As king of the vampires, Julian DeMatteo protects the immortal clans. So, when the beautiful, bullheaded cop embroils herself within his world, he must choose between the woman who reminds him of the humanity he has lost or his loyalty to his people.
As confusing emotions awaken inside her, Viviane can either accept her fate as the one chosen to save the immortal race or lose her soul to darkness. With Julian’s help, she fights an evil that would rip her apart in order to forge a new future with the homicide suspect who has stolen her heart.
Viviane has suspicions about wealthy and possibly dirty Julian but he's so much more than she expected. Yes, he is smooth, sexy, and totally full of himself but from the start their chemistry is off the charts. Sadly unknown to Viviane, Julian is hiding something that could truly blow her mind and yet the pull between them is inevitable. Drawn towards each other, both will face obstructions; but Viviane is deep into something far more dangerous than anything she has ever encountered. Secrets have a way of coming to light and boy does this author shake things up!
It's always exciting to read a refreshing new take on vampires. I will be frank and say there's a lot of descriptive prose which many readers will lap up, but it felt overdone at times to me. I prefer dialogue and action, not internal naval gazing and possibly a different beta/editor would have tightened this up. The constant descriptive imagery just pulled me out of the story from descriptions of eyes or hair (which weirdly seemed to change colour from honey to copper!) and the one that had me laughing was Merlot described as crisp because that sounds more like a white wine to me. Although I'm well aware others enjoy seeing and feeling what the characters experience, so will not let that colour my judgement too much.
So what did work for me? It's a whole new way of viewing how immortals might co-exist amongst us. I cannot deny the intense passion that keeps pulling the couple together but I didn't understand how if Julian was King how other vampires could hold sway over him. I'm a little confused about the timeline (weeks or months?) but once the story gathered pace and things really started to happen, it became a much more engaging read. I won't give too much away but Viviane goes through truly terrifying ordeals which will have you cringing. Now, luckily, the author clearly realises her readers want to be on the edge of their seats and yet still get an ending to leave them smiling.
An interesting beginning and I'm curious how Ms Shaw will continue with this series.
I was gifted a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.