I was as taken by the book as I had hoped. As soon as I finished it I was back for the over books in the series. It is well written, but made me cry, so if you get caught up in the emotion of your book's characters don't read it on your lunch hour, especially if you wear eyeliner.
I wasn't impressed by the synopsis when I purchased this but I like the author's other work. Oops. I don't like this one. Nope, not at all. Had to quit about half way, just couldn't take it anymore. Rape disguised as romance.
It probably is a truer description of what a "relationship" with a vampire might actually be like, though. No choice. A bully. Zero concern for the for the "weaker" party. I despised the vampire character and was disgusted by the female who had opportunity to leave but was more worried about money than her life. And she knew she'd been controlled and raped. I quit after the shower scene where she doesn't scream, doesn't fight, but "responds" without being "mesmerized".
Maybe it gets better as it goes along but I just can't stomach the idea of the lead female falling in love with this sad, sorry excuse for a man/vampire/male-lead instead of staking his manipulative, arrogant, raping ass.
I thought the writing rather dragged in this one, too. I can't think of a single redeeming thing to say. (Sorry, Madelaine. I really do like your other books.)
I had fun reading this. It's very engaging, well written and entertaining, but I think it will be quite a while before I read the rest of the series. With all due respect to the author, and I'm not saying she doesn't deserve compensation, because she does, but $12 for approx 350 pages (including the first episode) is a bit much.