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Khalida is a five thousand year old vampire. As technology and national security become more prominent, it becomes harder and harder for her to hide her secret from the world. In order to remain undetected by humans, she creates a network of people whose only job is to hide her identity. But these aren't just any group of people. They are the best of the best, brought to hKhalida is a five thousand year old vampire. As technology and national security become more prominent, it becomes harder and harder for her to hide her secret from the world. In order to remain undetected by humans, she creates a network of people whose only job is to hide her identity. But these aren't just any group of people. They are the best of the best, brought to her by chance; tied to her by a bond stronger than any she's ever known before. Being discovered by the human world isn't Khalida's only concern, however. She has made enemies in the vampire world. When she makes a mistake that exposes her to those who want to take revenge on her, she is tossed into a whirlwind of death and destruction. She has to find out who is killing the humans who have become her family, and save those who remain. Khalida has spent her entire life trying to protect the people she loves, but ultimately, she will have to decide between the ghosts of her past and the people who have put their lives on the line for her. Her decision may haunt her for the rest of her life....

Title : reining in
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ISBN : 8496157
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Number of Pages : 252 Pages
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reining in Reviews

  • Once Upon a Twilight
    2019-02-26 19:54

    This is the 1st book of a trilogy and it is a good start. This is not a typical vampire book, the main character is a very old (5000 years) vampire locked in a body of a very young (19 years) girl. She is sensitive, caring and very emotional for her human friends and followers and this, even being very strong, put her in very dangerous situation. In order to adapt to the new world she created a network of very loyal people, that help her stay under the radar from her enemies. The secret that she has carried for years, comes back to haunt her creating a very explosive and sensitive situation for herself and all her close people. It is a fast read but it doesn’t feel rushed, it keeps you on the edge to the end. This book can be the door opener for other series expanding from a couple of interesting characters in the story. I will definitely be reading the next chapter in the link:

  • Charlene
    2019-03-10 13:48

    The description of this book really caught my attention and I was excited about starting it. Now I'm kicking myself for actually finishing it. It's time I can never get back.Khallie is the weakest vampire I've ever read. How can a 5000 year old vampire get labeled like that? Because she is totally spineless! After reading so many paranormal romance books, it's very difficult for me to accept an author who makes the heroine such a weakling. We expect more of our heroines and the author should have known that. And she wasn't even a very like-able character. The grammar was less than ideal and I felt like there were pages missing. The continuity and flow of the storyline was all over the place. I can't even tell you how many times I wanted to put this book down and never pick it up again, but I kept thinking that the book was going to turn around to equal the description. Needless to say, it didn't.So, why is it getting even one star? I'm giving it a star for originality.

  • Imogen Rose
    2019-02-23 13:26

    REINING IN is an entertaining vampire story about love, romance and friendship. The story is seen through the eyes of Khalida, a five-thousand-year-old vampire stuck in a nineteen-year-old’s body. Imagine five thousand years on earth; then imagine being hunted for all that time by another vampire. Khalida has not had an easy time, but here in the 21st century, she has managed to find some stability by setting up a group of hand-selected individuals to protect her. However, an unfortunate event unscrambles her carefully constructed network and she is forced to make some hard decisions. I was immediately drawn into Author Dawn Judd’s story. The story is delivered in the engaging voice of Khalida. This is a fast paced story with well-fleshed characters. There is never a dull moment. This story will appeal to teens and adults alike. The story ends leaving the reader wanting more. I can’t wait to read the sequel, FINDING HOPE!

  • Richard Jackson
    2019-02-24 13:48

    I have a love/hate relationship with books featuring vampires. Some focus on aspects I’m not fond of or feel like carbon copies of other books and stories. Very few have the right mix of things to draw me in. Reining In (The Network) does just that.The main character Khalida isn’t your typical vampire. She is a creature of emotion and secrets, one who feels all too human. Her personality and her novel approach to living in a human dominated world are two of the things that drew me to the book. Like Khalida, the other characters in the book are fleshed out. Each one has their own motivations and secrets which play a part in the story.As a whole, the story is enjoyable. There are a few twists and turns as you learn more about Khalida and her current situation. The author is able to impart a sense of urgency without rushing the plot.The author could have added a little bit more information about the vampires of her world. This didn’t hurt the story or my enjoyment.

  • Alicia
    2019-03-23 17:48

    This is simply put a fantastic book. It is nice to get a vampire character that is more than just good looks, and supernatural abilities. You feel for Khalida and what she goes through... you cheer for her and cry with her. It has been a while since I have read a book that I actually cared about the main character the way that I did about her. I had a hard time putting it down, just because I needed to know what happened next. It's a great book, and you will not be disappointed.

  • Tobyann Aparisi
    2019-03-21 17:28

    A real page turner (I could not put this down, seriously), with lots of intrigue, twists and turns. A very differnt type of vampire story that keeps you engrossed until the very last page. I would love to have a family like the "network", like Mack! I found the main character to be different than I expected, but really liked the change. Kudos to Dawn Judd this is a great one and hopefully with more to come.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-23 13:49

    LOVE this book! I can't WAIT for the second one!!

  • Read for your future!
    2019-03-22 14:36

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  • Kasia
    2019-03-19 14:50

    I don’t even know where to start with this one… I have never heard of this author before but the cover drew me in and I love to support new authors so I bought it on a whim. The title didn’t really say much to me (sounds like horse stuff) but I care about the content more than what it’s called so I plunged right in. I didn’t read the reviews when I got this but I went back and read them after I finished curious to the reception this got… are we all reading the same book here? Not to be cruel because that’s not my intention but I can’t be honest and call this anything other than what it is, a stinker! If someone told me that a twelve year old wrote this, I would believe them. I know that no author can possibly please everyone, even Stephen King gets bad reviews but mostly because they didn’t enjoy the story, Reining In has technical issues ( spell check anyone?) language issues ( comma overload) character issues ( klutz that’s hard to like) the writing style is overtly simplistic and feels like I’m reading a script, phrases and individual modes of speaking for each character melt together, no one really stands out as an individual and the oldest person in the book talks and acts like a teenager, gah!!The book was very amateurish and had a heavy home made feel to it. Personally I would never put a book out like this and charge people money; this needs a complete re-write or extensive heavy duty editing. Apparently anyone these days can call themselves an author and put their little book on a shelf and feel like they accomplished something, good for you but please read the negative reviews and learn something from them instead of shrugging it off as difference of opinion and not being able to please everyone, because that’s not the case here and I would suggest reading Stephen King’s On Writing if you really want to follow your passions and produce something great. I read sixty seven books so far this year and this has got to be the weirdest one of them all, it doesn’t feel like a real book. I do not believe that the author sat down and read her own book cover to cover before it was published or at any point in the process. Typos start on page one, they continue sprinkled though out the book to the point where I started to question normal spelling. Another annoyance was the amount of commas in the novel, almost every single sentence had them even when they weren’t needed and that drove me nuts! It completely broke the momentum of the bogus action and the syntax was clumsy. Chapters ended strangely and I often had a feeling that there was missing content, at first I thought that the publisher messed up but after reading more than half of the book I realized that this is the way the author works, chapters should end with me wanting to turn the page, not leave me feeling puzzled and wondering if a page is missing. Perhaps I could overlook some of the unrefined literary crimes here but I had issues with Kahlida; she has got to be the weakest, whiniest and most pathetic vampire ever written. For someone who has been around for over five thousand years she has the intelligence and instinct of a toddler, naming the characters exotic names is as far as the character development goes here and calling her a vampire in the first place is sullying the myth. Just because you throw in the words “Egypt” and “pyramids” twice into the story, it doesn’t add depth, strength and power to your Khalida. I read Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned a few months ago and she would have wiped the floor with Khalida and her Network. She’s an expert at getting her friends killed and she’s great at falling, crying and being clumsy, her actions were comedic. The book makes fun of what we know about vampires but gives you nothing new, nothing with substance but seems to rely on everyone’s knowledge from reading vampire books and watching the movies, the author put absolutely no effort into bulking her up. If you’re jumping on the vamp bandwagon then make her strong, mysterious, powerful by writing that in her actions, not because you said she is and end of story. Show me, don’t tell me that she’s powerful and then spend 200 pages proving the opposite. In the beginning I would laugh out loud while reading but it got to the point where the writing was just ridiculous and it felt like the story had no real plot, random people who were suddenly bad and evil and of course every one had a dark secret and the very beginning of the book simply did not make sense, too many crazy coincidences that supported the rest of the story, don’t build your castle on shaky foundation.If you enjoy the below examples (written exactly as they were on my copy) then this book is for you; “Heading straight for the door, the minute his tires hit the hospital driveway, I practically ran over some old lady standing outside her car.” Say what? “He was the reason I was sitting here now, bleeding and bruised. If he had come back like had said he would, she would’ve never known, and I would be gone by now.” Again I wanted to rip hair out of my head, besides the scrambled order of actual words, how many “would” does it take to paint the picture here? The story itself was semi decent but after countless bumps on the road you can’t get far and enjoy what you’re reading, there are too many amateurish distractions to call this a complete and finished book, I have a feeling that most of the positive reviews must have been solicited by the author and people are just too nice to say the truth but I’m not her friend and I’m not on her payroll so I wont lie. I think that Dawn can write but she needs to put more effort and not type like a robot, bring some blood, sweat and tears into it, make it your baby and nurture it, make Khalida a bad azz and don’t let her trip over lazy typos and weird grammar. I don’t enjoy writing negative reviews and this almost took a life of its own but when I see an atrocity in print such as this piece I have to say something. In the end the book didn’t move me; it pissed me off big time.- Kasia S.

  • Lady Entropy
    2019-02-27 15:47

    1.5 Stars.I am now wondering if I read a different book than the other reviewers, because this book was, well, a mess. After being recommended to me by goodreads, the synopsis had me enthusiastic: vampires, power, control, conspiracy. I imagined something in the lines of cyberpunkish future, and I was pumped.And what I got was... well, what is the best textbook study case of "SHOW, DON'T TELL" I ever read. Every writing book hammers on this line, and Reining In should be used as an example of "Telling Gone Wild".However, that is not the core problem of the book. The core problem is that, for a vampire book, the vampires here feel tacked on. This isn't about vampires, this is about a woman, who by coincidence, is a 5000 year old vampire. Taking into account I could guess midway what was going to happen, she was surprisingly naive and falling into traps that I, not a millennia old vampire, wouldn't have fallen. It felt as is someone told the writer "vampires sell" and she rushed to change her main character to be a vampire. On the good side, she's a nice and sympathetic character. On the bad, she doesn't convince me she's an actual-to-god 5000 year old vamp.The conflict was all over the place, characters we don't know get thrown in without any warning or information. Her love interest has 0 personality, as does her son, her ex and pretty much everyone that shows up. Her priority to go talk to her love instead of investigating the murder of her friend speaks volumes about how this book was written like a checklist.I was going to say, I paid 2 quid for this e-book, so I probably got what I paid for, but I've paid the same for other e-books and got actually much better work. This feels like a first draft of a rejected book. There are few books I wish I could return for my money, but this is one of them.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-22 13:28

    Khalida is one of the most human vampires I have read about. Often you see vampires having to mimic their "human-ness" and hide their preternatural strength around other mortals so their secret of their immortality doesn't escape. While Khalida is concerned with privacy and secrecy, she has very little trouble blending in with those who do not know she is a vampire. She is also very emotional instead of being so distant from everyone. It was something I had to mention first since that part in particular was so unlike many vampire books in current circulation. I found it refreshing.As for this book in particular, it is a great UF from beginning to end. It starts out with the potential death of a friend who chose to cherish his mortality. After his murder she finds herself and those she loves at the attention of an old enemy. Secrets surface and the very Network she established to hide at least one of those secrets also faces destruction. So, to protect everything in her life she must face the horrifying truth and deal with the consequences. This book ends in a bang.I give this book 4 1/2 stars. It is a great ride from beginning to end.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-21 17:27

    Khalida is a vampire, and in the thousands of years she has existed she's managed to pile up some secrets, as well as a group of trusted individuals hired to help guard them. Her group is called the Network and their talents range from personal security, to computer hacking, to tracking her enemies, to reinventing Khalida's identity when she's stayed in one place too long. Her life doesn't foster the ability to get close to others very often but when the lives of the few she calls friends are threatened by events from Khalida's ancient past, she must do everything in her power to protect those she cares about.Reining In offers an interesting take on vampire mythology in a fast paced, high-action story. Author Dawn Judd creates an intriguing heroine in the vampire Khalida. With a genre populated by sparkling, spooky and seductive males, the female with fangs was a refreshing change of pace. Equal parts dangerous hunter and vulnerable friend, Khalida is the element that makes this novel a worthwhile read and I am eager to see where Judd leads her characters in the sequel Phantom Rising.

  • Sabrina Rutter
    2019-02-23 11:30

    This was fast paced, action packed story about a very powerful vampire named Khalida. There were many unexpected and surprising twists in the story! If you love vampires and your looking for a quick read this would be the perfect book to grab.There was some mistakes in the writing that could have been easily fixed had someone taken the time to proofread this very carefully. Even so, the author has an amazing story telling ability. Judd pulls you right in with raw emotion. You instantly like Khalida and want her to have happiness after so much suffering.If you like action and vampires then you don't want to miss this book!

  • Marcellus galloway
    2019-03-18 12:26

    I won this from a Goodreads giveaway and the book is about a vampire named Khalida. With the ever changing world it becomes harder and harder for her to hide. Khalida becomes involved with a group of people who help her to hide from humans. But, humans aren't her only worry; some vampires are after her too. When Khalida makes a mistake, she is tossed into a world of chaos and must save those who she has come to call her family.This was a pretty good vampire book. I enjoyed it.

  • Landy
    2019-03-18 18:50

    I want to read/review this book.

  • Amy
    2019-03-15 14:43

    I loved this book! Flew through reading it so I could hurry on to the second one!!

  • Season Meyers
    2019-03-08 16:29

    The plot has promise however it was very choppy and seemed to jump around. Many sections could have been more streamlined.

  • Misty Baker
    2019-03-11 18:25

    Unless you have been living in a closet, or an underwater vessel void of civilization, I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed the “Vampire Trend.” It is nearly impossible to enter a store (book, clothing or even grocery) without seeing a product featuring the spiky toothed un-dead we as a culture have become obsessed with. Yes… I myself have a sick fascination with the fanged, but in recent years have found myself stumped with the turn towards good versus evil. When I was a teenager books like “Dracula” and “The Queen of the Damned” were up front and center in my literary journey. Brooding and malevolent were the name of the game, but in the last few years… the creatures we grew up fearing have suddenly turning into sparkly (sometime glowing) love objects with perfect hair, and abs you could use as an ironing board. (No offense Steph I loved Twilight) What I want to know however, is… how did this happen? And why did it take so long for our vampires with anger management issues to return?In Dawn Judd’s “Reining In” we are not completely deprived of vampire “civilization” (if you will,) but lucky for us… evil is just around the corner.Khalida is a vampire. A very old one as a matter of fact, and after 5,000 years she has learned a lot of lessons, the most important being to protect herself. Her way of doing this? Creating a network of humans to keep her on the move, and in the black. (Social Security numbers don’t just grow on trees you know) Hiding under the alias of a major corporation Khalli does what she like when she would like to, until one day she makes a really bad decision. She gets hungry and stops for a drink. (Did I mention the “No Trespassing” sign?) Suddenly finding herself face to face with a group of humans that aren’t impressed by her vampire status Khalli realizes something. Her past has finally caught up with her. Will sheer determination be enough to save her family from her past mistakes? What will happen when “The Network” learns the truth, and more importantly will Mack ever forgive her for destroying the most important thing in his life?Vampires are riding a fine line these day. One wrong step and an otherwise enticing plot can go from “Yea” to “Nay” so it’s nice when I find a novel that has balance. As a reader I don’t want to hate my lead character, I want to connect with him/her, understand their motive; whether the original intention was evil or a matter of self preservation. The only way to do this is by making them real. (Not literally of course…pretty sure Lord Voldemort isn’t sleeping in my guest room) What is mean is by making US feel by making the CHARACTER feel. Judd (lucky for her) does exactly this, and she does it well.When I first started “Reining In” I was less than impressed, more of a “eh.. ok…” but not WOWED. Then (about 54% of the way in) the story started, and I couldn’t pull myself away. Just when I thought I was going to be stuck reading a story about the, “100 different ways an excruciatingly old vampire could throw herself a pity party,” Judd finally made her move from emotional set up to full out action. The players suddenly morphed into the “best versions of themselves” and the “unconscious” ramblings, that were thrown around like dirty sock, in the first half of the novel finally clicked into place like perfectly aligned puzzle pieces. The writing was steady and strong through out the entire novel, and even more surprising… I didn’t run into a truck load of editing errors (which has been happening a lot lately.)In the end? This was a solid book, with solid writing, and an original story featuring none other than your friendly neighborhood blood sucker. Well worth the $2.99 asking price if you ask me.Get it, Live it, Love it…Pass it on.Happy reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: always bring a flashlight…I don’t care where you’re going, or what you plan on doing, stick a mini mag in your pocket. You never know when you’re going to need it.

  • Quetzi Fernald
    2019-03-22 17:51

    REINGING IN by Dawn Judd, was a different kind of Vampire book. Khalida lives in a modern day world & has a whole organization behind her helping to keep her life a secret. In modern times it's hard to remain anonymous with Social security numbers & where people are able to run background checks on you. It's as easy as hitting a few keys on your computer to find out about someone, so Khalida needs people to cover up her origins. Actually, she's one of the oldest vampires to walk this earth & she's considered royalty by other vampires. This book starts out with a bang when Khalida's best friend is murdered in front of her, & as she sets off to find his killers she gets involved in a conspiracy. It's non stop action throughout the book & I found myself engrossed with her character & the lives of the people who help keep Khalida safe. When I say that this is a different kind of vampire book, it's because Khalida is warm & kind with very human emotions. When I think of vampires, I usually think of the muderous blood thirsty kind, but with Khalida, you will find her very tender hearted & thoughtful of others & how her life affects them. This is a must read book. As the story progresses, so does the tension. Dawn Judd holds a great surprise at the ending that you won't want to miss. I strongly recommend this book!

  • Melissa
    2019-02-27 11:38

    This book was simply wow. From beginning to end it never lets you up. The pace, writing style, and plot was amazing. Finish it off with a huge bang? Sold! This book pulled out all the stops. Even Emotionally I was along for a ride. Characters were so well developed it was like I knew them for five thousand years. The story is completely original. Not a disappointing book, and a must read. Okay now, when is the next one coming out? LOL! Check out the Character Interview:

  • Carmen Marie
    2019-03-08 11:52

    good boook and it was free on the kindle website!

  • Carrie
    2019-03-03 12:48

    I really liked this book! I had very low expectations because it was free, but I am adding the next one to my to read list!

  • Beth
    2019-02-24 19:27

    Fantastic Short Story!