When Valerius was told by his brother, Marcus, that he was to take over their Clan upon Marcus’ marriage to a human, Valerius threw a bit of a temper tantrum. Since procreating with humans – and thus, out of their species – was against their Law, Marcus could no longer be head of Clan Andriescu and deems that his brother step up, marry a nice female vampire and start having children to continue the bloodline.
The brothers and Clan alike call New Orleans home now, and have for the past few hundred years. Before that, they were centered in the Carpathian Mountains until exile to the family came down from the Crown Prince. It’s hinted that the exile was due to the Crown Prince’s jealousy of Marcus’s ability to woo away women from him. When Valerius – Val – hears of his brother’s news, he quickly figures the time difference and transports himself to his old home in the Carpathians.
Intending to sulk about the impending forced nuptials and explore his beloved home, he never expects to find a young girl exploring his old castle. Val quickly makes up a story about an exploring University student from the States that the girl, Aneke, effortlessly accepts. They spend several nights together, talking and exploring the castle. Aneke being sent home by Val at the first hintings of morning and Val transporting himself back to New Orleans.
Suddenly, things become serious for Val … how can that be? He’s only 300 years old and has been described as quite a playboy. What is it about this girl that is different? But, alas, she’s human and nothing can come of their continued relationship …. Right? I’d be a bad reviewer if I gave away the surprising twist of an ending – so you’ll have to read this one for yourself.
For such a quick read, the plot and characters were surprisingly developed and there was a complexity to the story that would lend itself to a full novel. I, for one, would enjoy a follow up to this novella that explored Val and Aneke and the lives of the Clan Andriescu.
- e-book, digital format
- Publisher: Wild Rose Press
- Language: English
- ISBN: n/a
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