"I became aware of Katelyn, standing close to me and holding my hand as I turned and looked into the yawning depths of the abyss of death. I felt her slight pull on me as she held me, not allowing me to go any closer to the ragged edge of darkness. I smiled knowing that Katelyn was protecting me and that together we had beaten and destroyed the thing that had tried to kill me......"
Book two in the "Master of Whitehall" vampire series. This book is about Lexi, Katelyn's best friend. After Katelyn begins a new life with James, Lexi learns that she is very sick and has a small amount of time to live. Heartbroken, but with secrets of her own, Katelyn is able to help Lexi. Even though this is book two it is also a stand alone. The story is well written and clear. You will not be left wondering who is who or what happened. There are two other vampires that also are part of this story line. Charlotte Ann the woman who made James who he is. Then there is Dale, a young man who was taken into the life against his wishes. He is saved by the vampires of Charleston when he meets them and becomes part of their clan. It helps Lexi to have her new family of immortals in her life.
Lexi makes her choice and so beings her journey as a vampire. Thankful to be alive, but having to give up people she loves. It is still a story of love and friendship and family and a new way of life. As like the first book in the series the characters are well written and easy to fall in love with. Set in Charleston South Carolina and Savannah Georgia. The setting in the story will make you feel as if you've been there. If you haven't, these are places not to miss in life.
One bittersweet part of this story is when Lexi chooses to return to Savannah. Her parents have been notified of her death, and under the cover of her friends, she is able to go to her own memorial service. Will Lexi really be able to break all ties with her mortal life? Can she watch the ones she love mourn her death?
Lexi's new life isn't all sad. There is much to learn about being a vampire and she's taken quite well with her new role. Perhaps a first love is also around the corner? Can Lexi ever see the ones she loves again? This is a time for changes and new friends that Lexi will need. You'll have to read this one and find out the answers to the questions though! Now onto book three in the series, the story of "Dale's Descent."
"I tried to walk as nonchalantly as I could over to where he was standing, "Hi there!" I began, "what are you reading?" He looked up at me and flashed a perfect smile..with dimples. " A book," he said with a soft laugh. "It's that new paranormal romance novel, "The Master of Whitehall", it's set right here in Charleston," he commented as he flipped the book up so I could see the cover, "it's about some girl who moves here and meets and falls in love with a man who turns out to be a vampire. Everyone is talking about it and says it's a really great love story....."
I absolutely love this series. Well written, as well as elegant and classy with a historical overlay. The bridges between the past and the present are so smoothly intertwined that you can't help but love this story.
Thank you to Rick H. Veal for the A.R.C.