I had a hard time deciding between the two books this week.
It finally came down to reading the first few pages of each book to see which one grabbed me more. I really liked them both, but I was in the mood for something a little different than what I was writing. That meant no shifters. So I chose…
Author: Lynn Viehl
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Release date: April 2005
Alexandra Keller is Chicago’s most brilliant reconstructive surgeon.
Michael Cyprien is New Orleans’ most reclusive millionaire—and in desperate need of Dr. Keller’s skills.
Beneath the foundation of a mansion in the heart of the Garden District, Alexandra will perform an illegal surgery. Her patient’s disfigurement is beyond medical repair. But his body’s ability to recuperate from his wounds borders on the miraculous.
Alexandra knows Michael Cyprien is no ordinary patient. Intrigued by how his remarkable physiology might benefit medial science, she is even more compelled by his presence—and the mystery surrounding him and his associates, a cadre of immortals who call themselves the Darkyn…
This book grabbed me from page one. Something about the heroine caught my attention and held it throughout the book. I love that she was a dedicated doctor, and the way Mrs. Viehl introduced her to the paranormal underworld. The story was gritty, the details so vivid that I could easily picture Alexandra walking down the street.
Now Michael, not so much. That doesn’t mean I liked him any less. There’s something very old school about Michael that makes you think of a warrior determined to protect what’s his. His disfigurement was shocking, but I liked how the author described the process of curing him. And with him healed, look out!
Once these two met on even ground, I felt they were evenly matched. There were spots in the novel that I felt were a little weak, parts a little confusing at first, but overall, I couldn’t help fall for the book. Book one in the Darkyn series was a great kick-off. I will be reading book two. There was just something about this writing that drew me to the characters and the story. The author has me curious as to what will happen next.