by Lara Adrian
3.5 Stars of 5
He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.
Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.
Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . .
Lucan Thorne is an ancient “Breed” warrior vampire. For centuries he has fought against the Rogue vampires to keep not only vampire society a secret/safe, but to also protect the humans.
Gabrielle Maxwell is a gifted, immensely successful photographer. She is drawn to old buildings and darkness. Her photos have a certain…paranormal quality that her fans love.She had no idea that she had been taking photos of vampire dwellings. It is after an art show that she witnesses a brutal murder. She is convinced that something otherworldly had killed the young man. The cops brush aside her suspicions, but her story and picture of the scene catches Lucan’s attention as well as the Rogue vampire’s.
Lucan must protect her from the vampire’s bloody war and fight his attraction for Gabrielle, which he finds to be impossible. Their lives become more and more entwined as they journey through the mystery of Gabrielle’s past and face dangers together.
This was a wonderful first book within a series. The writing was detailed and the characters held my attention the entire time. With books I’ve been reading lately, I find myself saying “yawn” and skipping paragraphs and sometimes a couple pages at a time. What kept me from giving this book a higher rating is my personal preference of steamier scenes and a deeper romantic relationship between the hero and heroine.I have the second and third book and plan on diving in again as soon as summer hits and my classes are out.