Vampire Nick Christos might’ve been born in the Middle Ages, but the good old days seem tame compared to the last eight years he’s spent ruling the Supernatural Council. His only respite is with his cute neighbor Casey Meyers, a woman he wants more than any undead man should. Sure, he's forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but there’s no way he’ll test his own strength by getting too close to a human, and he’s not willing to risk her life--not with bloodthirsty family on the prowl out to ruin Nick’s life.
When said Nick’s kin shows up, the innocent Casey is caught in the middle of a centuries old fight, and Nick’s biggest fear is realized. Now, instead of keeping his hands off his neighbor, he’ll risk everything to save the human he’s come to love.
Casey seems to be an A-hole magnet when it comes to dating when the man she really would love to date is her best friend and neighbor Nick. Nick has it bad for Casey and it kills him every time she goes out with and gets hurt by some loser but the last thing he wants to do is hurt her himself and as a vampire he could hurt her physically as well as emotionally.
Ms. Havens writes a funny, sexy and at wild relationship between Casey and Nick and creates her own version of the vampire/paranormal world with a Supernatural Council, werewolves that have become vampires, mages, witches and demon minions. Nick and Casey have to not only worry about the Council and archaic laws they have crazy witches who control demon minions out to get them as well.
This has a snarky and feisty heroine who's quips can make you snort with laughter and a 800 year old vampire who is so overprotective that he tries to protect Casey from himself. This makes for a sometime wishy washy feel to Nick but by the same token it makes him dear to you because he cares so much. I look forward to more books that perhaps showcase some of the secondary characters from this book.
Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. She has also written four books for Harlequin's Blaze line, including Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. Candace's work is also featured in Spirited, an anthology, and all its proceeds go to help literacy. Take It Like A Vamp, her latest work, launched a line of light paranormal romances for Entangled Publishing, called Covet. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion, Reader's Choice, and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more.