Since the beginning of their relationship, vampire Michael has wanted to keep Nikki safe, and to do that he has to keep her apart from his working life with The Circle. As a private investigator Nikki knows that sometimes you can’t protect someone by keeping them ignorant or keep them safe without smothering them and this often leads to heated arguments. When her partner Jake is asked to look into the disappearance of a friend’s wife, she is more than ready to show Michael she can take care of herself and heads to San Francisco. Unfortunately Michael is asked to do the same thing by The Circle which means there is a lot more going on than kidnapping for money and as the body count rises he is determined to keep Nikki out of it. With her psychic abilities increasing from being a thrall and being able to find and connect with the victims she is drawn ever deeper and soon realises she may have to make a choice. All or nothing with Michael.
This is the fourth book in the Nikki and Michael Vampire series and it’s a good one. Even though sometimes Michael’s chauvinistic tendencies make me want to smack him, his reasoning is good and Keri Arthur’s superb characterisations let you see the argument from both sides and the deep emotions behind them. Nikki gives as good as she gets though so you don’t have to smack her either for giving in to him. I also like that for both of them, their abilities aren’t without limit and can have consequences that are often very painful. Nikki’s business partner Jake is as acerbic as ever and it was good to see him back in the game proving that being a human amongst thralls and vampires doesn’t mean you aren’t capable of holding your end up in a tough situation. The plot was good, if a little simplistic but I don’t think it actually needed to be any more complicated, it would have detracted a lot from the emotions running alongside it all. The ending of the book did come as a complete surprise and it did make me cry, so be warned, you may need tissues!