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Naomi and Alaric both have love and pain in their past.
An action packed good vs evil battle with steamy romance thrown in!
If they stop fighting their emotions and shadows of their pasts, can they overcome greater evil and darkness?
Hmmm m..... Wicked intense romance, friendship, family and love.
This is an engaging and easy-to-read paranormal romance that strikes a nice balance between the developing romance(s) and an action-filled, magic-packed plot.
There are a number of familiar elements mixed in, from the vampire/human (ish) romantic, but dangerous, relationship, to the parents dying to protect the life of their magical offspring, who grows up thinking that she is ordinary. However, Naomi and Alaric feel authentic, as does the development of their character arcs and relationship, and the plot about the mysterious stone tablet that speaks to Naomi’s unique bloodline is interesting and exciting.
L. D. Goffigan has thrown in some of her own twists to vampire mythology, such as blood bonds ‘mating’ a couple like a more visceral marriage ceremony. The ‘rules’ of magic use and mythology here are clearly explained and consistently applied, allowing the reader to suspend their disbelief in the paranormal elements.
I was pleased to note small details like Naomi actually knowing and caring about her job, and applying herself to it whilst there despite mysterious tablets and attractive strangers, then mentally sighed slightly when she dropped everything and casually tossed said job in order to run away with the hunk and save the world! Her life was in danger though, so I will give her a pass. Especially as she stands up for herself repeatedly and chooses her own path, and Alaric respects her independence (somewhat reluctantly!) and is supportive of her friendships and decisions.
Definitely one for fans of sweet romance and magic adventure. There is some romantic sex (think of the camera artistically panning candlelit elbows and backs to the sound of soft sighs), but no strong language and the violence is not graphic, so I would thinthink this appropriate for both Young Adults and ‘full’ adults who enjoy a well-written, easy read.
Naomi spends most of her life thinking she's crazy, turns out she's just a witch, and vampire Alaric, who works with the Alliance, is currently tasked with watching over her and keeping her safe from the Order who want to use her as a sacrifice to essentially rid the world of anyone who is not a witch. It's a very interesting premise. The book itself felt very, very slow however. I didn't find myself drawn to the characters emotionally either. I did solider on to finish the story and while there were some parts that are good and drew me in to the story temporarily, overall it was just decent and I probably won't read farther into the series... The ending of this one felt very anticlimactic as well.
This story is a sweet paranormal romance with a lot of adventure. I felt this was a good start for a new series with all of the things I enjoy~ vampires, witches, magic and humans.
This is the story of Naomi and Alaric who are part of a group called the Alliance. The Alliance is a group of a supernaturals~ witches and vampires who are fighting an evil supernatural group called the Order.
Alaric is a vampire with a troubled past and Naomi grew up believing she was a normal human woman who’s parents died in a car crash when she was young.
Naomi finds out that she is anything, but normal after she is rescued by Alaric. She is in fact a very powerful witch. A descendant or pureblood witch. Her true heritage and powers are hidden or blocked by her parents to protect Naomi when she was young from the Order. The Order is hunting for descendants for a evil purpose.
There is the mystery of Alaric’s past. And the budding love between Naomi and Alaric.
And plenty of adventure, magic and danger. The battle between the Alliance and Order to determine the fate of all vampires, witches and humanity.
If you enjoy a taste of the supernatural, with a dash of romance and mystery, then this is a good story for you. All of the twists and turns made me look forward to the release of the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book.
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Not just the regular Vampire macho storyline.
It was a pleasant surprise.