Ten years have passed since Sophis and Vivek, two vampires of the Venia bloodline, came close to death at the hands of twin hunters Aleksis and Izabella Romanov. The events of that night turned Sophis and Vivek against each other, shattering their close friendship and driving them apart.
Now, on the eve of a centenary Creator Day masquerade and at a time when things between them are dangerously close to separating them forever, they uncover a small army of vampire hunters in Saint Petersburg, led by their nemeses, Aleksis and Izabella.
With the safety of the rulers of the seven pure vampire bloodlines in their hands and their chance for vengeance hanging in the balance, can Sophis and Vivek face their past and overcome their differences? Will they realise their true feelings for each other before it’s too late or will the hunters finally claim their lives as their deadly plot to destroy the bloodlines unfolds?
Masquerade by Felicity Heaton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the seventh book in the Vampire Realms series. I loved it!
Sophis is a fantastic character. She is a guard in the Venia household. I liked this character a lot. She is stubborn, determined and extremely dedicated.
Vivek is another fantastic character. He is also a guard in the Venia household. I loved his protective streak. He is also stubborn, but in a different way to Sophis. His feelings for Sophis makes him put up barriers, which makes him come across as remote and taciturn.
This is another exciting story that completely hooked me from the first page - I struggled to put this book down! Set on the eve of the centenary Creator Day masquerade, this story is an exciting roller coaster ride of danger and romance. There are several twists and turns with regards to the plot line. The story is mostly told from Sophis and Vivek's point of view, and gives the reader an insight into their thoughts and feelings. I was intrigued with the genetically enhanced vampire hunters. Two of the deadliest, Aleksis and Izabella, are quite imposing. Nevertheless, they are no match for the full blooded vampires in this story, Sophis and Vivek. There are some old faces that make a welcome return. It was nice to see Prophecy, Valentine, Venturi, Lord Hyperion and a few other characters from the series make a cameo appearance, and it gave the story arc a feel of continuation. The descriptions of the masquerade ball and the fight scenes are quite detailed, and made me feel like I was actually there. There is tension between the various houses, Caelestis, Aurorea, Venia, Validus, Vehemens, Tenebrae and Nocens, which makes the ball a hotbed of potential violence, even though it is meant to bring the houses together. However, it is the deadly threat of the vampire hunters that unites them, even only for a short while. The heat between Sophis and Vivek is smoldering and just about scorched the pages! The end of the story has made me want to read the next book in the series, Hunger as soon as possible.
Felicity Heaton has written another fantastic paranormal romance. I love her writing style, which is fast paced, exciting and believable. She is number one on my Favourite Authors List.
As this is an erotic paranormal romance with explicit scenes, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love erotic paranormal romances full of action, adventure, danger, sexy vampires and werewolves. - Lynn Worton
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