Kate Malone makes her living reading Tarot cards and fleecing society's elite. With no prospect of independence, her own fate looks bleak. But Kate's fortunes change when she steals a magnificent emerald—and is soon confronted by a mysterious stranger. Kate is sure that the striking gentleman's attention is a ruse to retrieve the gem. But his presence awakens her to passions she never dreamed of…and to powers she never knew she possessed.Previously I had read Susan Squires' One with the Night, a paranormal historical regency novel. Her characters are always complex and her historical settings rich and thoroughly researched so I expected much the same with this novel and was not disappointed.
Gian Urbano is bound by honor to retrieve the mystical stone that can drain a vampire's power—and drive humans to madness. The willful, stunning Kate has no idea of the emerald's dark magic, or the lengths Gian's enemies will go to retrieve it. But soon Gian discovers in Kate a desire more compelling than duty—one that could save them both, or lead them to their downfall…
The novels share a common background and some shared unifying events but each story stands on its own. Her take on vampirism (Companions) is interesting and original. The adventure takes our lead characters from Rome to Florence to Ravena and on to North Africa all the while being hounded by Gian's vampire enemies. A thoroughly entertaining and gripping read and highly recommended if you like period romance adventures.
I have One with the Shadows the next in her Companion universe and will review it here in the near future.