Don’t play with your food, the first rule of etiquette vampires are taught, and yet I am so tempted to nibble on the mortal doctor I’m forced to work with. My weakness for Raphael is a problem—for him. My touch is deadly to humans, although they do tend to die with a smile on their face.
Vampires are real. The world now knows, and in a gesture of good will, we’ve allowed them to send a human to study us that the populace might understand they’ve nothing to fear. We’re not savage, mindless killers. We’re cold, calculating survivors, and we know how to keep a secret.
It’s up to me to make sure this human doctor doesn’t see too much. So no eating him, as I’m sure his demise will end the precarious truce vampire kind has with the world. It saddens me to admit we will need their armies and weapons in the coming war. A war they refuse to believe is coming.
Fools. I haven’t lived this long to suffer them, and I didn’t become the general of the vampire queen’s army by being diplomatic. Everyone will fight in the upcoming battle, or they’ll feed my troops. All things living will do their part, or die.
Just like Raphael will die if he keeps tempting me with those lips. Because everyone knows a vampire’s kiss is toxic.
Vampires are facing a war and they need to come out of hiding and let the world know they are real because in the upcoming war, everyone from human to shifter is going to need to fight.
When the world finds out that vampires are real the vampire queen tells Ellie, aka Countess Elizabeth Bathory that she is to submit to the human doctor for tests. This is to make the humans feel better and let them get to know the vampires a little better and for some to prove that vampires are really real.
What Ellie doesn't count on is the fact that doctor Raphael makes her undead heart go pitter patter and she can't seem to get him out of her mind or get into his. Even though Ellie is smitten with Raphael, she knows that it can go nowhere as having sex with er would kill him and she doesn't want that.
Raphael comes off as very disinterested in Ellie as a woman at first. He seems every bit the nerdy doctor that he seems to be. But we get glimpses of something more, that maybe he isn't exactly what he's trying so hard to make her believe he is. He is a mystery and it was fun reading her reactions to him and the big twist that reveals itself.
This is a different kind of vampire story. Vampires and humans can't have sex because vampires are toxic to humans and they die. And Ellie is a blood thirsty vampire. We find out that Ellie, aka Countess Elizabeth Bathory got her blood thirsty reputation only after she had been turned into a vampire and newly turned vampires are blood thirsty creatures if left unchecked. Since her sire was killed before he could really explain how to be a vampire, she had to find a way to go on herself and she went a bit over board.
Since most of this story is told from Ellie's point of view, we really get to see what she's thinking and while she might not be bathing in the blood of virgin's any longer, she still see's humans as food and she has a temper. But she's a good soldier and does what she's told for the most part.
This was a good vampire story filled with blood thirsty vampires, a nerdy doctor, an interesting love story and a great twist.
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I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.