A respected Cellular Biologist, Chancella Tremaine is spearheading breakthrough clinical testing of a serum designed to re-animate dead cells, effectively curing vampirism. Valian de Mortenoire is a nearly three hundred year old vampire who is weary of immortality. He seeks out Dr. Tremaine in the hopes that she will end his everlasting boredom and guilt-ridden misery. Valian never expects to develop feelings for the petite scientist nor does he realize until too late that a powerful, insanely jealous enemy is determined to thwart his plans, using trickery and subterfuge.
I was entertained reading this story. Some of the action takes place on creepy Blackwell Island where, early in the previous century, poor souls were confined in the isolated environment that included a hospital, penitentiary, and mental asylum, along with some other establishments. Long abandoned now, the descriptions of the derelict buildings are particularly chilling. The attraction that develops between Valian and Chancella is plotted out well with lots of magnetic moments invariably relieved as one or the other figuratively steps back re-examining the unnatural feelings and trying to make sense of unfamiliar responses. Chancella displays a peculiar scientific curiosity about everything that seems singularly in character with her introverted, though inquisitive, personality. This book kept me wholly engaged throughout and constantly guessing as to how it would finally play out.
Blush sensuality level: This is a suggestive romance (love scenes are not graphic).
Chancella Tremaine, a respected cellular biologist, has willfully sacrificed any sort of personal life in her quest to unravel the mystery of vampirism and the secret to restoring mortal life. Having just penned a book on the subject, Chancella finds she has attracted quite a bit of attention, but no one could have guessed what her controversial reanimation theory would lure out of the shadows…
World-weary vampire Valian de Mortenoire has been putting one undead foot in front of the other for two hundred years, disillusioned with his much-overrated immortality but unable to get a release from its empty existence. Upon learning of Chancella's work, he seductively offers himself up as an inhuman specimen and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to test her hypothesis.
Frightened but intrigued, Chancella's logical side wins out and she eventually agrees to work with the dangerously attractive Valian. But their arrangement is soon complicated by their mutual attraction to one another, as well as the arrival of Valian's age-old enemy - the vengeful Jack, who wants Chancella for his own dark intents.
Despite their pain, passion and power, they must have the courage to test and be healed by The Cure.