Ice queen Anastazia “Taz” Proctor is an aloof attorney, a “fixer.” Hunky Matthias Hawthorne wants her for more than just an employee…much more. Will she believe him when he reveals their shared secret—that they’re vampires, but that it’s not the way Hollywood portrays them? Maybe not, but with someone out to kill her, she might not have a choice. She also can’t ignore what her body tells her about her handsome boss.
An escape with Matthias to the safe refuge of Yellowstone National Park leads Taz to discoveries about her lineage and what she can do with her newly awakened powers. Even more disturbing is her unexplainable attraction to Matthias’s handsome cousin, Rafael.
Time grows short as a traitor in their midst makes another attempt on Taz’s life. Will she and Matthias survive when they’re caught in a vicious showdown between Love and Brimstone?
Note: This book has been extensively revised. It was previously published with another publisher. Love and Brimstone is a revised edition of Tymber Dalton’s first published book and showcases her ability to wring emotions from the reader even in this first effort. There were parts that were laugh out loud funny, but there is also tear-inducing tragedy, along with mystery, suspense and breathtaking settings.
Anastazia “Taz” Proctor is a powerful attorney with a strange background. Her flighty parents let her in the care primarily of their major domo, Tim Robertson and she considers him her adopted Dad, especially after her parents’ mysterious disappearance. What Taz doesn’t know is that Matthias Hawthorne sent Tim to look after Taz and her parents, because they have the ancient gene mutation that turns them into vampires. But Hollywood has it all wrong. Vampires have an exceptionally long life (Matthias is over 600 years old), heal rapidly and have enhanced senses of smell, hearing and eyesight, along with the ability to communicate –and control others- mentally.
After Taz comes to work for Matthias, a monster attacks her, and the planned gentle introduction to her powers changes to a need to educate her and fast. Taz shocked and horrified by the information, fights Matthias and her own attraction for the man while battling werewolf like monsters and betrayal from within the ranks of the other vampires. Complicating the situation is Matthias cousin Rafe, who has suffered his own loss in the past, and finds himself incredibly attracted to Taz, who shares his fascination. But as Taz begins using her powers, she finds she can do as much harm as good.
While Dalton creates an intriguing world of vampires, it’s a little over the top in regards to their supernatural powers. But the character development and the emotional factors outweigh the deficiencies.
Much of the book is set in Yellowstone Park and comes complete with great descriptions of the incredible scenery. While there are some sex scenes, they are limited and strictly vanilla, in contrast to a lot of her later work. In her notes, Dalton mentions that the editor cut out the prologue to the story. I agree with Dalton that it should never have been eliminated, as it provides unique insight into the heroine’s character and relationships.
Overall, a satisfying read.