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Monday, June 13, 2011

The Vampire Who Loved Me by Theresa Meyers



The Vampire Who Loved Me by Theresa Meyers
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (281 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

FROM SWORN ENEMIES…

Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin hated nothing more than the vampires who had turned her loved ones into creatures of the night…until she became one herself. Now her experimental vaccine has become more urgent than ever, and has made her the target of vampire security chief Achilles Stefanos.

TO FORBIDDEN LOVERS.

Built like a god with golden hair and an irresistible allure, Achilles made her feel passion the way no mortal man had before. Beck could no more deny her craving for him than she could the hated bloodlust in her veins. But when her vaccine fell into the wrong hands, Beck has a difficult choice to make—one that challenged everything she’d always believed…..

Dark and dangerous, the Sons of Midnight are a temptation that few can resist!

Manipulators being manipulated, biohazards and the fight against time, a hero and heroine who face death for loving each other and a whole lot more is waiting for readers in this latest thrilling and fast paced book by Ms. Meyers.

I remember reading the Truth about Vampires and was amazed at the unique way in which the vampires were depicted in that book. I figured that would be the end of the surprise twists but I was delighted by the bombshell I got at the end of this book. It’s way cool and it ends up being, if not the answer then at least one of them, about an alluded to prophesy during the telling of this current tale. I’m not going to say who says it or when, that is for readers to find out. Even if they notice that part during reading, there is no way they’re going to guess what happens during the epilogue. I certainly never imagined the outcome and I can only guess at the absolute chaos that could erupt from such a revelation. What fun!

I’m getting ahead of myself. The heroine, Beck (short for Rebecca), is a single-minded scientist with a brain that won’t quit. Despite being an introverted science geek, she’s actually warm-hearted and sweet and has a core of inner steel, something she developed during events over the course of her growing up. She could have become a bitter and twisted woman but instead she works for the good of mankind – or so she thinks. I never saw the plot conflict coming and it was a shocker. I mean, the author hinted at something and I figured I knew what she meant until I read one of the dramatic and intense scenes that revealed the truth. The author’s choice of words was well done because I got grossed out. Beck and the hero, on the other hand, got a lot more than that.

Achilles is the hero with a tough job. I’m not talking about his work for the clan, although that carries with it a huge responsibility. No, what I’m referring to is his job to mentor a woman he already had the hots for. Through a simple and unfortunate circumstance he was forced to take on a role that made her forbidden to him. Talk about conflict and personal angst. Even more exciting was the sensual tension, pulled so taut a reader could cut it with a knife. What makes Achilles rate higher on the “yum” factor is his being a Spartan warrior of old. Those guys knew what harsh living was like and yet for all his manly, stoic and determined intentions, a man is still a man when faced with a woman who makes his pheromones sizzle and pop. I enjoyed watching him succumb to his heart. Even more amazing is the reason why he can’t resist her. What a fascinating surprise.

The villains are a bit twisted in this tale. By that I don’t mean they are demented and psycho, instead they are not quite what I expected. One of the bad guys in The Truth about Vampires shows up in this book too. And no, a reader really doesn’t need to read the first book to follow and understand The Vampire Who Loved Me. Kristin, Beck’s best friend, fills a reader in just fine with what they’ll need to know. But since I did read the first book, I still found what happens to the guy as a bit harsh. I think he deserved it and once a reader gets to that part, it’s really profound and full of ironic justice – but still icky.

There are lots of quirks and questions that pepper this story. Most of the questions get solved but a few others are left to pave the way for a continuation of the series. They make me want to know more, to read more and to ask a ton of questions of the author about her characters and what is next. The hero and heroine get their happily ever after and then some, so there are no cliff hangers there to worry about. But there are other secondary characters that seem ripe for their own romance and certainly play a continuing role in both books. I enjoyed how Ms. Meyer feeds me a bit at a time, reeling me in like a fish on a hook and hooked I am. This book is just as convoluted and well written with fascinating characters that jump off the page as the last one. I can’t wait to find out who’s next and what the ramifications of all the changes are that will surely send the vampire community into a tailspin.

Ms. Meyers also injected quite a bit of humor into this story. I absolutely believe she did a great job of fulfilling a wish that women have voiced the world over – probably for centuries. It was emotional to be sure, but I still found myself giggling and chortling at the same time. It’s classic, and ends up being one of my favorite parts.

The Vampire Who Loved Me is a truly entertaining and fast paced read that only makes me want to read more from the talented Ms. Meyers. I really like this world she’s built, and it’s still in process for which I can only be grateful. I enjoyed the dynamics between Achilles and Beck and once the heroine’s eyes were opened, her choices were laudable and satisfying. I think Ms. Meyers wrote a wonderful romance spiced with light drama and suspense colored with inventive conflict. I’m thinking that paranormal romance readers are going to find they can really sink their teeth into this story because I did and I had a great time. I’m ready for more.

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