Charleston Past Midnight by Christine Edwards
Released: October 31, 2014
Genre: Paranormal erotic romance
Publisher: Fanny Press
Reviewed by Sarah
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How much fight does one woman have inside?
Calla Hart has never relied on anyone. The fierce West Virginian learned the hard way to be self-sufficient, that is until she is viciously attacked late one night by two thugs. Her luck turns when, still fighting for her life, she is rescued from her attackers by a preternaturally strong stranger. She is stunned to discover that Severin Beauvais is not your typical alpha male hero. Although her pre-med student mind vehemently resists the notion, Calla must soon accept that he is a vampire, one who has stalked the historic grounds of Charleston, South Carolina, since the mid-eighteenth century. Their desire for each other is intense, yet as much as she'd like to envision happily ever after with Severin, too much stands in their way. Aside from her fragile mortality, there is Severin's extremely dominant personality coupled with his unending feud with the ancient Russian vampire Valdon, who has so far proved invincible.
And Valdon has set his sights on Calla ....
When it comes down to the wire, what would you sacrifice for the love of your life?
Calla has had a rough life. With the loss of both parents at a young age, it was just her and her brother against the world. She has always had goals and after a lot of hard work she’s almost there. In just a few months she will start medical school and finally achieve her career aspirations. For now she continues to waitress while living in a sketchy part of town.
Valdon is an alpha male and he happens to also be a vampire. He’s been around for a couple hundred years with his “new” family. Since he was turned at a young age, Valdon was unable to the human life he wanted which was to become an architect. With an eternity ahead of him, he is able to travel the world and appreciate the buildings he used dream of making.
While Valdon was out to feed late one night, he comes across Calla being accosted by a couple of men. He normally would interfere or show himself to the humans other than to feed but he feels a pull to protect Calla. Saving her from the two men is simple, but protecting her from a rival vampire proves to be more difficult. Can he save her? Will he allow Calla to remain human or change her?
When I saw a new Christine Edwards book was coming out, I was like “yes, done.” I didn’t even read the synopsis. So color me surprised to find out it’s of the paranormal subgenre. I will read those from time to time but in the past have found that the paranormal part doesn’t really change or add to the core of the story. This time it does. I love how she integrated the vampire storyline and makes it relevant to the entirety of the plot without coming across as hokey. And in her writing style I have come to repeatedly enjoy, the alpha male and feisty female lead do not disappoint. They have sizzling chemistry from the get go, but they also have intelligence and chivalry. This is another great book by the author and I’ll keep reading them every time.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.