This author is kind of a master of writing vampire heroes that can be dark and twisty with horrific pasts (see Dante from Blood Submission), yet still redeemable, sweet, and swoon-worthy, and the smart, sassy, quirky witches who love them. In this book, the tables are turned and the vampire is a woman, and the hero is the magic man (in more ways than one. Rawr). Seeing that kind of turnabout was a welcome addition to the series (and to the genre in general, really).
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! No rehab needed. This one is clean and sober.
Other reading suggestions
Check out the rest of the Deathless Night series. For another series about a human who falls for a dangerous vampire, try Amanda Carney’s First Fruits. And for lighter paranormal romance, try Isabel Jordan’s Semi-Charmed .