Author: Laura Bradley Rede
Publication: CreateSpace (January 9, 2012)
Description: Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally has his chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, Ander finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man? Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl's heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself? Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows: People change.
My Thoughts: This was a very enjoyable young adult paranormal with lots of romance including a very realistically done love triangle. The story is told by three narrators: 1) Cicely is your normal teenage girl except for the part she doesn't know - that she is the descendant of witches and is the subject of a prophecy whose death will allow some vampires to regain their immortality; 2) Ander is Cicely's best friend and secret crush who is keeping the secret that he is a werewolf who loses himself at the full moon and whenever he feels any strong emotion; and 3) Luke who is the vampire who wants revenge on Cicely because he was betrayed by her many times great grandmother who cast the curse that cost his family its immortality.
The viewpoint switches on a chapter by chapter basis between the three characters. Each chapter is their first person account. The story was filled with action, tension, difficult decisions, and touching romance. I was swept away by the story and the characters who were well-rounded, realistic people. I think I fell in love (at least a little bit) with all of the characters. I can easily see Cicely's dilemma. Both boys are completely lovable with their strengths and weaknesses and both love her. Fans of paranormal romances will enjoy this one and be looking forward to the sequel - Crossfire.
Fans can check out www.darkridethenovel.com to find out more about the characters and can find out about the author at www.laurabradleyrede.com.
I stifle a pang of worry. I always worry about Cicely, especially when she is out of my sight--which is stupid when you stop to think about it. Cicely is actually safest away from me. The only monster in the woods is right here.I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here. It came out for the Kindle in December and in paperback in January.