Review: The Merzetti Effect by Norah Wilson

 

Title: The Merzetti Effect

Author: Norah Wilson

Published: June 2011

Synopsis: Delano Bowen has been a medical doctor for a very long time. More than 170 years, in fact. For much of that time, he’s been searching for a way to reverse the curse foisted on him by a vampress who sought to own him. With the emergence of medical technology, he now also aims to develop a vaccine to protect the vulnerable from predation by rogue vampires. After a century of searching, he thinks he’s found the key to his vaccine – a surviving descendent of the Merzetti family. The Merzettis were virtually hunted to extinction over the years by rogue vampires who feared the anti-vampirism properties in their blood.
A foundling, nurse Ainsley Crawford has no idea that she carries a genetic gift, and Delano aims to keep it that way. He must keep her close, and ignorant, for he can leave nothing to chance. He manipulates events to ensure her unwitting cooperation. But when Delano’s arch enemy Radak Janecek mounts an all-out assault to destroy Delano and the fruits of his research, Delano is forced to draw Ainsley even closer to protect her. Inevitably, the attraction that has sparked between them from the first flares hot and urgent. Ainsley sees no reason why that attraction shouldn’t be consummated, but Delano knows succumbing to it is not just ill-advised; it could literally be the death of him. Read an Excerpt

Status: Read from April 30 to May 01, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy the author}

My Thoughts:

Though I was intrigued enough by the premise of the Merzetti Effect to accept it for review, I have to admit I was a little anxious about reading it. I need a strong, believable plot to enjoy paranormal romance so I was relieved to quickly discover that The Merzetti Effect frames the relationship of its protagonists, Ainsley Crawford and Delano Brown, with an interesting story.

Emergency nurse Ainsley Crawford is on her way to a job interview with Dr Delano Brown when she is attacked outside of his offices by a creature who sinks his teeth into her neck. When she recovers consciousness she discovers that the vampires of legend are in fact real and Delano is in search of a cure for the virus that causes the condition. Delano convinces Ainsley to join his research efforts and since she is desperately in need of a job she allows herself to be persuaded. Under the erroneous impression that having been bitten places her at risk of the virus, Ainsley moves into the premises allowing regular blood draws, unaware that Delano has manipulated circumstances believing Ainsley to be the last of her bloodline, a carrier of the Merzetti gene that reverses the effect of the vampiric virus. Their working relationship quickly deepens into a mutual attraction which both of them try to deny, until passion overrules common sense. When Delano’s enemy, Radek, discovers how close the doctor is to achieving his goal of a vaccine, he will stop at nothing to destroy the research, and Ainsley, leading to a deadly confrontation.

I really like the plot of the Merzetti Effect, it is original, fast paced and entertaining. The story effortlessly blends action, romance and suspense with the paranormal element. The vampires have traditional abilities such as enhanced speed, strength and healing but are otherwise very human, even the villainous Radek. In Wilson’s world, vampires live among humans quite peaceably but a rogue elements preys on the weak and it is those that Delano particularly wishes to target with his vaccine.
I liked Ainsley, who deals with a whole lot of weirdness with equanimity. She is smart, feisty and sensible. Delano has some questionable morals though he firmly believes that what his research is vital for the safety of society. That goal doesn’t entirely excuse his high handedness but does go some way to mitigating it.
Though the time frame is necessarily compressed, I like that Wilson allowed Ainsley and Delano to build a relationship. The physical spark is present from the start but you get a sense of the pair developing a mutual respect and friendship even as the sexual tension simmers away in the background. There is an element of ‘fated mating’ but it comes in after the pair have already established a relationship which is an unusual twist.
Eli, Delano’s bodyguard and close friend, is a great character, loyal and tough with a dry sense of humour that adds levity to the more serious situations – I was a big fan.

Fans of paranormal romance will appreciate Wilson’s unique approach to the vampire trope and find this an enjoyable read. The Merzetti Effect is the first book in a series that will be linked by setting but focus on a different romantic relationship. The second, Nightfall, is already available.

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About the Author

Norah Wilson lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with her husband, two adult children, a Rotti-Lab mix and four rats (the pet kind). She has been writing romance a long while, and has finalled multiple times in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest. She also won Dorchester Publishing’s New Voice in Romance contest in 2003. Norah is a bit of an eclectic writer. In addition to paranormal romance, she also writes sensual romantic suspense (with the emphasis on the romance). Writing as N.L. Wilson, she turns out the laugh-out-loud funny Dix Dodd Mysteries. Last but not least, with writing partner Heather Doherty, she writes YA Paranormal under the name Wilson Doherty.

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