Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Reviewette – “Coven of Mercy” by Deborah Cooke


Anthology: The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2
Story: 2 of 25
Pages: 27

Coven of Mercy is a “tear-able” tale and by that I mean a story that grabs hold of the heart strings and won’t let go. This one had me a bit blurry-eyed. Rosemary Taylor is an oncologist fighting the battle against cancer, patient by patient. She thinks of saving a life as a victory and a death as a defeat. She divorces herself emotionally from her patients to be effective and is known as “Icicle Taylor”. But she can’t help her feelings when she innocently eavesdrops on Mrs. Curtis, her latest cancer challenge conversing with a stranger -
"OK," she agreed, conspiratorial. "Let's dance."
He gathered her in his arms, bodily lifting her from the bed. My mouth went dry at the tenderness in his expression. She was all bones and pale skin, a rag doll, a wisp of the woman she must have been.
She slid her hands up to his shoulders, rapturous in his embrace. He smiled down at her, loving, possessive, gentle.
She laid her head on his shoulder and sighed. I saw her eyes close. I saw the glimmer of a tear on her cheek. She looked so fragile and faded, like a rose left in a vase too long. I thought he was going to kiss her and I knew I should look away.
The stranger is of course a vampire and Mrs. Curtis is granted her final peace. Needless to say, there is nothing Rosemary can say to anyone that would be believed. She soon discovers that only she can see Micah, the vampire, and the reasons for this soon become evident with incredible poignancy. This story encompasses themes of loss, hope, compassion and mercy and the bargain she strikes with Micah at the conclusion is quite moving. A beautiful contribution to the anthology.

Mammoth Rating: 4.5 TUSKS (of 5)

Deborah Cooke: Since selling her first romance novel in 1992, she has published forty novels and novellas. She has written medieval romances as Claire Delacroix; time-travel romances, paranormal romances, chick-lit and contemporary romances as Claire Cross, and the Dragonfire series of urban-fantasy romances as Deborah Cooke. She lives in Canada with her husband and family, and knits far too much.
http://www.delacroix.net | http://www.clairecross.com | http://www.deborahcooke.com


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