A hero to die for: Tristan DuMaine is a man who loves his little girl above all things. So much so, that he gives up his army, his castle, and his life to save her. Now that he is prisoner to his rebel enemies, Tristan will be forced to wed one of them, putting everything he owns in her hands. After the wedding, he will be slaughtered. His last living words are a plea to his reluctant wife, Siobhan, "My child...my Claire. Promise me. Swear she will be safe." Siobhan swears to protect the child with her own life.
Beaten to near death, Tristan is dumped on the side of a trail. Just as his captors are about to leave him, a wolf attacks them from the forest. While slaughtering both villains, the wolf transforms into a man... a vampire named Simon. (Hero of the prequel to this book, "My Demon's Kiss.") Seeing that Tristan is suffering, Simon decides to take his blood in a mercy kill. While Simon is draining the last of his blood, Tristan vows to go down fighting. He bites Simon back. Taking Simon's blood, Tristan has unknowingly made himself a vampire.
Now that he knows he can't be killed, Tristan is bent upon revenge. He will return to take back his castle and his daughter. He will happily kill both Siobhan and her brother in retaliation for their brutal murdering of his knights and himself. Simon tries to stop him, realizing that Tristan has no idea what kind of creature he has become. But Tristan will not wait. Over the next several days, he will learn what his limitations are the hard way... he must avoid sunlight, and cannot eat food, worst of all he must feed on blood for survival. To Tristan, it is all worthwhile if he can claim his revenge.
When he returns to the castle, Tristan is eager to attack Siobhan. However, when he drinks her blood, he can feel her thoughts and emotions. He realizes that she has been mourning him. He can't kill her. He is enraptured by her.
Siobhan is torn. She must protect her brother from Tristan, but she can't bring herself to kill him. After learning what he is, Siobhan understands what she she must do to destroy him... a wooden stake through his hear and removal of his head. However it is well known that Tristan is a cousin to the king. When Tristan returns to the castle with his royal army, Siobhan must pose as his lady to keep her people safe.
The evil father of all vampires, Lucien Kivar, is eager to use the power in Tristan's land to prolong his own damned existence. The castle is built upon ancient Druid ruins. The skeletons of the the dead buried in the catacombs below. Setting a trap to capture the one person who can bring him power over the world, Kivar will use Siobhan to lure his prize. Tristan and Simon must work together to stop him. When Kivar stabs Siobhan through the stomach, Tristan knows there is only one way to keep her from dying.
An overall terrific and exciting story. My one gripe is with Siobhan's character. It got old watching her betray Tristan again and again. Even trying to kill him several times! I get that she wanted to protect her brother, but seeing how short her brother's loyalty was towards her made it hard to continue to justify that. Despite her continued treachery, Tristan forgives her every time. He evens offers her comfort because she is crying as she is trying to cut off his head! There is such a thing as too much forgiveness.