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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dunbar’s Curse by Faith V. Smith

Dunbar’s Curse by Faith V. Smith
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (294 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Bound By Blood Series


Erotic dreams haunt Dr. Hope Morgan. The man who makes her burn with desire is only a figment of her imagination—or so she thinks until she meets him at a party. She fears she is losing her mind and flees the handsome stranger but finds she can’t seem to get him out of her heart.

Miles is over four hundred years old and a bit long in the fang department to fall in love. But when the child he rescues grows up into a beautiful and sensual woman, he can’t keep his heart or desire under control. When Hope’s life is in danger once again, he moves Heaven and Earth to protect her but wonders who will protect her from him.

In the mood for a dark, brooding vampire, the human female he cannot forget, and a dash of mystery and suspense? Then look no further than Dunbar’s Curse, a story that provides darkness, sensuality, and danger.

Miles is a four-hundred year old vampire who saved Hope years before when she was just a child. Ripping her from the clutches of evil men who sought to brutalize, rape, and kill her, he found himself unable to forget her as the years passed and checked in on her from time to time. Before long, he realized he was in love with the lovely young girl who went to college, became a doctor, and grew into a mature and capable young woman. Now, he has to reveal himself to her or risk losing everything.

Hope has had dreams of a sensual and sexy lover who comes to her at night. So imagine her shock when she meets him in the flesh. Miles is gorgeous, mysterious, and unforgettable. Yet there is something more under the surface and when she learns what he truly is, can she see past the beast to the man who loves and cherishes her?

Although I’ve not read the first story in the series, I was able to follow Dunbar’s Curse easily enough. The back history is well-written and gives you a glimpse of what has occurred up to this point. In this installment, you meet Miles and Hope, a vampire and the woman he’s coveted from afar. It’s a very sexual game of cat and mouse that brims with tension. In order for Miles and Hope to be together, he must tell her what he is, yet he fears scaring her away. While in turn, Hope wants to trust Miles but has reservations about doing so. There is also some suspense and mystery in regard to late-night phone calls that leave Hope confused and frightened, which adds depth to the story and the hold-your-breath conclusion.

The continuous use of outside forces to stop our hero and heroine from consummating their relationship was somewhat repetitious, and as the interruptions occurred over and over again, I kept wondering who was going to show up just in time to stop them from finding sexual bliss. Aside from that, however, the story is wonderful. You get the tortured hero, the endangered heroine, a fantastic supporting cast, and enough mystery to keep you guessing. There is also a touch of magic and intrigue, which make this more than your ordinary vampire romance.

Vampire fans are sure to love this one. Be sure not to miss Dunbar’s Curse, and if you’ve not read it, the first in the series, Kensington’s Soul. I can’t wait to read the first installment so I can experience Zache and Miranda’s story firsthand.