Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn’t do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can’t deny the enigmatic attraction he’s developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he’s determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.
Samantha doesn’t want to be a witch, yet that’s exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha’s worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.
In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?
Samantha suffered greatly at the hands of a sadistic Mage and struggles to come to terms with the changes in her life. She leaves New Orleans behind but the danger she faces is a tangible thing and she will need to keep all her wits about her. Luckily Luca, a very determined vampire, is hot on her trail and pretty soon it's obvious that unlocking Samantha's buried memories are essential but their return to the Coven is fraught with difficulties. Just what exactly happened to Samantha when she was spellbound? Luca is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery that surrounds Samantha but unlocking her memory brings a world of dangerous repercussions!
First I have to say Ms Grosso gives her readers an amazing amount of world building. This story follows on from Kade's Dark Embrace and if I'm honest, it took longer than I expected for the central couple to actually meet. That's where the author’s attention to detail really shines through. It would be too easy to have a boy meet girl, argue a bit, and then fall into bed scenario. No, what Ms Grosso does give her readers is an interesting world peopled with strong characters whilst exploring a storyline that at times is shocking. I’m used to vampire stories that feature alpha males who are very possessive but this author truly pushes the envelope of just what vampire love could really be. This is not a tame romance but a passionate story that will stay with me a while.
I actually own the first book as an eBook but this book I listened to which was a completely different experience. I do naturally read quite quickly so had to adjust to a much slower pace but I found myself listening at times when I normally wouldn't be able to read and yes even making beds is much more pleasurable when listening to a good book! I’ve only listened to a couple of audio books and this was my first read by a male narrator so quite a departure for me.
I thought the narrator did an excellent job of the various accents from Australian to sexy Cajun sounding wolves and it was very easy to differentiate between the various Vampires too! I wasn't quite as sold initially on his female voices but happily confirm they are not high pitched or squeaky, just a tad too soft and gentle for my tastes but I do understand it's hard for a guy to sound feminine without sounding totally effeminate.
A fabulous addition to the series and I can't wait to read more!
I was gifted a copy of this by the author in exchange for an honest review.