"SOMETIMES A GIRL JUST WANTS THE BAD BOY...
Nicholas Anthony's spirit has been corrupted. A moment of spite four hundred years in the past turned him into an immortal monster. Now he is obsessed by an unnatural hunger, feasting on the good in others while seeking the good in himself. But unlike the vampire of myth, it's not the taste of blood that draws him, but the very essence of his victims. The soul. Fortunately for Nicholas the evil that dwells within him has not destroyed his conscience, his ability to care, because that in the end will be his salvation.
That... and Regina Miles.
©2011 Cynthia Wicklund (P)2013 Cynthia Wicklund
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"Romance with a hard edge"
I don't think this book got a fair rating by the last critic. I read it and wanted to listen to it again while at the gym, which I do a lot with books I like. This is not really a hard core horror book. It isn't a sweetie-pie romance either. But at heart it is a romance. It is the painful transformation of an essentially selfish man, who has been changed into a monster by gypsy revenge. Wicklund is not easy on him, which could turn off some readers. In fact, I definitely disliked him at first. The thing is, she manages to hook you into the characters slowly until you know he is either doomed to become the most self-loathing creature who has ever faced immortality or the heroine will in fact save him at the possible expense of her own soul/life. And she makes you care. You will not know until the end. Tragedy or redemption, I can't say or you will all want my throat--me too, I hate spoilers. All I can say is this is a gripping book for anyone who I enjoys a good vampire with their romance.
"2.5; unmemorable; unromantic"
This paranormal, barely-romantic tale is the story about wealthy soul-stealer, Nick, and, physician, Regina/Reggie. In large part, it’s about Nick’s internal struggle and Regina’s struggle as a result of his internal struggle, since she ends up being critical to that struggle. The story was so mediocre, passionless and ho-hum that it’s hard to put a finger on what is wrong with it. It has no foul language and has 3 or 4 neutered sex scenes, though I hesitate to even call them that. I think the idea was good but just poorly executed. It was .5 level above boring. Still, I give the author credit for not being obvious in which of the 2 choices would be the ending. And the narrator didn’t help. Her voice of Regina was bad because it was too close to a little girl’s voice.
Overall, it was just like the meal you get to give it a try for the first time, and realize, after the first bite, that it’s not good and it’s not bad. You can finish it and do, but do so by giving some to your dog and feeling relief when it’s done because you didn’t throw away food. The taste is not so bad that you can’t finish it or need something to wash the flavor away in your mouth, but you are very clear that you will never get it again.
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