Latimus is commander of the Vampyre army. For over a thousand years he’s held that position. A strategist, a natural leader and stone cold killer. All he’s ever heard was Sathan is king, you’ll only ever be second best! As a child his only happy times were playing with his best friend Lila. He loved her fiercely, only as a young boy can. Swearing he’d rescue her from a loveless marriage to the king. But children grow up, and he watched his best friend Lila grow into a beautiful woman, knowing she’s destined for his brother, Latimus hardens his heart. Over time he becomes a heartless brute, a callous man and a Vampyre who will always be alone.
Lila knew she was meant to be queen, she’s been told often enough times, bound to the king at birth. Taught to be an asset, nothing more than a decoration. But her heart belonged to the kings younger brother Latimus. As childhood friends Lila stole a kiss from her “Lattie” hoping he would marry her and take her away from the King. But he never did….. And now the king has a new queen, Lila has to reevaluate her life. Asking the king to make her a diplomat helps, she still needs to help the people, but maybe it will fill a whole in her heart and her life…….
And even thought Lila is now released from her promise to the King, Latimus doesn’t think he’s worthy, she needs a nobleman with a soft touch and a gentle heart, not a brute that he’s become. So he pushes Lila away even more, and watches from the shadows as she begins to Move on……
And move on she does, suitors and admirers line up, but they aren’t her Lattie….
Until one day a battle takes the life Lila has always dreamed of, and makes Latimus realise what he almost lost…….
“For the first time in ten centuries, he felt a tiny hope that he might get over his fear of being unworthy and ask her to bond with him. And yet, he’d decided to hold back for a while, at least while she healed. What she had endured at the hands of the Dark Lord was terrible, and he didn’t want to rush her into anything. Moreover, she was intensely proud, and he couldn’t imagine that she would see any offer to court her or bond with her as anything other than pity, considering how badly he’d treated her over the ages.” Excerpt From The Elusive Sun
Lila needs to come to terms with her new life. Deciding she needs no man, she moves out of the castle to build a new life, and start living for herself.
“Once there, she screamed in frustration, hollow at the loss of the one person who didn’t look at her like a wounded animal. Observing the walls of her bedchamber, she felt trapped. Whether she liked it or not, this wasn’t her life anymore. She had to get out of this house for her own sanity. Sitting down on her bed, she grabbed the journal she’d been keeping since her injury. It was suggested by Louise Hay that one keep a journal to help them set goals and intentions for building a better life. It also was a great way to write about her fears and sadness at being barren. Opening to a fresh page, she began writing intentions that would lead her away from the castle that she’d always called home.” Excerpt From The Elusive Sun
Second book in this series had me cheering for Lila, and wanting to smack Latimus so hard! That male Vampyre is so hardheaded, and I understand why. Being made to feel like your second in everything, his older brother is given everything, Latimus was trained as a soldier, so no luxuries, no emotions, just battle plans and tactics. Lila finally grew a backbone and lived for herself. This series just gets better. Definitely need to read in order. Love how all the characters are evolving. Like how the plot keeps twisting. And I like how when you think you have it all sorted in your head BOOM!!! It all goes blown apart!
“I should’ve fought for you. It’s unforgivable.” She smiled, her white teeth so pretty as they glowed in the light of her bedside lamp. “We can’t change the past. I’ve worked hard to come to a place where I’ve stopped trying. All we can do is make better choices in the present, so that we can have the future we want.” Admiration of her strength surged through him as the pads of his thumbs stroked the smooth skin of her cheeks. “I was so horrible to you. I can’t believe you still care for me.” Blond hair fanned the wall at her shoulders as she shook her head. “I never had a choice. I think I was born loving you.” A shudder ran though him at her words, his massive frame shaken by her genuineness. By the goddess, she deserved to be loved and cherished for a thousand eternities. He was terrified to let her down.” Excerpt From The Elusive Sun