I gotta give it to vampire leading men; they just take the concept of the alpha male to a whole new level.
What’s it About?
While tracking down a killer, clues lead homicide detective, Viviane Taylor to suspect, Julian DeMatteo. From the get-go, DeMatteo unsettles and irritates her. He’s a force she has never encountered, someone who excites her even though he’s forbidden. Her instincts warn that he’s hiding something and she is determined to uncover those secrets.
As king of the vampires, Julian DeMatteo protects the immortal clans. So, when the beautiful, bullheaded cop embroils herself within his world, he must choose between the woman who reminds him of the humanity he’s lost or his loyalty to his people.
As confusing emotions awaken inside her, Viviane can either accept her fate as the one chosen to save the immortal race or lose her soul to darkness. With Julian’s help, she fights an evil that would rip her apart in order to forge a new future with the homicide suspect who’s stolen her heart.
What starts off as a murder mystery turns into a battle of vampire bloodlines. Not usually my cup of tea, but I actually enjoyed this one. It does sort of start off as your typical vampire romance novel; vampire falls in love with human, battling clans, and a decent amount of sexual description involving biting and the drinking of blood. However, this romance definitely goes for a twist towards the end that makes it pretty unique. I do wish that this twist would have come a bit earlier, but it was definitely interesting.
Characters: the Good, the Bad and the Supplemental
I really liked Viviane as our main character. Yes, she did find herself in a few damsel in distress moments, which is pretty much characteristic of any vampire romance. What I loved though was that she was bad ass enough to get herself out of these situations if need be. Sure it helps to have a vampire king on your side who has sworn to protect you, but it’s nice to know my chica here can take care of herself.
The author does an amazing job at creating some despicable villains. We’re talking sadistic a-holes here. There were also some likable supplemental characters, including Julian’s adviser and his second in command. I do feel though that these supplemental characters weren’t developed fully, and there was much more focus on Viviane and Julian. Not a huge problem considering they are our leading couple, but some more interaction with these other characters would have helped to create a more cohesive picture.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: Maybe? A lot of sh*t goes down at the end of this book, and there are more questions raised than answered. If there are no plans for a sequel it would be kind of disappointing.
Should you read it? An enjoyable vampire romance, even if you aren’t a huge fan of vampire romances.
Smut Level: We have a possessive alpha vampire male who has finally found his mate after centuries of being alone. What do you think?
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $5.99 Kindle Price. The Wild Rose Press, Inc. 270 Pages.