Author: Arial Burnz
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook, 294 pgs
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Masked in a Gypsy guise, Broderick MacDougal hides his vampiric identity while seeking to destroy the man who slaughtered his family. When an old Clan rival ensnares Broderick in a trap using an enticing widow, he is compelled to discover if she is bait or an accomplice, and the cinnamon-haired beauty is his next conquest.
Widow of an abusive husband, Davina Stewart-Russell clings to the only image that gave her strength during those dark times—the Gypsy rogue who stole her heart as a youth. After nine years, she is finally face-to-face with him again, but reality clashes with fantasy as she is confronted with Broderick’s passionate pursuit.
When Davina’s past returns to haunt her, Broderick is forced to reveal a dark secret worse than anything Davina thought possible. The challenge before them has fatal risks and neither of them is prepared for the sacrifices expected for the sake of eternal love.
This is the first in Burnz's Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles series. Vampires, a long time blood feud, gypsies, two surprising revelations, two romances and a prophecy grace the pages of this paranormal romance. Set in 16th century Scotland, Burnz does a good job of letting the history act as a background, not another character in the story. It is there for flavor and not to take over the story. So no, this is not a historical romance.
Broderick began his Vamsyrian immortal life as a Blood Slave. Betrayed by his wife to his enemy, he was turned by the same enemy at his request so he would be able to continue to seek revenge against his enemy. He soon thereafter joins and travels with a Gypsy caravan reading fortunes.
Davina, stuck in a marriage where she is frequently beaten, had met Broderick when she was 13 and has loved him since. Her husband is now dead, killed in battle as were her father, brother and father-in-law. Her child thrives in the absence of its father. But Ian's body was never found and Davina has nightmares that he comes back.
Nine years have passed since that Gypsy caravan and Broderick have been to town. Broderick dreams of a grown up Davina, awakening him from his day sleep with the first dream he's had since being turned 30 yrs before. Davina has been waiting and hoping Broderick will return. She used the memory of him as her strength to get through the loveless, cruel marriage.
This is a good story which I enjoyed. I think paranormal romance and vampire fans will as well.
It has a sneak peak at the upcoming second book in the series, Midnight Captive.
Warning Spoiler Alert!!!
This has not one, but two HEA endings.