Sunday, January 5, 2014

Love is Darkness by Caroline Hanson

This was a freebie that I got on Kindle. It's also free on Smashwords. I loved this story. Valerie witnessed her mother being sucked dry by a vampire. Her father decides to rid the world of vampires. Valerie decides to get away from him and Jack, a kid they took in after his parents were killed by Marion the vampire.
Lucas is the head of the vampires. He finds out that Roberto has killed an empath and drained Valerie's mother.  He feeds from Roberto and is excited by the empath's blood.  He then kills him because he know that there was a child of this woman. He watches Valerie as she grows, protects her, waits for her.
Lucas comes to Valerie when she is in London going to grad school.  He needs her to help him keep the vampires in line. She accepts but is strongly attracted to him. Will they succumb to their feelings?

From goodreads:
Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—deadly.

In London for graduate school, Val knows she's finally free. Her father and ex-almost-boyfriend are back in California and she's out of the Vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she?

She draws the attention of Lucas, a 1600 year old Vampire, and King to his kind. He’s also wicked hot. As golden as Lucifer, and just as tempting, he makes Valerie an offer she can't refuse— help him find out if the Others (Empaths, Fey and Werewolves) still exist or he'll stop protecting those she loves.

Lucas tells her that Empaths were a Vampire’s biggest weakness before going extinct hundreds of years ago. While the Fey or a Werewolf might kill a Vampire, an Empath could enslave them, seducing or harming with emotions at will. The one detail he leaves out? Valerie is an Empath.

And after 1600 years of an emotionless existence, Lucas wants Valerie like a recovering alcoholic wants a wine cooler.

Can she keep those she loves alive, stop Lucas from munching on her, survive a fanged revolution and still find a way to have that boring, normal life she’s always wanted? Probably not, but boy is she gonna try!

This is a full length novel and contains adult content.

Excerpt:
Valerie sat alone at a small square table that had a nice view of the High Street. Her three hour long Monday class was over and she'd decided that staying conscious during an incredibly boring lecture on Ptolemaic History deserved, maybe even required, a nice lunch as a reward.
Cafe Rouge was near her dorm. It was a chain restaurant that Val feared she liked more than it deserved. Everything was black, white, or red and pictures of burlesque dancers, cats and bicycles decorated the walls. The decorations were meant to be French, but Valerie suspected that the decorator thought this was how people expected a French cafe to look, rather than how one actually did.
The waiter, a stinky and authentic French import, was busy talking at the bar and had been ignoring Valerie's bring-me-my-check-or-die stare for at least five minutes. Reaching into her bag, she pulled out her wallet, deciding the flash of cash might help speed things up.
As she righted herself, she saw a man sitting at her table across from her as though he’d been there the whole time.
Oh shit! Her bag dropped to the floor in shock.
“Lucas,” Val said in a hush, like saying his name too loudly would give him power—or wake her up from a dream. What could he want? She lifted her hand, nervously tucking a strand of long brown hair behind her ear.
His eyes—a blue so Arctic and cold that it could give freezer burn—  followed the movement, shifting ever so slightly to watch her hand before dipping down infinitesimally, and she just knew he was looking at the pulse of her wrist. Was that the equivalent of a guy checking her out? Scoping out her pulse? She was fucked.
“It’s daytime!” she said, like it wouldn’t have occurred to him that he could burst into flame at any moment.
“A benefit of my longevity,” He said quietly. 

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Pages: 323
Published: 2011

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