Arissa has lived through a nightmare at the hands of the one man she was supposed to be able to count on for love and protection. Her father is a monster that has abused and tormented her for years since her mother's death. Now she has finally escaped from him thanks to a friend arranging a job for her far away where she can't be found. She loved the lady she is taking care of, but still suffers the lasting scars of all she went through. She has sworn off men until she meets Lucian. He is a vampire that lives across the street and is more than smitten with her. He comes into her life and shows her what real love looks like when she least expects it. Lucian is patient because he wants her in his life as well as his bed. When her horrific past comes back to hurt her, Lucian and his family are there to rescue her. Unfortunately when she suffers another loss she turns away from him and loses herself. Lucian won't give up on her. I so loved Lucian. Damn the vamp's inner naughty dialog is over the top hot. Plus he doesn't give up on her and what they have together. I loved his vamp family and can't wait to read Fran's story.
I give Passion Follows Pain 4 hearts!
For most of her life, the only thing Arissa Petros has known is abuse. She is just 19 years old when, with the help of a friend, she runs away from her abuser. Wanting as much distance between the man who has hurt her and herself, she travels to another state working as a housekeeper for an elderly lady with a broken leg. Arissa's never been away from home or another state so everything is frightening to her. She is torn between fear of the unknown and relief at being away from the man who abused her for so long.
Mrs. Appleby is kind and caring and it doesn't take Arissa long to settle in to her new life. For the first time ever, she feels happy and safe, that is, until she meets one of the neighbors from over the road.
Lucian Andreas is the classic tall, dark and handsome man. He wants her and pursues her despite the fact she is terrified and wants nothing to do with him. As far as Arissa is concerned, men represent pain and aren't to be trusted. She has no desire to have anything to do with them ever!
Lucian won't give up on her though and slowly but surely he breaks down her defenses. He is the first man she has ever wanted to spend time with. He makes her feel things she’s never felt before and she finds herself longing for the touch of his lips, the strong safe haven of his arms.
When Lucian finds out about Arissa’s past, it only makes him want her more, determined to prove to her that not all men are bad and that sex doesn’t have to represent pain and humiliation. But first he has to come clean; reveal his true identity to her. He has to tell her he’s a vampire. Despite his initial fears, his revelation doesn’t frighten her off and in fact brings them closer together. Lucian opens up a whole new world to her filled with passion and excitement. That is, until tragedy strikes and suddenly everything changes when Arissa’s past catches up with her and her life is in danger.
Will Lucian be able to save her in time? Can they survive? Will their relationship handle the stresses placed on it? Everything seems lost, that all hope is gone until that chance discovery one night. That one thing that changes everything……
About the Author
For as long as I can remember, I've loved to write, poetry, short stories just about anything. My English teachers in school kept telling me I should write and it took me a lot of years to finally get around to it.
I spent too long worrying about failing as a writer before I realized that living with the regret of never trying was worse.
I live in a sleepy country town in Tasmania, Australia with my partner and our three children, who aren't so little anymore, plus a whole assortment of animals.
Natasha's Awakening is my first book but I have no intention of stopping now and will continue to live my dream of being a published author. I have just published Taming Eric which is his POV to Natasha's Awakening.
My interests are writing of course, reading, watching movies and hanging out at home with my family, our six cats and one dog.
You can find me on Facebook under my author page J. A Melville and my book's page Natasha's Awakening.