by Louise Cypress
Publication Date: May 14, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal Romance
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A nerdy high school senior transforms into a vampire vixen who's unaware that her hunky date for prom is the slayer sent to destroy her.
Morgan Taylor-Jackson can't wait for high school to end. In six months she leaves for UCLA and says goodbye to La Jolla, California and her parents' messy divorce. But when Morgan is bitten by a four-year-old boy, she becomes infected with a mysterious condition. Fever, insomnia, and a new bustline are only the beginning; Morgan morphs from nerd to bombshell.
As far as Van Xander is concerned, all vampires are evil, even the ones who reject human sacrifice and call themselves Puritans. When Helsing Incorporated sends Van to La Jolla to investigate the local coven, Morgan is his prime target. Pretending to be interested in her, Van asks Morgan out and puts her through a series of tests to determine her killer nature.
Morgan is thrilled to be dating a hot guy like Van and falls for him hard. As Van strings Morgan along, he grows increasingly guilty. Morgan is kind, compassionate, and a gooey romantic. Just as Van's mind begins to change, evil forces threaten everything. When prom night arrives, there are only two ways out of the ballroom: death or immortality.
Morgan lives with her overbearing mother and considers herself to be nerdy. Gwen is her best friend and they tend to keep to themselves.
Van is a descendant of Van Hesling and follows in his mother's footsteps of slaying the dangerous vampires.
When Morgan goes to dinner to her mother's boyfriend's upmarket home, she encounters a bizarre experience which leads to hospital treatment. Upon waking up, she doesn’t recollect anything beyond meeting her mother's boyfriend. Her physical appearance starts to change and suddenly, she is noticed by her peers. She puts it down to her change in diet. Nothing else would make sense.
There has been an outbreak of homeless people being found dead and Van's family is sent to investigate. They focus on the one family and Van enrols in school to be closer to one of the suspects. He is besotted with Morgan until he notices what everyone else believes to be an insect bite. He stays close to her to watch her behaviour and puts her through various tests without her knowledge. She is oblivious to what's happening to her. Esma, her potential stepsister warns her about Van, but she brushes it off after she confronts him. Esma and Van agree to tell her the truth and it all goes downhill. She believes that she is being pranked. Secrets from both sides of the family are unearthed. Van sees the good in Morgan, not just her physical beauty. The question is, will he be able to slay her, should the need arise? They both have feelings for each other!
This is a fun and entertaining read. It's well paced with well developed characters. It's intriguing and easy to read. There are quite a few twists and some bloodbaths. Van and Morgan are loving and lovable protagonists. The turn of events at the end is beguiling. This would appeal to fans of vampire novels. A worthwhile read.
I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
ABOUT LOUISE CYPRESS
Louise Cypress believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. She has never met a vampire, but she has been to a Love Sucks concert on Valentines Day. Like Morgan, Louise can often be found curled up with a romance novel on Saturday night, diet soda in hand, secretly wishing bustles were back in fashion. Louise lives in San Diego, California, where the beach is crowded and summer is immortal.