J.E. Hopkins, |
An author has delivered an excellent body of work when readers can actually visualize and relate to the characters in their novel. J.E. Hopkins achieved that in Lover's Betrayal. The novel is an exciting, descriptive, interesting story about the highs and lows in the lives of vampires and misfits. The plot is strong and certainly unpredictable.
The story begins when Olivia visits her two sons. When she arrives at her youngest son Julian's house, it doesn't take long for her to witness that the brothers' once close relationship has been replaced by gut-wrenching hate for one another. Their deep-rooted hostility leaves a very slim chance of a peaceful resolution. Kaden, the oldest brother, loves Olivia unconditionally, while Julian strains just to act civil in her presence. He's convinced she never loved him and that Kaden owns her heart. Both boys are the product of a dysfunctional home and are emotionally bruised as a result of it.
By the way, they're vampires.
During Olivia's visit, it's discovered that a serial killer is in their midst. Julian is convinced it's Kaden, but Olivia is certain it isn't. With the evidence mounting against Kaden, Olivia's one and only love Lucian, who has become the head of the vampire council, comes to take him away. Olivia convinces Lucian to give her a few days to prove Kaden's innocence. His first instinct is to tell her no, but his love for her is as strong as it's ever been. Lucian wants so badly not to care for Olivia, but the heart runs the show. He thinks that she broke his heart deliberately. She never told him that her whole life after they parted was consumed with shame, pain, misery and regret. Olivia knew, but Lucian didn't, that secrets, deceit, greed and ultimatums were why she had to walk away from their love.
This book is really great and very intriguing. To reveal more of the plot would only take away the enjoyment and suspense the reader has to look forward to. By all means, indulge yourself in this one.
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7 May 2011
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