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Aspiring actress Abbey Marie Cordova knows more than most people do about vampires—she was born among them, the only human child in a centuries-old family of the undead, and determined to stay that way. But a chance encounter with dark, mysterious Niccola Desanto rocks her to the core. Nick is a vampire, and he’s the only man who has ever made her feel so beautiful, so cherished, and so passionately desired …
Nick has spent hundreds of years on his own, and the decadent pleasures of the world have lost their appeal. Rumor has it the vampire who made him has regained her humanity—the temptation to find her and demand to know the secret is overwhelming. But one glance at innocently alluring Abbey changes everything. Drawn to her with dangerous, consuming passion, Nick will need more than a lifetime to love her…
Abbey is kind of at a crossroads in her life when at twenty six years old, she decides a change in direction is what she needs. However, Abbey is not your average young woman because her parents are vampires! Oh, Abbey is very much human and has never really desired to accept the Dark Gift but there are times when alone that she wonders if she is making the right choice.
Nick is a two thousand year old vampire searching for his sire when he unexpectedly meets a lovely young woman who is bright, entertaining, and almost too perfect. A connection is formed, but a freak accident sees Abbey disappearing on him as someone suspects just what he is and whisks Abbey far away. Nick is not one to give up though and chases across country only to discover Abbey has her own secrets!
Night's Surrender is quite hard to review as it's frankly an almost instant romance which is not my preferred type of story. Nick does something unknown to Abbey that is deplorable really, but she instantly forgives him which I struggled with. Yes, she has been raised around vampires but at times Abbey felt quite naive. Nick has a lot to contend with as until he met Abbey, he was prepared to end his life, so this newly formed relationship quite literally gives him a whole new perspective on life. Abbey and Nick seem to know they love each other almost immediately but she's mortal and wants to stay that way, so for Nick there's only one answer and that means finding a cure for vampirism! Add in in-laws who really know how to make a guy feel unwanted and this relationship seems doomed from the start!
There is a lot more going on here than just a romance with the humorous twist of an overprotective father! These vampires are hunted and perhaps the most surprising thing is that Abbey is descended from Van Helsing (yes, THAT Van Helsing) and it adds a delightful subplot. Speaking of which, wacky characters also rear their heads in this story with two quite incorrigible more mature ladies adding a lighter touch to proceedings. Not a particularly dark story but nevertheless it was fun to catch up with this world Ms Ashley has created and if you prefer gentle sensuous romances that don't have you rolling your eyes this book should fit the bill.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.