Release Date: 11/8/2010
Publisher: Carina Press
Website: Dee Carney
Jasmine is sick in bed when a sexy stranger breaks in and reveals she's suffering an irreversible case of vampirism. And because her turning wasn't approved by the Council, he must kill her once the transition is complete. In the meantime, the executioner offers to ease her torment with chocolate, hot peppers or sexual release. Fortunately for them both, Jasmine's kitchen is bare...
Corin's honor demands he do his duty, but he cannot execute the lovely woman while any part of her humanity remains. He must also find—and kill—her sire. Jasmine denies ever having contact with a vampire, causing Corin to question the justice of his orders. Sensing his hesitation, the Council dispatches another executioner, forcing the pair to make a run for it.
Every hour they spend together—every sensual encounter they share—finds them growing closer. Now Corin will have to choose: kill the woman he loves, or go against everything he believes to set her free.
When I first started reading this book I was a little baffled about how the vampire transformation occurred. Jasmine just thinks that she's coming down with some random bug and feels like death-warmed-over. When she finally reaches the comfort of her bed, vampire executioner Cornin is there to take her back to the council so that she can be disposed of. Sounds like a great scenario huh? Yeah well just when he thinks that his plan won't have any hiccups, Cornin finds himself helping Jasmine through her transformation. (and when I say help I mean all hands on deck, if ya know what I mean). A job that is usually performed by her sire, who just happens to be MIA, is now falling into the unwilling hands of this centuries old executioner.
While reading this book I seemed to find my heart going out to Jasmine, a lot. Being turned against her will, and not knowing how it happened, having to trust her new vampire life in the hands of the one man who tells her he's going to have to kill her, then on top of that having some weird egocentric vampire after your blood so he can experiment on you. Poor girl, all she wants to do it go back to her old life. She never asked for any of this! Now here she is stuck in vampire hell with the mother of all killers as the only person she can turn to, and unknown to her he's starting to realize that there's other things in life more important then killing and revenge.
For my second erotica novel I was truly blown away with how Dee was able to balance the sex, action, and a great story line. You could tell that writing steaminess is what she does, but she's also a great author who can tell a fantastic story!