring just the same. I found the book an easy read and an excellent price for the quality. I wish there was more physical romance in the book. But think for teenagers, the content appropriate. It made me continue to read the sequel. So it was entertaining and original.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on July 27, 2012 :
I liked Breathless, though YA is not my usual genre. The myriad of ways writers have teens avoid sex is one of the reasons I generally avoid YA, basically because teens don't really avoid sex all that much. I thought the idea of volkaanes was interesting, but it mostly served as a way for Leesa to avoid even kissing her new love interest for the most part, though it did serve as a plot point.
Leesa's dilemna over how to save her brother when the time came was not actually spelled out until she told Rave, and that was a bit frustrating, kind of like when friends make intentionally vague posts on Facebook, fishing for us to ask them what's going on, so they can ramp up the drama.
The triangle with Leesa, Stefan and Rave was mostly told instead of shown and was frankly boring. Leesa was drawn to Stefan, but never interested in him romantically, which took the heat out of the love triangle and pretty much made it pointless.
While I did like Breathless, it was written much too simply and the end glossed over what happened to Leesa, so the resolution was much too easy and anti-climactic. Bradley magically recovered in a couple of days from months of captivity and everyone lived happily ever after, in the sunlight. Yay?
Anyway, I didn't like the story or the style of writing enough to want to read the next installment in this adventure.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on Feb. 07, 2012 :
OMG, I want more. Can I have one of those firey hot kisses please :D *Cough* Sorry I am suppose to be talking about the story, well it is one wild ride after another that's for sure. This is an outstanding Paranormal romance book :D I could not put it down even for a minute with out dreading it. Sexy vampires and vampire hunters, what more could a girl ask for, other than one of those firey kisses :D Hehehe, yeah I'm stuck on the kisses. Love this book so wish I had part two :D
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
on Jan. 13, 2012 :
As soon as I saw this ebook available for free by the author, I had to snatch it up! This is one of the books I wanted to read. While I have seen a few of the Twilight movies and only read about half of the book, I am really enjoying the paranormal genre. I originally thought that Breathless would be yet another carbon copy of Twilight. However, I am mistaken. Breathless is a completely different story, while it does have vampires, this story is very unique!
Breathless certainly left me breathless and wanting more. There is something about this book that made me want to savor ever page. I wasn't in a hurry to finish this book, but at the same time, I wanted to know the whole story. First, I admire that the characters are so diverse in appearance and personality. Each character is unique, which I found that I could relate to my own life.
Leesa is a college freshman who attends the same college as her older brother. She has another reason for wanting to attend the same college as her brother, she is there to investigate his disappearance. On her first day of college, she meets Cali and they quickly become friends. She and Cali also befriend Stacie and Caitlin. The four girls become fast friends and they each depend on each other with college and boys.
Leesa is quickly curious about Stefan and finds him mysterious. Then she meets Rave whom warns her about Stefan. Leesa quickly develops feelings for Rave. While developing friendships and a relationship, Leesa works to solve her brother's disappearance. She also wants to help her mother who was bitten by a one fanged vampire.
Leesa is willing to do anything for her family, friends, and Rave. Rave is willing to do anything he can to keep Leesa safe and help save her family.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Oct. 05, 2011 :
I found Breathless by Scott Prussing to be very entertaining. According to Rene Fountain, “Breathless breathes new life into the vampire genre.” I didn’t believe it possible with all the vampire novels that have been published over the last few years. But you know what? Rene Fountain was right!
I enjoyed Prussing’s character development and his descriptive style. You got a great sense of who and what the characters were all about without being bogged down by over description. I found myself totally immersed in the characters and the setting. It definitely took me back to my college days, except for one thing. I really wish my college had offered a vampire science class!
Breathless is full of passion, romance, danger, unique characters, (including a one fanged vampire) and plenty of action. What more could you ask for!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)