Arran MacLain is a vampire on a suicide mission, driven to kill his former partner who betrayed him and the Enclave they served. But two things stand in his way: Gabrielle, the human female who holds his heart, and the past that won’t let him go. If only death was enough to cleanse his soul. Gabrielle Steven’s sister is missing. Her hunt for clues brings her face to face with the one vampire she can’t forget. Their missions combine and thrust them into the heart of evil. Will their passion be enough to overcome the pain from their past, or will their dark desires destroy them both?
My Rating: 4/5 stars
The Enclave doesn’t take kindly to traitors and Markus is definitely a traitor. After abandoning and betraying the Enclave to be with Marguerite, Markus has spent more than a year in hiding but his former partner, Aaran MacLain is still looking and for the first time in a long time, he has a lead. Aaran is ready to do his duty and once Markus and Marguerite are dead, he can (hopefully) return to the Enclave and his life. The only thing standing in his way is Gabrielle Stevens. Just what in hell is she doing in town?
Gabrielle Stevens has a few loves in her life, Aaran MacLain and her sister, Alex. Aaran has been gone for a year, and now, Alex is missing too. As one of the Enclave’s most trusted human helpers (read: tech goddess!) Gabrielle knows when things are hinky and Alex’s disappearance is definitely hinky. Finding her sister will take all of her skills plus some but she refuses to involve to the Enclave. Thank goodness Aaran MacLain left the Enclave J While trolling Wicked Ways, a dangerous Goth club frequented by vampires, Alex runs into the one man she thought she would never see again, Aaran MacLain and he is so not happy to see her. Just what in hell is Aaran doing in town?
From the moment they reconnect, Aaran and Gabrielle have an intense sexual attraction to one another. Gabrielle is more than ready to give herself to Aaran but he is hesitant – in his head, not in his heart and body. When Gabrielle finally unloads the whole story on Aaran, he agrees to help her on the condition she stay out of harm’s way. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. Gabrielle is more than willing to do anything necessary to get her sister back and once she makes that clear to Aaran, he has no choice but to allow her in and protect her. Let’s hope he can get his body under control because every moment he is in contact with Gabrielle is one moment closer to losing all control and making her his for eternity. Aaran absolutely enjoys the thought of making Gabrielle his but his past is dark and ugly and he is certain once Gabrielle knows the full extent of his dirty deeds, she will want nothing to do with him.
Within just a few nights, Aaran and Gabrielle figure out their missions are overlapping and Gabrielle’s worst nightmare comes true, Markus has her sister and she has been turned. Better than anyone, Aaran knows what Markus and Marguerite are capable of so taking them out has never been more important. With the clues he and Gabrielle have managed to gather, they know where to find the evil duo and are ready to go in guns blazing. Thankfully, Gabrielle has more than one suitor in the Enclave and before she and Aaran can launch their suicide mission, the rest of the crew shows up. Marguerite is bat-shit crazy and Markus is almost completely under her control so when the Enclave shows up it is quite literally a battle to the death. The Enclave intends to take no prisoners but Markus is devious and has a strong sense of self-preservation. To save his own skin, Markus has taken over Gabrielle’s sister’s mind and made her his puppet. In short, if he dies, so does she. Gabrielle isn’t willing to sacrifice her sister and Aaran certainly isn’t willing to sacrifice Gabrielle.
The Bottom Line: There was a spectacularly long time between my reading of this book and the first in the series, Undying Destiny. It was quite easy to fall back into the Enclave series and I immediately knew each of the characters and their drama. Aaran is such a strong character but he lets his past weigh him down and keep him from a truly happy future with both the Enclave and Gabrielle. Gabrielle is one stubborn and highly intelligent woman who, before her time with the Enclave suffered a horrible attack at the hands of a DEAD. She, better than most know what an out of control vampire can do and so, she does her best to save her sister without endangering anyone else. Gabrielle’s stubbornness is matched only by Aaran’s and when the chips are down, the two come together in order to save the other. Though I enjoyed Aaran and Gabrielle’s story, there is a lot of ground covered in this read and I think that kept me from enjoying the overall read as much as I enjoyed Aaran and Gabrielle’s story. With that being said, I’m not going to let one minor issue keep me from the rest of the series. I must know what becomes of Alex and Markus 🙂