By Jordan K Rose
Fate is cruel. Especially when the one you’ve sworn to love for all eternity, the very soul who changed your destiny is the last person you should trust.
After more than three hundred years of running, Lucia Dicomano must make a choice.
Forced to take her place as a Pharo of Redemption, the divine slayer needs to master her forgotten powers. Lucia turns to Vittorio, the one vampire she’s failed to deliver from eternal damnation. But overcoming smoldering remnants of love, lust and anger aren’t their only obstacles.
Samuel, who may know Lucia better than she knows herself, hunts her with a fervor stoked by a thousand years of vengeful hatred. His plan—capture and enslave the weakened Pharo then take control of her elusive power.
Can Lucia trust Vittorio long enough to reclaim her powers? Or will she have no choice but to kill him and battle Samuel alone?
“L’amore e dolcissima corrispondenza degli spiriti, che di due anime ne compone una sola.”
Love is the sweetest joining of spirits, when two souls become as one.
April 11, 1667
The Abyss hovered, waiting to take me.
More time, I need more time. He’s coming.
The raspy sounds of my own breathing filled my ears. With each jagged gasp, pain shot through my body straight to my core.
Pressure, cold and heavy, weighed on me. The Abyss called.
The next breath held the scent of sun-kissed grapevines, and I knew he was near.
“No. God, no.” He sobbed as he lifted me into his arms. “Lucia.”
My eyes opened.
He was changed. His skin, tanned from years in the vineyard, was now gray, and deep, dark grooves circled his eyes. Gone were the beautiful green and gold flecks of his hazel irises, replaced with the crimson glow of one who walked in shadows.
He needed me.
The Abyss stretched forward, reaching for me, its frigid tendrils swirling as souls trapped within its depths screamed for salvation. Cold burns whipped across my aura as the angry void attempted to claim me.
No. Not yet. I concentrated on Vittorio, steeling myself against my bitter destiny. Another moment with him was all I needed.
Gazing into his eyes, I found his trembling soul, hidden within him. Without hesitating my power wrapped around him, hiding his presence from The Abyss.
Tortured and terrified, he stared back at me, unmoving, his heart hammering in his chest.
Calm, my love.
A scream pierced the air. The Abyss grew impatient.
My very essence quaked as the angry void surrounded me. But I called on my powers and captured his soul, holding it in the warmth of eternity, caressing it, loving him.
Drink from me. Drink and take my gift. Keep me with you forever. It was all I could offer, the only way I knew to keep him safe, to keep us together.
He shook his head. “I don’t want to hurt you, cuore mio.” A single red-tinged tear rolled down his cheek.
No, you cannot hurt me. I will give you strength. I will give you the light you need. Drink.
I lifted my chin and pulled him to my neck, muffling his sobs against my skin.
His fangs penetrated my flesh, and he drank.
And The Abyss howled at my return.
About the Author:
After trying her hand at many, many things- from crafting and art classes to cooking and sewing classes to running her own handbag business, Jordan finally figured out how to channel her creativity. With an active imagination and a little encouragement from her husband she sat down and began to write, each night clicking away at the keys with her black Labrador, Dino curled up under the desk.
A few short years later she’s entered the publishing arena with no plans to ever turn back.
Jordan’s a member of Rhode Island Romance Writers, as well as RWA National, and the New England (NEC), Connecticut, and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FFnP) Chapters.
Her first book, Perpetual Light, releases in February of 2012 from Crescent Moon Press.
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I actually don’t know how I feel about this book. It was an interesting book, I will say that. I am just still on the fence about this book.
I think one of the reasons that I don’t really know what I think about this book is based on my preconceived notions on this book based on the synopsis. I feel that the synopsis was not a good synopsis, as the actual story was different from what the synopsis lead me to believe. I thought this book was of a woman who had always known what she was, and what her job was, not a woman who keeps getting reincarnated while the one that she truly loves is eternally stuck as a vampire. This did confuse me a bit. I’m not big on books having to do with reincarnation (of any kind) as they seem a bit too circular and even haphazard. And so it seemed with this one. As with most reincarnation books, the past life/lives keep popping up, and for me they were a bit confusing as they are described with no warning of which time period you are reading: Present or Past. Sometimes you would start a new chapter, and not even know what time period it was in.
I did like Ms. Rose’s spin on the vampire mythology. The fact that the vampires still have heart beats, still breath, and generally (if they are feeding like they should) look normal was refreshing. I also like the descriptions of the scents related to the vampires. Some scents would automatically set you at ease with them. Others would not.
I thought the romance between Lucia and Vittorio was both beautiful and heartbreaking. Throughout the book you have little hope about it, but you still secretly want them to succeed.
Overall, I think this book was written well, but it wasn’t what I really thought it was going to be. My best recommendation: Read it yourself and let me know what you think about it!