Frankie Suchet hates what she became over 200 years ago and she blames Henri Foucault. Henri took Frankie into his home when a mob burnt her home and she had no where else to go. Frankie admits that she had a crush on Henri; after all he was a handsome wicked duke. By accident, Henri exposes Frankie to his companion, making her into a vampire, and then cruelly disappearing after 3 day leaving Frankie to figure out how to survive on her own.
Now, Frankie is a bartender at a hip club. In an unexpected encounter, Frankie is given the knowledge to go back into the past. She will have the opportunity to change her destiny by killing Henri before he makes her into a monster!
Frankie does travel back to 1794 France armed with the items she will need to kill Henri. When she sees herself, she blends into the human Francoise. This time, things will be different as Frankie attempts to guide Francoise. But what changes are being made? Will Frankie be able to convince Francoise to kill Henri or will Francoise show Frankie a Henri she didn’t know about?
The first line of this novel grabbed me. “Bartending wasn’t a bad gig for a vampire.” What a great line and what a great understatement. It wasn’t long after that and I fell in love with a bitter Frankie. I couldn’t wait to see her adventures during the Reign of Terror in France.
The characters were very well done. They had depth, personality and seemed so alive. Francoise had to work with Frankie in her mind making her feel as if she was going mad. This dual personality came across extremely well and each character had their unique style even as the lines began to blur. Henri went from being a flat one dimensional monster that Frankie remembered to a multi faceted man.
The historic strife and stresses came through giving this story an authenticity. The Reign of Terror was just that a time of chaos and terror. Hundreds of people were killed and neighbors turned on neighbors without thought. The ideals of the revolution became trampled over by greed and inept leaders. Mob mentality surfaced frequently and riots were common in large cities. This made a fantastic backdrop for this story.
This is the latest in a series of books. It does not have to be read within the series. It is quite good by itself. Still this is the second book in this series that I have read and each took me to a different period in time and each kept me spell bound. It’s not your typical vampire story.
Desire and destiny collide in this novel — first in a stunning new series from New York Times bestselling author Susan Squires.
TEMPTED by FATE
Once, Frankie Suchet loved Henri Foucault—and it cost her everything. For two centuries she has cursed the French duke who gave her his blood and then disappeared forever. Today, this sexy vampire is a bartender living in San Francisco. Now Frankie has been granted the chance to go back in time… and kill the man who made her what she is. But becoming “Francoise” again means losing all memory of the risk Henri poses to her future… and her heart.
SEDUCED by DANGER
France, 1794. The Reign of Terror is in full swing. From the first, Henri is an enigma, saving Francoise from an angry Parisian mob. Drawn to his seductive vitality, Francoise discovers there is much more to Henri than she once knew. His devotion to rescuing innocents from the guillotine is his sole passion—until he encounters Francoise’s intoxicating blend of innocence and experience. And, as their attraction explodes into dangerous desire, the only way to save each other may be to sacrifice their timeless love.
Stands Alone: yes