Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A spin-off of the “Partnership in Blood” series.
Thanks to the efforts of Raymond Payet and l’ANS, vampires now have the same legal rights as mortals, and research at l’Institut Marcel Chavinier is focusing on the mysterious partnership bonds between wizards and vampires. But the battle for public opinion rages on. When Detective Adele Rougier encounters Pascale Auboussu, a shy young woman turned into a vampire against her will, Raymond and Denis Langlois, chef de la Cour nearest the crime, fear a public relations nightmare.
The vampire responsible for Pascale’s turning must be brought to justice, but Denis is distracted by an unlikely potential partner-Canadian researcher Martin Delacroix, who is spending a year’s sabbatical at l’Institut-and Denis’s lingering feelings for his deceased lover prompt him to reject the bond. There’s no denying the attraction between them, though, and the allure of companionship is nearly as strong as Denis’s grief.
Growing familiarity and yearning for a true mate may induce Adele and Denis to soften their stances against new partnerships, but Adele will have to accept a deeper intimacy with Pascale when she has never considered a relationship with a woman, and it will take a near-deadly attack to make Denis admit his most hidden desires. Now he has to hope Martin will be willing to stay.
This book veered away our favourite characters although they were always in the background of the story and remained relevant.
Raymond is now at l’Institut working full time bringing together small groups of wizards and vampires in an educational setting and laying out as truthfully as possible the gains and losses to be had from forming partnerships. At the end of each weekly seminar both groups are offered the chance to see if anyone in the room is their partner, there is no pressure either way but the partnerships that are newly formed are not between people as unsure of the facts as they were during the war that started this complicated endeavour.
Adele is in the unique position of not only having a partnership that didn’t work but now her vampire is dead and Raymond wonders whether she will ever have another opportunity or whether Jude was the only partner that ever existed for her. That question is laid to rest when Adele finds a newly turned vampire, a young lady who has been turned against her will, trying to commit suicide rather than live with the rather drastic changes that have been forced upon her. Pascale was grabbed outside her home and bitten viciously and then abandoned. She has no idea about the world of vampires let alone the partnerships formed with wizards and is in for a long bumpy ride.
If you have read the main series you may remember a young man called Denis left dying on the battlefield. When given the option he chose to become a vampire. Denis has now been a vampire for over 90 years and lives a fairly reclusive life since losing his original lover and source for feeding 30 years ago. He has recently become the leader of his small Cour when most of the vampires concerned disagreed with Renaud, the previous leader, over his thoughts about humans, other mortals and equality. He has been on the course offered by l’Institut and although he can see the benefits of having a partner he is still grieving and has no interest.
Martin Delacroix is a wizard from Canada spending a year at l’Institut to complete some research on wizards and vampires. When he offers to take Denis home one evening his displacement spell doesn’t work and it looks as though another unexpected partnership has revealed itself.
Neither of these couples has it easy as they all have different reasons for not wanting lifelong binding commitments. A rogue vampire on the loose turning people without permission has everyone fraught and maybe the thing that makes them all realise that life is too short for worrying about things that are often out of their control.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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