Callan Kilkenny longs for a release from the vampire curse that plagues him. Upon learning of a scientist who is researching a cure for vampirism, he presents himself to the good doctor as a test subject, willing to suffer the experiments until a remedy is discovered.
Dr. Blundell is only too keen to accept this unexpected offer, as his only child has contracted this mysterious condition. Infected through a cut after an accident in her father's laboratory, Jane has received no guidance for her newfound powers, her strange cravings, and the disturbing sexual urges she has begun experiencing - urges that increase in volume when she sets eyes on the ruggedly handsome Callan.
But not everyone is happy with Dr. Blundell's research. There are factions that would destroy his work and others who would own it all costs. Soon all hell will break loose at the little farmhouse that houses Dr. Blundell's laboratory - and Callan and Jane will find themselves right in the middle of it!
Susan Squires is a new author to me, but her blurb for One With the Night intrigued me, since I enjoy both historicals and paranormal romances - especially those with vampires. I have read many vampire tales over the years, many in the romance genre and even more that are not. I never tire of the theme, but I always appreciate a new spin on the phenomena, which is one of the attributes about this book which attracted me.
Squires' main characters treat vampirism as a disease, and while this may not be the first time this theory has been broached, it is less prevalent than others. She combines an old legend with a new concept regarding the origin of vampires, a little scientific research, and a non-traditional love story set in the Regency period.
Callan is certainly an atypical hero - he has long been subjected to continuous torture and subjugation at the hands of his Vampire Mistress. Freed upon her death, he sets out to find a way to remove his vampire companion and redeem himself of the evils he was forced to perpetrate while a slave. Make no mistake, however, Callan is far from a natural submissive. Indeed, he is very alpha male - strong, heroic, with a spirit not easily controlled. Yet when he falls for Jane and her life is subsequently threatened, he is willing to do anything, even sacrifice his freedom and his life, in order to protect her.
Jane is a woman out of place in her own time. She is an intelligent, independent woman, whose desires lean more to the cerebral than the matrimonial. For all her intelligence and spirit, she is still stifled by the time period she lives in, and to a degree by her own father. Although love has never been high on her list of priorities before, that changes rapidly when she meets Callan, and we see her woman's heart begin to blossom and come to terms with her scientific mind.
One With the Night is the fourth in Susan Squires' Companion series, a fact which is not at all apparent from the book cover - something which always irks me. I prefer to read series books in order, and appreciate it when both the series name and the reading order are easy to find within the book - either on the cover or in the first pages of information. That said, this book worked very well as a standalone novel, and I had no issue slipping easily into Squires' world. Even when I had completed the story, I had no clue this was part of a series until I recently visited Ms. Squires' website, which clearly identifies its place in her Companion series.
One With the Night will be enjoyed by anyone who likes a Regency Romance with Paranormal aspects, even if they have not previously read any of this series.