Fallen Hearts is Book 4 of The Crucible Series by Angela Colsin, an independent author I recently found.
As always, first the Blurb:
Most humans live in blissful ignorance of the supernatural, unable to see what they don’t believe exists. Such used to be the lot of Stephan Forrester, a normal mortal leading a regular life, at least until the day vampires abducted him. With his family murdered in the attack, Stephan finds himself alone and dying of an obscure, incurable illness contracted in the vampires’ lair.
Using what time he has left to seek justice, Stephan sets out to eliminate the offenders until only one remains. However, locating this final target means doing something he doesn’t think possible—actually working with a vampire.
Entombed against her will and forced to hibernate for seventy years, Maddox only awakens when a mortal with a vendetta frees her from the grave. He needs help locating the same vampire who buried her alive, and ironically, she senses a connection to her human savior in the form of a blood link. But Stephan’s intense hatred for vampires makes honoring that link impossible.
Even so, Maddox is unlike any vampire Stephan’s ever encountered. As charming and intelligent as she is beautiful, she reminds him of what it means to actually live, mending his wounded heart. In turn, Maddox finds it hard to separate from Stephan, or resist the passionate responses he elicits, and their unexpected bond strengthens as time goes on.
But time is the one luxury Stephan doesn’t have, and saving him from his illness could prove fatal to them both.
My thoughts: I have really enjoyed finding and reading this author’s books. I have enjoyed each story a little more than the previous one. I have enjoyed this book most of all so far. I thought the story very good with the right level of emotional angst, especially on the part of Stephen. He had to most change in this story. After everything he went through at the hands of the vampires, being forced to work with one threatened to take its’ toll on him. He already has enough to deal with concerning the death of his family and the disease he contracted. Forced to come to terms with Maddox not being like all the other vampires he encountered was difficult for him. Maddox had her own angst to work through, albeit for different reasons. And, she had to deal with the many societal/technological changes that have occurred since her forced hibernation. We saw a couple of characters from previous books that play a role in this story as well as have a large part of a previously started story arc realized. I just knew something was out there in the previous books and glad to see it come to fruition. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.