Petra was born with a curse: Anyone she touches turns into a beast. In order to save her life and the lives of others, she uses her curse on a vampire. Now the Alliance fears she’s kick-started the prophecy foretelling their demise. The creature must be eliminated and the solution is simple: kill Petra and the creature reverts to its normal vampire form.
Nicholas Montegue rescues Petra from her execution because she’s the only person who can help him save his friend Serge. She turned him into the beast and there must be a way she can change him back. With the Alliance after them, Nicholas heads to the one person who might have the answers — a man he betrayed centuries ago, an alchemist with the secret to immortality. Nicholas soon realizes he’s grown more than a little attached to Petra. When he learns her death will save his friend, he can’t kill her. Their love grows stronger as they search for the answers, escape assassins and survive betrayals. (BANTAM, Nov., 352 pp., $7.99)