Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on August 13th 2016
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A setup so perfect... it might just be fate. Radu Nicolae has spent centuries in a guilt-induced hibernation beneath the ruins of his family castle. The only time he awakens is to feast on the occasional vampire hunter. When Lillian Holmes invades his lair, trying to kill him for a crime he did not commit, he decides it is time to rejoin the world. As he feeds on the inept, but delectable hunter and sees her memories, he realizes that he is being used as a weapon to murder her. Radu does not like being used.
Agent Lillian Holmes, of the Abnormal Investigation Unit, is sent on a mission to kill the vampire who murdered her father. But when she tries to stake Radu, he awakens. When his fangs sink into her throat, she thinks she's a goner. To her surprise, she wakes up a prisoner. Furthermore, Radu did not kill her father. The AIU killed Joe Holmes and sent Lillian to Radu to die.
Together, they strike a bargain: Lillian will help Radu travel to the United States to reunite with his long lost twin brother. In return, he will help her take down the men who killed her father. As their relationship deepens on their journey, so does the danger. Not only must they keep government agents from finding out that Lillian is alive, but she also has a secret that will rock the foundations of the vampire world.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Lillian Holmes is in the Romanian countryside to avenge her father’s murder. As an agent of AIU – the Abnormal Investigation Unit, a covert government agency, Lillian studies vampires, she was never a Hunter, but still the agency sent her out to kill Radu Nicolae, whom she was told killed her father. Lillian enters the Radu’s castle, but when she tries to stake him, thinking he was dead to the world, Radu bites her! When Lillian comes to, she finds herself in a cage, prisoner of the thousand year-old vampire! It soon becomes apparent to Lillian that the AIU want her dead as well, and since she can help Radu find his long–lost brother, Radu and Lillian agree that they must work together, which is easier said than done!
Although UNLEASHING DESIRE is book 4 in the Brides of Prophecy series, it can easily be read as a standalone. While it is obvious the book ties in with the previous three, a newcomer to the series will have no problem following the story, which is rather surprising given that the worldbuilding is very elaborate. Ms. Ann’s fluid and eloquent writing brings Romania as well as Idaho to life with vibrant descriptions. Radu has been a recluse for hundreds of years, eaten by guilt, literally cut off from the world, and the author does a great job at describing his bafflement at modern technology, and this much better than what we usually read in this sort of situation, especially since he has not lived amongst people in centuries. The romance between Radu and Lillian evolved naturally, it never felt forced or rushed. One of the great things about UNLEASHING DESIRE is the impeccable pacing: it is never sluggish or frantic, even when the action seriously picks up towards the end.
I loved every single character; they are all so very alike, never stereotypical, and even very minor characters are well drawn-out; Akasha and Silas nearly stole the show, she is one tough cookie! The story is very solid with many twists and turns. I loved the appearance of a mythical personage who, I am certain, will feature prominently in future installments, which I’m looking forward to. I really enjoyed the innovative perspective on vampires and preternaturals, and it’s evident there are may more surprises to expect from Brooklyn Ann in this very entertaining series!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.