For me this was a revisit to a book that captivated me and emotionally drained me as it gently made its way to a stunning climax and ending. The story was a reunion of sorts since I have missed the series after the concluding book. I wondered if my impressions would change since it wasn’t new and fresh for me. Well, they did and they didn’t. Of course, knowing the end from the beginning does affect how this re-read affected me and yet, I also found it easy to slip into the here and now so I could enjoy this story once again almost like the first time.
Bubbly advice-columnist Sophie and her handsome, brooding Marick meet and start to see each other. Sophie astutely realizes that there is a lot more to Marick than he lets on and he hints that there is more to her which she dismisses. Sophie slowly learns of the Demimonde world and it is a dark and dangerous one full of all the monsters that go bump in the night for the oblivious humans. And now those beings know of Sophie’s existence and her gift that can be the salvation of so many of the Demimonde. For all that is new, disconcerting, and scary for Sophie, she is happy in love, but it is only a matter of time before a dark twisted enemy shatters all that and then things are left heartwrenchingly desperate.
This is the first in a trilogy of an ill-fated love affair between a gifted human woman and a vampire who struggles with the darkness inside him. The author created a fascinating Demimonde (Half-vampires, Vampires and Werewolves) world that includes a blend of Egyptian Mythology and paranormal. The book takes its time setting up, creating a mood, introducing the characters, and building the tension and plot. There is passion in the romance, but it stays more on the feelings side than the physical. I didn’t mind though I confess that I had a bit of a crush (okay full on swoon) for Marek. The world is dark and gritty and the supernatural beings are dangerous and can become evil monsters. There is big set up with some shocking twists nearer the end.
As to the audio, let’s just say, I was only planning to turn it on for a little while and taking my time as I went about doing other things and that didn’t happen. I finished this story in record time. The narrator, Kelly Pruner, was a first for me. I liked her storytelling, inflection, and pace. I did have one niggle. I’m not sure if it is because I read this already so I had strong notions about the voices of the characters, but Marik’s voice was distracting for me when she did his accent. Sophie’s was great.
All in all, I found that this story stood up well to a re-read and I am just as in love with the world, the characters, and the romance. I recommend this refreshing Urban Fantasy book/trilogy to those who like their vampires on the gritty dangerous side and don’t mind a slow burn romance that has some dark days ahead.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to listen to the book in exchange for an honest review.
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