"Red coated his lips, vibrant against that ivory skin. He was the devil incarnate, dressed impeccably in Armani, and I had never seen a sight more terrifying."
When diagnosed with a fatal illness at the age of twenty six, Eleanor Gray is resigned to her fate—at least until the enigmatic Dublin Helos appears and makes her an offer she knows she should refuse:
Life or Death?
With a decision as harmless as checking the wrong box on a mysterious questionnaire, Ellie is plunged into a dangerous world where souls are sold to the highest bidder and pleasure is fueled by pain.
The rules of this new life are simple: submit everything—mind, body and soul. But the further Ellie falls under Dublin's control, the more she comes to realize that it's not just her sanity at stake, but her heart and a whole lot of blood too.
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Contracts with vampires
Most mortals don’t know that vampires exist. In fact, vampires have remained a secret for hundreds of years. Yet, they have been living amongst the humans doling out contacts to poor unfortunate souls long before Eleanor was born.
Eleanor was approach by Dublin who offered her one of these so called contracts. Eleanor agreed to the terms thinking he would want what everyone else wants from her her money or her name.
Eleanor is from a long line of wealthy socialites who believe money is everything. She keeps her checkbook at the ready. She’s referred to as the single docile heiress who is dependable and reliable.
Pushing aside all common fables about vampires Dublin is a unique type of vampire. It’s his traits that concern me most. Trying to unpuzzle who he is essentially was not an easy feat. Dublin had only one typical vampiric trait which is his survival of blood. Without the other traits to draw from I found his character a conundrum of confusion.
I had to step away from this story numerous times in order to process. I had to ask myself is this a vampire story? No not really. Is this a story about masters and slaves? No not really. Then what is it? It dates back too far to understand from this one book alone.
I tried so hard to understand why Dublin mocked and insulted Eleanor at every opportunity, yet still felt impelled to have sex with her. I kept thinking he dazzled her with his blood. I kept waiting for his blood to do something to her. I’m not sure why so much emphasis was placed upon her appearance. He reminded me of those little boys in elementary school who pick on girls they like by pulling there hair or teasing them. Deep down I’m certain Dublin has a soft spot for Eleanor, yet his inability to mask that desire has something to do with protecting her from the powerful vampires above him.
Lana took a different approach with her mystical magical creatures. Dublin on the surface was in human form, yet this cold hearted monster. Very few aspects were used to identify Dublin as a vampire the most significant was his thirst for blood.
It’s hard to enjoy a story I don’t fully understand. From the moment Dublin dictated to Eleanor what her contact agreement stated I was confused. Even after Eleanor learned more about contracts I still remained confused.
The way this one ended had me questioning whether I should even bother with the next book. I’m not sure the next book will bring the clarity I need.
I appreciated Lana’s approach for a unique take on vampires. I felt left in the dark going through the motions of reading. Each new chapter moved me further and further away from the clarity I sought.