Pub Date Mar 4 2013
There's something inside of him, some dormant part that's been awakened. And now it wants to be set free…
Something's wrong with Sebastian Kent. Already considered an outsider in the vampire community as a half-vampire, half-something else, he'll do everything in his power to hide his weakness. But when sickness strikes, he has no choice but to turn to a human for help—a woman whose touch provides his only relief.
Alice Bowman is hiding her own illness, one that has left her homeless. When she comes to Bast's aid, she doesn't expect to be thrust into the world of vampires. He offers her refuge and a job researching his family history in the hope of finding a clue to his mysterious affliction. She can't resist his offer of protection—and the chance to spend more time with the man who arouses her every desire.
But as Bast's and Alice's hunger for each other grows, so does the power of Bast's unexplained half. And soon his unknown past and her uncertain future threaten to keep them apart forever…
Previously Reviewed Hunger Aroused by Dee Carney (1st in Series) January 4, 2011
An interesting exploration of vampire politics, or what might be vampire politics. There's a very uneasy relationship between vampires and, well, everyone else. Also within vampires themselves the current government seems to be full of uptight jerks and it's a fairly new organization so it is due for a little realignment. That is going to cause upheaval.
Carney's vampires seem to feed on blood and sex, but I wasn't really sure.
Impossibly rich, Four-hundred year old vampire Sebastian is caught in the middle of changes he doesn't understand having to do with the unknown father. That's how he meets Alice. They are drawn to each other -- she seems to be an antidote for whatever ails him. She's down on her luck, but seems really smart. I found her character to have a very logical mind, and a warm and caring personality. He's a bit more expected; and in the first few pages he's a real asshat.
These two are really "star-crossed." And Carney makes the journey pretty exciting. Well, I found the beginning a bit slow, but the rest was sexy and engaging, and the last fifty pages made my exercise time fly by. I can't say it's terribly unpredictable. But it 's still a fun ride.
It's fun, and sometimes thrilling. The depth of loyalty the two rapidly feel for each other is moving. I think if you really like PNR on the gritty side, this will be a good choice for you.