ANALISA.. He whispered her name, and it echoed back to him on the wings of the night, One kiss, he thought, one kiss would do no harm. She radiated warmth and goodness, chasing the coldness from his being, banishing the loneliness from his soul. In four centuries of prowling, the shadows had brought him few pleasures, but the nearness of her soft lips, her warm throat, promised sweetness beyong imagining. She had wandered unchaperoned to the moonlit tomb where he took refuge by day, little suspecting that with his eyes alone he could mesmerize her, compel her to do hid bidding. Yet he would not take her life's blood by force or trickery. He would have it as a gift, freely given, and in exchange, he would make her wildest dreams come true.
When Alesandro first meets Analisa, she is in a hospital dying from the plague. In exchange for her blood, he gives her some of his, thus healing her and bonding them together forever.
Upon her release from the hospital, Alesandro offers her his home and fortune by means of a generous benefactor. It isn't until later she learns who her benefactor is.
This is not your run-of-the-mill vampire story. This is not a corny vampire that you see in many vamp-romances, Alesandro is a complex, caring creature. Ms. Ashley doesn't sugar-coat Alesandro being a vampire either, she lets you see the drawbacks he faces, as well as the fears he harbors.