When artist Brie Lark left her vampire ex and her straitjacket of a hometown to breathe free in New York City, she promised herself two things: she’d never go back to Meiers Corner, and no more vampires. The last thing she expected—or wanted—was to be sent back home on an assignment. But her boss at the FBI needs her undercover on a murder case, working with a black-haired, black-eyed giant god of a man who’s her idea of perfection, except for one thing—he’s a vampire.
FBI Special Agent Seb Rikare is an ancient vampire hardened by loss. He’s cut all emotions to protect himself and leads a deliberately steady, almost sterile life. The brash young woman forced to pose as his lover irritates him, with her jangling bracelets and colorful hair. But as much as she irritates him, he finds himself drawn to her lively spirit and he’s tempted to make fantasy a reality.
Night’s Caress by Mary Hughes is the 1st book in her new The Ancients series.
I haven’t read anything by this author before, and looking on her site I noticed this might be a spin off from a former series, This doesn’t detract in any way from the book, but it did make me want to read the other series after this one.
FBI special agent Seb Rikare is an ancient vampire and is investigating a string of murders that look like vampire kills. Seb is your typical vampire, tall and brooding. In his life before coming a vampire, he had a wife, but it wasn’t a love match and he suffered because his wife didn’t love him, so he cuts himself off from emotions and feelings. When he meets Brie, he isn’t impressed with the bangles and the coloured hair, so he tries as hard as he can to fight the feelings he starts to have for Brie.
Brie Lark is an artist who works for the FBI as a civilian. She wanted out of her small minded town of Meiers Corner, and when she moves to New York, it’s like all of her wishes have come true. She is finally happy, but will her happiness come crashing down when she’s asked to be a girlfriend to a moody vampire, and to return to the small town she couldn’t wait to leave?
Brie has also been hurt, and by a vampire too, so Brie isn’t interested in falling for the vamp, but her mind has other ideas, in fact her imagination ran away with her at times.
This story is well written, flows well and quick, with some fight scenes that are a little gory.
Brie will need all her strength and skill to survive. Will she fall for Seb ? Or will she want to escape both the vampire and Meiers Corner ? Seb will have to battle an old foe. Will he be strong enough to survive the battle ? And will he open his mind and heart to a woman who drives him to distraction?
The different POV’s did take a little while to get my head around, as we would swing from 1st person to 3rd person. I would have preferred it to be one or the other. But it was a good read, which I will keep on my reading list.