Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—deadly.In London for graduate school, Val knows she's finally free. Her father and ex-almost-boyfriend are back in California and she's out of the Vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she?She draws the attention of Lucas, a 1600 year old Vampire, and King to his kind. He’s also wicked hot. As golden as Lucifer, and just as tempting, he makes Valerie an offer she can't refuse— help him find out if the Others (Empaths, Fey and Werewolves) still exist or he'll stop protecting those she loves.Lucas tells her that Empaths were a Vampire’s biggest weakness before going extinct hundreds of years ago. While the Fey or a Werewolf might kill a Vampire, an Empath could enslave them, seducing or harming with emotions at will. The one detail he leaves out? Valerie is an Empath.And after 1600 years of an emotionless existence, Lucas wants Valerie like a recovering alcoholic wants a wine cooler.Can she keep those she loves alive, stop Lucas from munching on her, survive a fanged revolution and still find a way to have that boring, normal life she’s always wanted? Probably not, but boy is she gonna try!This is a full length novel and contains adult content.
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It’s so easy for any vampire story to quickly be likened to the Twilight series and whilst I wouldn’t say the comparison was correct here it is not far off.
Valerie is instantly likeable and I found the love triangle between her Lucas and Jake was enticing, sexy and I couldn’t work out which of the male characters I preferred. I found myself changing my mind each time I read about them. I think possibly my favourite became Jack… I think!
I really loved the world that the author created but it was pretty difficult working out if we were in the past or present as the story darted about so much that I got totally lost several times. There are a few mistakes in the book which were highlighted more in a story that was easily confusing to read. The mistakes probably wouldn’t have been noticed so much had the story flowed better. The characterisation was great and I felt that the characters were believable and I could imagine them easily.
When I had got to the end I couldn’t quite work out the plot, had there been a plot? Yes the author had created an interesting read but what actually happened exactly, I don’t really know. There is more to come in this series so hopefully more plot will happen throughout this series but the characters are possibly just about enough to get me reading more. I did still enjoy it but I couldn’t really tell you much about it other than my favourite was Jack…
Intrigued about Book Two but it needs to be much better!
Caroline Hanson grew up in California and moved to London in order to dance and go to pubs. Adulthood ensued and she returned to California, bringing back her very own Englishman.
After becoming an attorney she had two children and now tries to parent, read, write and play tennis. She's heard rumors that other mothers clean and cook but is trying valiantly to keep those rumors from reaching her
Caroline grew up listening to Brit pop and reading about vampires. As a teenager her favorite authors were Anne Rice and Jude Deveraux. Now she loves Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Laura Kinsale, Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, Nalini Singh and JR Ward--that's the short list.
In terms of TV she's big into Game of Thrones, anything by Mr. Whedon, Ms. Plec or Ms. Rhimes because she likes a love story-- the more messed
up and disastrous the better!
Her books have been on various Bestseller lists and she loves to hear from fans so long as they understand that Lucas is not real, she can't hook them up, and he CERTAINLY isn't chained to her bed.
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