"a subtle & simmering seduction which will ultimately blaze into a conflagration of lust"
At the end of his endurance and freed by an unsuspecting
Gabrielle, Ivan loses control of the beast within and takes
more than she can safely give. With her heart stuttering, a
remorseful Ivan tries to save his unwitting savior. Though
he knows nothing about this woman, Ivan is now honor bound
to attempt to save Gabrielle. However, his actions may just
mean he is now binding their lives together ...forever.
Over the following weeks, he watches Gabrielle to see what
will result from his desperate act. From a hidden vantage
point, Ivan is seduced by the beautiful and spirited
Gabrielle; he now knows that he must claim this woman as
his own. However, the first attempt nearly ends in disaster
and Ivan now realizes that he needs to lay claim to not
only her body but her heart and soul also.
So starts a subtle seduction, where one wrong move could
send Gabrielle fleeing from him in terror. However, it's
not just what he is that can destroy their love but who
they are to each other.
What is the history that not only binds them together but
could ultimately tear them apart?
Jayelle Drewry has seamlessly blended both real and
alternative history to add an authenticity to this story,
which is based in the homeland of the original Dracula. The
reader can't fail to see the irony of the 'old' stories of
monstrous vampires and today's new, romantic perception of
them. Whilst learning more about the roots of these
legends, I also enjoyed a crisp, well constructed short
story which would satisfy any reader of this genre. If
you've not read any of this author's books before, Deadly
Inheritance would be a great one to start with as it'll
keep you spell bound from start to finish. ......now I'm off to
track down the rest of Jayelle's books.
Reviewed by Liz Pawsey
Posted November 16, 2008