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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Review: The Vampire's Penance by Jordan K. Rose / @W_I_Promos @JordanKRose

Title: The Vampire's Penance
Series: Romance in Central City, Book 5
Author: Jordan K. Rose
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: May 20, 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
ARC Received From: Wickedly Innocent Promotions

Exposure to sunlight, silver binds and colloidal silver can make any vampire’s existence worst than miserable. Not to mention photographic evidence of Rafe Valentino’s weakest moment is now being shared with every member of The Vampire Guard. In barely a few hours Rafe went from being one of the most terrifying creatures to walk the earth to requiring round the clock nursing care. Now, forced to rely on the company nurse he can’t avoid the feelings he’s denied. But simply because they exist, doesn’t make them right, and if she knew the truth about his past, she’d throw out her nursing pledge and put a stake through his cold heart.

Maddie Van Kool never wanted anything bad to happen to any member of The Vampire Guard, not at all. She’s a nurse. She wants them all healthy. But if one does become injured it’s her job to care for him. Even if he’s the man she’s been pining over for ten years, the same one who’s avoided her as if she were made of silver and sunlight.

Is two hundred fifty years of solitude punishment enough for his sins? Can Rafe forgive himself enough to love Maddie?

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Rafe didn't have a hot and cold knob that he twisted in either direction depending on how he wanted to be toward Maddie. He was just stuck on cold. I didn't understand her fascination with him either. Okay, that's kind of a lie. Any person who watches over his sibling(s) like Rafe did is worth noticing, worth wondering about. But to spend time (years according to Maddie) pining after him when all he does is ignore you or reacts very negatively towards you?

I'm not sure I'd wait years for him to stop being an ass.

Not unless he had a good reason for keeping me at bay.

And Rafe, as it turned out, had a very good reason for keeping Maddie at arm's length. Thank God she wasn't having none of that though.

The thing about love is that it is unconditional and forgiving. If worn right, love helps you see through the bad and ugly to the good and beauty others don't see. If it resides in a tender heart, it helps you forgive even when the person you love doesn't seem capable of forgiving his-/herself.

Now, to be honest, I don't think their relationship would have the depth it did now if Rafe had taken a chance years ago and told Maddie why he felt unworthy of her love. There's something about being at your lowest and allowing the person who cares unceasingly for you to help you that makes you see how worthy you are of that person's love, how deserving you are of a life beyond the wrong you've done and the mistakes you've made.

I'm not familiar with this series or with any of Ms. Rose's other works, but I didn't need any of that. Each moment, conversation and action written served a purpose in pushing Rafe and Maddie toward a future that was not shadowed by Rafe's dark past but brightened by the love they shared.

Jordan loves vampires. But if you know anything about Jordan, you already knew that detail. What you didn't know was it wasn't long ago that she began writing about them.

A few years back Jordan received a copy of a popular vampire story from her husband as part of an anniversary gift. Eight weeks and eighteen vampire books later the idea for her first book, Perpetual Light came to her followed very quickly by Eva Prim.

Jordan is a member of the national Romance Writers of America organization and several chapters.

When she's not writing about one vampire or another Jordan enjoys spending time with her husband, Ken and their lovable Labrador, Dino on the beautiful beaches of New England.

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