Claire is an empath living a life of self-imposed exile. Going to college all she wants is to disappear. But a chance encounter with Stephen, a boy with his own secrets, leads Claire to understand that her curse is a gift. Through Stephen, Claire meets James, a similarly gifted vampire who can teach her to master her gift. But when their gifts connect, they form a bond the vampire world has not seen for three hundred years. No one can guess where it will take them or how it will change them both.
Highly Highly Recommended / 5 Star
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Posted January 1, 2011, 6:06 PM EST: I fell in love with this book within the first chapter. The characters were so real that the book actually made you feel something at every turn. Heather did a wonderful job and I truly enjoy the escape I get in reading her books.
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5 out of 5 stars
I thought this novel was fantastic. It had everything in one great package. Vampires, werecats and psychics. I was completely engrossed in this novel. It kept me turning the pages from the front to the end. I would have to say the characters are very well written and you find yourself wishing they were real so that you could be friends in real life. I would have to say that my favorite character was Stephen who is a werecat. There is just something about him that made me feel a connection with his character. I would say this book would be perfect for anyone who is at least 16 years old. I cannot wait to see if anything happens to these characters in another book.
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This vampire romance has many twist and turns. It is a wonderful read. I loved all of the characters. So many parts of this story made me think, OMG REALLY? lol, boy does this book have alot to offer. It is funny, romantic, and action packe...d. Many differences from other vampire reads. Especially the kind of Weres in this story, they are unigue and drop dead gorgeous :D A must read, I so hope she is going to write a part two. Most defiently want to read more with these characters :D
I had put the cashmere throw on my lap while I was deep in thought about the hottie in the other room who was quickly becoming an incredibly fascinating person. Uh oh, double trouble. Great to look at, better to talk to.
Switching gears for my own safety, I looked around me. This was a comfortable house, I was tired and safe here. Relax, I thought as I closed my eyes for just a minute. I could return myself to a steadier place while I waited thinking we could work that much better when he returned.
It couldn’t have been more than a few minutes that I had been asleep when I awoke to his voice in my ear. “Claire, I should bring you home.”
I sat up with a start, nearly smashing into his face in the process. He must have been right in my ear. Good thing he moved so fast or we’d both have serious goose eggs on our foreheads, I would anyway. “No, I’m alright. Please, I’ll be fine after I have some caffeine.”
He didn’t look convinced, but I wanted a chance to prove myself after the earlier debacle. We couldn’t end our session like this or it would be our last. “Are you certain? I warned you these practices can be draining. If you are already tired, I don’t want you to pass out on me.” He grinned teasingly and I felt my stomach flip. His color was closer to human, feeding must give him color as well as warmth, which explained the difference I saw in his pallor earlier as well.
“Let me have a cup of tea and I’ll be among the living again.” I froze and shot a look at him unable to read his reaction. Not sure if I had done damage or not, I concentrated on my tea.
After a few sips I put the cup down, pushed the blanket aside and stood up. “Okay, let’s try this again. I’m ready.”
He stood as well, so gracefully it was inconceivable, but mesmerizing. “Yes,” he agreed cautiously. “But this time, you hold still and I will come to you.”
We both put our palms out again but this time, obediently, I held perfectly still. When we touched, it was not like before. He was completely shielded and I had my first feeling of just someone’s hand. This was just touch. I felt the solidness of his palm, the coolness of his skin. I felt him. I was unprepared for what it would do to me. Before I realized it, I was weeping. Uncontrollably weeping.
James instantly pulled his hand back and I heard the confusion in his voice. “I was shielded, you shouldn’t feel anything.”
That just made me cry harder. I couldn’t look at him. Through my sobs, I tried to speak. “I don’t. That’s it. I’ve never felt…nothing before.”
He understood that and closed the last step between us. As I saw his arms coming up, I jerked my face up to his and he saw my panic.
“Trust me. You’ll be safe.” James put his arms around me, letting his shields block out everything and give me peace. I finally felt what it was like to be comforted by an embrace. I wept for everything I’d never had, for the fear that made me cringe from a hug instead of lean into one. I felt him lift me up with one arm, sweeping my legs up with his other and without the slightest indication of exertion, he sat on the couch pulling me up into his lap. I tried to tell myself he’d seen it all before working with people like me, then cast that aside preferring to think this first embrace was special for more than just me.