Stalked by a vampire. Stolen in the night. Seduced by a lover. Anthropology student Shayna Prentiss wakes up to find herself trapped in a world she never knew existed—with a man she cannot escape…nor resist.
Drawn to her beauty. Driven by lust. Doomed by his destiny. The vampire Marius knows he must bond with this captivating mortal with hidden powers…or both their races will be destroyed forever.
Bound by a blood chain that seals their fates together, Marius and Shayna must stand and fight the ultimate enemy—a madman hell-bent on destruction who will test every ounce of their strength, their power, and their passion. When the final weapon is unleashed, will their love remain unbroken? Or will darkness shatter their chains…for eternity?
Shayna is an anthropologist with an insane curiosity to discover secrets of lost civilizations. What she hadn't expected was to start seeing hallucinations that fly and talk to her! When the all too real illusion reveals himself to be a vampire, what on earth is Shayna supposed to think? No time for introspection though, as Marius is not the only apparition on the street and when they are attacked Marius does the only thing he can, he takes Shayna away to his secret lair. Slowly but surely Shayna starts to come round to the idea that vampires are very much real and the more time she spends with Marius the more she learns about their fascinating culture but there's a bond forming between them and if they are to stop Daniel, they need to act quickly. Marius has never wanted to use all his vampiric powers but there's no doubt his power level is escalating and what he does not want is to become a monster like his father. Shayna wants nothing more than to explore what's between them but even if they survive, Marius knows Shayna's place is amongst her fellow humans. Can they stop Daniel's attempt at world domination and even if they can win this battle what does the future hold?
I have really enjoyed this series with it's strong world building and fast paced plots. These books are not for those easily offended though as they are quite raunchy with lots and lots of steamy moments. Marius has truly had an awful life but he stands firm and I admired his steadfast belief that cruelty should not be tolerated. Yes, he is in many ways a tortured hero but he definitely has a very sensitive side that Shayna brings out.
As for Shayna, well she's not one to let the grass grow under her feet and that's for sure. More than happy to jump Marius almost from the moment they are alone together, although to be fair to her his vampire blood and the magical chains they share are partially responsible for the rapid coupling. I think this is where I felt a little let down by this book. In previous stories, the brothers have been uber alpha and experienced and yet here, I had trouble believing that Shayna would physically want Marius as quickly as she does. He, to me, felt quite "young" in many ways and I was unconvinced their romance would start at such a rapid pace.
I do love Ms Roane’s work, but I didn't fall for the hero which was a shame really. Will I read the next book? Oh most definitely yes, as this author has a wonderful imagination and the skill to bring her stories to life and I’m always keen to see what Ms Roane will dream up next.