Oleg Petrosian, the self-made Russian Billionaire, wonders when his un-beating heart will experience a glimmer of love. On a business trip to London, to seal a gas deal, he meets Sam Latham, the chef at a swanky restaurant in South Kensington. After she caters for a business meeting at his nearby home, his private Learjet (flown by his cosmonaut sister) whisks Oleg, Sam and her younger actress sister to Oleg's cliff top home in Russia's Anapa, a health resort on the Black Sea. But can their fledgling romance survive Oleg's deep, dark secret?
TP Keating was previously nominated for The James White Award. Along with numerous short stories published online, TP Keating’s stories appear in the printed anthologies Small Crimes, Daikaiju!2: Revenge Of The Giant Monsters, and Murder In Vegas (edited by Michael Connelly, and which has also been released in audio book format). His web site is www.tpkeating.com, and please feel free to drop him a line at email@example.com
I really enjoyed reading The Petrosian Invitation. It's a sweet vampire romance about the gorgeous Russian billionaire Oleg Petrosian and the sweet English chef Sam Latham. Oleg fears he will never fall in love since he has become a vampire, yet when dining at Le Jardin de Lili in London he finds himself enthralled with the Chocolat Noir dessert & ultimately falls in love with its creator - Sam Latham.
As Oleg is in lengthy business negotions with another gas company he requests that Sam cater a dinner the next day at his London home. When negotiations don't come to a conclusion he flys her and her sister Zoe (who serves as her assistant) to Anapa in Russia to cater yet another business event at his home there.
Mr Keating does a wonderful job describing the various settings, from the emotive & sensory environment to architectural details. The characters personalities are well developed. Though there isn't any significant growth or change in any of the main characters, we are granted several passages of introspection that allows the reader to understand the characters thoughts & motivations. While the story was a sweet, fun read I would say it is a book with potential. It would benefit greatly from a good conent edit to help correct discrepancies in the timeline and to fill in plot holes. It would also help to flesh out the vampire mythology part of the story, which is severely lacking.
If you enjoy sweet contemporary romances, this is a good choice. If you don't enjoy vampire novels don't let that dissuade you as it is a very minimal part of the story. I hope that Mr Keating will pursue further development of the story as it could be even better with a few good rounds of content edits.
FYI - this is a clean read, nothing more intimate than a few kisses. The language is clean also.
Honest disclosure - I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my review.
I was hesitant to read another vampire story, however, I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this read. Sam is a sweet young lady who is a wonderful cook but is stuck working for an unappreciative restaurants owner. She is the head chef the day that Oleg Petrosian dined in the restaurant. Oleg loves her dessert and asks her to come to cook for a business dinner at his home. Sam accepts his offer and finds success and attraction to Oleg.
I enjoyed this story but there were a few places where it did not flow. Also, there was no foundation for the angry mob. We are not told at all why the people attack the castle that Oleg visits regularly. This is a sweet story that has a happily every after.