Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (February, 2011)
Rating: C; Enjoyable, would recommend
Heat Level: 3; Minimal love scenes
Gideon’s Heart by Faith V. Smith
Kathryn is a lonely vampire roaming the streets of Savannah, ready to end her existence. As she lies in an alley, waiting for the sun to end her life, detective Gideon Hawks discovers her. He sees her as a homeless victim in need and decides to take her home despite how many rules it might break. Gideon feels an instant connection with this woman and is reluctant to let her go.
Kathryn is scared and confused as she is still an inexperienced vampire with no friends, family and no purpose in life…but Gideon may change all that. Gideon and Kathryn stand a chance at a new life together, but an acquaintance from Kathryn’s past won’t leave them alone until he gets what he wants. Unfortunately, what he wants is Kathryn and he will do anything to have her.
Gideon’s Heart is book three in Bound by Blood, The Legends Series but could easily be read as a standalone novel. This novel is an exciting and interesting read for most paranormal fans. It’s not a drastic change from any of the vampire lore paranormal fans are used to, but the characters are what make this series different from the rest. With a large cast of secondary characters and a tragically evil villain, Gideon’s Heart serves up the goods with great dialogue and drama.
The heroine, Kathryn, was an interesting contradiction from what you normally expect in a female vampire. She was incredibly insecure, shy and alone in the world. She had an innocence to her character that really made you relate with her situation. Gideon was the sweet caring guy Kathryn needed, but still the tough macho detective willing to do anything to save the public. He was sexy, courageous and a great hero. In most ways, he was the complete opposite of Kathryn which is part of the reason why their relationship worked as well as it does in this novel.
One problem I had was the pace and development of the romance. At the beginning I thought it moved far too fast but tried to overlook it and enjoy the novel despite my reservations. Yet the further I made it into the novel, the more difficult it became. I hadn’t really warmed up to the hero yet and the heroine was ready to marry him in a hastily put together wedding. It didn’t make a lot of sense and was especially difficult to overcome when the hero announced to his vampire bride that he was ‘old fashioned’ which meant he had to wed her in an emergency midnight ceremony before he would bed her. That took away some of the magic for me.
The story was intriguing and kept my interest but it was the quick paced romance that kept me from falling completely in love with the story. However, I did come to admire the wonderful cast of secondary characters as well as the lead characters and found this novel a very enjoyable read.
Gideon’s Heart sets up the stage for Hawk’s (not to be confused with Gideon’s last name, but another vampire) story, and I really adored his character. I’m very interested to see his story come about if Ms Smith continues on with this series. Despite a few minor issues, I enjoyed this read and could easily tell that Ms Smith is a talented author with plenty of promise on all her future endeavors.