Larissa is on the verge of complete insanity. She has grown up feeling a connection to the rural woodlands near her home. She has never been able to find what or who has been calling to her.
Dante comes from an ancient line of shifters whose sole purpose is to keep their charges safe from vampires. Dante is Larissa’s Protector. There are only two rules- never talk to your charge and never let them know that you are watching. Dante breaks every rule when it comes to Larissa when they are swept into a torrent of desire that threatens to consume them.
Will the price of breaking the rules to follow their hearts be too great? Hunters lurk in the forest. Vampires are coming. Dante is all that stands between Larissa and the monsters who want to make her one of them.
Her fingers lightly skimmed the rough stubble gracing his surprisingly soft skin, and she saw the need and longing in his exotically beautiful eyes. No one had ever looked at her like she was so important, so amazing. She felt his wonder and his love. How was it possible? It was like she had a view into his mind and soul and only the truth of their magical connection existed. When she saw the raw need in his eyes something twisted in her heart, and she knew that she would not run.
She pressed her lips to his chin. He bent down just enough so that their lips connected. It was gentle at first, testing, trusting. Then he pulled her against him, and it took the air from her lungs. Whimpering with joy and need, she returned his fervor with a desperation that was entirely her own. His rough hands caressed her cheek, and the moment of wonder brought the prickling of tears to her eyes.
“What have you done to me?” Her voice sounded breathless.
“I would never hurt you. I haven’t done anything to you, Larissa.”
“What is this?”
“This is chemistry.”
Standing there in the middle of a wild place with a complete, albeit sexy, stranger wasn’t a safe thing to do. She wanted him, wanted sex, for the first time in her life. She embraced the lust. No, this wasn’t exactly where she imagined losing her virginity. It gave her pause that she was giving something away so easily she had so carefully guarded. Yet it felt as if this gift had always been his, and she had just been keeping it safe for him. She pulled her shirt off and let it fall to the ground. He wore no shirt and when their skin touched, an electric current traveled through him and into her. She gasped and her back arched involuntarily. He kissed her throat and she shivered, wrapping her arms around his neck and holding him close.
His hands awkwardly battled with her bra, and he grunted with triumph as the bit of fabric joined her t-shirt on the damp ground. His calloused palms skimmed over her nipples, and she cried out with need. Larissa’s cheek pressed against his chest, and she felt enveloped in his primitive pheromones. His masculine growl made her smile softly against the hard wall of his chest. A sound, calling voices somewhere far away, registered in her mind. Her family was looking for her. She didn’t care; she was where she belonged, where she wanted to be. His chest began to heave, and his primal desperation against her belly was evident. He knew they were looking too.
When he swept her into his arms, she did not protest, her trust was complete. She reveled in the foreign knowledge that made no sense and yet seemed to answer all the mysteries of the universe in the same moment. Mushy and useless, she let her brain turn off and let her heart take over. Nothing made sense and she loved every moment of it. He moved through the growing darkness with her, and she clung to him, content to go anywhere he chose to take her. Closing her eyes against the blurring trees and leaves, it only nibbled at her mind that he moved with inhuman speed.
His voice sounded gruff and raw. Larissa wondered if he felt the pain of her leaving as horribly as she did. He spoke, and she clung tighter to him. “I have waited a lifetime for you.”
Her searchers were far from her mind as she found herself back in his dank wilderness dwelling. She had no idea what to say to his intense statement.
After a moment, she found her voice and spoke. “I think I’ve always been looking for you, too.”
Posted by Laurie on 15th Dec 2010
Larissa refuses a marriage proposal. Although she likes Paxton, she feels no romantic attachment. Larissa feels a calling, a longing, for another - though she knows him not. She is drawn inexplicably to the dark woods. Unsettled, she follows where her heart leads, even though she has been instructed not to venture into its deep depths.
Unknown to Larissa, Dante prowls nearby. His sacred duty is to guard Larissa; to protect her from the vampires who thirst for her special, ancient blood. Dante agonizes because, against all the rules, he has fallen in love with Larissa. A taboo bond grows that neither he nor Larissa can deny.
Dante finds Larissa near his home. Somehow she has circumvented the protective wards that should prevent human trespass. Their mutual attraction and need overwhelms all reason. But meanwhile, elsewhere, the voices of other guardians are being silenced. Vampires systematically, ruthlessly bent on extermination are drawing ever nearer.
This dark, exciting tale held me spellbound in its tenacious grip. The impending sense of doom is palatable throughout and I literally ached at times for Larissa and Dante as events unfold and they are swept along by fate and circumstance. The secondary characters seem real to me, too. Larissa is fortunate to be blessed with such supportive and loving parents and siblings. Truly, this is an exciting addition to the paranormal romance genre.