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Author: Laura Daleo
Publisher: Story Bound Publishing
Publication Date: 04/28/2017
Synopsis from Goodreads: A Compelling Dark Vampire Saga of Love, Secrets, Lies and Betrayals!!
Centuries ago ten powerful vampire gods first walked the earth; their blood thirst knew no boundaries. The destruction of mankind was inevitable. Recognizing their weakness, they selected twelve wise human beings to transform with their godly blood. These twelve, known as The Old Ones and The Council, govern The Ten. A blood lottery appeasing The Ten’s hunger was set forth into the human world and passed down every fifth generation, continuing into the present day.
All of Beth Ryan’s life a mysterious mist watched over her, a mist she believed to be a vampire. On a cold winter night, she comes face to face with Philippe Delon, a 700 year old vampire with a human soul. Beth is certain Philippe is the vampire behind the mist. She is drawn to him, accepting his immortality without question or fear.
Beth and Philippe cannot deny their love for each other, nor do they try to fight it. Within days of their encounter, Beth accepts Philippe’s invitation to move into his mansion. The mansion unlocks the door to the vampire world and exposes secrets from Beth’s past. Within its walls, she learns the true identity of the mist, her link to the blood lottery, and betrayal of her loved ones. Surrounded by lies, Beth stands before The Council begging for resolution.
I admit, when I first started reading this book, I didn’t think I was going to like it. It just seemed a bit slow to me. Trust me, once you get reading it, you can’t stop.
Laura Daleo takes a twist on the vampire myth and makes it even better – by using Egyptian mythology to spice it up. I love this because a) I love mythology and b) it makes the vampire myth even stronger by mixing gods with vampires.
I have to admit that I often wondered about Phillipe and Beth’s relationship – it seemed to me at times that the relationship was more or less Beth being compelled by Phillipe to be in love with him. Even at the very end of the book I still wasn’t entirely sure that he wasn’t compelling her to love him – but the same can be said for any vampire/human relationship I suppose.
The only real problems I ran into with this book was the lack of good proofreading and editing. To be honest, there were several spots where words were clearly missing or misspelled. They didn’t detract from the story itself in any way, but they did make me pause every time I found one. But I also tend to be super aware of that kind of thing, so it could well just be me.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a new paranormal romance novel to sink their teeth into (pardon the pun).
I received a copy of this book free from the author via BoStick Communications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.