Lissa decided to ignore her queer
feelings about getting on the hotel shuttle. She needed to
find another position, and it was the only way to make it to
the job conference. What follows next is a near death
experience that changes her life forever when a gorgeous
vineyard owner rescues her.
Atticus Maxwell is a vampire enforcer
who’s lived for centuries, yearning and hoping for the One
to bring meaning to his life. Meeting Lissa knocks him out
of his ennui once he’s awakened to an all encompassing
love. Could she be the One he’s searched for? Once it’s
learned that the accident was no accident, Atticus does
everything in his power to ensure that Lissa stays alive
long enough for them to explore all the possibilities.
Most of the vampire novels I tend to
steer towards are usually dark, violent, brutal and brimming
with lurid sex (think JR Ward), which makes them not quite
as emotionally romantic as One and Only. This
delightfully sweet paranormal romance carried an “R in
Romantic” timeless vibe. Sure the sex is sensual, at times
even naughty, but the amiable warmth here is old school.
It’s not in the bodice ripper class; there’s definitely
violin and piano music serenading reader heartstrings.
Atticus is noble and honorable with
that air of Byronic tragedy that makes him vulnerable
without being a stuffy wimp. When he opens his heart and
life to the equally lonely and engaging Lissa, I was so glad
they finally found one another. There’s a tender thread
throughout that works well with themes of friendship,
loyalty, and hope, as well as the continuing battle of good
vs. evil. All in all, I was left with a pleasant feeling,
which means I’d like to see where this series goes. Bianca
D’Arc does well setting everything up for the next series
installment, and I’m positive that she’ll more than deliver
on it. If that doesn’t convince you, take a look at the
mesmerizing delectable cover.