Vampires exist. So do werewolves. The creatures that you fear in the darkness? They’re all real. And the baddest of the paranormals…those who love to hurt humans…they’re sent to Purgatory, the only paranormal prison in the U.S.
His job is to stop the monsters.
Deadly forces are at work within Purgatory. The monsters are joining together—and their plans have to be stopped. FBI Agent Shane August, a very powerful vampire with a dark past, is sent into the prison on an undercover assignment. His job is to infiltrate the vampire clan, by any means necessary.
She wants to help the prisoners.
Dr. Olivia Maddox wants to find out just why certain paranormals go bad. What pushes some vampires over the edge? Why do some werewolves turn so savage? If she can understand the monsters, then Olivia thinks she can help them. When she gets permission to enter Purgatory, Olivia believes she is being given the research opportunity of a lifetime.
Olivia doesn't realize that she’s walking straight into hell.
To survive, they have to rely on each other.
When the prisoners break loose, there is only one person—one vampire—who can protect her, but as Olivia and Shane fight the enemies that surround them, a dark and dangerous passion stirs to life between the doctor and the vamp. Shane realizes that Olivia is a woman carrying secrets—powerful, sinful secrets. Secrets that a man would kill to possess.
And Olivia realizes that—sometimes—you can’t control the beast inside of you. No matter how hard you try. Some passions can push you to the very limits of your control…and the growing lust that she feels for her vampire…it’s sending her racing right into a deadly storm of desire.
Welcome to Purgatory…a place that’s a real hell on earth…
So let's see what I can tell you without giving anything away. First off is the female lead, Dr. Olivia Maddox. She is a professor and she specializes in serial killers. We know she suffered a childhood event that has her determined to study killers of the paranormal ilk and find out why they snap and kill innocents. What better place to do this than Purgatory, an uber secure prison for paras. Olivia is in denial or mostly unaware of a great many things about her past, her self and those she believes she can trust. So, knowledge is power, and what you don't know can totally ruin your day.
Now we have Shane, who is a vampire, but a very SPECIAL vampire. He is at the top of the food chain and is immediately drawn to the secretive Dr. He knows she is hiding something but hasn't ever run across her scent before. He also knows that everybody and their grandparents are gunning for Olivia and he is going to protect her know matter who has to die.
My goodness, there are so many secrets and betrayals going on in this book that you really need a score card to keep them all straight. There are also some highly unusual beings coming into play. Nobody is a straight up anything in Marked by the Vampire. Talk about a melting pot, you would need a Nobel prize winning chemist to sort out this DNA mixture. But the best chemistry going on is between Shane and Olivia. Cynthia was feeling her oats when she wrote their love scenes. It practically shorted out my kindle! (or maybe that was my sweaty palms) I can say without reservation that this is probably my favorite Cynthia Eden book to date and I have read ALL of Cynthia's many, many wonderful books, so that is a STRONG statement. I read the slightly under two hundred pages twice in one morning (although really, this is definitely a bedtime book!) just to make sure I loved it and was not just having morning mind. Nope, it was even better the second time because I wasn't reading so fast to find out what happens. You really, really REALLY need to read this book!! Excellent job, Ms. Eden, bravissima!
Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings. She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.
Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, Greece, and Brazil.
(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people). Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.