Lord Gregory Stockton is a powerful and respected businessman embracing the modern era of the Victorian industrial revolution. He has a grand and beautiful manor house complete with a repertoire of servants, and his young wife is charming, attractive, and the perfect lady to his gentleman. The only thing they lack is an heir to the family estate.
Lord Gregory knows he can never produce a child, for he is a vampire, although his wife and servants know nothing of his secrets.
There are other ways to provide heirs for his estate, however, and Lord Gregory has noticed the romantic attraction between his wife and the young stable hand Marcus Scott. He hatches a plan to bring the would-be lovers together, and then cruelly tear them apart as he continues to build his empire and secure his power base in the south of England.
The humans are pawns in the vampire’s game of lust, love and control.
I was torn.
Believing the deception of Gregory made me cringe in the beginning. I don't normally read or tolerate such an act in a book, or in real life... but Ms Green saves the day later and renewed my faith in morals.
The villain personality of Gregory does show. But then again... so did it with Marcus. Decisions, decisions. Who to believe is the antagonist and who is not. Mixed emotions here. But the intrigue and drama that unfolds does balance out the deception.
I wish the story had been longer for one reason. That being the development of Gregory and Sarah's life together prior to this and then again after. I can foresee a second book, whether being played off Gregory and Sarah's lives, or perhaps with them being secondary characters.
All this being said, and considering I am not normally a 'vampire', paranormal fan/reader, I did enjoy Ms Green's weaving of a story. Her writing style is wonderful and clear nad I would recommend this book to readers.
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