I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Passions by Sheritta Bitikofer
Published by Kingston Publishing Company on April 12, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Kingston Publishing Company
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***Sweet Vampire Romance with a Passion for Literature***
Starting a new life was supposed to be easy until he came through her door. His world was dark and void of redemption until she brought the light. Can a human and a vampire defy the odds?
Chloe returns to her childhood home after her aunt passes away to claim a cabin in the mountains that has been passed down through the family for generations. Chloe hopes to finally pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a writer, but she's rattled by some rumors in town that her cabin is haunted. The rumors are confirmed when she finds a beautifully hand written note critiquing her latest novel in progress. Thinking that this is an intruder, she takes extra measures to secure her home. But the letters keep coming. One night, she meets her ghost and realizes that he is all too real. And he wants more than just her company. He wants her blood.
Gavin has lived in the basement of the humble cabin for centuries, a silent observer to the lives of the people who have come and gone. Left alone in the world and cursed with an insatiable thirst for the lifeblood of living creatures, Gavin channeled his energy into the one thing that has given him relief - writing. When a new occupant comes to the cabin and he discovers that they share the same passions, he can no longer hide in the darkness.
Chloe is about to start a new journey in her life. With the death of her favorite aunt, she inherits a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains in a small town named Carter Lake that has been in her family for generations. Chloe has fond memories of the cabin from when she was a young girl and it is a stark difference from the hustle and bustle of the city life she has grown accustomed to. With a sizeable trust fund, Chloe can afford to quit her job in the city and concentrate on her passion for writing. Her trust fund should be enough until royalties from her writing start to come in. It is time to get back to her roots and keep the cabin in the family for at least another generation.
Inhabitants of Carter Lake believe the cabin to be haunted and would probably be best if Chloe demolished or condemned the place, but she will do no such thing. The cabin is over one hundred years old and has character. Plus, Chloe does not believe in silly ghost stories. Although, Chloe is now starting to wonder if the cabin really is haunted when she wakes up the next morning and finds her yellow notepad filled with a critique of a story she was working on the previous evening. All her doors and windows were locked, so no one came in while she was sleeping. What was going on and who is intruding in her space? Chloe decides the best course of action was to change the locks and hope it puts an end to the mystery intruder. Unfortunately for Chloe, the next morning she wakes up to a new note. Is the place haunted like everyone keeps telling her?
Gavin, the cabin’s resident ghost has lived in the cabin for centuries and practically knew Chloe’s entire family going back through generations. He remembers Chloe from when she was a young girl. He is taking a big leap in faith by reaching out to her and making himself known. Something he has only done once before. Will this leap of faith be worth it?
I thought it was rather interesting to see how Chloe finds out that Gavin is not really a ghost after all, but a vampire. Which is kind of scary when you think about it, but Chloe was not afraid of him. She felt a connection to him and Gavin had a way that calmed her. They both had a passion for writing and I think this is ultimately what drew them both together. I thought it was rather cute how he would help Chloe with her manuscript. Gavin wanted her to become successful.
I really liked both Chloe and Gavin. They were both damaged, but yet found strength in each other and they brought out the best in each other. Sure she may have been a little afraid at first, but I think the loneliness she was feeling overruled her senses and she began to crave and seek out his company. Gavin was a complete gentleman and I love how the author portrayed him in both manner and speech as someone from a different century. It would have been so easy to modernize him, but he became more realistic as a centuries old soul.
There is a bit of a mystery thrown into the mix and Chloe and Gavin team up together to solve it. I felt it could have been expanded a bit more as it felt a bit rushed. I probably would have liked to see more of that story played out. I love that Chloe never doubted Gavin though. Chloe knew deep down inside he was good man and incapable of hurting a human.
All in all, Passions is a sweet romance with likable characters, a refreshing plot that draws you right in, and a swoon worthy vampire that you can’t help but fall in love with. I am so glad I got the chance to read Chloe and Gavin’s story.