Author: Traci L. Slatton
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook, 180 pgs
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Vampires, a missing Botticelli painting, the Illuminati, the Egyptian Book of the Dead and a simmering sexual attraction come in to play in this paranormal romance filled with humor, non-stop action, travel to several countries and many, many lies. I laughed and I cried while reading this good plot.
John Bolingbroke is a 500+ year old changed vampire. "Fifty years ago, a whimsical god granted him half a soul and bestowed upon him unruly, inescapable powers." He overhears a plot by an old, powerful vampire coven to kidnap Laila as incentive for her father to do what they wish. John has promised her father he'd protect her. "But meeting her, now that she was a grown woman, that changed everything. It was no longer about impersonal appreciation. He wanted her like no woman he’d met before. He was honor-bound to protect her. But who would protect Laila from him?"
Laila, a doctoral art student and 29 year old former master forger, misses painting but it is like an addiction for her and she needs to stay away from it. She describes herself as "a six foot-tall red-headed babe who can conquer anything with her ten languages! I have a tattoo on the small of my back that says 'Rock You'!" Her father has been missing for 5 yrs. She must delve back into her unsavory past to help save her father and, unbeknownst to her, herself.
The story is a little high brow with all the art discussions and literary references. It was filled with "big words" I needed a dictionary for as well as Italian, French and German phrases for which I required the Google translator.
If you like a lot of mystery with your paranormal romance, you'll be right at home with this book.
Warning Spoiler Alert!!!
While the story is resolved and the main characters get to stay together, I'm not sure I will say this has a HEA ending.