The vampire, Roke, is raw, sensual, always in control. Yet somehow he's allowed the unthinkable to happen: a nymph-like witch named Sally has used her magic to trick Roke into mating with her. The pair will remain bound for eternity unless Sally breaks the spell. The trouble is, she has no idea how. . .
Mating with Roke was an accident; at least that's what Sally keeps telling herself. She's on the hunt for her demon father, whose identity holds the key to releasing the spell. The search won't be easy with Roke shadowing Sally's every move. As they mate with a ferocity that leaves them both aching for more, Sally isn't sure if her world is more dangerous without Roke—or with him. . .
“Let me see if I have this right,” the wolf drawled…“You asked the clan chief of Nevada to babysit a witch you had locked in your dungeons?”
When Sally was taken prisoner and placed by the Anasso (Vampire King) with one of his clan chiefs no one is more surprised that Sally Grace. All she knows is that she has to get away and will not stay locked up as a prisoner. She places a spell on the vampire that was to watch her and it makes her his mate. Her enchanted mate has a problem with witches…he really does not like them and does not want a witch for a mate.
“It must have been quite a shock to poor Roke to discover himself mated to a witch.” Styx’s humorless laugh echoed through the library at the memory of Roke’s fury. “Shock isn’t the word I’d used.” “She’s lucky he didn’t kill her on the spot.”
Roke knows that Sally has cast a spell on him to make him her mate, so why does it feel so real? He could accept that the spell she cast was meant only to last long enough to get him to help her escape. But it feels so real that when Sally runs away to try and find out about who her father was, he has no choice but to follow her. Sally’s mother did not know who her father was at least that was what she told Sally.
What he hadn’t accepted was her running off to search for the truth of her father. Dammit. It was her fault they were bound together. She had no right to slip away like a thief in the night.
Things just get better and better when especially when Levet a pint sized gargoyle is sent with him to locate his missing mate. Sally had been traveling between her mother’s houses and going through her belongings to find any clue to the identification of her father. When Roke finally locates Sally all she had discover was a mysterious music box that has been cast into a garbage pile. Could this hold the answer to who her father was?
“I’ve been searching through my mother’s belongings,”she said. “I hoped that she would have left some clue to my…”she bit off the word father. Did a donation of sperm actually earn the title of father? “To who impregnated her.”
Levet ask Sally about the music box. He ask her if she was drawn to the box and if it felt like she was compelled to get the box.
Levet pointed a claw toward the box. “There’s an illusion wrapped around it.” “Impossible,” Sally breathed. “I would have sensed a spell.” “It is demon magic, not human,” Levet explained.
When the Levet removes the illusion from the box, Sally can see that it is covered in an exotic design and does not contain magic. Roke identifies the box as Fey and the symbols as runes. Roke tells Sally that he needs to return to his Lair in Nevada to research the runes and be able to decipher them. Sally refuses to return with him to a place where she will be once again a prisoner. They come to a compromise and he calls a friend to meet him that can read the runes, Cyn the clan chief of Ireland.
She eyed him warily. “What’s a Cyn?” “Not a what. A who,” he explained. “He’s clan chief of Ireland.” The wariness only deepened. “Why are you contacting him?” “He’s an expert on the fey.”
Sally and Roke know that something is happening when suddenly a demon appears and he wants the music box. Sally is able to erect a shield around Roke and herself to keep the demon away from them. They escape to a safe house that belonged to Sally’s mother. They both find that regardless of the circumstances that brought them together, they were drawn to one another.
“You can lie to yourself, but you can’t lie to me,” he growled. “This desire ignited the moment we met.” The denial died on her lips. He was right.
Roke and Sally will have to fight against a demon that wants to destroy them and at the same search for her father so that the enchantment can be removed from Roke. Roke however is not convinced that he wants to remove the mating. Will he be able to get Sally to see it his way and to be his true mate? Can they defeat the demon and keep each other safe?
Hero –Roke: 4 stars
Heroine –Sally Grace: 4 stars
Steam: 4 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is a fantastic book that carries the reader through the adventure of two people searching for and finding love in unexpected place with unexpected people. During this adventure there are run ins with werewolves, faries, vampires, gargoyles, demons and a new race is introduce called the Chatri. What’s not to love?
Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I have read all the books in the Guardians of Eternity series and many other books by this author. She is a phenomenal paranormal author!
***Received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***