"Hot-blooded vamps, weres, and fey in a fast-paced tale"
Severely beaten by her estranged husband, Christina faces
certain death—until Sebastian intervenes. He gladly takes
the responsibility of being her Maker, giving her his
immortal's blood and a new life. In turn, he finds in her
arms the love and fulfillment he's been seeking for three
But a far greater evil than Christy's abusive ex-husband is
after them, and it will take the forces of bloodletter,
werekind, and fey together, united by this woman's cause,
to face a threat that could bring their whole world to its
The huge success of paranormal romance has flooded the
market with all kinds of creatures, and new takes on old
legends—for better or for worse. While Ms. D'Arc's
characters follow fairly standard paranormal canon, she
avoids the pitfalls of cliché to give us a series peopled
with strong folk who come from vastly differing
backgrounds, with various strengths, shortcomings, and
quirks. While our heroine, Christy, flirts with "supergirl
syndrome", she still displays enough uncertainty and
imperfection to keep her believable, and her plight as a
survivor of domestic abuse is sure to resonate with many
readers. Sebastian is all alpha male, but not of the
tortured, brooding variety. Instead, he comes across as
someone who has dealt with his past, though he has regrets,
and has had a productive, interactive life even as he
searched for his "One". He can also control his natural
tendencies to do what is best for his mate—a nice change
from many alpha heroes.
This is a novel-length addition to Ms. D'Arc's paranormal
world found in Lords of the Were, Forever Valentine, One
and Only, and Rare Vintage. As such, we are not only
treated to Christina and Sebastian's love story, but also a
fascinating look into the mostly unseen world of
bloodletter, fey, and were, watched over and recorded by
the mysterious Altor Custodis, and hunted by the wicked
Venifucus. She deftly joins old and new characters as this
story arc progresses toward what promises to be a grand
blowout. If you can't start at the beginning of the series,
don't let that keep you from it. This can be read as a
stand alone, but be prepared to start looking for the rest!
**note: this title contains explicit sex scenes, including
Reviewed by Julia Clark
Posted January 4, 2008
An abused woman has the power to unite werefolk, fey and vampire against an evil that would see them all dead—if she can learn to love again.
Christy lies near death after a brutal beating by her estranged husband. Her preternatural friends reach a desperate conclusion: The only way to save her is to turn her. Sebastian steps forward to take on the burden of being her Maker.
For him it’s no burden at all. She draws him as no other woman has for centuries. With the help of a werecougar friend, Sebastian teaches Christy about her new life and abilities, making certain she is as strong as he can make her. Only then can she face her abusive ex-husband and put her old life behind her. But Christy’s ex-husband is involved in something more dangerous than any of them had guessed.
Vampire, were, and even a fey knight must work together to put an end to the threatening evil. To overcome her past, help keep the darkness at bay, and fight for a new life with Sebastian, Christy must draw on all of her new-found strength.
Will it be enough?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Warning: this title contains explicit sex, graphic language, ménage a trois, hot neck biting and werecougar stroking.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Red Hots!