Beyond the Poison Chalice is a short paranormal story by Helena Maeve, first published in the Wild After Dark anthology from Totally Bound Publishing, then released as a standalone story. It tells the tale of Claudia Salizar, a woman charged with keeping peace between vampires, werewolves and humans in the streets of St. Louis. She’s tough and determined, and is doing a great job, until two intruders turn up in the city that could derail everything she’s worked for.
Despite her eagerness to get the two intruders – human Silver and werewolf Lucan – out of the vampire quarter as quickly as possible, she ends up sheltering them at her place temporarily, until it’s safe to move them. But once the three of them are in close proximity, it soon becomes apparent there’s more to Silver than meets the eye, and his companion is equally intriguing. Can Claudia resist the temptation for the sake of peace in her city?
This is an engaging and intriguing read. In this instance, the story focused on the three characters and there here and now, which was very enjoyable, but I also found myself wondering about their back stories. If the author were to write more tales about these characters, I’d definitely like to read them. Overall, an intriguing and sexy read, one I’d recommend to fans of short paranormal books.