A 200 year old vampire is inspired to find a way to become human after meeting and saving his soulmate. This is a new take on a vampire in love with a mortal. He thinks he does not deserve her and goes to extremes to regain his mortality. Aidan Tremayne is a lonely, haunted creature. Long ago, he was forced to become a vampire against his will. Despite his objections, his twin sister Maeve chose to become a vampire and he has lived with a hatred for what he is ever since.
To some extent, he blames himself for her transformation and prefers to see nothing good associated with being a vampire. Ultimately, he endures overwhelming pain and risks his life to become human again. He lives alone, is very reclusive and goes out of his way to avoid mortals.
Everything changes when Neely Wallace and her charge arrived at his home. He tried to stay away and he knew that they should not be together, but as soulmates, there were no options. She is staying with her brother and nephew in order to hide out, but even then she is not safe.
Obviously, every book needs someone you dislike and in this book, it is both Lisette and the senator. She was the vampire who turned Aidan more than 200 years ago and is aware of how much he hates being a vampire.
The romance between Aidan and Neely was further complicated by a crooked senator, the mob and drug dealers who would happily see her dead. After she committed the sin of finding out the senator's illegal practices, she became his target. Fortunately, her friendly neighborhood vamp with extra strength and mind control powers was there to save the day.
The senator, the mob and the drug dealers that work for him soon catch up with Neely, with the intention of removing her permanently from the situation. It should be pointed out that she would have been dead if he was not there snd his super strength saved the day. Aidan's status as a vampire is his secret, while Neely trying to stay one step ahead of the senator is hers.
Neely's presence in his life inspires Aidan to find a way to become mortal. After dealing with evil and friendly vampires, angels and ancient vampires who were among the first vampires ever, Aidan is provided with the cure for vampirism. After enduring the ritual, there is a moment where Lisette may turn him again, but ultimately both Neely and Aidan are given the right to live and die as mortals.
Best part of story, including ending:
This novel was one of the earlier paranormal romance novels and is the first of four novels in the series. It gave vampires different characteristics than expected, such as time traveling at will to the past. In addition, there is rarely a "cure" for vampirism in vampire lore, but that option exists within the pages of this book. That added to its appeal.
Best scene in story:
I loved the detail that was portrayed in the scene where Aiden became human again. Many authors cannot write about extreme pain in a way that makes sense and is believable, but the details here were perfect. I also liked the buildup to this, because becoming human is thought to be impossible by almost everyone.
Opinion about the main character:
Although Aidan Tremayne is an amazing character, I found him to be a bit sanctimonious in the first scene he had with Valerian. Valerian is the vampire who turned Aidan's sister and therefore he has a strong bond with her. I also think that in general, if he really hated being a vampire as much as he claims to, he would not be more than 200 centuries old. With that being said, both characters are likable and complex, it is only his interactions with Valarian that were annoying.