The Reckoning

Kimberly Van Meter
The Reckoning
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Kimberly Van Meter
Release Date
April 2011
Paranormal Romance

Isabella Beckett is a top-level scientist on a mission — to study and destroy vampires. So when Julien de Valsan falls into her clutches, she wastes little time in taking him apart. Fueled by a need for vengeance due to the death of family at the hands of vampires, she refuses to feel anything for the wickedly beautiful man in her power. But she doesn't count on Julien escaping and taking her with him.

Julien wants Isabella and he's going to exact his retribution on her lovely body until she's writhing, begging for his touch.
His plans do not include falling for the brainy beauty. But then, there's that saying about the best laid plans...

Together, they discover revenge isn't always's dangerous.

Book Review by Leagh C
Jul 23, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
80 people found the following review helpful
This is a good fast read that keeps you pulled in the whole way through.

Isabella lost her family to vampires and now is working for a government agency as a scientist in order to get some revenge. In comes Julien, a four-century old vampire who they managed to capture. Julien is not happy at all that Isabella has decided to treat him like a lab rat so when he escapes, he takes her with him to get some revenge of his own. While getting his revenge, things change between the two of them and a very unexpected revelation changes their lives forever.

This story was definitely a novella. I think it would have been much better as a full length novel because I felt the story line was rushed and things happened without any buildup or reason. The story was, however, very intriguing. I loved the plot line and I think it had all the necessary elements that a good romance has. I was a little confused about the characters though.

In the beginning Julien, to me, came across as the bad guy, and I was unsure about him as a character. Isabella is terrified and absolutely hates vampires, yet she is aroused by him. I felt this was unbelievable, and her feelings for him changed too quickly and without reason. However, when they started to share themselves with each other, I saw what she liked about him. He turned out to be a kind, gentle, and very attentive man. The interaction between them was great and you could definitely feel the sexual pull.

The sex burned up the pages. I did like the author's writing style. The story was well thought out and seemed to flow nicely. There was some choppiness but I believe this was only because of the length of the story. There was plenty of dialogue between the characters and just enough thought to know what was going on.

The end had an HEA but it lacked complete closure and was very abrupt. I feel like there should be an epilogue telling about them 6 months later. So in conclusion, all and all this was a good book and I would recommend it.
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