by: Caris Roane
$7.99 mass market paperback
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Paranormal Romance / Vampires
Released: December 2010
Alison has always been different. Cursed with supernatural powers her whole life, she's only been able to grit her teeth and ignore the burning need to find someone to love who she won't inadvertantly send to the hospital in a moment of ecstacy. But she never expected her carefully constructed world to come crashing down with the appearance of a winged man, one who claims to want her blood.
Kerrick is a Guardian of Ascension, a winged vampire who protects his kind against the death vamps, as well as protecting those who choose to ascend. Weary of fighting, he shows up at a routine death vamp call, only to find a woman who can not only see his kind, but who stirs his blood like no other woman has in centuries.
Now Kerrick is tasked with protecting Alison as she begins her own ascension, but it's not easy. Ever glance, every innocent touch makes him slowly forget his vow to never love another woman. As the two try to stay one step ahead of the enemy, he begins to wonder if he's strong enough to withstand her allure.
This book has a great storyline. Basically, there are multiple dimensions, or planes of existance. There's earth, where we live, then the next step up is inhabited by winged vampires with supernatural powers. Nobody's really sure what's on the next level up, but there are those on the second plane who'd like to find out, and claim the power. I had a few issues with this book, namely (to me) that the emotions of the characters were drawn out longer than needed to be. Towards the end of the book, I was about ready to throw it across the room, because I wanted them to just get on with it and tell me how it ended. If this book was shortened a bit, it would be great. But as it stands, I wanted to beat the characters senseless because it was mostly about how they couldn't love each other, and here's why in detail. The story was great, but it was just a bit too much for me.