Rebirth by Rebecca Royce
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (26 pages)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Aster
Carly Penn is thrilled when her older brother, Joe, marries her dear friend, Kaylee, with the help of the 1Night Stand service. Now, looking for a final bout of passion to carry her through as terminal cancer steals her life, she’s turned to Madame Eve for herself. She doesn’t expect a happy ending, just a single night to remember as she faces the end of her days.
Vampire Agoston Barabás was forced to watch his true love, Dorika, murdered two hundred earlier, and clings to her dying promise to return to him. He takes one night at a time, never loving or becoming involved with another as he waits for his lover to find him. When he meets his date from 1Night Stand, he’s shocked to discover she carries the soul of his Dorika and the heart of a woman he could love.
As their fates collide in passionate lovemaking, Agoston offers Carly an unexpected option—live or die together. Dare she risk eternity with a vampire, even if his tender touch brings her a greater joy than she has ever known?
Madame Eve strikes again. This time she fixes up a mourning vampire with a terminally ill woman looking for one last fling. What neither could possibly know, however, was that this woman is the reincarnation of his long lost love. Did Madame Eve know? I guess only she can answer that.
Carly Penn has just happily witnessed the marriage between her best friend and her brother, the two of whom were set up by the 1Night Stand service. Carly is very close to her brother Joe, a werewolf, and is happy now that he has someone to care for him once she succumbs to the untreatable cancer she knows will soon take her life. Her final wish? To spend one night of passion with a sexy stranger before the pain of her illness takes over.
Agoston "Gus" Barabas is a 200 year old vampire who has spent the majority of his time searching for the soul of his deceased love, Dorika. His special skill as a vampire is the ability to see the essence, the aura, of each human being, and with every person he meets, he desperately hopes to find a match to the woman he lost so many years ago, but who promised to return to him one day. Urges and needs being what they are, he occasionally allows himself a fling, and thus as agreed to a 1NS hookup arranged by Madame Eve.
When the two meet, Gus knows she's the one he's been searching for, but Carly needs time to adjust, although she does know there's something incredibly familiar about this man...
I don't read a lot of paranormal stories, but I'm a fan of the 1Night Stand series, so I gave this a try. The premise of this story was quite good, and I was able to follow the paranormal aspects, given that I have little previous knowledge of werewolves or vampires. What seemed lacking, however was the emotional connection. Ms. Royce is very good at telling a story, but there wasn't much feeling there. I didn't sense the emotions of the characters, and although I knew why they belonged together, and was glad to see the happily ever after, I didn't have much of an emotional investment.
That said, it's not badly written. It's a quick, entertaining read, as are many of the 1Night Stand series. If you like to dabble in the paranormal and believe in true and everlasting love, you may enjoy this one!