Cruel circumstances turned Curry Brennan into the wretched monster he hates and refuses to accept, but when an expected turn of events releases him from the bond of his obsessive maker, he returns to the home he knew 161 years earlier and finds the return of happiness and joy in something he didn’t know existed. Puzzled by his growing attraction to Chansey Leclaire, a human, he is unable to resist the captivating relationship that threatens to reveal his existence as a vampire. He eventually discovers the reason he was destined to find what he didn’t know he searched for and is faced with the cruel realization that the living and the immortal undead will always be separated by one thing. Eternity.
This is a story of soul mates, a love story as old as time. I was hooked from the very first page. The love between Curry and Chansey was undeniable and beautiful to watch as it unfolded through the story. Curry was every bit a vampire gentleman doing everything he could to win his love and protect her at all cost. Chansey was a destined Agape, a woman who understandood his nature and was his perfect mate. There was even a mythical god that started certain events falling into place when and where they did.
Curry and Chansey had a few harrowing experiences. Marsala, Curry’s maker was still obsessed with him and vowed to kill whomever he fell in love with. And Chansey came with her own nutso baggage for Curry to deal with. Then there were a couple of other small brushes with bad guys. Curry only wanted to protect Chansey from all this stuff so he made stupid decisions based on outdated thinking. Luckily he had the help of his two mentors, Sabastian and Solomon, to steer him the right way on many occasions.
While I truly did love reading this beautiful love story, I had a few minor issues. First, there wasn’t much action involved in it. I kept wondering when one of the bad guys were going to actually do something devastating. These bad guys were not very diligent in their roles, despite the thought and worry put into the dialogue. Second, some background things never were explained. Like, what was the difference between the vampires and humans besides the vamps drank blood and they couldn’t go out in the sun? Also, where did Curry get his blood from when he was living at the plantation home?
The characters are good for a light love story; they’re not real deep. Curry was obsessed with keeping Chansey safe, almost to the point of stalker. Chansey was a little wishy-washy. In the book there was mention that she had a strong personality but I have to disagree. I think she was just going along with the whole Agape thing and was so blinded by love nothing else mattered anyway.
I give the book a rating of 3. The storyline read smoothly and was entertaining. I wanted to know immediately what was going to happen next so I read the sequel directly afterward. I’ll review that book next.