Centuries ago ten powerful vampire gods first walked the earth; their blood thirst knew no boundaries. The destruction of mankind was inevitable. Recognizing their weakness, they selected twelve wise human beings to transform with their godly blood. These twelve, known as The Old Ones and The Council, govern The Ten. A blood lottery appeasing The Ten’s hunger was set forth into the human world and passed down every fifth generation, continuing into the present day.
All of Beth Ryan’s life a mysterious mist watched over her, a mist she believed to be a vampire. On a cold winter night, she comes face to face with Philippe Delon, a 700-year-old vampire with a human soul. Beth is certain Philippe is the vampire behind the mist. She is drawn to him, accepting his immortality without question or fear.
Beth and Philippe cannot deny their love for each other, nor do they try to fight it. Within days of their encounter, Beth accepts Philippe’s invitation to move into his mansion. The mansion unlocks the door to the vampire world and exposes secrets from Beth’s past. Within its walls, she learns the true identity of the mist, her link to the blood lottery, and betrayal of her loved ones. Surrounded by lies, Beth stands before The Council begging for resolution.
The author has a talent for description and the world she has created is vivid in detail. I loved the concept of the vampire gods (The Ten) and the council that they created to keep them in check. We only meet them briefly toward the end of the book but I’m sure they will have a larger role in the next instalment. I won’t find out because I will not be following the series.
Now for the downside:
Beth is overly naive which did put me off a bit. She gave up her whole life-her home, her job, her friends, for a man she just met because she believes he is the mist that has been with her entire life. I hate insta-love. it’s unrealistic and I can’t root for a couple that suffers from this.
The love triangle made me uncomfortable. I felt there was no chemistry between Beth and Amon. Beth and Philippe are believable as a couple even if their relationship was rushed. The ending leaves little resolved in that regard because of some meddling and a love spell, that will wear off, one of the males loses interest. There are just too many contradictions and stupidity from the characters to follow this
If you like gushy, Love Conquers All-type stories, this is for you. If you’ve exhausted all other options, that is.