Author: Felicity E. Heaton
Source: Author ARC Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance - Vampires/Werewolves
Release Date: May 19th 2012
Buy link - Author's Website
Ten years have passed since Sophis and Vivek, two vampires of the Venia bloodline, came close to death at the hands of twin hunters Aleksis and Izabella Romanov. The events of that night turned Sophis and Vivek against each other, shattering their close friendship and driving them apart.
Now, on the eve of a centenary Creator Day masquerade and at a time when things between them are dangerously close to separating them forever, they uncover a small army of vampire hunters in Saint Petersburg, led by their nemeses, Aleksis and Izabella.
With the safety of the rulers of the seven pure vampire bloodlines in their hands and their chance for vengeance hanging in the balance, can Sophis and Vivek face their past and overcome their differences? Will they realise their true feelings for each other before it’s too late or will the hunters finally claim their lives as their deadly plot to destroy the bloodlines unfolds?
My Review -
Felicity Heaton continues to mesmerize readers with her vampire tales that are full of vivid imagery, mystery and passion. Masquerade definitely encompasses all of these areas and more with characters who are so well developed that the reader at times feels they can reach out and touch them. I really enjoyed this book and even though I have not read the other stories in this series, I did not feel that I was missing any details from the previous stories so it can be read as a stand-alone.
I have to say I really enjoyed the characters because they had qualities about them that did not come off as flat nor irritating. Vivek and Sophis are both dedicated to protecting their bloodline, but are afraid to let the other know how they truly feel for one another which created a lot of misunderstanding and tension. The sexual tension that grew between them had the right mixture of anticipation and frustration that when the two finally came together the sparks flew off the pages. Come one who would not love a vampire who is strong, powerful, dedicated, loyal and gorgeous (Vivek is so yummy.
Not only was the development of the romance between Vivek and Sophis beautiful, but the twists that occurred in the story kept me glued to the pages. There were times I felt like screaming at the characters for not expressing their feelings for each other and the growing misunderstanding. However, the plot was very intriguing and had me guessing as to who was behind the circumstances that occurred and when I found out I was surprised. To keep from spoiling anything I have to say I was very surprised at what happened and intrigued as to how the results will impact Vivek and Sophis' bloodline in future storylines in the series.
Fans of Felicity's books will definitely enjoy this one and if you have never read her other books you will love this one as you will discover this author's ability to draw you into the mystery and intrigue of the story without distracting from the enchanting world she describes and the passion that develops between the characters.