One minute Leigh is walking home in the early hours of the morning, and the next a vampire is sinking his teeth into her neck. Turns out it was a rogue vampire marked for termination, but it does Leigh little good because the damage’s already been done. She’s become one of them. Lucian Argeneau, hunter of rogue vampires, has been alive for over two thousand years, and there’s very little to excite him anymore. Food has become tasteless, sex is ordinary. The Leigh drops into his life. Suddenly he finds himself craving coffee…and imagining the sassy brunette atop the black satin sheets on his nice big bed. It’s Lucian’s job now to enlighten Leigh on the inner workings of being immortal…and tutoring her is igniting a fire in him that hasn’t burned in centuries. But until they stop a renegade bloodsucker from destroying the human race, passion will have to wait!
Lucian Argeneau is perhaps the saddest among his kind. He is among the oldest and has survived many, many centuries, the death of his twin, and the death of his life mate and children. In the years since, Lucian has served his family faithfully, protected them ceaselessly, and worked as enforcer for the Council. It’s during one of his missions that Lucian gets shaken out of his ennui.
Most of Lucian’s mission do not involve newly turned baby vampires screaming and squalling!! His missions also do not involve all kinds of crazy coincidences that leave Lucian in charge of overseeing the turning of the baby vampire in a large house alone with a big, slobbery dog. No, none of these things are a regular part of Lucian’s life and he isn’t at all excited about his situation. The baby vampire may be curvy and luscious, but Lucian is an old, old man and long ago lost interest in such mundane things.
Leigh had no idea her walk home would turn into such a disaster. From being spooked, to being kidnapped and rescued, to waking up in a strange bed, Leigh couldn’t imagine her night getting any worse. Except, it’s been longer than a single night, her clothes are covered in blood, and she isn’t even in the States any more. Oh, and she’s now a vampire and the man charged with her care is surly, at best, and not at all interested in answering her laundry list of questions.
Initially, Lucian is certain the universe hates him! His sister-in-law has abandoned him for a “job” in Europe, Thomas is refusing to answer his cell phone, the huge dog is a huge pain in the a$$, and the baby vampire is awfully talkative. When all he wants to do is feed and sleep, Lucian finds himself trying to sort out dog food, human food, enough blood for two vampires, and a whole host of answers to questions he hasn’t had to answer in many millennia. With no intention of actually liking the baby vampire, Lucian tries his best to remain detached. Unfortunately, remaining detached isn’t quite possible when you’re one of only three beings in an isolated house, and one of those beings is a big, slobbery beastie.
The Bottom Line: Once again, I have run across a book in the series I feel somewhat conflicted about. I love the big, slobbery dog, Lucian is a seriously awesome old dude, and the big bads are quite entertaining. Leigh makes me crazy, and not in the good way. I think after so many centuries, I wanted something, someone more for Lucian though I can’t precisely say what that woman would actually look like. I just felt something of a disconnect with Leigh as a character, wanted her to be more of a presence. With that being said, my dislike of Leigh (and some of the other characters in other books) hasn’t taken away my overall enjoyment of the series. There are still so many more positives in terms of characters and plot twists to outweigh the few negatives I have come across.