"Great mix of Russian history and vampires!"
The year is 1762 in Russia. Catherine does not yet have the
throne and is in the middle of working to gain control of
Russia. Nicholas and Drake have been invited to the party
thrown to celebrate Catherine's birthday. When Nicholas
finds himself alone, as Drake has gone off to find his
latest meal, he happens to notice a beautiful woman. She is
absolutely stunning with silver-blonde hair and Nicholas
knows he has to get to know her. Even though Tatiana has
the reputation of being simple-minded, Nicholas just knows
there is more to the woman than meets the eye and he's
determined to find out all her secrets.
Tatiana has been doing what she can to help Empress
Catherine gain the throne of Russia. Knowing the emperor is
easily led by the wrong people, she knows Catherine would
be much better for her country. Easily fooling her father
into believing her simple-minded, Tatiana has managed to
avoid marriage by using that as an excuse. Tatiana's role
has been that of courier between Catherine and the army
However, things never seem to go as well as planned and
someone is on to Tatiana. Not to mention, Nicholas has
managed to save Tatiana's life after she was attacked by
his kind and as his reward, he wants an affair with her.
Will Tatiana agree to Nicholas' terms? Will he be able to
keep her safe from both his enemies and hers? Will Nicholas
be able to convince Tatiana to become Upir like he is? Has
he found the love of his life in Tatiana?
THE UNFORGIVEN: NICHOLAS combines Russian politics with a
vampire love story and does so wonderfully. Tracy L. Ranson
obviously has done her homework before beginning this tale.
The historical details are surprisingly accurate and
realistic. We also get more of a look into the history of
Tracy L. Ranson's world of vampires with this tale. Zakara
plays an important role, not to mention the story of how
Nicholas came to be an Upir in the first place and how the
partnership between the vampires of the authors came into
being. But under all the politics and danger, this is a
story of love, one that cannot be denied. And one story you
won't be sorry to have read.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 7, 2006