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(Dark Horizons #1)

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“We can’t fight evolution, only ride it out and hope the ending is in our favor.” — Ryder Mattis

As a former Navy Seal, beating the odds is something Ryder excels at. However, the world has changed and his transformation into a vampire gives survival a whole new meaning. If that isn’t enough to ruin his life, a plague unleashes utter destruction on humanity. He knows he h
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Published May 14th 2019
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Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic blend of paranormal and post apocalyptic. I loved that it was vampires, demons, and more. We had some visits from the angels of the Eternally Mated series. From tears and chills to hot steamy parts, this was a great, intriguing read.
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Awesome Read, well written, great characters, Awesome story line, easy read to hold you on their journey, this genre might not be for everyone but its a really wonderful story cannot wait for more from this Author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ryder is doing his best to cope with trying to keep the surviving humans and his vampire brethren alive in a world that has turned upside down. He was one of the first vampires created by Aresenia when she was resurrected and that makes him stronger and with a few more bells and whistles than any of the other sired vampires by him or any others. Everyday he learns something new and that is not always a good thing.

Kayla is now alone in the world after burying her father her last living relative
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May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I know I saw this every time I read a paranormal but It’s my JAM!!! I love love love me some paranormal. I love shifters, vampires, demons, angels, and all the possible additi
Emily Pennington
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ryder, a Navy SEAL, returned from an overseas mission, only to be bitten by a beautiful woman, Arsenia. His new circumstances forced him to master his raging hunger. Getting that under control and adapting to his new life, Ryder now faced the devastation caused by the Red Death, a plague destroying people he knew and loved! The archangel Tegan and daughter Ashley, the Angel of Death, gave the vampires some extra protection against the plague by giving a little of their blood. But the humans were ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

The world as it had been is over, now they just need to find a way to survive this new existence. Ryder, a former Navy Seal, has found himself a vampire in this new world and leader to a group of survivors. He sets hard rules for those that follow him, but rules he feels need to be followed if they have a chance to survive. Kayla has lost her family to the plague ravaging the world, but a promise to her father
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This is the first book that I have read from this author and it will not be the last. This is the seventh book in the Eternally Mated series. I will have to go back and find the other ones and read them. The story about Ryder an ex Navy Seal who is trained to beat the odds, except everything has changed. The world is on the brink of destruction and he has been transformed into a vampire. There is a plague that has been unleashes to destroy humanity. Ryder makes it his mission ...more
Lisa Bing
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well written story full of action, danger and steam

This was quite an exciting read that really pulls at the heart strings the way a good post apocalyptic story should. That there are good vampires, rogue vampires and demons roaming around, too, just ups the ante ;) I found it a little hard to get a handle on Ryder, at first, but he has taken on the task of keeping as many people alive as possible. That much responsibility would have to twist up anyone's humour. Kayla, I totally connected with. S
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This may be a spin-off of the Eternal Mates Series but you don't need to have read that series to enjoy this book, I hadn't and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

I'm not normally a fan of Post Apocalyptic stories but I thought I would give this one a chance because of the paranormal romance element to the story. It has lots of surprises in store for the reader and had no trouble holding my attention. The Red Death has killed most of humanity. Ryder the hero of this story is a vampire doing whatever
Tara Heilman
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. Although this is a spin off from the Eternal Mates series, it's not necessary to read that first. But I do highly recommend it. A paranormal romance/post apocalyptic read full of surprises. Few have survived the Red Death. As one of the first made vampires, Ryder is doing what he can to save what is left of humanity. It's a hefty responsibility. Kayla is the only surviving member of her family. She promised her father she would go to Ryder for protection. When the two w ...more
Christine Karmelreads2665 W.
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New World

When I started reading this book I was not sure where the author was going with this story but having hung into the very end this book was FABULOUS.

If you like ex-military guys with the need to protect the world then this may be the book for you to read. If you love vampires, angels and demons then this is a definite must for you to read. If you like women with that something special then pick up this book.

What you will not read is a sappy sweet love story. You will get a fight for surv
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is truly a wonderful book. This is Ryder and Kayla's story. The way they meet jas her literally throwing rocks at him oh, she thinks he's an arrogant jerk. And she's not wrong. But unfortunately the life changes that have been thrown his way can be a little rough at first. But she has her own secrets to. Her father's last dying wish was that she find him and have him help her. So was the last note her father wrote She sets off a cross-country to find Ryder. she finds out he's a vampire and ...more
Deb Diem
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yikes!! Fasten your seatbelts for this one. Uprising by Valerie Twombly is so full of suspense you may leave finger grip marks on your e-reader. Ms. Twombly has created a world of plague, destruction, vampires and other beings. Kayla's father made her promise to find former Navy SEAL Ryder Mattis when he knew he was dying. After she buried her father she set off on her journey. Ryder is gathering those not sick to take them to a safe place. Kayla and Ryder's story is packed with drama, action, s ...more
Sharon Richmond
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uprising: Dark Horizons 1
By Valerie Twombly. 5 Stars*****

Daammm!!!! Freaking Loved This!!
Talk about being drawn into a story that, for those of us who do believe in the paranormal, heaven and hell, can envision something like this happening in this world.

Ryder, Kayla, Ace, Tira, Gordy with...
1. a slew of other vampires,
2. some survivors of the plague,
3. along with the Angel of death
4. and the son of Lucifer
will keep you engrossed in their fight to understand what their world is becoming.
I really
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Uprising: Dark Horizons 1 is Book 7 in the Externally Mated series by Valerie Twombly. This is Ryder (a former SEAL turned into a vampire) and Kayla's (a Red Death survivor) story. Love Ryder's way of looking at the world he now inhabits -- “We can’t fight evolution, only ride it out and hope the ending is in our favor.” It is exceptionally well written, the character development is awesome, and the world building is fantastic. The storyline is a unique take on vampirism. Valerie Twombly's prose ...more
That was the most intriguing take on vampires, angels, demons, shifters, and the apocalypse I have ever read. I enjoyed the heck out of it and plan to continue the spin off series, and go back and read the original from the beginning.

The characters were unique and the MCs had excellent chemistry and just enough of that love/ hate we all crave in our romance novels.

The pacing was good and there were enough twists to keep you engaged but not so many the plot was buried. If you are looking for a
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When the Red Death kills her family Kayla sets out to find Ryder as she promised her father.
Her father had told that once he was gone a victim of the Red Death the same as the rest of her family she was to head to Pittsburgh and find Ryder a man he knew from his time in the Navy and a man who was now a Vampire. She arrives just as the group of survivors he leads are leaving for New York seeking a new area where they can scavenge suppliers before moving to a safer location before winter sets in.
Kristine L.
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a spin off from the Eternal Mates Series. I've not read that series but as good as this was I will be going back to check them out. Post Apocalyptic and paranormal Romance has lots of surprises. It seems that the Red Death has killed most of humanity. As a vampire, Ryder is doing whatever he can do to help the humans and save the vampires. Kayla has lost everyone that she had ever loved and just wanted to join them in death but her fathers made her promise to live. This book really hooke ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Through her wonderfully descriptive writing this author brings to life a whole new world. This is the first time I have read anything by this author, and I have not read any of the previous books in the series, none of that mattered as I was still able to enjoy this book. This is a post-apocalyptic world where a plague killed a large number of humans and where vampires have the upper hand. Ryder is the hot alpha who is most prepared for this world and he likes his rules to be followed. Kayla is ...more
Caroline Doig
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow what an amazing story it has non stop action, suspense, intrigue, all different kinds of paranormals and so much more to keep you entertained and turning the pages. The world is a very different place the Red Death has nearly wiped out all of humanity there are some survivors and there are vampires. Ryder was a navy seal everything was a mess when he returned then he was bitten and now he is a vampire, Kayla makes a promise to her father who is dying of the Red Death to go and find Ryder and ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me just say I loved this book! The world building was amazing and the story was action packed and kept me turning the pages. I loved Ryder and Kayla they were both strong characters that not only had amazing chemistry but were perfect for eachother. The story was well written, had interesting characters and a well developed storyline. This is definitely a must read. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a re
Mary Burgess
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ryder is an ex-seal and a primordial vampire, which is a good combination when trying to deal with the devastation of the world. This devastation was caused by Morbus a demon, resulting in the the Red Death. Kayla is one of a few survivors of this plague and results in her being a hybrid of sorts. This storyline is different from most vampire/post apocalyptic stories and very interesting and attention holding. The characters are extremely well developed and are vibrant and vivid. Very good read! ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great story. I love that the author has combined a paranormal read with a post apocalyptic setting. Ryder and his men are trying to save humanity and Kayla is just trying to survive and needs Ryder's protection. These two characters are explosive together from their first meeting, their interactions are filled with drama, humor and unexpected attraction. This is an excellent start to this series. You get action, danger, suspense, twists, evil villains, a wide rage of supernatural creature ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the story. It is a different take on vampirism. The author laid out the world-building so that the reader is discovering things at the same time the characters are experiencing the changes - the challenges of being a vampire for Ryder, how surviving the Red Plague affected Kayla. The plot is very engaging. The chemistry between Ryder and Kayla is palpable. Would love to read more of the books in the series! [I received an advanced copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review ...more
Kim Cobb
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Ryder, a vampire, and Kayla, a survivor, story. Ryder is one of the original vampires, changed by the daughter of the Aztec King's daughter. Kayla is the daughter of a person whom Ryder worked with during the Navy Seals. Her father and rest of her family died of the plague. Learn how they and others are surviving the plague and all the other changes that are taking place in the world. This story continues the Eternally Mated series. I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one. ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Surviving as a SEAL, piece of cake! As a vampire, ummm Ryder, SEAL finds himself a vampire leading a group of survivors. Kayla seeks out Ryder's help. These two, instantly attracted by act out by butting heads. There are constant conflicts fighting to stay alive and build a new world. Ryder and Kayla find their strengths. They must navigate the knowns and the known unknowns. Fantastic start to a series. Ms Twombly creaes an amazing cast of characters. Will they succeed? Will they find their merg ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love steamy paranormal romance, you need to read this amazing book.
You have so many different paranormal that will keep you entertained for hours. There is non-stop action, intrigue suspense and just so much more. Here you will find Ryder (navy seal, bitten, now a vampire) Kayla (promises her father on his death bed she will find Ryder) my goodness what happens when these two meet is mind blowing.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this exciting read. I thought that the plot was suspenseful and intriguing. The story line was a entertaining blend of paranormal romance and post apocalyptic survival adventure. The characters were interesting and had great chemistry. It was very easy to like and root for Kayla and Ryder. I felt that this was a great book and a terrific start to this series. This is my independent, impartial review.
Chelsea Ortiz-Gonzalez
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want more!!!!!
Just. Whoa.
I think i might be too happy to come up with words that make sense.
Honestly, it 70% squealing, 25% giggles and 5% grinning like a weirdo.
Ryder and Kayla were perfect. Their chemistry was explosive.
The story kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
I am ready for next now.
I would highly recommend.
Happy reading!
Rating 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Brenda Moser
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written book with strong characters and an entertaining story line. The author does a great job bringing this paranormal romance between Kayla and Ryder and gives them a hot chemistry and the discovery of being mates. It's an exciting read , moves quickly and smoothly and had me hooked from start to finish reading. Highly recommend this book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given.
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