Accidentally Married to...A Vampire? (Accidentally Yours)
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
- Series: Accidentally Yours
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Forever (November 19, 2013)
- ISBN-10: 1455546941
- ISBN-13: 978-1455546947
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
This is book 2 in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal romance Accidentally Yours series.
"If you love her, set her free. If she comes back, she's yours. If she doesn't...Christ! Stubborn woman! Hunt her down, and bring her the hell back; she's still yours according to vampire law."
- Niccolo DiConti, General of the Vampire Queen's Army.
After a three-century "time out," legendary vampire Niccolo DiConti vows to fulfill an ancient prophecy and, along the way, defeat the demented queen of the damned. All he has to do is find his human mate, seduce her into agreeing to become a vampire, and bond her to him forever. Luckily, he's handsome, charming, and mind-blowing in bed. How hard could this be?
On vacation in sultry Mexico, biologist Helena Strauss makes the discovery of a lifetime when she meets Niccolo-and finds herself caught in a world of supernatural secrets and dangerous delights. Even more shocking is that he seems to know everything about her and claims her as his true immortal companion. Sure, she can't take her eyes-or mouth-off this gorgeous, perfect being. But can a hot-blooded gal like her really settle down with a cold-hearted vampire?
Helena is a young biologist who gets stranded in the Mexican jungle where she ends up discovering a god-like naked man in a cave. She is compelled to kiss him, awakening Niccolo. He claims that she is his destined mate, they are bonded and he will protect her so they can be together forever. And he means forever, even though Helena doesn’t realize that right away.
Helena has been too busy for dating but she is thrilled with her attraction to the very hunkie Niccolo. She is even more interested after he saves her from attack outside of the cave. Niccolo sends her home with promises to call, leaving her to wonder what is going on. When Niccolo shows up a few weeks later to rescue her again she is still wondering but can’t deny the overwhelming attraction. She allows him to sweep her off her feet and put her on a plane to New York with more promises of explanation, seduction and a wedding. Only he doesn’t show up and she has to wait under guard.
Niccolo is a thousand year old vampire who wants to escape the control of his wicked queen without dying. He made a pact with the goddess Cimil who claimed that only his future bonding to a pure human could win him freedom. But he has to follow all the rules which include not explaining anything to the woman until he marries her. They must marry three months after they meet and only after the woman has voluntarily agreed to transform. He just can’t figure out how to control his lust for Helena without explaining anything to her so he has been staying away. But that makes it doubly difficult to woo her and convince her to stay.
Helena decides enough is enough and plots out an escape from the lonely apartment. She is followed by Andrus who claims he can help dissolve the bond between her and Niccolo. Along the way Helena discovers that Niccolo is a vampire and Andrus is something else although she isn’t quite sure if he is good or bad.
Andrus is a demigod whose job is to kill evil vampires. He doesn’t much care if he mistakes a few good ones, like Niccolo and his men, along the way. His goal is to kidnap Helena to lure Niccolo into bringing the twisted vampire queen to Andrus so he can kill her. There are many problems with this revenge idea but he is blind to all of it except seeking freedom.
The connection between Helena and Niccolo sizzles but can’t be explained or consummated because of ‘the rules.’ It is fun to see how Niccolo responds to modern phrases and technology after being asleep for 300 years. Andrus seems like another trapped soul who was designed to do good but has allowed his hatred to twist his actions. The crazy goddess Cimil has to step in a few times to run interference to protect her plan and the world. I appreciate the clever way that Ms. Pamfiloff has tied the characters and the details to work from beginning to end through the twisted plot. I enjoyed the first story Accidentally in Love With ...a God? and once again I enjoyed the humor that underlies the entire story. This is a lively, fun and fast read and can work fine as a stand alone.
I received this book from Hachette for review, Book Feature and Giveaway.
Excerpt from Accidentally Married to…A Vampire? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (11/19)
Helena’s tense body swooned when the force of his lips met hers. He pulled her greedily into his hard frame and moved his strong hands to grip her waist. It felt like he had claimed her as his personal prize. It felt euphoric. Owned by a sex god!
Wait! What the hell am I doing? She broke the kiss and pushed him away again. “This is insane. I don’t know who you are or how I got here, but you have to let me go. You have the wrong person.”
He smiled devilishly. “Afraid not, my dear Helena. Fate has united us.”
Helena raised her brow in question.
“However, you are correct, bella. This is insanity. And as much as I would like to show you the depths of my lunacy—and the things it is asking me to do to your succulent body at this very moment—we must go. Before they come for me.”
That sounded ominous. “Who are ‘they’?” Wait. Did she want to know?
“It is forbidden to speak of such things to a human, but I vow the day will come when there will be no secrets between us.” The naked warrior held out his hand. “Come, mio cuore.”
Helena shivered. Something about that explanation left her feeling substantially more terrified. Why couldn’t humans know? And what exactly was he? If the scientist in her had no answers, then better not stick around to find out.
Helena nodded. She took his hand—it was cool to the touch, yet heated her skin at the same time—and followed him through the chamber toward the doorway. As they reached the passage, Helena nonchalantly dipped down and grabbed a golden statue. It reminded her of an Oscar. In fact, she could swear there was an inscription on its base.
Sally Field? Too dark to know for certain.
She quickly jumped and struck Niccolo in the back of his head with all her strength. He stumbled to the side. She squeezed past him down the passage.
The moment she burst from the temple into the night, the stupidity of her plan hit home. How far could she get?
At least he was barefoot, bare everything—sigh—and she still had on her low-tops. That might give her the advantage. Question was, would she find her way back to civilization? She had to try.
Helena pushed frantically with her hands through rough branches and vines. They lashed at her face and scratched her arms and legs. She ran straight into a tree trunk.
She cupped her nose. Ow! That hurt!
Thankfully, it wasn’t broken.
She slid around the enormous tree, panting and sweating. She continued on with her hands extended, wondering if running through the jungle, unable to see a goddamned thing, was actually more dangerous than trying her luck with that man. Were there any cliffs around here?
Helena tripped and landed on her knees, reopening the cut. “Son of a—” She cupped her hands over her mouth. She quickly picked herself up and slammed right into something hard again. Another tree? She probed hesitantly with her hands.
Nope. Not a tree.
“Well, well…What have we here?” said a deep, unfamiliar voice.
Two steel hands grasped her shoulders. “Hush, hush, now…” The voice was low and menacing.
She couldn’t see so much as an outline of a body or face. “Who the hell are you?”
“I go by Rodrigo. You may call me ‘Lucky.’ It’s been eons since I’ve dined on such a pure Forbidden, and your fresh blood smells…”—he paused and inhaled deeply—“divine.”
Yes. Running away had been a bad choice. Helena kicked and fought, but whatever held her was a thousand times stronger. She suddenly felt his hot tongue run down her neck.
He tasted her? Holy s*%#! “Let me go!” Helena shrieked. The man wrapped his unyielding arms around her waist and crushed her into his body.
“Release her, Rodrigo.” Niccolo’s deep voice sliced through the night like a welcome knife. “Or I will rip out your entrails and force you to swallow them. Repeatedly.”
Rodrigo froze, but did not loosen his painful grip on her body. Like a caveman trying to hold on to a drumstick, she thought.
“So, the anonymous tip was right.” Rodrigo’s voice was filled with arrogance. “You’re just the vampire we’ve been looking for.”
Vampire? Did he just say “vampire”? Helena’s frazzled body took what little energy it had left to resist fainting. She shook her head.
“And, let me compliment your fashionable attire, my friend. Is naked the new black?” said Rodrigo.
Apparently, the two men could see each other. That figures; all monsters can see in the dark.
“I am uncertain of what happened to the old black while I have been indisposed,” Niccolo replied flatly. “But I have no interest in indulging your urges to discuss my legendary body. I do, however, want you to let my woman go.”
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