I swore a solemn oath that saw to the end of the Cormacs, a family of hunters that persistently sought to rid my coven’s existence.
For years we have lived in the shadows, free from hunters and the weapons of wood that could destroy us.
But the familiar scent of Cormac blood is awakening my senses. We were certain that we had ended the bloodline. Now, the vow I swore plagues my mind. The guilt I harbour buries deep. The desire and lust burns.
My pledge to my family is now a promise to protect the woman I love.
Aurelia Galligan is a descendant of the Cormac bloodline. I should drain her. I have to destroy her. But she may just end me.
The first few chapters of this book seemed out of place with what came afterwards. They also colored my opinion of Lia that included much eye rolling and “are you kidding” coming from me. The prologue set the stage for bloody vicious vampires and then delivered none of the same afterwards. There was a curious lack of violence even when it was obvious that for Lia to be free of immediate danger there would need to be at least one death.
Lia, on the other hand, didn’t come off too bright in the first couple of chapters. She moves into her grandmother’s house with two college friends. Her grandmother passes several years ago and she hadn’t heard from or seen her brother since then. Every once in a while she’d call her brother’s phone but voicemail was always full. Upon moving into the house, she found a small room with old weapons. Machetes, crossbows, and whole tub filled with wooden stakes. Lia is upset and unsettled. Conveniently, her absentee brother calls her to tell her to get rid of all that stuff especially the stiff on the wall behind the door where he’d been tracking mysterious murders. He’s acting upset and worried and tells her not to tell anybody and burn it all right now and then dramatically hangs up. Lia doesn’t act as if she hadn’t spoken to her brother in years nor does she take his worry serious. He told her not to tell and the first thing she does is show one of her roommates. He told her to get rid of it, burn it. When she and her friend are in the room looking at the crazy stuff on the wall, they suddenly switch subjects forgetting all about the cray-cray in the basement and time jumps forward several weeks… So yes, I didn’t have a very high opinion of Lia. I almost put it down when at an art show her friend tells her that Julian is uber rich, Lia get all short of breath at the news. Seriously?
Then after Lia meets Julian, she starts acting more like a decent person. I was disappointed that the Julian in the prologue was not anywhere to be seen afterwards. He seemed to be a different person and I chalked that up to him changing over the years. There was some back and forth with the past where we are shown how Julian came to be a vampire and what lead to the blood bath. Julian’s best friend who kept pushing him to kill Lia, I wasn’t sure what to make of him. Even though Nolan was persistent, again the lethal vampires weren’t in evidence at all. Much of the relationship building between Julian and Lia took place off page, but once Lia found out Julian was a vampire and that was the reason he wasn’t sharing details about himself, they fell into bed right quick. From that point, they committed to each other as Julian tried to find a way to keep Lia safe from his kind.
The plot was easy to guess and at times the story slowed down. Lia used the word perfect a lot when thinking about Julian. There were also some weird word choices that would occasional throw me out of the story. In the end, this was a decent read in the end with a HFN ending.