Vampire princess Alexia Feodorovna has been undead for 125 years, so it's been a while since any man has made her pulse race. Until Declan Black. One look at his bronzed body and a fire like no other consumes her. Then she discovers that he's a dragon lord come to take revenge on the vamps who killed his parents. And claim a crystal said to imbue its owner with incredible powers.
Alexia is ordered to torture and kill the dragon lord. Yet with each reckless encounter, she finds herself consumed by his fiery passion. A passion Declan battles, as well. Will he be able to resist the fire of lust she kindles within him and keep revenge in his heart? Or will he risk everything to quench the burning desire and claim the vampire as his own?
Hatfield's yarn is a confusing examination of what happens when Alexia Feordorovna, heiress to a matriarchal vampire clan, finds herself face to face with the power of love as personified by Declan Black, a shape-shifting dragon and her clan's archnemesis. Lust at first sight is enough to make Alexia reject every aspect of her life and culture as she helps her people's sworn enemy. She discovers along the way that Lotharus, her mother's lover, is just as evil as every word he has uttered and every action he has taken throughout this clunky, cliché-ridden tale. Subplots are explored and ultimately abandoned, leaving the reader with many questions. There's not enough story here to make enduring Hatfield's clumsy prose worthwhile.
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