Mastyr Vampire Jude has kept his distance from all women because he lost his wife and daughter to an enemy attack a hundred years ago. He won’t go through that kind of loss again. And he won’t jeopardize another woman’s life while the deadly Invictus wraith-pairs still pose a threat in the Nine Realms. But when Hannah saves his life by creating unexpected fire from the palms of her hands, he knows that something ‘very realm’ is going on with her and he can no longer ignore his long-suppressed desire for the beautiful owner of the Gold Rush bar. When his cravings for her blood and her body drive him to take her to bed and tap into her vein, his world shifts forever. But can Hannah make the adjustment to a life lived on the frontlines of an ongoing war? And if anything should happen to her, how could Jude ever live with himself?
I'm the first to admit I wasn't quite convinced initially by the powerful vibrations emitted by the Mastyr Vampyrs but in this book, dealt out by Jude, I'm beside myself with envy. This powerful ruler of Kellcasse is enough to make even this modern woman swoon! Dealt a harsh blow with the deaths of his wife and child, Jude has spent more than a hundred years sacrificing himself in an effort to rid the Realm of the fearsome Invictus Wraiths. Jude never expected to actually have a Blood Rose of his own but discovers one in the most unexpected place, right under his nose!
Hannah is human and proud of it. What she's not so proud of though are the idiot humans who don't quite appreciate what the folk who live amongst them do to help. Running Gold Rush bar keeps her pretty busy and recently it's almost become an outpost for the Vampyre Guardsmen who serve with Mastyr Jude. Jude has been a part of her life since she was a small child but Hannah is at twenty eight years all grown up and for some reason just can't stop thinking about the sexy Vampyr. When an attack leaves Jude hurt and needing blood, Hannah bravely volunteers to become for one night only his donor, but that simple act changes the dynamics between them. Tired of ignoring the fire between them the normally responsible pair act upon the passion that ignites but a startling revelation follows and life is about to get very complicated indeed!
I thought this story had everything I want to see in a paranormal romance. Selfless macho hero paired with feisty brave heroine, dad guys to boo and hiss at, and that ancient Fae and her ever growing powers is downright creepy. I love the side characters and think Davido the Troll is hilarious; I'm loving his frequent appearances. As for the passion? Oh my, I'm fanning myself here! So Nine Realms, does that mean we get nine books? If they are all like this, then I'm one very happy reader.
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
HIghly Recommended but start at the beginning with Embrace the Dark!!!!!