Jane Blundell inadvertently became a vampire when she came
in contact with contaminated vampire blood. In an effort to
find a cure for her affliction, her father, a respected
obstetrician and a member of English’s elite, flees to the
Irish countryside with her and sets up a discreet lab. Jane
tries to be the son her father never had, devoting herself
to the sciences while maintaining the household on her own.
But her father rarely recognizes her intelligence and
secretly she dreams of wearing the fashionable gowns the
ladies wear instead of her bland wardrobe. The arrival of
other vampires gives her hope. Perhaps they will teach her
what she needs to know of her condition.
Having read Dr. Blundell’s article on vampirism, Callan
Kilkenny sets out to find the scientist in the hopes Dr.
Blundell may have discovered a cure. He nearly arrives too
late. Some of the “born” vampires (as opposed to being a
“made” vampire as Callan is) are desperate to prevent a cure
from being found. In the course of rescuing the scientist
from the other vampires, he meets our intriguing heroine,
Jane. Callan is immediately drawn to the naďve young woman,
yet he is torn between succumbing to his need for her and
wondering if it is just his vampiric nature that makes him
crave her. Is Callan a criminal and murderer as the other
vampires say, or a man who is trying to reconcile his forced
past with a new and free future?
Be warned. The villains are deliciously evil and sometimes
sublime in their cruelties. Can Jane’s dispassionate father
who neglects his daughter and tortures Callan with his
poisonous experimental concoctions be considered evil? How
about the vampires who want to destroy the cure? Are they
malicious or just protecting the knowledge from those who
would use it to harm others? The delicate Miss Elyta Zaroff
and her entourage, the four hundred-year-old vampire Clara
and equally aged Brother Flavio, claim they are there on the
bequest of Mirso Monastery, to guard the cure. But the
vampires at Mirso Monastery are known for eradicating made
vampires. Why do they want the cure?
Susan Squires presents an interesting version of vampire
legend in One With The Night. This is a
well-written, adequately paced novel set in the early 1800s.
At times, the hero’s dialogue, written in the local brogue,
is jarring, slowing the reader’s progress. The various
tortures including piercings, whippings, and forced sex may
make a timid reader blanch. Several cameo appearances by the
Loch Ness monsters (yes, that’s multiple monsters)
unexpectedly liven up the tale. Provocative love scenes, a
scientist who reminds one of a barely civilized Dr.
Frankenstein, a heroine who wars with duty and matters of
the heart, a sexy honorable hero, and hedonistic vampires
make for one unique story.