The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard’s blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn’t know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait—to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte’s brother and mentor.
Charlotte is familiar with Tariq. Not only is he one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the city, but he’s also a renowned collector of old carousel horses, which Charlotte restores. Their shared passion opens Charlotte up to trusting him with her life and with the desire she can no longer control. But it also makes her vulnerable to a centuries-old curse that will unite her and Tariq in a war against the enemies of humans and Carpathians alike...
Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala
Charlotte Vintage and Genevieve Marten have finally decided to take control of their lives. They know they are being stalked by a murderer. They just don’t know who it is and they need to figure it out to protect Lourdes.
They catch the attention of three creepy guys at the local club. Charlie and Vi have a feeling these guys have been following them and might be the ones they are looking for. They need to leave first and follow the men to see. That’s the plan.
It doesn’t happen that way. A new threat stakes out Charlotte’s car and she gets the attention of Tariq Asenguard, nightclub owner. He picks up her scent and follows her. He joins Charlie and Vi in their standoff against the murderer stalking them, the vampire Fredrick. Charlie and Vi have gained the attention of the group of vampires hunting the area. They are both in danger. Tariq and the other hunters in the area come to the rescue. Both women and little Lourdes end up staying on Tariq’s property. Charlie is Tariq’s lifemate and her introduction into Tariq’s world is full of fear and violence. Tariq and Charlotte work together to keep all the children, Vi and Emmeline safe.
I love this series. New hunters are being introduced in this book as are possible mates in the female characters. I know these characters will show up again in future books.
My favorite from this book was Charlotte. She was brave and strong for her size. Her empathy endeared her to the rest of the characters in the book. Her gift is unique. The author continues to incorporate new abilities and enemies to fight as the war seems to rage between the Carpathians and the vampires. There is always some conflict that leads to danger and fight scenes. The women were at the center of the book as they were the ones being stalked.
I like how the author has switched the focus from the hunters being targets to the women being the targets. The hunters are forced to band together. More characters are introduced to keep things rolling. In this story Tariq is protector of women and children. He has a heart of gold which the reader sees right away. I also liked how they meet. He picks up her scent and comes to her rescue. Then throw in the stories of the children and you have a recipe of a great story. I give it a 4.5 out of 5.