Anthology: The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance
Story: 7 of 24
Romance Featured: Vampire
Opening Line: “Jenna! Ohmigod, Jenna Cooper!”
Karen is a process server, who is attacked by a very powerful vampire who materializes in a parking lot. Quick thinking allows her to stab him with her keys and scream, calling public attention to herself and forcing him to mist away. But not before he recognizes the scent of her vampire friend Daniel. Daniel comforts her that night, vowing his protection, despite his obvious fear of the stronger vampire. Their shared peril elevates their previous platonic relationship into a night of passion and promise.
Despite Daniel’s warnings, Karen returns to work the next day but is again confronted by the vengeful vampire just as Daniel and another rival female vampire appear as well. Together they defeat the duo in a dramatic battle ending in the fiery destruction of the other vampires. Daniel almost attacks Karen at the height of his bloodlust and disappears.
It is refreshing to see a story where the main character lives in the real world and must explain each of the situations to the police. No sweeping the events under the carpet. Of course the lack of bodies means Karen is able to construct plausible explanations. Months later Daniel returns to say a final goodbye to Karen, unwillingly to further endanger her life but in a corny but heartfelt declaration, Karen tells Daniel – "I'd rather have a day with you, than a lifetime without. If time is so precious, do we even dare waste a second?" Ahh true love. I quite liked this one.
Mini Profile of C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp
Award-winning USA Today bestselling authors have written nearly a dozen paranormal romances, including the Sazi Shapeshifter series and the Thrall Vampire trilogy.
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