Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review: The Vampire Who Loved Me by Theresa Meyers

The Vampire Who Loved Me
Book #2 in the Sons of Midnight mini-series
Harlequin Nocturne - Vampire Romance
May 24, 2011
ISBN-10: 0373618603
ISBN-13: 978-0373618606

Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin hated nothing more than the vampires who had turned her loved ones into creatures of the night...until she became one herself. Now her experimental vaccine has become more urgent than ever, and has made her the target of vampire security chief Achilles Stefanos.

Built like a god with golden hair and an irresistible allure, Achilles made her feel passion the way no mortal man had before. Beck could no more deny her craving for him than she could the hated bloodlust in her veins. But when her vaccine fell into the wrong hands, Beck has a difficult choice to make—one that challenged everything she'd always believed...
Dark and dangerous, the Sons of Midnight are a temptation that few can resist!

My review:
Achilles is everything I love in an alpha vampire hero. He's a true warrior, with compassion, intelligence, loyalty, sex appeal in spades, and a Bugatti Veyron to boot! I even liked his golden blonde hair, something that goes against my usual dark haired fascination. Achilles has lived for centuries, and all the endless time, along with a painful past, are wearing thin. He needed to learn what it was like to truly live again. I'm not even sure he realized just how far he had spiraled (not broken but heading there) until he met Beck. And like Beck, he is acutely aware that love can hurt, deeply and seemingly without end. Both learn that it doesn't have to be that way. There is a scene towards the end that was so poignant and so beautiful that I actually felt teary. You need to read the story to find out.

Beck is a fabulous heroine, the kind of woman that you can admire, because she's beautiful without being worked over and done, plus she's super smart. She chooses to showcase her intellect, logic before emotion, instead of her assets, she wants to be taken seriously. This makes her more believable to the reader and we can all relate to her vulnerabilities as well. She struggles with the non-relationship she has with her mother and somehow finds herself lacking. That, and she vehemently and hatefully blames vampires, without distinguishing good from bad. Beck is a wonderful contradiction. Her natural curiosity makes her a brilliant scientist and her vibrant spirit makes her a perfect match for Achilles. He sees the whole person and she is exactly what he needs to heal his broken heart.

The book has a fair amount of scientific explanations and theories, all balanced with excellent writing skills and a tightly woven plot. The vampire lore involving the virus is unique, creative and doesn't bog the story down at all. This is the second book in the series (and I loved the first) but you could easily read this as a stand alone. I'm crossing my fingers that this series continues!

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*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty
*This book was given by the author (via Bewitching Book Tours) for review purposes.

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