Book Review: Limerence by Claire C Riley

81VgbX8InkL._SL1500_One man’s obsession will destroy her world.

Mia loves her fiancé Oliver, however after a chance encounter with his new employer Mr Breckt- the mysterious new owner of The Island, her thoughts are constantly consumed with the handsome and powerful stranger. But there is much more to her fixation of him than she realises.

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 spiralling 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. Could his own narcissism be his downfall?

Mia finds herself at the centre of a struggle that she can’t resist nor 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.

Alright, I know what you’re saying….”Adam?  A paranormal romance novel?  Seriously?”

And I’ll respond with a shrug and a look to my feet as I kick the sand…”yeah..I know, she’s an author friend and I really felt I should give her book a try.”  But the truth is…labeling this book as paranormal romance does it no justice.  This ain’t no Twilight.  This is a fantastic tale that really harkens back to the original Dracula, in a lot of ways, while also allowing for some rather modern twists.

So, you probably know Claire.  She’s been on the blog a number of times now.  In fact, I had assumed that I had already given her an official review on the blog here…When doing a little bit of cleaning up of categories and whatnot, I realized that assumption was…well…wrong.  And that’s sad, because Limerence is…well…hard to define, in an amazing way.

I’m no romance reader.  Just like the books I write, I tend to like my books to be filled with action and adventure.  So, when I first had the opportunity to give Limerence a read, I was rather hesitant.  And I’ll admit, the book starts out slowly, at least for someone like me who is not the typical audience for this type of book.  But you’ll quickly find that this ain’t no Harlequin.  In fact, although I’m not one to know much about the genre, I’d be willing to consider this book genre-defining.  It takes those pieces you know from romance novels and those pieces you expect from monster books, and deftly melds them together into something that makes you need to read on…as opposed to some other paranormal romance novels which really just seem to put monsters into a romance novel.

But Limerence is actually much, much more than that.  As a fan of the original Bram Stoker Dracula, I have to say that I kept thinking back to the classic as I read through this wonderful piece of prose.  Mr. Breckt may struggle a bit more with his monstrosity than Dracula ever appeared to do, but the entire premise of this book is based on one of the main concepts of Dracula…you can’t reject a vampire.

Now, I’m not saying that Ms. Riley has does anything toward changing my views of the romance genre itself, but I will say that this book states, quite clearly, that she is an author-force to be reckoned with, one whom I now know has the chops to take on whatever story she wants to tell and make it her own.

Which means I can’t wait to see her take on zombies in the already released Odium and Odium Origins…

Not to mention…the ending of Limerence sets things up rather nicely for an action-packed sequel, which I have been told Ms. Riley is working on as we speak.

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