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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Limerence by Claire C. Riley Review

One man’s obsession will destroy her world. 

After a chance encounter with Mr Breckt- the mysterious new owner of The Island, Mia's thoughts are constantly consumed with the handsome and powerful stranger. But there is much more to her fixation of him than she realizes. 

Mr Breckt is a hundred year old vampire, and he isn't used to being told no. 
He could take her at any time, but his ego insists that she wants him of her own freewill. With his obsession spiraling out of control, he finds her body, her mind, and most importantly her blood continuously calling to him, and the more she fights him, the more he wants her. 

Mia finds herself at the center of a struggle she doesn't understand. Caught between life and death, hope and fear, love and lust. Ultimately, she will have to make a sacrifice that will affect everyone. But no matter what choices are made, Mia could still lose. 

Limerence is a dark story of love, lust, and obsession.

Limerence Website

A reader and writer of dark paranormal romances and zombie horror, plus a ton of other things to give you chills! 

She lives in the United Kingdom with her three young daughters, husband and one scruffy dog!

Claire C Riley’s work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult-classics while still feeling fresh and cutting-edge. She writes characters that are realistic and kills them without mercy.


This story, although contemporary, has an old feel to it. The vampires aren't as romanticized. There is an undeniable attraction between the female lead and the main vampire antagonist, but they do not have the same goal in mind. Really neither are in their right minds, hence the title. Everything that happens cannot be glossed over. He doesn't have pure intentions, and when his façade slips, she can see the monster underneath.

At times I found myself wanting to be on Mr. Breckt's side, much like Mia, but I knew only bad things could come of it, also just as Mia did. The story has mystery elements and dream sequences reminiscent of the original Dracula story, but the feelings in this story draw the reader in much deeper in my opinion. It has more of an edge and more desperation. The writing allows the reader to feel from each characters point of view. I felt something for them all. Oliver's character totally won me over. He is the sweetest soul.
I lie awake for hours on end. Worrying for Oliver, worrying for us, and thinking of him. I feel like I am in a Harry Potter movie: 'he who shall not be named.'

The entire time I was reading, I was waiting for the evil to drop. Every scene was spooky in my head because I just knew something was going to happen at any moment. Things do happen. Prepare to feel sadness and anger. Within the words are two tragic love stories and a compelling entry into a new world. Mia has great heroine potential. She's someone the reader can really get behind. I'm looking forward to more.
So what now? Now what do I do?

Do I want to carry on as if everything is okay, as if everything is going to be okay? Can things ever be good again.

If imperfect vampires (vs the vampire fantasy fairytale of many books these days) is your thing, this book is probably for you.

4.5 stars

***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


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