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Remaining invisible, he perched on the window ledge outside the four-inch-thick windows of Genet-X Laboratories, scoping out a sterile white lab. Anyone glancing out the window would see only the top of Seattle's Space Needle against the last glimmers of a bloodred sunset. He watched as Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin lowered her rectangular black-rimmed safety glasses and rubbed at the worried expression on her forehead. Her wide, expressive hazel eyes narrowed as she peered at the row of small vials filled with a swirling dark greenish black liquid were in front of her.
Vampire vaccine. At least that's what he'd heard from very reliable sources. It seemed that she was a sort of genius freak when it came to anything biochemical and specialized in genetic engineering. Her curly auburn hair gave her heart-shaped face an even more youthful appearance. Too young and far too pretty to come up with something so potentially threatening.
Even through the glass, his ultrarefined senses smelled the glossy coating of cherry balm slicked over her full lips. She stretched, hands over her head, giving him a peek of her curvaceous breasts beneath an aqua-colored T-shirt and an open rumpled white lab coat. She hardly looked like the super brain he'd been told to watch by his clan's Trejan.
She looked more like a sweet diversion, the kind of woman that vampires aspired to make mortal playthings. Exactly the kind of mortal he would have picked if he had the time and inclination to indulge himself. A curl of desire started low in his belly, rippling into a full-blown flame. He forced his libido to take a hike. Focus, solider. Focus. She's merely an objective. Another mortal.
She was smart and beautiful, which meant she was even more trouble than his team had anticipated. Beware the enemy dressed in silk. The words of his Spartan commander echoed across the eons thumping like a war drum in the back of his skull. Once a warrior, always a warrior. Never surrender. Never retreat. A Spartan's duty, balanced with a Spartan's curse—to live forever and never die in battle. Gods, what a sorry mess.
Itching to act rather than sit and observe her supple curved form, Achilles focused his attention on the wind blowing in from the water. Ozone from an incoming storm rolling across the Pacific tainted the breeze. He shifted his weight and rubbed his hands over his cropped dark blond hair, causing it to stick out in tufts and spikes. Not that it mattered. This decade's fashions encouraged the messed-up look, and he always did his best to blend in with the mortals. It made his efforts in providing security for the clan so much more effective and had helped him survive when others had not.
A buzzer sounded in the room, causing the beautiful doctor to cross over to the security panel by the door. What he wouldn't have given to be her lab coat, brushing against her derriere.
Is that your report? The voice of Dmitri Dionotte the clan's Trejan, and second in command of the Cascade vampire colony, interrupted his thoughts.
No. Merely an observation of the objective.
Her looks are immaterial. Tell me about the vaccine.
Our sources were correct. The vaccine is being created. Do you wish me to intervene and stop their work?
No. Continue to monitor the situation.
Sure. Why not. He was only standing on a window ledge six stories above the ground like a bird of prey. I'm on it.
Achilles. There was a long meaningful pause. You can be on it, I just don't want you in it. You are not to make contact with the researcher unless absolutely necessary. Any kind of contact. I'm saying this as both your Trejan and your friend. There's a rumor that if she begins to transition into a vampire because of her work with the virus that you'd be selected as her mentor. You don't want to start anything physical with this woman.
Got it. Right now, as far as I'm concerned, she's still the enemy. Achilles realized that if the council was once more willing to trust him with a female fledgling to mentor, he'd finally overcome some of the stigma attached to his reputation for the last three centuries. Not that the stigma was undeserved. It was. But he'd already paid dearly for his lapse in judgment and he was ready to move on.
He just prayed to the gods that his new female fledgling wasn't Dr. Chamberlain.
She was temptation enough, damn near his idea of a perfect woman brought into mortal form. As her mentor, he'd be linked to her for eternity—and never allowed to enjoy her. Forever together, eternally apart. In other words, total hell.
"Access code?" Rebecca said into the speaker mounted onto the wall, interrupting his thoughts.
Another feminine voice, the tone more clipped than Dr. Chamberlin's, answered. "Vanquish."
The doctor pressed a code into the panel, her fingers elegantly long, her nails practically short. Had he been mortal, he'd have needed surveillance equipment to see exactly what she'd pushed. Being vampire had advantages, not the least of which was the ability to telescope his vision. His ability to move more quickly than any mortal made her rapid hand motion appear ultraslow to him. One-nine-seven-zero-six-two. He filed the information away and focused his senses on the people entering the lab.
Dr. Chamberlin stepped back a pace, nestling both her hands at the base of her spine. "Good evening, gentlemen." Her lips curved into a welcoming smile. Inside him an unfamiliar interest flared to life. Gods, she had an incredible mouth.
The three older men, two far stouter than was healthy for them, and the third painfully thin and tall, all nodded their greetings to her. They were followed by a slight young woman with dark hair shaped in a severe blunt cut. Where Dr. Chamberlin was all lush curves, the other woman was harsh angles.
The portly man with a shock of thick white hair, an impeccably tailored suit and a telltale black-and-white collar about his throat reached out to shake Dr. Chamberlin's hand. The scientist's hesitation was imperceptible, lasting the space of a mortal blink and at odds with the warm smile gracing her lips, then she stuck out her hand to reciprocate. Interesting. Perhaps she didn't like these newcomers any more than he did. Which wasn't much.
"Welcome to our laboratory, Cardinal Worcher, Reverend Evans, Pastor Snyder."
Cardinal Worcher stepped forward, his hands clasped behind his back as he surveyed the laboratory. "Dr. Rutledge tells us you've made substantial progress on the vaccine." Achilles couldn't stand hanging out on the ledge like a common pigeon any more. He phased himself through the wall, maintaining his invisibility, and sat down in Rebecca's office chair.
Dr. Chamberlin nodded at the cardinal, her voice holding the excited shimmer of a kid being handed a highly anticipated toy. "I think we've finally discovered the site in the plasmid that has allowed us to perform a cassette mutagenesis and ultimately alter the genetic material for replication."
"In plain English, darlin'?" the shorter man drawled, his brown suit a little more rumpled and matching the sparse brown hair combed over his shiny head. "I'm afraid all that scientific gobbledygook is a bit much for my congregation to understand."
She stiffened, the reaction imperceptible to everyone in the room, but Achilles. The light sweet throb of her particular heartbeat kicked up to a dull roar. If he'd had blood running through his veins, it would be running hot and fast as he listened to the rapid syncopation of Rebecca's heartbeat. His mouth watered.
Achilles stifled the elemental push as his fangs begged for release. Gods, he wanted to mentor a female again, but not her. Please not her. He shook his head. It was a nonissue. She wasn't transitioning—yet. At this moment she was merely an enemy, an objective. A damn feminine, sexy one. And still very mortal.* * *
Beck tucked her hair behind one ear and tried to shake off the feeling that someone, other than the three investors, was watching her. Clearly she'd been putting in too many hours at the lab to get this project off the ground.
"Sorry, Reverend Evans." She focused her gaze on the short man with the Southern drawl. "The easiest way for me to describe it would be that we've found the chemical key to unlock the padlock that holds the two chains of the vampire virus together. Now that we've got that key we can open that padlock, take off the part of the chain that makes it permanent and substitute it with the DNA chain we want to render the virus useless. No more virulent capability. No more threat." She glanced at the other men. Perhaps she needed to make it even simpler for them to understand. "Anyone who's been turned into a vampire against their will can return back to their human state in less than a week."
"Theoretically," added Dr. Margo Rutledge with a slight sniff. Beck stifled her desire to do bodily harm to her fellow researcher. Up until now Margo had been quietly gung ho on the project, putting in just as many late nights as Beck had. The other woman had seemed excited about how close their research was to finding a viable vaccine to combat the vampire virus circulating in national blood supplies. What was up with her sudden shift in attitude now, especially with the primary investors here in front of them?
"What do you mean theoretically?" Pastor Snyder's tight and edgy tone matched his thin frame and severe black suit. He looked like more of an undertaker than a prominent pastor of a church with tens of thousands of members. "We've given your company an awful lot of money to fund this research, ladies. We expect concrete results to battle this scourge of evil polluting our nation's blood supplies."
Beck's ire ratcheted a notch higher. Why was it that people thought that science had a miracle ability to speed up time? Research took time. Results took time. Results you planned to unleash on the public, well, that could take years.
"What Dr. Rutledge meant to say—" Rebecca threw Margo a cool glance "—is that we're at the stage where testing can begin. With a few clinical trials on actual subjects, we should know if our approach has been successful or if the formulation needs adjustment to improve the results." At least that better be what Margo meant.
Beck's good friend Kristin Reed had told her from the outset that she suspected Margo had a jealous streak in her. Beck had chosen to ignore Kristin's comment because she'd never seen anything to substantiate it. As a scientist, she didn't believe anything without proof. Four degrees, two of them doctorates in the sciences, had given her that view. As a woman, she didn't believe in judging the path others took until you had walked in their sneakers. Being the illegitimate daughter of a computer industry billionaire had taught her that. She'd lived her whole life having assumptions made about her and she wasn't about to do it to anyone else.
As far as she had observed Margo was competent, smart and hardworking. More importantly she was in tight with the megachurches and religious power brokers that formed the base of their primary research funding.
Beck refocused her efforts on producing a reassuring professional smile for Pastor Snyder. His thin lips had disappeared into a flat line bisecting his long face at Margo's comment. "We should be able to solicit for study subjects by the end of next week," she offered. And doing that would be a minor miracle in itself, not that she needed to reveal that to her uneasy investor. These men were only interested in one thing—results.
Reverend Evans clapped Snyder on the shoulder, the blow pushing the thin man forward slightly so that he had to readjust his footing, his expression turning even more dour. "We're going to need somethin' sooner than later, darlin'. Folks are mighty upset about all this vampire business. With those monsters on the loose, our followers want reassurance that they can seek protection from such damnation. Ain't that right, Snyder?"
"I don't see why you haven't already begun testing the vaccine," Snyder muttered, picking an invisible bit of lint from the flat black lapel of his suit jacket.
"We certainly understand your concern," Margo said, clearly trying to soothe his agitated state. She pulled at the crisp edge of her white lab coat sleeve. "But the government has certain regulations we must follow when testing an antiviral drug such as this before it can be released to the public."
The cardinal lifted his chin looking down his long straight nose. "This is of far graver concern than any flu virus. Vampirism is just as much a physical as a spiritual danger. Certainly the normal process can be bypassed for such a pandemic concern."
Beck eyed the trio of men before her. "That is our plan, of course, Cardinal. Once we have conclusive evidence that our formulation is effective, we'll try to fast-track its approval for the public."
"But, darlin', are you certain it'll work?" Reverend Evans asked.
Beck snatched up one of the vials from the test tube rack on her desk and held it out in front of her. "We believe we've found the key." Inside the vial the liquid agitated as if responding to their conversation, the swirling of dark green never seeming to mix completely with the black liquid around it.
"How is it administered?" Snyder leaned closer, a glint in his eyes.
"With an aspirator shot," Margo said. She lifted the stainless steel apparatus that looked like a high-tech gun from the future. The device had a small metal compressed-air cylinder attached to it. "The vial is inserted in the chamber here and a shot of compressed air forces the drug through thousands of microcuts in the skin directly into the bloodstream through this attachment."
Posted June 22, 2012
Posted August 15, 2011
Love hits hard between the powerful vampire, Achilles, and the woman who could potentially destroy all vampires, Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin. Meyers sets up a wonderful world where vampires are created by a "virus" that Dr. Chamberlin is steadfast determined to find the "cure" for because her mother and best friend were "infected" and changed into vampires. Dr Chamberlin's quest to find a cure becomes more desperate when she finds herself the unwilling victim of the virus. Achilles senses in Dr. Chamberlin a love long lost and he desperately fights it, especially when he finds himself the unwilling mentor to this fledgling vampire.
This book was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Achilles is the jaded and gruff vampire in charge of his clan's security force and Dr. Chamberlin is intelligent but misguided. They both fight their strong attraction which in the end you know is a losing battle. The only problem I had with the story was the length of time Dr. Chamberlin pursues a cure despite the time she is with the vampires, and despite seeing how they are not the monsters the humans believe them to be as well as the fact that her friend is very happy with being a vampire and the wife of a vampire. That being said, Meyers does a good job developing her characters and moving the story quickly without unanswered questions. All the characters in the story are likeable-of course the evil characters are evil-and the reader is swept along to a satisfying end.
Posted August 13, 2011
I loved this story. The writing was great and the story just flowed. If you read and liked The Truth About Vampires then you want to pick this one up right away. If you havent read it, then you still need to pick this up.
This is a well-written vampire story that takes place in Seattle. This also shows one of my favorite things about vampire stories. The myth has so much flexibility to it and allows new unique stories to be developed.
The book is not long, but the characters are still well developed as is the setting. You really learn a lot about Beck and Achilles and you enjoy watching their relationship develop and unfold.
The backdrop of their story is about vampires just being reintroduced to the mortal public after being in hiding for a number of years. It really helps set the stage for future stories and gives the characters in this one plenty of conflict to resolve.
If you like vampire stories, this is one series you should not miss. If you are a paranormal fan, its also a series you should not miss. Pick up copies soon you wont be sorry. Im anxiously waiting the next story in the Sons of Midnight, cant wait to find out who it will be about and what happens next in their world.
Posted August 3, 2011
Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin is working on a vaccine for vampires when she becomes one herself. Her irresistible vampire mentor, Achilles, is fighting his lust and passion for her, while Beck is understanding her new powers , her vaccine falls into the wrong hands , now her and Achilles are fighting for their lives and the Entire Vampire existence
This is a wonderful Vampire Romance full of Heart pounding, lust , hate , and deep exotic passion. It'll leave you wondering if you would choose eternal Love over being Human
Posted June 27, 2011
The Vampire Who Love Me is a Harlequin Nocturne book. Goodreads says that it is book #113 so I didn't know if all of these were just stand-alone books. I'd say that this book could be read as a stand-alone, but apparently there is one other book that had some of the same characters in it that I would liked to have read first. Since I felt like I was missing out on things a little, it made it harder for me to connect with this book.
I also had a hard time connecting with the heroine - not that she wasn't well written or anything. She is a scientist and has to know why and how EVERYTHING works - I would have liked to see her just relax and live life. Rebecca (also known as Beck) is a great heroine though. She's not one of those damsel in distress types. She's stubborn, independent, and capable of taking care of things herself. She never really "needed" a man in her life, yet she yearned to be important to somebody.
Achilles is everything you could want in a hero - strong, protective, intelligent, sexy, a warrior... He also has a brooding side - he has gone through a lot of heartache. I would say that Achilles is my favorite character from this book. The secondary characters in this book were the lead characters in a previous book - The Truth About Vampires (#107). They seemed like likable characters and I found myself wanting to know more about them.
The plot in this story was really good - definitely unique and intriguing. The writing was good as well, I didn't notice any errors. I wasn't all that excited about the ending though - I thought it was a little too convenient. There was some passion involved, as well as romance and suspense. I do recommend this book to others - especially vampire fans. If there is a 3rd book, I would definitely be interested in reading it.
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Posted June 13, 2011
Manipulators being manipulated, biohazards and the fight against time, a hero and heroine who face death for loving each other and a whole lot more is waiting for readers in this latest thrilling and fast paced book by Ms. Meyers.
I remember reading the Truth about Vampires and was amazed at the unique way in which the vampires were depicted in that book. I figured that would be the end of the surprise twists but I was delighted by the bombshell I got at the end of this book. It's way cool and it ends up being, if not the answer then at least one of them, about an alluded to prophesy during the telling of this current tale. I'm not going to say who says it or when, that is for readers to find out. Even if they notice that part during reading, there is no way they're going to guess what happens during the epilogue. I certainly never imagined the outcome and I can only guess at the absolute chaos that could erupt from such a revelation. What fun!
I'm getting ahead of myself. The heroine, Beck (short for Rebecca), is a single-minded scientist with a brain that won't quit. Despite being an introverted science geek, she's actually warm-hearted and sweet and has a core of inner steel, something she developed during events over the course of her growing up. She could have become a bitter and twisted woman but instead she works for the good of mankind - or so she thinks. I never saw the plot conflict coming and it was a shocker. I mean, the author hinted at something and I figured I knew what she meant until I read one of the dramatic and intense scenes that revealed the truth. The author's choice of words was well done because I got grossed out. Beck and the hero, on the other hand, got a lot more than that.
Achilles is the hero with a tough job. I'm not talking about his work for the clan, although that carries with it a huge responsibility. No, what I'm referring to is his job to mentor a woman he already had the hots for. Through a simple and unfortunate circumstance he was forced to take on a role that made her forbidden to him. Talk about conflict and personal angst. Even more exciting was the sensual tension, pulled so taut a reader could cut it with a knife. What makes Achilles rate higher on the "yum" factor is his being a Spartan warrior of old. Those guys knew what harsh living was like and yet for all his manly, stoic and determined intentions, a man is still a man when faced with a woman who makes his pheromones sizzle and pop. I enjoyed watching him succumb to his heart. Even more amazing is the reason why he can't resist her. What a fascinating surprise.
The villains are a bit twisted in this tale. By that I don't mean they are demented and psycho, instead they are not quite what I expected. One of the bad guys in The Truth about Vampires shows up in this book too. And no, a reader really doesn't need to read the first book to follow and understand The Vampire Who Loved Me. Kristin, Beck's best friend, fills a reader in just fine with what they'll need to know. But since I did read the first book, I still found what happens to the guy as a bit harsh. I think he deserved it and once a reader gets to that part, it's really profound and full of ironic justice - but still icky.
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Posted June 10, 2011
If I had to sum up my thoughts on this book in one word I would use YUMMY. Why? Because the descriptions, the smells, and the settings were delicately and painstakingly written in a way that I easily felt surrounded by everything Theresa wrote. I can only begin to fathom the creativity it took to write such a great romance. This isn't your typical vampire romance. It delves deep into the mindset of vampire racism and their right to belong on earth. I loved every word, every character (good or bad), and the realistic yet surprising emotions that we've come to expect from vampire romances. Most importantly, I loved how smooth the plot flowed from beginning to end. There wasn't one dull moment or place where I felt I had to skim over. I was enthralled by everything. Because of the position of the heroine, Dr. Chamberlin, I believe this book could also be classified as a medical romance because she's constantly testing theories & medicine. Thank you Theresa for allowing me to escape into an amazing story - one that I'll read several times.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2011
After vampires converted her loved ones, Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin hated the vile creatures. She works diligently on a vaccination in order to cure what she believes is a disease. When she is changed into the beasts she detests, she increases her efforts to find a cure.
Vampire clan security commander Achilles Stefanos watches closely the scientist in order to keep his species safe. Her financial supporters inject Beck with her serum only to find it fails. Achilles knows he must complete her transformation or Beck will die. As the pair begins to fall in love, someone modifies her vaccine in order to change vampires to their actual chronological age; which means vampire like Achilles an Ancient Greek will turn to dust.
The pairing of an ancient Greek warrior vampire and a modern day scientist make for a great tale as neither wants to love the other, but each learns you can't always get what you want. The story line is fast-paced from the moment that Achilles fears the newest fledgling is archenemy Dr. Chamberlain and never slows down as the heroine seeks the cure for vampirism.
Posted June 17, 2011
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Posted June 19, 2011
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