Sometimes you just wish the males in these stories would engage brains before engaging fists. The chest beating dominance that they all seem incapable of avoiding must leave huge bruising. However, it's a very readable series, I do enjoy the romances that are created and this one is quite interesting. This is Marguerite's story, where she learns things about her past that aren't comfortable and discovers what love can really be about. The story overlaps with Vampires are Forever but should be really read after as the end of this story would somewhat spoil Vampries are Forever (though it is pretty formulaic romance and the relationships are well-flagged, it's the journey that counts here) I have to wonder how all the manipulation wasn't noticed over the years and what stopped some of the females from standing up more for themselves, particularly in the twentieth century.