***Review*** The Dark Proposal (The End of Eternity 1) by Megan Cashman
Claire McCormick has graduated from college and is eager for her new life to begin. She thought it would happen when she began dating Daniel Bertrand, who was everything she wanted in a boyfriend. But just as her dreams are about to come true, Claire’s life is turned upside down when Daniel reveals to be a bloodthirsty vampire, with the intent on making her his eternal companion. No matter how much Claire tries to rid herself of him, Daniel is too evil to defeat. She has to come to terms with reality, as she faces a vampire world fighting to survive in modern times, with many of them unaware of how devious Daniel can be.
The Dark Proposal is the first book in a trilogy that follows what becomes of Claire and the vampires.
WARNING: contains thematic elements, explicit content and some strong language
Nicole’s Review ~
I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review. I posted on our blog page the other day that I wanted a dark and twisted read this book was offered up by the author. Beyond any shadow of doubt she gave me what I was looking for. She warned me that this was not a happily ever after or romance story at first I was like hmm normally all my books even my dark reads are romance but. Said why the hey give it a try. I am so very glad I did, there is a hint of romance or at least what you think is going to be romance but as you read you find out that it is nothing more than a game being played.
Claire is your typical college graduate down in her luck working part time while trying to become an established freelance writer. Daniel is the somewhat older English professor who also happens to be a freelance writer. They have a chance meeting at the school where Claire is completely taken by Daniel’s looks and knowledge. Daniel offers to help guide Claire in becoming a better writer. This is where you begin to think that a romance is going to bloom they start spending loads of time together and have some intimate moments. Claire’s roommates start question their relationship when she starts to spending more and more time with Daniel.
Claire being a young woman only sees the bright side of the time they are spending together she doesn’t notice the subtle controlling nature Daniel has with her. All she knows is that this man has so many of the same interest with her and she is tired if being alone or feeling like an outsider. At this point is when the story really starts getting good. The twist and turns that this relationship goes through is bone crushing and heart pounding. Claire begins to think she is losing her mind when Daniel reveals he is not what he has portrayed himself to be.
Claire has to make the decision of being turned into a vampire or watch as her family and friends are slowly murdered. She at first fights it tooth and nail because she cannot imagine living a life killing people. Daniel does a fantastic job of showing her how he will go to whatever lengths to make her into what he wants. What I love the most is in the back of your head you are wow he really wants to spend the rest of his life with her and then you feel the slap through the page and you are so taken back that you don’t know what to think.
All I can tell you is if you are looking for a great vampire read this is the one for you. There is no glittery, playing in the beach vampires in this book, these are the ones of your nightmares. Megan did a wonderful job building the relationships between Claire and Daniel along with all the secondary characters. I cannot wait for book 2 to hit shelves because I am dying to know where Claire and Daniel are going to end up.
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