I received this book as an advanced review copy. While this genre is not my usual reading material I went into it with an open mind knowing quality of writing is what ultimately matters. Let me tell you at the outset, I have been converted. I want more of this genre, and especially more of this series.
Nadira is a vampire princess who works as a healer among humans, who are unaware of the existence of vampires. The writer quickly manages to explain this fictional world in the first few pages. You, the reader, can then quickly settle in for the story.
After work one night Nadira spots Cooper, a human police detective. She is immediately drawn to him. And when Cooper looks at her from across the room, he too is captivated. As they go about their lives after the meeting they are unable to put the other out of their thoughts. I was amused by how she fights to control her display of affection: her fangs ease out! Nice little touch.
And so starts a Romeo and Juliet romance. Her overprotective brothers, the leaders of the Dark Shadows – a group dedicated to destroying rogue vampires – do not want Cooper anywhere near their sister. But their disapproval cannot overcome the strong bond that exists between Nadira and Cooper.
There is a mystery that our detective must get involved in, but really it is just a device to keep throwing these two together. [One distracting note: using a detective to investigate an auto accident is unrealistic. Again it was just to throw Nadira and Cooper together. Minor complaint.]
Nothing can keep our Romeo and Juliet apart. Not even necromancers who want to start a war simply to have Nadira for their own. Through all the trials and the pain they both endure, their love is unrelenting.
This book has battles, hot sex and the foreshadowing of more to come. Let me mention the first physical contact between Nadira and Cooper in his apartment. I found it more sensual than erotic. My heart fluttered. I could feel true love. Excellent writing.
I got caught up in the storyline. It’s an interesting world the writer has shown us. Our main characters are well fleshed out with the promise of fleshing out the others in future installments. If you want an exciting, rip-roaring tale that will pull you into a world filled with vampires and necromancers, yet fill you with the wonder of fated love, this is the book for you. I can’t wait for the sequel.