Author: Angela Colsin
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Crucible Series (Book Four)
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
My Rating: ✺✺✺✺
Synopsis: Most humans live in blissful ignorance of the supernatural, unable to see what they don’t believe exists. Such used to be the lot of Stephan Forrester, a normal mortal leading a regular life, at least until the day vampires abducted him. With his family murdered in the attack, Stephan finds himself alone and dying of an obscure, incurable illness contracted in the vampires’ lair.
Using what time he has left to seek justice, Stephan sets out to eliminate the offenders until only one remains. However, locating this final target means doing something he doesn’t think possible—actually working with a vampire.
Entombed against her will and forced to hibernate for seventy years, Maddox only awakens when a mortal with a vendetta frees her from the grave. He needs help locating the same vampire who buried her alive, and ironically, she senses a connection to her human savior in the form of a blood link. But Stephan’s intense hatred for vampires makes honoring that link impossible.
Even so, Maddox is unlike any vampire Stephan’s ever encountered. As charming and intelligent as she is beautiful, she reminds him of what it means to actually live, mending his wounded heart. In turn, Maddox finds it hard to separate from Stephan, or resist the passionate responses he elicits, and their unexpected bond strengthens as time goes on.
But time is the one luxury Stephan doesn’t have, and saving him from his illness could prove fatal to them both.
When you fall in love with your worst enemy...
Stephan hates vampires. And for good reason. Years ago, the bloodsucking beasts kidnapped and killed his sister before turning their wicked sights on him. Broken and near death, Stephan wanted to give up, especially after learning that he had been infected with a rare and incurable disease. Yet, a visit from a mysterious man changes everything.
Well, almost everything. Despite finding a new way to survive, Stephan still carries a tremendous amount of guilt over the loss of his sister. A healthy dose of revenge on the vamps who killed her is just the cure. For that ailment, anyway...
Along his journey, Stephan discovers that the only way to find the ones he seeks is by freeing a trapped vampire and working alongside her. As you can imagine, this is not an easy task for Stephan. He could never trust this woman, no matter how attracted he is to her. A vampire is a vampire. They're all the same, right?
Not Maddox. She's different and Stephan knows it. Yet, his quest for vengeance will be over soon and his disease will kill him shortly after. Letting himself develop feelings for Maddox, vampire or not, just doesn't seem possible. No matter how hard he's falling for her.
This story was probably my least favorite of the series, thus far, even though it was still a good read. But that is entirely because of my preference for other supernatural creatures. I usually gravitate more to warmblooded shifter types, witches, and the like. Vampires are one of the few that I can give or take, really.
Yet, I am still happy to give this a four sun review. The characters were fantastically flawed and real. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Stephan's walls crumble as he realized that there are exceptions to every rule. The love scenes take a while longer to occur in this story, but once they do, it's just as steamy as the other books of the series. And it was really nice to read about a male being inexperienced in carnal pleasures, when so often it's the woman who fills that role.
This series has continued to surprise and captivate me. I can't wait to read the next one! Four suns!