By day Harriett is in her natural form, a beautiful young woman, a gifted nurse and healer. But at night a faerie's curse causes her to turn into an old crone who cries of the deaths that are about to come in the form of a banshee. Harriett lives in apartment 1305 on the hidden 13th floor of a building in Carmine, Indiana. Carmine is a town over run with paranormal beings hiding among the humans. Her neighbor in 1306, Kiral, is a vampire whom she has loved for the last three years. But he has never seen her during the day, so all he sees is the old crone. He calls her grandmother. Marc in 1301 is a demon, Stephanie in 1302 is a werewolf, Xan in 1303 is a dragon slayer, and you get the drift of the residents on the 13th floor.
Harriett despairs of ever getting Kiral to see her for herself and return her love. All that changes one day when she has a vision of Kiral on a rooftop chained as the dawn approaches. In grief she rushes out to cry like the banshee she is of his death as the sun burns him. Grieving for a love she cannot save she decides to warn Kiral to stay in his apartment. Maybe this time she can save someone. Meeting Kiral in the stairwell unexpectedly Harriett tries to tell him of his fate, but words do not come. She does know he is starving and offers herself. Kiral takes her up on her offer, but is barely able to restrain himself from draining her dry. How does Harriett tell Kiral that she is both the young woman and the old crone? How will Kiral react if he finds out? Can Harriett save Kiral when she could not save others before him?
This wonderful series comes to us from the fertile imagination of the author Christine Rains. Her words brought the town of Carmine and its residents to life for me. Each new novella that comes out has me putting out the Do Not Disturb sign so that I can enjoy it in blessed quiet. If you have not read one of this series yet you have a treat in store for you. Be on the lookout because it will not be long before Christine Rains is giving Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan a run for the crown of Queen of the Paranormal Realms.
This is the fifth installment of the 13th Floor series. This is a series that although the books could be read as individual stories it is truly best to read it starting with book one and continuing in order. Book one, "The Marquis" is free, all others are only $.99 each on Amazon. Barnes and noble has each of the five books for $.99 each.
If you like a paranormal read this is definitely a series to add to you TBR list. Book 6 will be out soon. Christine Rains has stated the final installment, "The Ghost". It will be out July 2013 and I for one can hardly wait. Catch up on the others to get ready for it. It should be spectacular. Does it show I was bowled over by this series? These are very quick reads, but don't dismiss their impact. Christine Rains brings her vision of the others that live unnoticed among us to life with her words and you will look at those around you in a whole new light.
Having fallen for her gorgeous neighbor might not be so bad if Harriet McKay wasn't in her hideous banshee form every time Kiral saw her. Such is her curse. True, he's a vampire struggling with a drug addiction, but he's a good soul. Yet no one could love a cursed witch, especially one not even her cats respect.
After having a vision of Kiral's death, Harriet makes it her mission to save him. Never before has she attempted to change fate, but so strong is her love.
Kiral Ozdemir struggles to make it through every day. The craving for blood laced with drugs directs his every thought until he tastes Harriet's potent blood. The magic immediately addicts him, but she disappears. He's desperate to find her, racing blindly out into a city in chaos.
How can Harriet convince Kiral to see past her vile appearance and return her love? If only she can force him to listen to reason coming from a raving crone, perhaps she can save him from the demons hunting him and from himself.