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Monday, March 1, 2010

Salvation Of The Damned by Theresa Meyers

Salvation Of The Damned by Theresa Meyers
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (27 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Every thousand years, a plague ravages the vampire population, bringing them to near extinction. In forty-eight hours, a virus will turn all vampires into their true chronological age and kill them all, unless the right woman is sacrificed. It is a ritual that vampire Raphael has made before. Every millennium, he finds the perfect woman and seduces her so thoroughly that she willing gives her own life and soul to save his kind. But only once in six thousand years has he fallen in love with his victim...

Then he sees Evaline St. Croix at a Mardi Gras costume party and feels the same raw need he felt for Isabeau. Eva feels an instant connection to Raphael, too, as if they've known each other forever. His voice and touch bring strange memories to her mind...and an explosive desire to her body.

Could Eva be the reincarnation of Raphael's lost love? And if she is, has he found her again only to lose her once more?

Raphael has waited one thousand-years for the woman who will save his people. The last time, he was forced to sacrifice the only woman he ever loved, and the years following have been absolute misery. When he is faced with the reincarnation of her soul, will he be able to watch her die a second time?

Eva knows there is something special about Raphael the first time their eyes meet. A spark is rekindled in his presence, and for the first time in her life, she feels complete. When he tells her that he is not man, but vampire, and needs her help to save his people, how can she possibly say no?

Even if it means giving her life to ensure he, and the rest of his kind, lives.

The two come together in a tempestuous storm of passion and love, but with the inevitable drawing near, take their places in something that cannot be avoided. Eva will face death for the man she cannot live without, while Raphael prays for a miracle to redeem the woman he loves. Will this time be different? Is love strong enough to bring Eva back from the brink of death and unite the two for eternity? Or will Raphael and Eva pay the ultimate price so that those who depend on them survive?

It’s not often you find something unique among the paranormal, especially in regard to vampire romance. That is why I enjoyed Theresa Meyers' Salvation of the Damned, a captivating and endearing story of love, loss, and redemption. The heart of the story is the protagonists, who are willing to give up everything for one another. But in a twist that wrenches the heart, a happily-ever-after is not a given.

In normal circumstances, the hero would never dare allow the woman he loves to perish. But in this, if Raphael does not allow Eva to cleanse his kind of the curse that is slowly killing them with her own life, his entire family will perish. It’s the most noble of sacrifices, from both Raphael and Eva, and makes for one hell of a tear-jerker you won’t be able to shake. I found myself leaning closer and closer to the computer screen as I read, unable to tear my eyes away. Unlike other stories I’ve enjoyed, this one truly kept me waiting with a baited breath, and I delighted in each agonizing second of it.

Vampire fans will love this story. The material is beautifully written, and Ms. Meyers writes with a lyrical prose that captivates. Don’t miss out on this shining gem, which can be enjoyed in such a short period of time. Salvation of the Damned has everything you could possibly want in a memorable story, and it’s packed into a sucker-punch of a small package.