Genres: paranormal, Romance
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Would you surrender your soul for the love of the King?
Lena, a vampire and a Guardian of the Order, has been honour-bound to protect human souls all her life. Acting first and thinking second is what's saved her skin time and again in the war against the Fallen, but her disregard for orders soon catches up with her when her boss is seriously injured. Forced to take responsibility for her actions, Lena is thrust into the path of her very own kryptonite; Thorn. The raw power of his soul calls to her and his mere presence lights a fire within her that she cannot contain.
With Vampire magic waning and the race in crisis, can either of them afford to ignore Nature's call? If they do, the future of the race is in jeopardy. If they don't, they will both lose the most precious part of themselves. Their souls.
Let me start by saying that it takes a lot for me to like a book about vampires. How many different ways can you see them? However, Ms. Lipman has come up with a novel idea that struck me and I quite liked it. Instead of being predators of the dark, they help usher dying souls to Glory. Separated from Faerie because of actions of a few, the Fallen, they are all doomed. In the midst of a hunt to kill and destroy the Fallen so the gates to Faerie will open to them again, we have a love story.
Lena is a powerful character. She’s rash and strong and needs no one, or so she thinks. She’s the only female Guardian in House Blackwood even though she doesn’t take that very serious. All she knows is she’s driven to find and destroy every Fallen she can, with or without her fellow Guardians. Her only weakness is Thorn. Anytime she’s in his presence, she feels drawn to him, but she is not interested and doesn’t want to become trapped by the king’s good looks.
Thorn is the King of the vampires. He is also the head of House Blackwood. He was once a Guardian himself and has a hard time backing out of the fray when he should.
Of course, Thorn and Lena are beautiful and perfect. However, it’s kind of neat that a few other members of the Guardians are not. Each have their own unique skills. Like most vampire stories, they live for ages. It only makes sense, I suppose. While these vampires need blood, they don’t hunt humans. That’s what the Fallen do.
All in all, the book was enjoyable. There are explicit sex scenes in the book, so this is definitely only for adults. Ms. Lipman also uses mostly UK English, so that could throw a few US readers. I know I looked up a few words to make sure they meant what I thought they did, but I’m always up for expanding my knowledge. There are an unfortunate number of errors in the book. They usually appear during moments of extreme action. They pulled me out of the story several times. I also would scan areas now and then rather than read them. I’m not sure why. Maybe that’s something I’ll be able to put my finger on this year.
All of that wouldn’t stop me from recommending this book to other readers who enjoy paranormal romance and vampire stories. It will be interesting to see where Ms. Lipman leads us in book 2 of this series.