Genre: Paranormal Romance
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.
I don't understand the mixed reviews with this one. Questions left idle from the last book were answered and challenges were faced. Payne is strong and decisive by nature but is left badly broken, her world in crumbing around her and the news that her mother, The Scribe Virgin kept the truth that her twin brother is in fact alive angers her. Vishous isn’t handling the news well, in truth he is flipping out, Jane doesn’t know what to do to reach him, so she turns to Butch for help. Jane isn’t specialised enough to try and fix Payne spinal injury but she’s knows someone from her past who can, Dr. Manny Manello. When Jane, who Manny expects to be dead, which in fact is half true, turns up to get him, Manny gets the shock of his life;
“Under any other circumstances, the response would have been a laugh riot. He wheeled around, then shouted out, tripped over her headstone, and landed flat on his ass.
“What the...hell...are you doing here?” he gasped. The expression on his face started as horror, but shifted quickly to utter disbelief.”
“He screamed for all he had lost...screamed for the half male he was...screamed for Jane...screamed for who his parents were and what he wished for his sister...screamed for what he had forced his best friend to do...he screamed and screamed until there was no breath, no consciousness, no nothing,
No past or present.
Not even himself anymore.
And in the midst of the chaos, in the strangest way, he became free.”