Review: Forever Freed by Laura Kaye

Forever Freed by Laura Kaye

Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Page Count: 332
Source: ebook provided by publisher

A heart can break, even one that no longer beats.

I stalk my new neighbors, a single mother and her child, drawn by the irresistible scent of their joy and love. I crave their blood, starved for some healing respite from my ancient grief. Now to lure them into my grasp.

But they surprise me. Little Olivia accepts me without fear or reservation-talking, smiling, offering innocent affection that tugs at my long-lost humanity. Her mother, Samantha, seeks me out when she should stay away, offering sweet friendship, and calling to the forgotten man within me. They lure me instead.

Ah, Dio, Lucien, run and spare them while you can…

Review:  Lucien Demarco has hated his vampire life for over 100 years. His family was murdered and he was turned (then abandoned by his maker), but he’s been wrecked with the guilt of his wife and daughter’s death all those years.

When he meets a little Olivia at the local hospital and she doesn’t shy away from him, instead looking him in the eye and smiling at him, he’s amused. On his next visit to the hospital, when he meets a woman, Samantha, whose happiness calls to him, he’s intrigued and thinking of drinking from her to absorb her happiness. But when he discovers the little girl is the daughter of the woman he craves, Lucien soon learns there are much better things to crave.

Lucien is a heartbreaking character. He hates killing humans who don’t deserve it to feed, so he goes weeks without feeding. He’s one of those people that will continually “pick the scab” just so he can feel the pain. He’s so full of self-loathing and despair, which makes your heart break for him because you can tell he’s truly a good person at his core.

However, once he makes the decision to move forward with a relationship with Samantha and Olivia, you can see his wonderful human traits come out. He wants to make sure both his girls feel loved, never want for anything and always feel safe. He knows keeping his vampirism secret is a huge breach in trust, which eats at him, but it seems life keeps getting in the way of him telling his secret.

Samantha and Olivia (or Ollie as she’s called) were wonderful characters and balanced out Lucien. They were both full of life and looked past what was on the outside to see the core of a person. Without needing to be told or asked, they always managed to give Lucien exactly what he needed and made him let himself go back to the man he was always supposed to be.

That’s not to say they don’t have some drama in their relationship. The last 100 pages were full of drama with some bad vampires trying to destroy Lucien’s happiness, but in the end love conquers all!

Wonderfully written with an amazing cast of characters. This was definitely not like any other vampire story I’ve read. It will pull at your heartstrings and having you reaching for a tissue.

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