Lady Elyssa Yamato Amaterasu Wentworth is a centuries-old vampire who’s been given a new servant-Jacob, a total alpha male unaccustomed to submitting to any woman’s wishes. What really binds Jacob to her are not her sensual midnight hungers, but something far more provocative. It stirs her blood, renews her life, and awakens her soul like only true love can. The passion between Elyssa and Jacob yields something else unexpected-a shared history that reaches back through the centuries and is fated to challenge their destiny like nothing ever will again.
Well…..where to begin. I had heard mixed things about this book. I figured I would give it a shot and hopefully I would side with the people who loved it and couldn’t put it down. Halfway through the book I was wondering what the hell those people were talking about, how could they possibly love this book?
This story is about Lady Lyssa, one of the last royal lines in the vampire community, and Jacob, a man who is sent to her from her now deceased former servant. Jacob is supposed to become Lady Lyssa’s new servant and he has been “groomed” by Thomas, the former servant, to learn how to perform his duties. Only Jacob has no idea just how far those duties will go. Now the question becomes, is he willing to dive head first into this vampire world?
From the very beginning of this book I liked Jacob. He is an alpha male with a softer side. He has an obsession with Lyssa that we don’t really understand through most of the book. Fortunately, we get information much later in the story that gives a possible explanation for his feelings.
Lady Lyssa, on the other hand, is pretty difficult to like. She comes from this overly formal vampire society and has lived by these “rules” and “standards” for centuries and, being of royal lines, has to continue to abide by these standards. At times, I did like her. Those times were few and far between, but I understood why she is the way she is and why she is, at times, cruel to Jacob.
Here’s the thing…there were so many parts of this book that just went round and round in circles that I almost put it down and didn’t finish it. The BDSM aspects of this book did not turn me off. In fact, they were pretty vanilla compared to other books I have read. I understood Lyssa having to be harsh to Jacob in order to let him know just how vicious the vampire world can be. But, how many times can we hear about both of their internal struggles with their feelings?! I swear, I feel like I read 50 pages of overly worded passages about what they were feeling. I really just wanted more details of Lyssa and Jacob’s past and what led them to where they were now. Those kind of details were seriously lacking. We would get mention of Jacob’s family here and there and even after finishing the book, I still have a ton of questions. I will say that the last quarter of this story was great! It felt like a whole different book. Instead of Lyssa and Jacob thinking about their feelings, we got to see them actually living through them, talking to each other and trying to figure them out rather than hiding and thinking about them. Thank God, because I had just about given up hope that this story would improve.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. I really am pulling for Lyssa and Jacob and I want them to find their own kind of happiness. I will most likely continue on with the series because I am interested in this take on the vampire world, where they are more the predator I prefer them to be, unlike a lot of the series written today where vampires tend to be a bit softer than I like.
Heat Factor: Burning
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