The Palace in
San Francisco is the ultimate ‘den of iniquity’, run by a
vampire for any vampire who can afford to be there. They
have total power over all of the human slaves – humans who
choose to live there are paid and can leave once their
contract is over. However, once they start drinking Tourin,
a drugged blood concoction, they never seem to leave.
A raid on the
Palace by the Guardians, beings who protect humans from the
evil vampires of the world, set into motion a chain of
events that forever alters the lives of three – Balin
Renforth, a Guardian who abhors vampires, Fitch Galloway, a
vampire who works for the Vampire Secret Service, and
Gladiolas, a petite human slave living at the Palace.
traps the three in an ancient magical castle. Prejudice and
distrust keep them from working together to find a way out.
As obstacles mount they realize that only by striving to
work with each other can they hope to escape. But, long
held hatreds are hard to put aside even if freedom is the
is an exciting, original journey of discovery for three very
different beings. Balin and Fitch are fascinating alpha
heroes who manage to grow emotionally in the course of this
story. Gladiolas on the other hand is beyond submissive;
she must be to survive in the Palace. The men are
completely taken with her which I didn’t totally comprehend.
Gladiolas is ill so I can see why they help, but their
feelings for her seem very intense yet she has the
personality of soggy toast. Having said that, The
Collision is worth reading to catch the interaction
between Balin and Fitch, they make this a very juicy and fun