Following the death of her renowned archaeologist father, Beth Rochewell finds herself reluctantly leaving the North Africa she loves to return to a Regency-era England she hardly knows. This turn of events is especially frustrating to the intrepid young woman because she firmly believes that she and her father were close to discovering the location of the mysterious Lost City they had long been seeking. On board the ship that will carry her home, Beth meets the mysterious Ian Rufford, a darkly handsome Englishman who’s strangely sensitive to the sun and who also seems to possess extraordinary physical powers.
Ian is a man with a tortured past – literally. While originally traveling to North Africa attached to a diplomatic mission, Ian’s ship was captured by Barbary pirates and the aristocrat sold into slavery. While it would be hard to imagine a more horrible fate, Ian is actually even worse off than you might imagine since his buyer is a powerful female vampire pausing from her mysterious and never-ending desert quest just long enough to replenish her caravan’s supply of slaves.
As Ian watches slaves disappear one by one into the beautiful vampire’s lair and remerge either dead or close to it, he knows that eventually his own turn will come – and it does. But, for Ian, a quick and relatively easy death at the hands of a vampire isn’t to be once Asharti, the evil vampire in question, learns that she can take as much pleasure from Ian’s defiance of her will as she does in feeding from him. Ian becomes the “favorite”, forced to submit again and again to her insatiable demands.
Grade: BCheck Review