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The Companion (Companion #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  455 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
England, 1815: Ian Rufford was captured, enslaved, and then abandoned in the lonely dunes of Egypt's desert. His tormentor was a woman of magnificent beauty...and the blackest of souls. Now, Ian prays for a death that will not come. Only after his rescue does he begin to realize how he has changed. But he understands very little. Just that he is carrying something strange ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by St. Martin's (first published 2002)
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Jul 01, 2010 Adrienne rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-loan
Ok this had been lurking on my shelves for quite sometime when I happened upon a copy in the library. Too good to be true thought I and bagged it before some other historical romance lover made a grab for it. Anyway i'm so glad I did because it turned out to be a really enjoyable read.

The basic plot is Vampire queen seeks total domination, buys slaves to fuel her blood lust and other lusts as well, picks the wrong guy who will not weaken to her.After some serious torture both physical, sexual an
A Regency romance meets Gothic horror, a.k.a. not your mother's Regency's romance...

Our hero, Ian Rufford, is a diplomat who was captured by Barbary pirates and sold as a slave to an evil vampire queen, who tortured him in every possible way for two years (here is where I insert warning about some pretty explicit noncon). He had finally managed to escape her clutches only to find out that he's been made into a vampire himself. It is when he desperately tries to get to England, in the hope of fin
Feb 26, 2013 Julianna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical PNR Romance; Tortured Heroes; Bluestocking Heroines; Exotic Settings
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Since I hadn't heard much about Susan Squire's Companion series, I started out by reading The Gift, one of the short stories from an anthology, out of order. I enjoyed it very much, so I decided to start from the beginning. Between The Gift and now The Companion, I am very impressed with this new-to-me series. Not only is this my first historical vampire series, it also has some unique mythology and other elements. I loved the exotic North African settings, primarily the
Oct 19, 2011 chucklesthescot rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr, abandoned
Ian was captured by pirates and sold to a depraved and evil monster who tortured, abused him and then turned him into a creature of the night. Now he is a monster and decides to go and hide out in the streets of London. On the boat he meets Beth, who was following her dream tracking ancient cities and artifacts with her father in Africa until his sudden death meant she was being sent back to a dreary life in England. Their worlds collide placing them on a dangerous path.
I found this to be the t
Feb 21, 2008 Pamela rated it it was ok
I tried valiantly to read this book, but I absolutely could not get into it. I couldn't relate to the characters, the vampirism was odd, and the historical inaccuracies about Egyptology nearly made me break out in hives. I've been ranting about this to anyone who'll listen for the past couple of days, but unless the heroine was standing 20 feet underground, she couldn't have touched the Sphinx of Giza's paws in 1818, as it wasn't completely excavated until the 1920s. Hell, they didn't uncover it ...more
Gale Stanley
Jul 15, 2010 Gale Stanley rated it it was amazing
The first of Susan's books that I read and the one that made me a fan. I love her take on the vampire world.
May 08, 2012 Serena rated it it was ok
Primo volume della serie The Companion. Inizio subito dicendo che non mi è piaciuto molto. Soprattutto l’inizio risultava pensante e noioso. Racconta la storia di Ian Ruffold ,un uomo inglese che nel viaggio verso l’Africa,viene attaccato dai pirati,.fatto prigioniero e venduto come schiavo a Ashanti ,una donna misteriosa che lo renderà suo schiavo sessuale,Solo dopo due anni di prigionia Ian riuscirà a scappare con un segreto e una terribile maledizione. Ashanti è un vampiro ed è riuscita a tro ...more
May 09, 2013 Iza rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires, historical

It was a nice adventure story, but not much of a romance. I had the feeling that Beth and Ian fell in love, because it was convenient. It pissed me off that Beth was treated so poorly by everybody, because of her brown skin and short statue. Even Ian never told her that she was beautiful, never made her feel special. The romance between them was pretty boring and I couldn't feel love between them at all. Affection, maybe, but not strong love. The flashbacks were annoying and most of the
Camelia Skiba
Aug 26, 2014 Camelia Skiba rated it it was amazing
For as long as I remember I didn’t care much for vampires. Maybe because I grew up with them in the land of Dracula (for real). Maybe because a certain vampire totally blew it for me using his superpowers to stalk/watch/control his GF.
All of that changed when I began reading The Companion by Susan Squires and was introduced to Ian Rufford. Oh my! The more I read the more I wanted to find out about him. Tortured and damaged yet strong and with a sense of dignity, Ian managed to redeem for me the
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Das Cover passt eigentlich ganz gut zu dem Gesamteindruck des Buches: Wüste, dunkle Geheimnisse, am Horizont ein geheimnissvoller Mann, dessen eigenes Geheimnis noch dunkler ist, als sich das Elizabeth in ihren künsten Traumen je hatte vorstellen können.
Immer mal wieder schweift die Erzählerin zu der Vergangenheit Ians ab, zu seiner Zeit als Sklave bei dieser geheimnisvollen Frau.
Nach dem tod ihres Vaters muss sie zurück nach England, wo sie auf dem Schiff, welches sie dort hinbringt, auf Ian tr
Oct 29, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it
My actual rating is 3-1/2 stars.
I've had the advanced reading copy of this book and am just now getting to it. I wish I had read it sooner, it was great! I liked the tension between the hero and heroine and neither of them came across as TSTL. Although I did get a bit bored with the continuous reference to Beth's skin coloring...give me a break! Were they really so petty back then?? Anyway...
The basis of the story was new and rather inticing to someone like me who is interested in ancient Egy
Hmm, my feelings are mixed on this thus the 3 star review. I truly enjoyed the characters created by Ms Squires but the whole flashback style started to really get on my nerves. Plus that was a heck of a lot of italic type. I thought her characterisation was strong, although our hero soon became a little annoying in his mistrust of women, although fully understandable, it took him a hell of a long time to trust the heroine who couldn't have been more obvious in her feelings and trustworthiness. ...more
Sep 05, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

I loved this book, it's well written, the story is detailed and there is a depth to the characters that I related too. The book does have explicit scenes of torture and rape in it so if your squeamish about that sort of stuff this isn't for you, it's definitely 18 +. I've downloaded the next 5 books in this series so my reading is sorted for the next few months, God help my family lol
Jan 23, 2010 Jodi rated it liked it
Shelves: signed
I would have given this 3.5 stars if I could. It's a fascinatng take on vampire lore. What stopped it from being 4 stars was that the story was very slow and I never felt that Ian really recovered from the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Asharti, the vampire who accidentally made him. Ian Rufford had been taken from a ship and sold into slavery but he couldn't have envisioned what slavery to Asharti would entail. Beth Rochewell wants to remain in Africa after her father dies but the you ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Bron rated it really liked it
In The Companion, Vampires occur because of a master race that arrived on earth a long time ago and shared "the companion" with the humans- this is a blood component that attaches to the human blood cells and allows the humans to become stronger, of course at the expense of their diet and ability to withstand the sun.

This is the story of Elizabeth, who is being sent back to London when her father dies on an archaelogical dig in Egypt. On her trip home, she encounters a man that fascinates her,
Jun 15, 2016 Jisela rated it really liked it
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En conclusión, tenemos aquí una novela que engancha moderadamente, que aunque le faltó ser más explosiva y un poquito más romántica, está muy muy bien porque es diferente, original y muy muy atractiva. Con una mezcla entre romance vampírico e histórico llama la atención y no decepciona como muchas del género, definitivamente tengo ganas de leer más de la autora, y ahora que me doy cuenta de que hace parte de una serie, estoy muy contenta de poder disfrutar de ella. Tengo
Jul 31, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully engrossing book featuring a tormented hero, a spunky heroine and an evil that could destroy the world. What more could a reader want? The sexual tension between the hero and heroine is palpable from their first meeting. The plot moves along at a great pace, and the writing is top-notch. I'm not a fan of the Regency era, but Ms. Squires's fabulous story more than made up for any shortcomings inherent in the genre (like the dreadful ton, and everything that comes along with it). I'm ...more
I discovered this series and author through a couple of different anthologies. I really enjoyed to short stories in the anthologies, but this full length book was rather...long.

The story dragged on way too much, its a story that could have been told in half the number of pages. I am going to try the next book and hope that this one was just too full of setting up the world and the 'story' will move along like they did in the shorter versions.
Jul 21, 2010 Sharon rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-loan
Having difficulty with this book. The pace is a bit slow. I have put it down for a bit and will go back to it. NO No i gave up in the end and taken it back to the library. Dont let this put anyone off this book, i know people that loved it and went on to read the others in the series. It just wasnt for me, not sure why i just couldnt get with the characters.
Jul 19, 2015 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, historical
I'm very picky about my historical romances and this one just didn't make the cut. The author uses words that might be historically accurate but don't make much sense to me as a modern day reader. Also the religious tones were a little too much for me and the two characters were both so self loathing it was painful to read. Dnf
Oct 06, 2013 *TheWrittenWord*Mo rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, vampire, 2013
Not what I thought it would be, and since I kind off set my expectations high I can't rate it as high as it probably deserves.

Love the plotline and the characters and their backstories, which are well developed and keep you interested throughout the book. I was just expecting more heat, more seduction which came in the end, at the very end but otherwise the book was a really good read :D
Shawna Taylor
Mar 18, 2009 Shawna Taylor rated it it was amazing
This book was kind of a slow starter but once I got a little farther into the story it finally picked up & got really good! This is a different but quite interesting take on the vampire genre than what I've been reading lately - I'm really looking forward to the next books in the series!
Apr 09, 2012 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good regency historical romance featuring Ian, who is recently infected with The Companion (this novels version of the vampire ‘virus’) and Beth, who’s father has died, sending her back to England. Interesting premise. Look forward to the next book.
Mar 20, 2012 Jody rated it liked it
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Jenny Rebecca
Jan 03, 2008 Jenny Rebecca rated it liked it
I think I must have started reading this book a couple of years ago, then put it down. The beginning was really familiar. I read it all the way through this time, and I enjoyed it.
Dec 12, 2011 Evelyn rated it liked it
A lot of narrative in this book and took me a while to get into it. Toward the end I was really into it and was sorry it ended. Hang in there if you are struggling along, the book picks up.
Aug 24, 2014 Dahnya rated it really liked it
This may be a difficult book to get into for some, but if you like historical paranormal romances and can have patience to stick with the story, it does pick up and is overall very well written.
Sep 09, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
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Stephanie Williams
Aug 18, 2012 Stephanie Williams rated it it was amazing
I liked this book, it didn't take long to get to know all of the characters. And it wasn't long before i couldn't put the book down. I am looking forward to reading the next book
Mar 30, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
3.5-4 stars. A rip, roaring yarn. A cross between H. Rider Haggard's 'She' and a Regency romance with a touch of erotica to add some spice.
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Susan Squires is a NYT bestselling author known for breaking the rules of romance. Whatever her time period or subject, some element of the paranormal creeps in. She has won multiple contests for published novels and reviewer's choice awards. Publisher's Weekly named Body Electric one of the ten most influential mass market books and One with the Shadows a Best Book. Time for Eternity received a s ...more
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