I really enjoyed the second book in the series. The first 20% of the book is available for free on the internet. I like the way J. Frost keeps Vlad and Leila true to their characters. Vlad is a mid evil alpha male who is use to people following his wishes without question. Leila is a modern women with a big heart. She has no real concern for her own safety and is not going to take orders from her lover. Vlad made it very clear when he first met Leila that he could never love her. Leila falls in love with Vlad anyway. Leila tries to renegotiate the relationship with Vlad. Vlad can not make any commitments to her beyond making her part of his line as a vampire. Leila decides one sided love is just too painful to live with for a life time as a human or a vampire. She walks out on Vlad. He lets Leila go without much of a fight. Perhaps he thought she was bluffing. Vlad just does not understand the independent, modern woman. Leila does leave and Maximus helps her stay safe. Ultimately Leila and Maximus are kidnapped. Vlad rescues them and brings them back to the castle. That is when the fun really begins!
Things become very hot between Vlad and Leila. Leila ultimately realizes that Vlad does love her. She confronts Vlad with it. He actually does say those three little words to her. Once Vlad realizes he loves Leila, he has to decide what he wants to do about it. Vlad has to be in the driver's seat so he makes decisions without discussing them with Leila. It is so Vlad. There is a lot more that happens. They have to figure out who is attacking Leila and why. They also have to figure out who they are as a couple.
This book is action packed with so many twists and turns that I could not put it down. The book ends with a cliff hanger. I can not wait for the final book in the series.
The second book in this series was so bad that I returned it. The only time I have ever returned a book. I took a chance and got book 3 of the series. I am so glad I did!
Lord Cameron was painted as such a selfish man in the prior books. It turns out he is just a traumatized man afraid to be hurt again. Ainsley is such a good woman. She transforms him back to a whole loving man. I liked Cameron's bad boy attitude and the way the two main characters bantered. It made for some humorous situations. I also liked Cameron's son, Daniel. He tried to pair Cameron and Ainsley together from the start.
Loved the book. It was fresh and original. I have never read anything by Maria Snyder before but I will definitely keep my eye on this author.
I felt like it was a home depot lesson. Too many descriptions of the renovations. Predictable but sweet. I like the cranky brother better. :-)
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