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Seducing the Vampire by Michele Hauf
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bookshelves: vampire, fantasy-romance, fantasy, werewolf-shapeshifter
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Rhys, half vampire half werewolf - a confusing mix... and because of a pact with a faery, he is in control for all but one day... but he promised his first born to the faery in exchange... his werewolf is in control of the vampire 29 days, but on the full moon the vampire takes control of the were and wants blood - he must lock himself away to keep others safe.... he is young, making his way... he is kindhearted, strong... he is the opposite of his half brother Constantine, a cruel vampire... he loved a were, but she died at the hands of vampires, and Rhys suspected Constantine coordinated it...

Viviane, 200 year old vampire... a bloodborn, and valued - 2 bloodborns mated would have a powerful vampire child... her patron, Henri, for 200 years - she would take his blood 2 to 4 times a year - and yet he never asked for more intimacies - in fact married 20 years earlier... he granted her great freedom... but Constantine orchestrates Henri's death, employing a witch to help, and she needs another patron (or so they thought in the 1700's)... Constantine is trying to woo Viviane, because he wants a child with her to strengthen his clan - and at his house at a party, Viviane meets Rhys - who is investigating the death of a werewolf...

Rhys and Viviane have an interesting courtship - mostly he comes to her, teases her both with words and kisses - until they finally fall to bed together... but he cannot be her patron because if they exchange blood, he fears his vampire would go on a rampage... his werewolf does not hurt Viviane though... hmmmm... and they love...

and a jealous Constantine engages the witch to spell Viviane, to freeze her (like snow white), and he encloses her in a glass coffin and buries her in the catacombs... and he makes a vampiress of a woman roughly looking like Viviane, kills her and burns her in Viviane's house... and Rhys (coming home after the full moon) finds her ashes, and believes that Viviane is dead...

200 years later, Rhys hears of a legend of a glass coffin ... and he knows it must be Viviane... he returnes to France to search for her... and on the 2nd day, 2 dead bodies (still unclear who killed them, probably Viviane) and a broken glass coffin...

he traces her upside - and we connect with Viviane first... she is confused, disjointed thoughts, hungry, but she isn't killing now, only taking enough blood - she comes across Steve, who helps her, washes her, makes friends and tries to understand what she is saying... she is more coherent after she takes blood... but she gets scared and runs, just as Rhys gets to their block... Steve & Rhys join forces to find her...

and they find her within 30 minutes of the full moon... making it back to Rhys' place, where he apologises and leaves her to be locked up... she remembers that Rhys is her lover, and that she had thought about his need, and she believed that they needed to exchange blood to tame his vampire... so she staggers to him, forces his assistant to open his cage... and they exchange blood...

and she is herself, and the embryo she was carrying, that was frozen with her starts to grow... and 9 months later she delivers twins... and the faery comes for one... the one she thought was a hybrid were/vamp... but in his adolescence, he does not change and thirsts, though he will not take blood... and a doctor examines him and he is full vamp / bloodborn - no value to the faery... and the story ends in her screams... i hope that means that he gets to go home to his parents...

i wonder if there will be a part 2, and if so, will I ever know about it?
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