Being kidnapped with a co-worker is the last thing Jasmine Hunter is expecting from only two months at Scotland Yard in a job she loves. She is even more unprepared for the sparks that fly between her and one of their captors, especially when her unique senses are screaming he isn’t human.
Eric is a vampire, deep undercover with centuries of secrets. He has no time for distractions, yet he can’t seem to get the feisty female out of his head, nor the hungering desires she evokes within him.
Forced to work together, they must stop the diabolical plans of Marcel Coupe – the French arms dealer responsible for her abduction. As time starts to run out can they save themselves and Paris from disaster? Or will the sizzling attraction between them be their downfall?
Review: (Video review)
As my favourite topic is irresistible love, this book was on the money. Having pulled a sceptical face when viewing the book cover, fearing the content would be too erotic for my taste, I felt pleasantly surprised as I read. It was loaded with teasing tension between Jasmine and Eric all the way to the end, by which time I craved a romantic resolve. It finally came; and this part wasn’t for the shy reader. Claire promised sexual content and she delivered it in just the right amount. The storyline was not focused solely on smothering the reader with lust, but had an intriguing plot where Jasmine took part in trying to bring down an arms dealer and save her kidnapped best friend/co-worker. The hidden world of supernaturals, and their laws of nature, made a subtle appearance that kept attention. The pace of story favoured detail over a quickly turning of events, which I believe will either appeal to or apprehend readers, depending on their desire to know the outcome of the criminal investigation. When I had finished the book it did leave me with an interest to find out what would happen next.
Message & Moral
The plot entails bringing down an arms dealer before he kills a lot of people, which obviously is a good deed. The message is straight forward and not based on a deep or long standing story evolvement. I also think that Eric’s moral has flaws…for now, although I get the impression that might change in the sequel!
Creatures & Environment
Although this book only features a few supernatural beings, which leaves the creature building thin, it is rich with descriptions. It clearly describes the environment Jasmine is exposed to and the people she meets. Her own feistiness, as well as simmering fears are vividly demonstrated in many events and tested in many ways. The foreplay is carefully set up, whether it is by long dining scenes or the teasing dance around lust. Except for Jasmine and Eric – and this might surprise people – I found Raoul was my favourite.
Captivation & Continuity
When I was first introduced to this book, I did judge by the book cover that this story would be filled to the brim with sex, very much like ‘Fifty shades of Grey’. I was pleasantly surprised that the story focused more on teasing scenes between Jasmine and Eric, but yes, it did satisfy with a bang. It was just the right balance. The story actually had a captivating criminal investigation plot where Jasmine had to be wise and brave to save her best friend Twitch as well as the wider public. I especially enjoyed reading about the different skills that the supernaturals possessed and how they were used. I had never before come across Twitch’s skill which was refreshing.
Language & Flow
The language is descriptive without complicated vocabulary, which makes the book an easy read. I could follow the story without any interruptions. I did find that the information was repetitive at times, however perhaps I am just good at remembering details where others would prefer to be reminded.
T.M. Caruana’s Grimoire Award