Ever since surviving the vampire attack that killed her parents, Moira Curran has dealt with the resulting nightmares and abandonment issues the only way she could—by throwing herself into her education and then her biochemistry career, preferring a life of hermitude in her lab.
Kiernan Shaw has never forgotten the night twenty years ago when his maker killed a six-year-old girl’s parents in front of her. He’s spent the better part of the last two decades searching for her in order to make amends.
Madame Eve has brought the two together. When they finally meet, will Moira be able to give Kiernan what he needs? Will Kiernan put her fears to rest? Or will old fears and guilt keep them apart?
Review: When I saw the title This Time Next Year for this book, I wasn’t sure what I was going to be reading, and when I started reading the actual story, I still wasn’t sure what I was reading. I thought it was going to be super boring and then I was going to have to struggle with writing my review. Boy, I was so happy to be so wrong. This was such a fantastic book. It was in a word romantic. That was the first word that came into my head as I was reading this. Why do I say that this book is romantic? Ok…..
First, it seems as if a lot of the books that come from Decadent Publishing have included Madame Eve, a matchmaker, into the story to bring the two protagonists together and discover each other. I need Madame Eve to come see me and hook me up. Anyway, she sets the two of them up to meet each other and let the sparks fly.
Kiernan has loved Moira since she was a child. I know, creepy right? It’s not creepy at all, I promise. It was a pure, innocent love when she was a child, and it developed into a more passionate adult love. He’s watched over her a good portion of her childhood, and then he lost contact with her, until Madam Eve, the little devil. Kiernan, even though he was a vampire, he was a man with conviction, he respected life, and innocence, and was just a good man. He wasn’t a monster and tried to atone for what was done to Moira’s family.
Moira, poor Moira, I really liked her. She was a tortured soul, plagued with nightmares, unable to allow anyone, save her best friend to be close to her emotionally…until Madame Eve sets her up.
I loved the emotions this book provoked in me as well as through the characters. I felt close and connected to them because of the feels and emotions that the author evoked out of all of us. It wasn’t heavy burdensome emotions that make you feel sad.
This was a short story, so the details are not as lengthy as if this was a full length novel, but I feel as if some of the details are inferred by the reader themselves. I kind of like that, then I can customize the story how I see fit.