Release Date: January 1, 2011 (Original)
Format: Audio MP3 (Unabridged CD edition, July 25, 2011)
Pages: 353 (Paperback) / Audio Length: Unknown (10+ hours)
Source: Overdrive via Destination Download
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Date: October 29, 2012
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Book synopsis: In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…
Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control…
In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible—when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.
I'm glad that Sarah wasn't one of those week, "save me" types, she's strong and knows how to shoot a gun and defend herself. That was nice. Even though Roland was protective of her, she was able to maintain her own and not get lost in the story by being dominated by Roland.
In this world, there are Immortals and Vampires. Immortals are "good" advanced vampires with special abilities and Vampires are bad and uncontrollable due to their blood lust. Immortals live for centuries and vampires all die before they reach 100. Immortals, eat food and drink blood. Vampire just drink anything that moves. Immortals fangs are work like IV needles! When they bite, the fangs carrying blood in into their blood stream instead of literally drinking it. All interesting stuff which makes for a fun read. We meet several Immortals as the book goes on as Roland and the others go apprehend our villain, Bastien and rescue Sarah.
Sarah and Roland got their happy ending, and like a traditional romances they get married and they all live happily ever after. Pretty much everything was wrapped up in a nice little bow. I'm not sure how I feel about that knowing there are more books that follow. I'm used to a crazy cliff hanger, but the lack there of tells me that Ms. Duvall moves on from Sarah and Roland and they are not the focus of the second book. Since we may not be seeing more of Sarah, one thing that I did wish we got more of was Sarah's history, we got a glimpse, but not enough to really get to know her motivation or why she was so excepting of the Vampire world. I'll be trying to borrow the rest of this series on audio also. I hope they kept the same narrator, because she was awesome. The narrator, Kirsten Potter, was really getting into those scenes. ;-)
A few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“I’m not antisocial. I just want to be left alone.” ~ Roland
“Beautiful, brave and possessed of violent tendencies. I like her.” ~ Marcus