Neil Benson has woven a sexy vampire tale with passion, adventure and more than enough vampire lore to entertain everyone who cleaves to this genre. The POV is shared between Frank and Nessa so that the reader is able to put themselves into both roles equally. A surprisingly provocative alpha female, Nessa's vampire point of view feels natural and believable. Benson worked quite a bit of her history into the telling which is a nod to the amount of research he put in to make his main character so three-dimensional. As her mortal and thus less capable lover, Frank also reacts in ways you'd expect someone would in his situation. He is an ordinary architect who happens to fall in love with a vampire just as she enters the battle of her life against a demon with deadly werewolf attendants. What luck!
This vampire tale will be one the reader enjoys over and over. Neil Benson is one to watch.
Ellen C Maze
Author of Curiously Spiritual Vampire Tales
I enjoyed the way this very compelling tale unfolds from both Nessa's and Frank's points of view. Also interesting is Nessa's story. Not only how she was "turned" but also some of her experiences over the last 400 years and the people she encounters along the way, bankers, famous artists, clergy and even a Mafia Don.
This is an action packed love story between two people from different worlds and the inherent complications of this relationship. Yet, so strong is their love that they are willing to battle with werewolves, vampires and a soul-consuming demon to remain together.
As a relative newcomer to the vampire genre I thoroughly enjoyed "Unholy Embrace". I anxiously await Mr. Benson's next offering.
They met three weeks earlier with both attracted at first sight. Now he needs to know why the assault. Nessa honestly thinks a serial killing demon she hunts sent the horde. He thinks about leaving her, but cannot as he loves her though he wonders if she is using her vampiric enchantress skills to manipulate his desires. Still Frank tells her he cannot convert, but wants to be with her. She explains the demon is not her worst nightmare. Her sire, who she killed back in 1627 after he converted her and sucked dry her husband, left behind a raging predator the "widow" Narice who wants to destroy her for killing the Master; Frank is her Achilles Heel.
This is an exhilarating urban fantasy filled with demons, werewolves and vampires; oh, my! Frank is a terrific human who feels as if he fell through the rabbit hole when he fell in love while Nessa is an honest vampiress who tells him the truth. Although there is too much going on with the lead couple as the demon hunters and as the Narice hunted, sub-genre fans will enjoy this tale of blood and romance flowing on the streets of Manhattan.