Dark Studies is the first book in the Arcaneology series by C. P. Foster.
Angie Clark started out life as Sarah Miller. Sarah was a innocent girl enslaved by a vampire then sold over and over again to other vampires. When she was rescued her release set off a political firestorm that left her getting a new identity. Now she is enrolled in a graduate program working on her PhD. At night she is Angeline Devereaux a woman who fulfills vampire fantasies as long as it meets her conditions. However when real life and work life collide sparks fly when she meets Steffen.
The beginning of the story leaves you lacking to know more. At the end of the first chapter, I could not wait to finish the book. The author did a good job of drawing the reader in to her world. She did a great job of making it very realistic. The pace of the story was a bit slow at some points and fast is others. The main characters and the secondary characters were fascinating and lifelike. I liked that all of the main characters, Angie, Steffen, James and Aaron, each were not perfect and had faults. This made them more realistic and believable.
The point of view stayed with Angie all the way through the book. I do wish I could have heard Steffen’s side of the story and well as Aaron and James. I think it would have given more insight as to their motivations. The main conflict of the story seems to be Angie Clark’s ability to live her life her way and study Arcaneology. This story line kept the story moving along and with what seemed to be endless ways for the world and the story to grow. While there always seemed to be a lot going on, it was the perfect level of conflict, any less and something would have been missing. The dialogue between the characters was honest and unique. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. I liked that the ending was not what I predicted it would be. I really liked how this book kept me on my toes all the way through. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Professional victim. Escaped slave. Grad student. Angie Clark is all three.
Angie Clark began life as Sarah Miller, an innocent girl deceived and enslaved by vampires. Her escape from torture and captivity set off a political firestorm among the vampires of North America, and in order to survive she took on a new identity. Now Angie leads a double life. By day she is a grad student obsessed with arcaneology—the study of supernatural species. At night, she is Angeline Devereaux, a woman who specializes in fulfilling vampires’ fantasies. She has everything under control until Steffen Scott, Lord of the Puget Sound vampire Province, makes an unusual request: he wants to fall in love.
It’s the ultimate challenge, and Angie can’t resist. But Steffen turns out to be the least of her worries when Angie puts her life on the line to prevent a war between humans and vampires. Fantasy and reality become blurred when she turns to Steffen for comfort and discovers that while he was falling in love with her, she was developing feelings of her own. Now she must decide how to deal with emotions she fears even more than death.
This is the first in a series that should be read in order. Book two is titled Secret Studies, Arcaneology #2.