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Friday, April 16, 2010

The Vampire’s Mistress by Theresa Meyers



The Vampire’s Mistress by Theresa Meyers
Publisher: Harlequin Silhouette Nocturne
Genre: Action/Adventure Contemporary Paranormal
Length: Short (73 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Review by: Fern

Six years ago Gabriel Forrester gave his life--literally--for Marina DeMornay, choosing to become a vampire to be with her. Then Marina was compelled to become mistress to a vampire prince...and Gabriel disappeared when she needed him the most.

But when Marina's consort is killed and she's captured, Gabriel is sent by the Vampire High Council to rescue her...and they become bound together even more strongly than before. With their enemies still on the loose, can Marina and Gabriel put the past behind them long enough to save both vampires and humanity from their enemies and reclaim the passion they once shared?

The Vampire’s Mistress contains elements of betrayal, danger, mystery, forgiveness and love. When the story begins, you are aware that things are not quite as they seem with Marina, but it’s not until Gabriel begins slipping the pieces together that a clearer image is revealed. At first, he’s not sure who the woman he fell in love with is, as she quite literally deserted him to be with Nick, a powerful vampire prince. However, when he learns the truth -- which I can’t reveal in an effort to remain spoiler free -- things take an unexpected turn and he remembers why it is he’d willingly fight and die for her.

Although the writing is tight and the pace is brisk, I did have a problem connecting with Gabriel and Marina. For whatever reason, their love just never really hit home for me. Yes, you are told it exists between them, and Gabriel and Marina do confess their feelings by story’s conclusion, I was just wasn’t able to invest in it. To be fair, The Vampire’s Mistress is a novella and there is a lot going on, meaning they are not given an enormous amount of time to explore their feelings, aside from displaying an understandable amount of distrust. These are lovers torn apart by a cruel villain, and their pain runs deep.

There are positive things to be said, however. The world build is fascinating and the plot will keep you guessing. I loved the concept of Shyelds, as well as the uprising taking place in the vampire hierarchy. Ms. Meyers has a knack for bringing new, inventive things to the pages and this story is no different. While the conclusion is what you expect, the journey taken to bring you there will keep you on your toes.

Vampire fans are sure to enjoy The Vampire’s Mistress, especially those who need something that doesn’t require a lot of time to read but provides plenty of excitement and intrigue.

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