The Reckoning by Kimberly Van Meter
April 22, 2011
Reviewed by Mandi
Isabella’s family was destroyed by a vampire. Now working as a government scientist, she is determined to study vampires and eradicate them from the Earth. She finally has her chance after her team catches one. 400 year old Julian de Valsan, is not happy to have been captured. Although Isabella has him in what she thinks is a very secure cell, Julian is smart enough to know how to escape. Then he must decide if he is going to kill her right away, or savor her body.
The Reckoning has a nice beginning as we read the fear and terror Isabella feels at the memory of her murdered family members and her triumph as she catches a vampire. She now has the opportunity to put him under and analyze all of his parts. But then Julian escapes and the story starts to go downhill.
Julian takes Isabella back to his place, where he feasts upon her body – against Isabella’s will. Very soon after this, he actually brings her to orgasm, something I just don’t believe. She has lived so many years hating vampires, a little touch from Julian and she is writhing in pleasure?
Way too soon, these two are having consensual sex. Again, the time-frame of absolutely hating vampires, to willingly having sex with one is way too short. The ending revelation comes out of nowhere and the very end is abrupt. I think this one just suffered from being too short. The emotions, relationship and the story in general is rushed.