Author: Claudy Conn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook, 135 pgs
Release Date: May 29, 2011
What do you do when your father wants to turn you into a vampire and the man who offers you protection has his own, dark agenda?
Shawna Rawley has no choice but to run. Pentim Rawley, one of the most evil vampires who has ever lived, has just discovered that she is his daughter. Now he's obsessed with finding and turning her. She doesn't want Pentim to find the people she loves and use them to get to her. She doesn't want him to find and turn her. She has only one ace up her sleeve. The human in her may be at risk, but in addition to being half vamp, Shawna is also a white witch!
Chad MacFare has an offer for Shawna he thinks she can't afford to refuse: he'll protect her from Pentim and his minions. But Shawna doesn't trust the sexy immortal. She knows he has his own agenda-he wants to kill her father, and he wants to set her up as bait...
4.5 stars!! A good paranormal romance filled with vampires, witches, immortals, electricity entities, white magic, black magic and fae skills. These make it sound like a fantasy, but it isn't, an urban fantasy possibly, but definitely is a paranormal romance.
Chadwick, an Scottish immortal with visions, is a playa who just wants 'friends with benefits'. He wants to use Shawna as bait to trap an evil vampire. Despite his not wanting to get romantically involved with his bait, he gets a hard-on just from seeing her in a vision. When he tries to talk to her on a Manhattan street, he is actually shocked when she won't talk to him or agree to have a coffee with him. He "had never before been rebuffed by a woman". The more time he's around her, the more he's affected by her, moved by her. He feels it is "so much more than her tantalizing beauty, more than the sexual rawness of a come hither buried inside of her and begging, dripping to be licked…", un huh, he's got it bad. Even though he feels he can't get involved with her, other than to protect her and use her for bait of course, because he cannot offer her a future, he so wants her to want him. He is sure "he had never needed a woman the way he needed Shawna".
Shawna, a halfling (white witch and vampire) not yet 25, is a street smart young woman whose father, who has just found out he has a daughter, is the self-proclaimed Vampire Prince and he wants to find and turn her to gain the use of her powers. He is truly evil. So she has to keep on the run until she can come up with a plan to kill him. When she sees Chad for the first time she thinks, "sexy, hot, and handsome in an all too memorable way." She's lonely but feels she must stay alone because she can't drag anyone into the problems facing her. Being a halfling, she requires a little blood, animal is fine, to live and she has many of the strengths of a vampire apparently without the weaknesses.
The sexual chemistry of these two jumps off the page. The more she pushes him away, the more he seems unable to keep his hands and lips off her. And she can't seem to stop him. The attraction is hard to deny. She verbally keeps pushing him away but her body keeps trying to keep him close. Unbeknownst to him, she is a virgin. Despite the chemistry, there is really only time in this fast paced, 135 page story for one night of passionate sex.
I enjoyed this story very much. The characters are vivid and plot is great. There is bit of foreshadowing perhaps(?) with Damon, Shawna's vampire friend, and an unknown slayer. The only thing that disappointed me about this story is how the evil father is dealt with.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Paranormal romance, urban fantasy and vampire fans should make sure to put this on or near the top of their wishlist.
Warning Spoiler Alert!!!!
This has a HEA ending.