An ancient Roma foretelling speaks of vampire kings one day dreaming of the women who could bear them children. These children would be powerful vampire warriors and treasures to their kingdoms. Their mothers would become queens. However, a thousand years have passed and not a single vampire has dreamt of anything at all, much less of salvation through companionship.
And then, in a massive master bedroom in a mansion upon sprawling estate grounds in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the French vampire king awakens from a slumber ripe with visions of a young American beauty. Julian Adalard, the ruthless ruler of his people, has dreamt of his queen. At once, he sends his bounty hunter to retriever her.
However, the bounty hunter is not only a skilled hunter and an unwilling servant to the king – he is also Julian’s brother, Dorian Adalard, and the prince of his people.
And he, too, has dreamt of the young woman.
Emma Rose Nekoda doesn’t know she’s been ear-marked as America’s French vampire queen. She’s a free-lance photographer, traveling from South West to Deep South for a long-awaited photo shoot.
However, the bayou has more in store for Emma Rose than she’d anticipated. Amidst the marshy swampland and sticky heat of an old world steeped in magic, she will fight for her freedom from one gorgeous vampire brother to another – and in the process, kick off a world-wide war between vampire factions striving to become the first to develop an army of warrior offspring.
When I first started reading The Third Kiss: Dorian’s Dream, I couldn’t help but compare some of the scenarios to previous books written by Heather Killough-Walden. I was kind of worried because I really like her writing style and her books and I didn’t want to be disappointed. It didn’t take long to realize that the minor similarities were nothing to worry about. Beyond a few details, this book definitely has its own story to tell and it does it with the grace and charm that I’ve come to depend on from this author.
The Third Kiss: Dorian’s Dream has a wealth of interesting characters, the least of which are the vampires. I loved Emma, obviously. She was strong, determined and she was fun… even amid all the drama. Her brother Patrick and his partner Sam were also a welcome addition. Dorian wasn’t as domineering a character as most of the alpha males that Heather Killough-Walden usually chooses for her main character. I liked the change of pace. That doesn’t mean that he wasn’t ruthless when he needed to be he just didn’t use his power to dominate Emma. Probably because all of the domination and violence came from Julian – more than enough violence and domination.
There were twists and turns and not only vampires but warlocks and wizards and gypsies and humans – which all worked together and provided the perfect set up for the next book in this series. This one pretty much had it all and I’m glad I finally got around to picking it up.