Published by Penguin on September 25th 2007
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
The ruthless and brilliant brother Vishous possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn't choose takes him into a future that does not include her...
Vishous, is a member of the Brotherhood, having his best friend Butch recently married, he is feeling a bit put out. Vishous is a relentless fighter against the Lessers, he also has a more rough approach to sexual encounters due to the way that he was raised. Having not known his mother, his father was a cruel “son of a bitch” ( to be putting it mildly) who was a bloodletter. Vishous grew up tormented and abused. Presently he discovers that his mother whom he has never known is the Scribe Virgin. At first Vishous is shocked to say the least. Apparently the Scribe Virgin wanted her child to have all the aspects his father had. A fighter, strong, cunning, and ruthless in his fighting. His mother agreed to his father to let him train their son for three centuries. When hearing that his mother agreed to this deal, knowing the cruelites he was forced to bear, he is furious. Then when she tells him that he is to be the Primale and have forty mates, and bear children upon them all, he is stunned. Later, Vishous doesn’t know if he can go through with it. One night while fighting a Lesser, he gets a mortal injury, and is taken to a mortal hospital to be treated by Dr. Jane Whitcomb. Jane, is a talented doctor and surgeon and loves her job and being able to save lives. Jane has a high position but wants to be chief of surgery. Knowing that will never happen at her current situation, since the current Chief will most likely be there for another twenty years, she is planning a trip that weekend to head down to South America for a high position as Chief Surgeon. However her plans change, when a certain particular patient is brought in the ER for severe injury to the chest which could be fatal if she doesn’t operate soon. So when he is brought in she does, and see notices things such as his heart is different from anything she has ever seen before. When she has him stable, his “brothers” come in and take him along with kidnapping her, at Vishous’s insistence. So Jane finds herself taken captive by unknown men where she will treat Vishous until he has fully healed. During this time however, Jane and Vishous connect and find themselves risking everything for what they have found in each other. A desire and a deep abiding love stronger than anything they have ever known. Vishous is at a loss as to what to do, for he has a duty and responsibility to his brotherhood, yet his heart also speaks of another duty, to keep the one he loves by his side for all time.
I enjoyed reading Vishous’s story, it was definitely an emotional and engaging read that had me on the edge of my seat in suspense. As a reader, we see that Vishous is a tormented being who has been tortured and abused for many years by his father, and is still trying to heal and the effects of the abuse still linger in him. Then he meets Jane who even though being a human and mortal, stirs a passion in him and calms the wild beast. She is the one he loves and trust more than anyone else, and he knows he has to let her go soon and erase her memory of her knowledge of their precious time together. Its basically a scenario of deciding what is more important duty over love. Jane, having been raised in a home where her family never appreciated her and having her parents and sister gone, she is all alone in this world. Then she meets the one man that even though he scares and thrills her at the beginning, she starts to soften toward him, and she knows she is falling for him, madly. This is probably the most emotional book that I have read from J.R. Ward. I truly enjoyed reading most of the story, although the ending was a little weird and not what I expected at all ( definitely will shock you, for it did me) it was a deep and thrilling romance, that either had be crying or laughing, or so intense in its action that had my heart pounding, it sure was a well worth it read!!! J.R. Ward has done it again for me, totally enthralled me in her stories and captivated my heart to the characters.