Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review for A Vampire's Salvation by Virna DePaul

Title: A Vampire's Salvation
Author: Virna DePaul

Description: Jacob La Costa Rios is the head of the California governor’s security team; he’s also a vampire who wants the governor, a presidential hopeful, to support the peaceful integration of vampires into human society. Unfortunately, there are others who oppose Jake’s plan. Plus, Jake’s a little distracted by discovering his one true mate, the human female who can give him everything he’s always wanted: love, children, and continuing immortality. Francesca Marie Stewart is the governor’s “go-green” political consultant.

Although she’s been attracted to Jake from day one, her priority is her career and protecting her heart. But then Jake blatantly propositions her and Frankie, who hasn’t experienced sexual intimacy since she was seventeen-years-old, decides it’s time to take what she wants—within reason. No matter—once Jake makes love to Frankie, he knows reason will be the farthest thing from her mind. Then he just has to eliminate the person threatening her, reveal the fact he’s a vampire, and convince her that trusting him will bring both of them eternal happiness.

Word count: approx. 24,912

My Thoughts: In DePaul's newest series, you will run into Frankie and Jake in the first novella. Frankie is a tree hugging environmentalist that works for the governor and meets Jake, the new head of security, 6 months earlier. Despite working together daily, she thinks he doesn't notice her. In reality, he noticed her the moment she said hi to him and knew she was his. You see Jake isn't your typical alpha male hero. No, he is a 200 year old hunky vampire. Not only that, Jake knows he has to gain Frankie's trust thanks to a previous experience when she was 17 that left her with a scar on her face. Now that he has
his mate in sight, taking it at her pace is the least of his worries as you will come to find out.

The good thing about DePaul's short novella, besides the sexual tension that oozes as you read, is the fact that Frankie and Jake have six months that they have known each other. If it was any other short novella and they just met I would find it difficult to follow. Jake is hot, hunky, and a softy towards his woman. However if you aren't Frankie, you don't want to be on his bad side, especially if you are trying to harm her.

Frankie is strong in the sense that she doesn’t let an episode that left her scarred emotionally and physically rule her life. She is also a bit shy, but well liked. She did frustrate me with certain actions. I still enjoyed her.

The scenes were steamy. There is romance and mystery that makes you want to see what happens next with the way the book ended. I was able to read this novella in one sitting. The only thing I can say is I wish it was a chapter or two longer to make accepting that Jake is a vampire more believable. Other than that I enjoyed this passionate love quite a bit and can't wait to see what's next in this series.

4 out of 5 stars  

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1 comment:

Virna DePaul said...

Thank you for the review! Glad you enjoyed AVS!