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Lash (Lash #1)

4.58  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Scarred from a childhood spent in perpetual indigence after being forced from their home in the Everglades, weresnake Trystan Valeras and his family make their way to the Case Hotel. When his wealthy gangster father arrives the summer he turns sixteen, Trystan’s dream of a better life, along with the lovely aristocrat Mara, is suddenly within his grasp. Instead of paradise ...more
Published April 2012 by Bradley Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Tara Hall
Apr 16, 2012 Tara Hall added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this...and I have to say, it is one of the best books I've ever done. :)

I'm also very pleased to post this review via Blog comment from the fabulous Cristina R:

Tara - Just wanted to give a shout-out to a fellow upstate NYer. I purchased "Lash: after reading your post (U for Unusual) - perfect since I've been on a shifter kick - and I LOVED IT! I love the whole notion of a were-snake. You imbued his tale with a wonderfully repitilian coldness, balanced by his human desire for the warmth o
Jenny Twist
Apr 17, 2012 Jenny Twist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trystan was born in the swamps of Florida. His family was fatherless and dirt poor. But he grew up to become Lash, a man to be reckoned with, a powerful force in the underworld and a merciless killer. This is the story of how he got there.....

This is Tara Fox Hall's first full-length novel and it is a delight. She has made the transition from short story to novel with consummate ease, creating powerful characters and a stirring plot.
The story takes place in a complex otherworld populated by wer
Everyone has a story – even a violent killer weresnake. Trystan is a young boy living with his mother and brother in the swamps of early 20th century America. Trying to make a better life for themselves the weresnake family move to work in a hotel and bit by bit life begins to improve. Trystan’s father who has been absent since before his birth finds them, and he is now very wealthy and prominent in society. With his new found wealth and status the girl Trystan loves agrees to marry him. Then ev ...more
May 24, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This story has everyhting: heartache, violence, revenge, romance, paranormal, etc. It starts when Trystan Valeras is 6 years old living with his weresnake mother and brother in a secluded swamp. Once they are forced to move and living among humans everything (good and bad) happens. Trystan goes through many emotions. He makes friends, finds love, reunited with family, loses people he cares more about then his own life. As this all falls onto his young shoulders he becomes Lash, a weresnake ...more
Lindsay Townsend
I loved 'Lash'. (Yes, the title is apt and makes sense.) I couldn't wait to get back to the novel as I was reading it. The story has everything - adventure, love, excitement, muscular prose and above all a hero I could fall in love with and happily follow through his tragic, moving story.

Lash is a were-snake and an assassin. He was born a were-snake but circumstances caused him to become an assassin, as he and his much-loved family are betrayed and hunted, over and over. The story is set in Proh
Tony-Paul Vissage
To say this is a good book is to make a vast understatement. I can’t think of many authors who could’ve hit upon the notion of a weresnake, or make the character of Lash both deadly and sympathetic at the same time. With a protagonist who should rightly be called a villain, one might consider it difficult to build a rapport but by having this told from Lash’s POV, the author has done just that. Take away the myth and magic and this is simply a tale of a boy from poverty, rising through the use ...more
Lisa Begin-kruysman
Really enjoyed this imaginative tale from a talented writer!
Rating Clarification: 4 / 5

Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating. This review expresses my honest opinions.

As a mostly-YA reader, I think it’s safe to say my stereotypical view of vampires and shapeshifters are of Robert Pattison and Taylor Lautner, or of Sam from Shiver, who personally I find creepy because he sneaks up as a wolf to watch nearly naked female crushes.

Um, yeah. Just kidding. NO.

In Lash however, sh
Stefanie Pristavu
Aug 19, 2012 Stefanie Pristavu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lash was something else. First off, don't let the rating fool you. I LOVED this book. So, before you hit me over the head hear me out:

What I liked about this book: Just about everything.

The idea was a really nice one, a breath of fresh air through all the paranormal stuff out there now.

Tryst, the hero was enjoyable to fallow around in his innocence, cruelty and low-morals. Even if he constantly lost his head and did bad things, I never got judgmental. I just thought it fit her personality, whi
Tori Ridgewood
Apr 16, 2012 Tori Ridgewood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely, shocking, involving, and truly remarkable -- Tryst / Lash, Hall’s weresnake protagonist, is a perfect anti-hero.  He does despicable things, commits crimes, atrocities, and murders, yet he shows absolute devotion to his family and those of his lovers who show him affection.  This book is, to me, a modern retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story, from the Beast's point of view.  Lash is incredibly human, in spite of his dislike for the species.  He tries to hide his despair and denies ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Brandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
It took me a few chapters to get a grasp on the point of view this story is told in. The main Character Trystan is basically telling his life story. He is a Weresnake, growing up in the swamps of Florida with his Mother and Brother and they are living in poverty. When their swamp is being taken over by Humans to build an amusement park they are force to move on and find a home somewhere else. The struggles this family goes through are heart wrenching, Tara Fox Hall has really created some charac ...more
Lynette Sofras
Jun 11, 2013 Lynette Sofras rated it it was amazing
I don't often read stories in the paranormal/fantasy genre but picked up this because I've enjoyed this writer's other works - and I'm so glad I did. The author drew me into her dark and sinister world from the start and kept me engrossed in it throughout. It's an intriguing underworld inhabited by all manner of were-creatures, vampires, demons, sorcerers, faeries and goblins all struggling to coexist as best they can in a diverse and fascinating era (1920s America).

Trystan 'Lash' Valeras may n
Jody Vitek
Jun 29, 2012 Jody Vitek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because I love Tara's PROMISE ME series and Lash is a character throughout the stories. With my interest in the PROMISE ME series and wanting to know more about Lash, I began reading but found it hard to get sucked into the story. After completing the EYE OF THE STORM, book 10 in the PROMISE ME series, I decided it was time to finish LASH and learn more about this character. If you're a PROMISE ME fan, you may want to read LASH, as you will gain a new insight as to who this ma ...more
May 12, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shifter
I really wonder why I got this book as I am deathly afraid of snakes but I don't think that it colored my feelings about the story.

The book was good but I kept wondering where the story was going. I felt like I was just drifting through Tryst's life. There really was no end to the story. It just stopped.

I do not know if I will read book 2. If I don't give a first book 4 stars, I usually don't go any further with the series.
Juliette Townsend
OH MY GOODNESS. This was such an intense book. I don't think I've ever read a novel where I felt this conflicted about the main character. Read the rest of this review here:
Tara Hall
Jul 29, 2012 Tara Hall added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-works
I wrote this book :) This is the print version, which I had to add so I could list a giveaway.
May 29, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this!
Jun 06, 2012 Linda marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-only
Kindle edition through BBB
Kaitlin Michelle
Nov 06, 2015 Kaitlin Michelle rated it really liked it
Received this book for free in exchange for an open and honest review.
Promise me was a spin-off of this book. This book is about Trystan (aka Lash), a weresnake (apparently there are all kinds of were creatures), and starts as Tryst as a child. This book is set in the 20s, during prohibition and the Great Depression. This book is full of action and violence. Even as a young child Tryst has an affinity for killing people. He finds out his father is a gangster and wants Tryst to join him i
Jenn rated it it was amazing
Aug 17, 2012
Tara Hall
Mar 09, 2013 Tara Hall added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-works
Added new version of Lash published by Double Dragon!
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Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Her first full-length action-adventure novel, Lash, published in April 2012. Her vampire series begins in ...more
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