Author: Norah Wilson
Source: Author Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance-Vampires
Format: ebook, 247 pages
Release Date: June 6, 2011
A foundling, nurse Ainsley Crawford has no idea that she carries a genetic gift, and Delano aims to keep it that way. He must keep her close, and ignorant, for he can leave nothing to chance. He manipulates events to ensure her unwitting cooperation. But when Delano's arch enemy Radak Janecek mounts an all-out assault to destroy Delano and the fruits of his research, Delano is forced to draw Ainsley even closer to protect her. Inevitably, the attraction that has sparked between them from the first flares hot and urgent. Ainsley sees no reason why that attraction shouldn't be consummated, but Delano knows succumbing to it is not just ill-advised; it could literally be the death of him.
This was not your typical vampire story. Delano Bowen is trying to create a vaccine to protect humans from rogue vampires and possibly find a "cure" to reverse vampirism. The answer lies in the genetic code carried in the blood of one family, thought to be long gone, hunted to extinction.
Being a vampire is looked at as an infection/virus and having it explained in medical terms makes it almost seem believable. I really enjoyed seeing the "scientific" side. Ainsley is of the long lost Merzetti family and her blood holds the answers for all of Delano's research. I felt bad for her being set up in the beginning, but I thought she handled the whole situation with grace. Delano is amazed by Ainsley's ability to accept everything that has happened to her and everything she has learned. He starts to develop deep feelings for her but he of course tries his hardest to keep his distance. While I would normally get tired of the whole "I love you but can't be with you because I know best" attitude, in this story I found myself totally agreeing with Delano. I wanted him and Ainsley to be together, but I also knew her blood could possibly kill him. In the few scenes where they lose control and let their hormones take over, I found myself cheering "Yes!" while at the same time yelling "NO!" I will admit there was one twist in the story I did not see coming.
This was a great book and I will be looking for the next one.