Bitter Fruits by Sarah Daltry
Scarlet and Nora, college roommates, were attending a Masquerade Ball hosted by the college vampire fantasy group. When they reached the party, held in an old church, Scarlet disappeared quickly to mingle. Nora is left alone to find her way; she soon meets a stunning man, Alec, and is drawn to him in a way that is completely foreign to her. Soon, their interaction is interrupted by Alec’s brother, Caleb. Oddly, she finds herself drawn to him, as well.
Wanting a bit of privacy, she and Alec search for a nook in the church to get acquainted, finding none, they venture outside. The passion both feel is overwhelming, but just when Nora thinks Alec will make love to her, he pulls away, talking about “commitment” and “forever” and then he disappears.
She is frustrated, and is left with only a stinging kiss on her neck as he vanishes. She quickly becomes obsessed with this man who can make her body burn. She begins seeing him, but he continues to disappear after every meeting, never taking their sexual encounters past heated kisses and caresses, though she can tell he wants her. At last, he tells her if she wants to be with him, as she believes, she must first look up Charles Samuels, then decide.
Sarah Daltry writes with a stunning fluidity that draws the reader into her world and holds the reader willing hostage there with her until the novel ends. This book is exceptionally well-written, with characters that are riveting, and a story line that is a refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill vampire novels of society’s norm.
This is a story of mythical import and may make some readers question what they’ve always been taught and perhaps some might even search for a new version of reality.
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