A serpent ring,
A cursed legacy,
And a vampire of her own weren't exactly what primary schoolteacher, Laura Dantonville, wished for on her birthday.
What would you do if you learned you were responsible for freeing your family from an ancient curse, especially if it involved getting dangerously intimate with a hundred-year-old vampire?
Just because he's a jaw-dropping vision of male hotness doesn't make it any easier.
Or does it?
Laura is about to find out.
With only five years left in servitude, Alec Munro must bow to his sire's wishes to act as Laura's guardian ... or risk slavery forever. But getting Laura to willingly accept him is another matter.
He has three days to win her over before she makes her choice.
Torn between two worlds, Laura must decide to which world she belongs - human or vampire?
But as a white-hot sizzling attraction grows between her and Alec, the choice becomes even harder.
Can she survive long enough to make the right one?
Or will her fate - and that of her family - be decided by another, unexpected source?
Long ago Roman soldiers had been killed by a woman who cursed a soldier sent to find his men. She cursed the soldiers in the name of Melusine right before she died. The soldiers then killed all of the rest of the women and children in the village and moments later the soldiers who had killed her and her people...turned into vampires. I can't say that I felt the least bit sorry for them after what they had done.
The soldiers now vampires killed everyone they came in contact with, including their own friends. They were told by someone they went to help for that only the woman who had cursed them could lift the curse. So they sought out her spirit and asked for forgiveness but she had none in her. But because one of her children had escaped she said that Marcus's wife would give birth to twins, the boy would be like him a child of the dark and the girl would be a child of the light. She would have long life and youthfulness. The children of the light will feed the children of the dark and sustain them with their blood. And Marcus, the soldier that killed her will be cursed to live until one of his blood and one of her blood willingly have a child together and is born on the spot that she died.
Laura turned fifty years old and her whole life changed. Laura's aunt took her aside and tells her that in their family the people with the gene that let's them look younger well into old age have had a vampire protector 'guardian' and she was going to meet her's. His name was Alec and he had been her aunt Laura's vampire guardian for the last almost fifty years. If she didn't agree to take on a vampire guardian then vampires all over would come out of the woodwork to claim her for her blood that let's them walk in the daylight. Alec was given a choice by his sire Luc, get Laura away from her boyfriend Matt and have a child with her. Luc who was the son of Marcus, the Roman soldier cursed by the witch all those years ago wanted to try and break this curse and since Laura was actually his daughter, he hoped that Alec and she could break the curse by having the child that the witch had spoken of all those years ago. But Alec would have to get her to agree to let him be her guardian first.
As Alec and Laura get to know each other it's obvious that they feel something for each other right away. That spark was there in a way that she didn't have with her boyfriend, Matt. So when danger starts coming at them and especially her from everywhere, Alec gets more and more attached to her every time he saves her. Laura's feelings for Alec are there but she feels so bad that she doesn't have the same feelings for Matt that she keeps her feelings for Alec subdued for a time. There are a lot of family secrets that come to light and each time a new secret is revealed it seems that it puts her in more danger.
This was such a good vampire book. The romance takes place over the course of her finding out what lies in her future, family secrets and a lot of action. Alec is such a great character, I loved him. The only thing I didn't like about him was the fact that he called her, "darling" all the time and I find that so pretentious. I don't know, maybe it's just me but I hate to be called that.
All of the secondary characters, and there were a lot of them, were great. I'm really looking forward to seeing them in future books because I know that some of them have really interesting stories like Marcus.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.