A vampire who rides a motorcycle and otherwise appears to be today's most desirable hunk is hurriedly trying to seduce a full-figured, delectable young woman. He's got to hurry because she's been bitten; with the full moon about to rise no one can be sure of what non-human creature she'll become. Lots of good heat in this one with a drippingly romantic vampire posing as simply the heroine's new boss. His real job is to protect her and mentor her as she's pulled by the full moon's lunacy. He knows right away that his heart is involved this time. Not having loved since his wife was bitten long ago and and then systematically killed because she couldn't be saved, Talen won't let himself think about the horrible pain he'll endure if this new love doesn't survive the change.
The novel begins with the vampire, Talen, and his first wife three centuries ago. She was a full-bodied, strong, and lusty mate able to handle a vampire husband. We see him openly eyeing his naked wife kneading bread dough in the kitchen. Nice. Skip over the two prologues. Prologues usually are unnecessary. In this case, the glossary-like description of Were, Werewolf, Bitten, Beast, and Vampire belongs at the end of the novel. The description of non-human creatures late in the novel is perfectly succinct and well-placed. The second prologue is an explanation of the Tower tarot card. Again, it belongs at the back of the novel.
It was great to empathize with the woman-with-real-curves's perspective and understandable fears. Society has convinced Liana that no hunky guy would ever want her. So, it gets interesting when Talen pursues her thick and heavy. Talen begins making love to her in the kitchen but when he lifts her effortlessly and carries her to the bedroom she is blown away. She is fearful when he wants to see her body. She is so sure she isn't beautiful. He convinces Liana otherwise and, furthermore, that she is loved. Yeah, Team.
Language use is a little problematic throughout. Trying to give the reader a feel for archaic language and a sense that the vampire is very old didn't always work. Overdrawn, too-long sentences or kisses routinely described as an "oral embrace" didn't help the romantic tone. Contemporary colloquialisms slip in, as well. Talen's gentleness and amazing capacity for love heal these slight bumps.
Characters were distinct and interesting. Watch for Ditmer, a Hunter, a different kind of vampire than Talen. He is a believable menace even though he was on the side for Good. Sirus, the human aide to our vampire, and computer geek was a nice touch.
Fascinating conversation at the end of the novel about Vampires', Weres', Werewolves', and Wolves' mating issues.
Anything Else: Explicit sex scenes.
Long before man knew of their existence, a bond formed which allowed Vampires to protect the Bitten and destroy the Beast so the Were and Humans survived. His bitten beloved turned Beast and murdered by a cold Hunter, Talen continues as a Gatherer. When a Bitten stirs his heart, moves his soul and ignites his blood, he fears a repeat of the past, but fate tightens his grip. Liana longed for someone who would love all of her, plumpness included. Never in her wildest dreams did she ever imagine something like the handsome boss her company stuck her with.