Life throws some nasty curves, and sometimes surviving them is all about finding a safe place to lick your wounds.
Charlotte Allen is ready to start over.
After a messy divorce, followed by the death of her mother, she figures a
hundred acres of peace and quiet in the Northern Canadian wilderness is just the
place. She can reclaim her independence and finally write her next novel…as soon
as she finds someone to build her home.
She discovers a contractor, David
Hadfield, in the quaint town of Barry's Bay. He's got experience, references,
and wow is he gorgeous…even though she's not going to think of the younger man
as anything other than eye candy. That's easier said than done when David makes
it all too clear he's interested in her.
David Hadfield has been looking
for his soul mate for centuries. He's read all of Charlotte's novels and feels
like he knows her. When he meets Charlotte, he knows. She's the woman he wants
to spend forever with. Now he just has to make her fall in love with him, accept
that he's a vampire, and show her how wonderful their life together can
I don't usually read contemporary novels, but the paranormal aspect
of this story drew me in. Who wouldn't fall for a gorgeous vampire that is
looking for his one and only—especially when he wants real love with a real
woman? I don't know about you, but I certainly identify with a middle aged,
And then there's David. When this 250 year-old vampire
uses every sexual skill he possesses to claim his true love's heart (oh, what
skills he has!), the reader takes note. My heartbeat raced right along
with Charlotte's. When it's revealed that our aged vampire serves as a protector
of Barry's Bay by dispensing vigilante justice, David is all the more
But no relationship is without its problems. Charlotte and
David must each deal with issues from their past (including an ex or two) and
overcome insecurities that plague every couple.
STAY WITH ME is definitely
about the journey. Getting to the destination in a story is important, but the
conclusion can make or break the rapport an author creates with a reader. In
this instance, Ms. Campbell doesn't disappoint. I turned the last page with a
smile and a satisfied sigh.
Rating 4 Stars
This review originally written for The Romance Reviews.