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Tall, Dark & Lonely.

Things are finally looking up for Madison. After years of scraping just to get by she lands her dream job and finally has a decent down payment for a house so she can move her brother and sister into a real home. It's too bad nothing ever goes the way it's supposed to. When the mother that abandoned them years ago suddenly shows up and moves them to
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Published December 15th 2010 by R.L. Mathewson (first published December 1st 2010)
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Lisa
Nov 09, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it

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Tall, Dark & Lonely is book one in R.L. Mathewson’s Pyte/Sentinel series. I loved this author’s Neighbors from Hell series and have been meaning to give this series a go. I am so glad that I took the plunge. While this is definitely not an overly complicated paranormal world that Ms. Mathewson has created, for me the romance between the hero and heroine was the main focus of the book and not the whole paranormal aspect. It’s a story about a lonely pyte who finally finds his reason for existe
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Akanksha❤ Søren♰
First things first, I LOVE CHRIS~ Like seriously, fuck me boy ;)
Pulled an all nighter for this, so damn worth it :D
THE BOOK WAS AH-MAZING, If you haven't read it yet.. please do so asap!!
The humor, the story, the drama and the sex, everything was EPIC ;)

Ok, So here goes..
Best prologue I've ever read, Appart from Walking Disaster

Hahaha, I find it absolutely adorable how Ephraim burps after he feeds on excessive blood :P
Loved him to bits and bits.. Such a sweet man, fuck! :')
I loved Madison charac
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♡Karlyn P♡
Warning: This book will make you squirm, laugh, vomit, gasp, swoon, and bang your head on hard objects.

3.5 stars. A campy, nutty, off-the-wall blood-lite vampire romance not recommended for the serious PNR lovers or those with delicate sensibilities.

I almost DNFd this one a half dozen times, but something about Ephraim and the weirdness of the story kept me reading. It was full of absurd plotting, a motley crew of nutty characters, all mixed with some off-the-wall world building. WTFery on near
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liirogue
Aug 25, 2014 liirogue rated it did not like it
Where do I begin? I really enjoyed the first part of the novel. I could identify with the heroine - young woman abandoned by her mother has to take care of her younger siblings while mom is screwing around. The whole family ends up moving in with the grandmother, who runs a boarding house. The young heroine, Madison, is determined not to be anything like her mother. She's hard working, chaste, and has a hard time trusting.

Things quickly go off the rails as far as plot and character. Madison dege
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Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
It's time to give up, this isn't going to get any better and even if it did, I'm so over the female mc. Someone said this was like sexed up Twilight, and it sorta is, but Twilight did it better. That's right, I said Twilight did it better. Twilight didn't annoy me and there was the excuse of it being a high school setting.

Why I'm kicking this book to the curb: the female mc. It's all her fault. She is one contrary and whinging bitch. Yeah, it sucks her mom is an irresponsible whore (fact), and
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JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
Loved every page of this book and didn't want it to end. I am so happy I decided to read a paranormal romance. It has gotten me back on the horse again. R.L. Mattewson is an excellent author and I would recommend this book as well as her others to everyone.
Blacky *Romance Addict*
I loved the Neighbors from Hell series, but this just didn't work for me :S It was interesting enough, but I didn't get caught in the story, or the main characters. I hope I'll read the other 2 books sometime later, maybe they'll be better.
Jae


I loved it. A light paranormal with a heavy dose of smexings, what not to love right? Ephraim just about melted me to puddles. He was such a sweet, sweet Pyte. Pytes are like vampires, they drink blood but they can walk in the daylight unlike the vampires. So, I would say that every vampire wanna be just like Ephraim.

I will definitely check out his son's, Chris book next. I felt all kinds of wrong for crushing on Chris. He was just sixteen here but he was very hilarious and I hope he will be a
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Annika
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Nah, didn't enjoy this one.

The heroine was such an inconsistent character. She started out so strong and likeable, but that didn't last long. In the end, I was just annoyed by her immaturity and stubbornness.
I liked the hero throughout most of the book, until he (view spoiler)
I hated
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Karla
Very enjoyable, very different PNR! I had one or two issues with the storyline, but other than that this is well-written and quite unique. Ephraim...wow, my goodness, did I love him or what?! Yeah, I LOVED him...big time. His tragic past made me hurt so bad for him, but now he has hope in this rag-tag family that invades his space at the boarding house he lives in. I liked Madison ALOT. She was protective, strong, quirky, funny and she had no hope at all when it came to her attraction for Ephrai ...more
Erika
At 25%. Stopping for now. For some reason, the story and writing feel choppy, scattered and awkward. The traumatic background of the hero and heroine call for emotion IMO, but the author injects weird humor into all of the potentially emotional moments, and it just isn't working for me right now. I may try again though, since most of my GR friends loved this.
edzkie♥§*.*§♥


I love Madison-Ephraim. I absolutely enjoy this book. Although this started harsh, brutal, cruel but I'm happy it turns out as entertaining, sizzling hot, heart-melting sweet. I love how their family bond together even if they are not related by blood. I like Chris, Joshua and the drama queen Jill. I also like the Grandma. I love the story telling, I love the uniqueness of the plot, kinda new from the vampire craze, but above all I just like how the author mold every character to have endearing
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
TALL,DARK AND LONELY was not only surprising but a very different read from Mathewson's usual plot line.

I found the characters to be light and humorous adding up to the story in there own unique way hence fitting into the plot seemlesly.

With that being said,initially when I started out I found the lead character,Ephraim,(pyte) resembed Stephanie Meyer's Edward Cullen,(in her debt novel Twilight) to a certain extent.

Now I'm not saying Ephraim and Edward are Twinies.NO.I mean other than the fac
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Circuit
Sep 06, 2012 Circuit rated it did not like it
I had it at 3 stars and as I kept on reading it, but it just kept on getting more and more senseless; until it hits its absolut low. There is something about a virgin turned nympho. She is also sooo modest it's almost patronizing. To fix that the author gives you a list of ridiculous things that really make this angel less than perfect. Except that list is composed of things like cheating while playing candyland (rolling my eyes here)

The male swoops in on a metaphorical white horse (i.e. check b
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Leslie
Oct 20, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it
This book actually caught me by surprise. The fact that it was a free download on Barnes & Noble didn't hurt either. However, since I have to base all my reviews on honesty, the cost of a book won't sway me either way.

This story begins in early 1800's London. "Ephraim," the story's hero, who also happens to be a 10 year old boy, is transforming into a vampire. After a month in a coma, Ephraim now looks like a fully grown man of 25. His family is stunned into disbelief only adding to the chao
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Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
May 02, 2013 Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie rated it it was amazing
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What a surprise this book was! Just reading the synopsis had me hooked. Tall, Dark & Lonely is one of the best PNR stories I’ve read in a while and Ephraim…


Ephraim:


Madison:

"For as long as you want me, Madison, I am your man."


Madison has been in charge of taking care of her siblings for most of her life. But now, she’s finally got a good job and is ready to give her brother and sister a better life.
Then their mother shows back up and a change of plans has them moving to New Hampshire wher
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Saly
Not her best work, there were things that grossed me out, like the mother and what she made the youngest daughter do, then even the whole hero & blood & menses thingy. I also didn't feel the world-building was explained properly, he says I am Pyte and there is that no explanation when in the ends some psycho decides it is time for a history lesson. Chris the sixteen year old was good.
The heroine spent most of time getting angry at the hero(for no good reason IMO). It ended up being an av
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Fre06 Begum
Jun 22, 2016 Fre06 Begum rated it liked it
Loved this!
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3 1/2 Bloodlust Stars




Tall, Dark & Lonely is the story of a young woman named Madison who has raised her two younger siblings most of her life, while her mother runs off with her newest low-life boyfriend leaving Madison to put herself through college while simultaneously having to take care of two kids.

However, when Madison's mom comes back demanding that they move to New Hampshire Madison doesn't have much of a say, and instead of leaving her siblings in the neglectful care of t
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AJ
Hmmm, not really what I was expecting.

I usually love anything PNR, but for me, this didn’t have the feel of a great PNR. The paranormal element wasn’t really explained, and was still unwinding in the final pages of the book. And there didn’t seem to be a strong storyline. There were lots of little tangents that go off for seemingly no purpose at all (view spoiler)
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Zeek
Apr 13, 2012 Zeek rated it did not like it
Ugh. as much as I liked the first one I read by this author, Playing for Keeps, I thought for sure i'd enjoy Tall, Dark & Lonely, considering it's paranormal and all.

Yeah not so much.

Scatter brained and srsly lacking in focus, I'm guessing this was her first attempt at writing? Anyway, I actually made it about 53% of the way in because I srsly loved the hero and to a lesser extent the heroine. But when the author went a total different direction for like the third time in the story- I threw
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Sivy
5 Amazing Stars

I love this book. R.L. is the master at making cry and then laugh at the same damn time. I love it.

“The second thing, Madison, is that I am head over heels in love with you”

“When this is all over and Chris is better, be prepared to have the spanking of a lifetime for not listening to me and scaring the hell out of me!”

“His expression softened. “Because I absolutely love and adore you, Madison.”

“I love you too, Ephraim. So much.” He took her mouth in a searing kiss.”
CC

I read this book awhile ago and remember liking it. Upon this re read, I still liked it overall but it definately was not perfect. I enjoyed the MCs (although the heroine did get annoying at times and the Hero could be too high handed) and felt there was strong chemistry but I am not sure why they loved each other. They really did not get to know each other and seemed to go from her being scared of him, to jumping into bed. Overall, this book had A LOT going on. There was world building and lots
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 B.E.Love
Nov 05, 2014 B.E.Love rated it it was amazing
**re-read**
LOVED IT(thats me singing with joy) I have always loved R.L. but held back on this series and then I decided that I was finally going to dig in and start this series. And boy am I kicking myself for waiting so long to read this book. R.L. Mathewson has a way with words that pulls you in and holds you till the last word of her books and this book is no exception. I could not put this book down I read till the words blurred together with exhaustion from staying up so late to read this b
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PJ
Audiobook Version

4 Stars

Everything you want in a good romance book:
--Strong dual POV. You gotta love getting in the head of a 'crushing hard on Madison' vamp.
--loads of great characters:
Madison--a beautiful, but unaware of it, feisty, independent HS teacher, raising her younger siblings, Jill and Joshua,
Ephraim--our brooding, reclusive, but lonely, 200+ year old vampire, who takes one whiff of the intoxicating virgin Madison and knows he's in big trouble.
Chris--a PITA and permanently on deten
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Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
I absolutely LOVED it!
A hot paranormal romance with a healthy dose of humour and a hilarious bunch of secondary characters.
Sans
May 11, 2012 Sans rated it it was ok
What in the actual fuck did I just read?
Tina Reber
Feb 02, 2012 Tina Reber rated it it was amazing
Another thoroughly enjoyable read by R.L. Mathewson! Ephraim was hot, grumpy, brooding, dangerous - everything you'd want in a gorgeous vampire who also is a cop. This again had everything from humor, suspense, to yummy adult sexual situations with a great supporting cast of well-defined secondary characters. I'm looking forward to reading Chris's story in this series. He had that quick sarcastic humor I love so much. This is a 4.5 stars read(minus a half star because unlike her novel, Perfectio ...more
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
Despite the typos, I love, love loved it! I've found that typos seems to plague ebooks despite fan-freaking-tastic writing. I will be reviewing this for my blog. Good stuff. I stayed away so long because the cover looks like a textbook, and being a nurse, if I never saw a textbook again for the rest of my life, it'd be too soon. But I think ther is a method to this author's madness, because you have zero preconceived notions. The plain cover bothers me less than th inaccurate ones. I could name ...more
Zakirrah BookBlogger
Feb 24, 2014 Zakirrah BookBlogger rated it really liked it
4 Bloody Stars!

After reading the synopsis I was like oh oh this is a book for me! I have only read one other R.L.Mathewson's book which is book 1 from the Neighbour from hell series called Playing for keeps which i loved! I know, I know just one other book *hangs head in shame* It is now on the top of my to-do list to get more books by this author read.



Tall, Dark & Lonely is book one in R.L. Mathewson’s Pyte/Sentinel series.I somehow got this notion that this was a funny book and would jus
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“They stared at each other for several long minutes hoping the other would give in. Finally she broke. “Fine, will you go in with me then?”

“Will it make you feel better?”

“Yes.”

“Sure thing. The worse thing that could happen is people will think you are carrying my baby. I’m sure it’s perfectly normal for a female teacher to be with her male student at a pharmacy in the middle of the day buying a pregnancy test. What could go wrong?” he asked wryly.”
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“What makes you think I did something?”
Chris snorted. “You’re the guy. Of course it’s your fault. Even when it’s not your fault, it’s your fault.”
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