Friday, 18 May 2012

Rubies of Fire by Lynne Connolly

Vampire and full-time field agent for the CIA, Andreas’s only loyalty is his job with Department 57. Until he sets eyes on sexy Roz Templeton. He already hates his assignment to pose as the office wolf, but he hates it even more when he realizes Roz is also a vampire.

Roz is out to discover who killed two members of her family, and when she does, the culprit will die. Andreas is a distraction. And she can’t understand why she’s drawn to him, anyway--he’s a sleaze. But she can’t resist.

Drawn into a passion neither can fight, they set fire to the night, and then some. For a young vampire, Andreas is fully versed on how to keep a woman happy in bed, even one that is centuries older than he is, and as dominant and demanding as any man. From their first steamy kiss in the elevator on the way to work, to bed and beyond, Andreas and Roz can’t get enough of each other.

But that passion may be a deadly distraction when Roz's life is on the line.

I love the premise for this book. It involves vampires and other-wordly beings called Talents. They exist among mortals and for the most part everyone lives side by side without any problems. However, in Roz’s world, there is a leak in the department where she works which could cause untold damage to Talents and she is chosen as part of the team to find that leak. Unfortunately, she’s been paired with Andreas, a man who has slept with several office women and comes across as a slimy arsehole…

But that isn’t who Andreas really is, and Roz soon finds that out. He’s a good man playing a part in order to do his job. Along with other trusted Talents, they work together to discover who is out to do them harm. I wasn’t expecting who it was, so the twist there was a pleasant surprise/shock!

As with every book I’ve read by Ms Connolly so far, there is always something going on, never a dull moment, and the pages keep getting turned. The world-building is, as usual, superb, and the conflict is never one that makes me roll my eyes. The conflict in Rubies of Fire is an issue of trust, and even though Talents can read minds (I love the way they can kind of seep into someone’s head—brilliant!) it doesn’t mean they’re always reading the truth…

A great plot, great writing, and a great ending. What more can a romance reader ask for? Highly recommended.

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