One and Only by Bianca D’Arc

Brotherhood of Blood, Book 1

Samhain Publishing

Paranormal Romance, Vampire

ISBN: 978-1-60504-264-0

Reviewed by Patrice F.

   

 

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.

     

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