Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Albert Manlii has existed for over two thousand years, I say ‘existed’ since he is a vampire and not alive. Now he is the faction leader responsible for recruiting one or two willing converts. In spite of being immortal vampires can die; some leave the faction in one way or another when immortality becomes more than they can bear.
Albert spots a man he believes is perfect and a man that he is sure is his blood-mate. Of course he would love nothing more than for this man to meet all the requirements to be recruited but even if he is his blood-mate he will not interfere in the procedure that has to be followed. The recruit has to be a certain age, intelligent and capable of fitting in, he has to have no ties, meaning family, spouse or close friends that would miss him or could possibly notice him once he is pronounced dead. Now research has to be done on his candidate, a man who is no doubt dying from cancer and will be given the choice of becoming a vampire or dying.
Phillip Brewer is dying from a very rare form of gall-bladder cancer so deadly that from the diagnosis one month ago he now has a week or two to live. Albert approaches Phillip with the offer of life or death and it doesn’t take Phillip long to agree to life even if that life is as a vampire. The change is very fast and was done in the park where Albert and Phillip were meeting a small exchange of blood very different from what is portrayed in the movies and it is done.
Like Albert, Phillip feels a connection with Albert although he is unaware of the blood-mate bond and he is given a new personality, new eye color using contacts, new hair style, new clothes and a new name. Phillip is dead; long live Neil Franklin from Texas. Even looking in the mirror Neil no longer sees Phillip.
This was such a unique take on vampires, they can be in the sun, they use blood from a blood bank, they only recruit those that are dying and they stay together as a family. Short but wonderful.