The violent attack left Synjon destroyed and his lover dead—at the will of the evil vampire Cruen. Syn’s passionate savior was Petra. When she became pregnant with his child, it should have been a blessing—until Syn vanished after discovering the truth: Petra was the daughter of the man he despised above all others. The daughter of Cruen.
When Petra’s health
begins to decline, she contacts Syn to help save their baby. Though
reluctant to see Petra, he cannot turn his back on his own innocent
child. But night after night, as his feelings for Petra are rekindled,
Syn becomes increasingly torn.
Although everyone assumes that
Cruen is dead, Syn is not convinced—and is still hell-bent on finding
and destroying him once and for all. But will his thirst for vengeance
keep him from seeing what is really worth living for before it is too
Comment: This is the most recent installment in the Mark of the Vampire series by Laura Wright. I've had the boo to read for weeks but now managed to read. This book continues the action where it was left over in the previous book.
Synjon is a vampire we've met some books ago and he lost his mate in a terrible way. Trying to go with her, he tried to kill himself but was rescued by Petra and they were intimate. Later, he swore revenge against Cruen and gave away his emotions to do so.
Petra got pregnant after her time with Sin. She needs him to feed but after losing his emotions he doesn't care. Her brothers kidnap him to force him to help and after many misunderstandings in the mix, they have to seem united to prove nothing illegal was done against vampires so the Order doesn't punish Petra's family. But is revenge over for Sin?
Many people loved this book but I found it mostly boring. The previous one, Eternal Demon, was full of action and surprises and it was a blast to read. This wasn't. In fact, this book didn't seem to have any plot and just went through the motions. They were apart, were then forced to be together, he didn't want to change his ways, they had sex, they had to prove he wasn't kidnapped, suddenly he wanted a family, then the HEA. Really boring and a chore to read, actually.
This series has always bordered on the erotica, because not only there was lots of expected sex around, but the language the author uses has many erotic charged tones and is crude many times, not just with the f word, but many others not as seen in romance as that. I made an effort to put aside my dislike at some words and expressions and even the cliché scenes and after the amazing previous book, I thought the author was leading into a good path. I had the feeling this book was a step backwards and right now I fear for the next one, with shape shifters, which usually cheers me up but right no, not really.
I didn't feel the love or the commitment between Petra and Sin. There was attraction, as it is to be expected, but apart from that I was never convinced of their feelings and what it meant for each other to be with the other one. It was all so mechanical, so robotic...the sudden move into his home wasn't believable. Sin's sudden regained emotions weren't a subject well exploited as they should, I think. the whole take on Cruen is annoying to me at this point. I thin the attempts to make this a long series feels like a failure int his book.
It's really weird how one book can look great and another not, but it's not the first time it happens to me while reading a series. I just hope the next book isn't as weak as this one.
There were clues about further books but I have the feeling it will be another struggle in the plot department. Hopefully I'm wrong.
As for this one, a disappointment, and I really wish I could have liked it better, but it wasn't the case...