Regency London loves a Society wedding –
Even if there are vampires on the guest list.
Dimitri, the Earl of Corvindale, should be delighted that the headstrong Maia Woodmore is getting married. His mortal ward and house guest has annoyed – and bewitched – the Dracule nobleman too long, and denying his animal cravings grows more excruciating by the day.
Miss Woodmore's family has a rather...complicated history with the immortals and she herself possesses a keen sensibility far beyond mere women's intuition. Marriage will give her safety, respectability, and everything else a proper young lady could wish for. Everything, that is, except for passion.
In the looming battle between Dracule factions, all pretenses will shatter as Maia and Dimitir come together in an unholy union of danger, desperation, and fiercest desire.
Nothing could have shaken up Dimitri's life more than Chas Woodmore's sisters being thrust upon him for guardianship. He's carefully maintained an existence that needs no one as he searches for a way to get rid of his curse. However all that changes when stubborn Maia walks into his life and just won't get out of his thoughts. He wants nothing to do with his attraction to her as he feels self denial is the best way to achieve his goal. He also knows that what he is will terrify her, but she has secrets of her own. She may seem to be the model of propriety, but beneath that proper surface a smoldering passion exists just waiting for the right man.. or vampire.. to kindle it.
Almost the entire first half of the book was set in the past. This frustrated me a little at first because it felt like a rehashment of previous events, just told with a slightly different perspective. However, as time went on I realized this actually was crucial to the story as it allowed us to full see the growing dynamic between Maia and Dimitri. Of course there were also new scenes of events that had happened when Angelica or Voss was not around. I particularly enjoyed reading those scenes as many of them involved a certain amount of sensuality. Reading the first book you never would have known such things had occurred, and I really like the way the author blended everything together.
I enjoyed this book much more than the first one. I think that may due in part to the fact that there was much less confusion involved with the world and its particular set of rules. However, I think the biggest reason I enjoyed this book more was that I simply felt more attached to the main characters. Dimitri is such a tortured soul who wants nothing more than to have his soul released. As a result he has kept everyone at such a distance. I greatly enjoyed seeing Maia breaking through the walls he so thickly built around himself. I also really came to love Maia's character. She really isn't the prim and proper uptight woman she came off as in the previous book. We find there is a reason for her being so careful about her behavior and that at root she is an amazingly sensual woman just waiting to be unleashed.
I enjoyed this book a great deal, and am glad that I got to see these characters get their little bit of happiness. Even though the book in large part a rehashment of the previous book, the scenes picked seemed to be the most exciting one, making this one's pacing and progression much faster. It had a behind the scenes feel to it that made it incredibly interesting, and I was fascinated to see what had happened when we were not looking before. I'm still a little unsure about Chas and Narcise, as I just don't feel too much for their characters right now, however I am sure that will change in the next book as we get a better look at their situation and the reasoning behind their choices. All in all this was a really good read that is sure to please any one who loves historical with some paranormal mixed in.