Fiction/Paranormal Romance, 2008
Signet Eclipse, mm pb, 346 p.
As Rome prepares for its Carnival, the new leader of the city’s vampire hunters – Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy – must prove herself as never before. For, in order to gain access to the secrets of a legendary alchemist, Rome’s vampires have allied themselves with creatures as evil and bloodthirsty as they are.This series keeps getting progressively better with each new installment. Things really heat up in this one as we get to learn a bit more about the mysterious Sebastian and the elusive Max and we see Victoria start to take on the role of Illa Gardella. Plus it builds up into quite the ending. I was literally holding my breath scared to find out what had happened and what would happen next. Lots of questions left for the next book which I’m now eagerly awaiting. Colleen has created a completely compelling story and cast of characters that is just plain fun to read!
Reluctantly, Victoria must turn to the enigmatic Sebastian Vioget for help, just as Maximilian Pesaro arrives to help his fellow slayers – no matter what the sacrifice. Desire puts her at the mercy of Sebastian, while loyalty binds her to Max, but can she trust either man? Especially when a seductive vampire begins luring her into the shadows…
Minor quibble: I did notice one consistency error that interrupted my reading for all of a minute but I was soon caught up in the story again.
My Rating: 4.25/5
(#4 for 2008)