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"Serafina finds the Will to love in new Wings Romance!"

Colonel Willem Stone had been part of a covert operation to infiltrate terrorist cells as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom." It was to have been a quick mission. The goal had been to plant spies, launch strikes, and pull out. The mission had been a success but Stone had been captured before he could reach the U.S. chopper at the extraction point. He had been held in a cave and tortured unmercifully by his captors, but they could not break him. He would have died before he would have betrayed one of his own. He did not succumb to the pain, rather he lost himself in it. And there he found something, someone to live for.

Serafina. Was she real, or a figment of his feverish mind? It didn't matter. Though the beautiful, gifted, and kind hearted gypsy girl obviously lived in another place and time, he loved her. He shared her thoughts, her life, and watched helplessly as those who should have loved her betrayed her time and again.

He was her spirit guide, the gentle voice inside her head who was always there when she needed him. She was a gifted seer, much more so than her jealous older sister, but illness had been slowly weakening her. Will had been there when her sister and her beloved fiancé had betrayed her. They had left her alone in a cave with the vampire that had been stalking her tribe. There she had learned that she was one of the Chosen, a carrier of the rare Belladonna antigen. The factor would have caused her to die young if Bertrone had not brought her across. Only those with the antigen could become what he was. She had loved him in a different way, but eventually he too had left her. Her spirit guide had been with her then, had given her the will to go on. He had claimed to be real, a mortal man, from a place and time far into the future. Then he too had left her to grieve. Since then she had even lost Dante, the last remaining member of her family (see TWILIGHT HUNGER). He had left her for his lover.

Will was barely alive when he escaped his captors. Feverish from the infection in his broken foot, he passed out in the desert before he could find help. He awakened stateside in a hospital sometime later. His life had been altered irreparably by his experience. He was a hero without a job, without a home. If this was not enough, he could no longer find his way back to Serefina. She had saved him, but she was not real. Or was she? Then long nights of walking the hospital halls brought Will in contact with a creature he'd not really believed existed. Jamison Bryant was a twenty-first century vampire, looking for a little "take-out." Will promises to cover for him in exchange for some answers.

Amber Lily Bryant is special, the only child born to a vampiress (see BORN IN TWILIGHT). She is the teenaged daughter of Jameson and his wife Angelica. She is not vampire, nor the usual human, making her a prime target for vampire hunters. She is however a typical teen, in that she is anxious to test her wings, spend some time having fun in the big city without her parents. Jameson knows that to refuse her will only cause the rebellion to break out some other dangerous way. He also knows that Amber's skills would allow her to detect any vampire he assigned to look after her. He had been impressed with Willem Stone however, and he owed him one.

It is there in twenty first century New York City that Will and Serafina meet again, just where he had told her he'd be. She has hardened over the years and has sworn never to experience love and loss again. But when the DPI rears its ugly head once more and captures the child of promise, the two will risk their lives to save her. In the end, will love conquer all?

The magic of Maggie Shayne is in the believability of her tales. For the first time, her vampire finds love with a mortal, not one of the Chosen. She must face eventual loss of this love, and decide whether it is worth the pain to experience the joy, for whatever time is left to them. She also faces her own mortality. We experience with the Bryants the difficulty of allowing a beloved child to test her wings and the lengths they will go to keep their child safe, the sacrifices they are willing to make to save her. On the other side of the coin we see how greed and the potential for tremendous power can warp and twist an individual like the recurring villain, Stiles. These are things we all can relate to. Fans of the Wings series will definitely enjoy this new romance, as well as the return of several of the series' beloved characters.

Copyright © 2003

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted March 22, 2003

SUMMARY

Her beauty is spellbinding. Her hunger is insatiable. Her power is immortal.

Return with Maggie Shayne to the dark, erotic world of wings in the night . . .

A creature of the night, Sarafina lives only for pleasure, but love is an emotion she has deemed forbidden. Experience has taught her that love leads only to betrayal and pain, and she wants no more of pain. She cares for no one, tolerating only the presence of those she can control utterly. With her powers, she is convinced she can break anyone.

Willem Stone cannot be broken. He is a challenge Sarafina cannot resist--a man as boldly alive as she is, a man with a will of iron, yet a mere mortal. And the only thing stronger than the clash of their wills is the power of their desire.

But when vampire hunters take Amber Lily, the only child ever born to a vampire, Sarafina and Willem must put their struggle aside and combine their strengths in a rescue attempt that could cost them their very lives. And in the process, they find the most powerful force of all: love.

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Wings in the Night reading order:

  • Twilight Phantasies
  • Twilight Memories
  • Twilight Illusions
  • Beyond Twilight (novella)
  • Born in Twilight
  • Twilight Vows (novella)
  • Twilight Hunger
  • Run From Twilight (novella)
  • Embrace the Twilight
  • Edge of Twilight
  • Blue Twilight
  • Prince of Twilight
  • Demon's Kiss
  • Lover's Bite
  • Angel's Pain

    Reissues:

  • Wings in the Night (includes books 1, 2, 3)
  • Twilight Begins (includes books 1, 2)
  • At Twilight (includes books 4, 5)
  • Two by Twilight (includes books 6, 8)

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    Embrace the Twilight
    (Wings In The Night: Book 8)
    by Maggie Shayne

    MIRA Books
    March 1, 2003
    Available: March 1, 2003
    ISBN #1551666685
    EAN #9781551666686
    400 pages
    Paperback
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    Other Books by
    Maggie Shayne

    Twilight Fulfilled
    Vacation with a Vampire…and Other Immortals
    Kiss Me, Kill Me
    Heart of Darkness
    Night's Edge
    Bloodline
    Wild Thing
    Angel's Pain
    Weddings From Hell
    Lover's Bite
    Immortal Desire
    Demon's Kiss
    Eternal Love
    An Enchanted Season
    Moon Fever
    Sheer Pleasure
    Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered
    Totally Charmed : Demons, Whitelighters and the Power of 3
    Darker Than Midnight
    Immortality
    Edge of Twilight
    Prince of Twilight
    Kick Ass
    Blue Twilight
    Man of My Dreams
    Night's Edge
    Hot Blooded
    Thicker Than Water
    Midnight Pleasures
    Enemy Mind
    Broken Silence
    Two by Twilight
    Words of the Witches
    Twilight Hunger
    At Twilight
    Brand-new Heartache
    Wings In The Night
    The Gingerbread Man
    Out Of This World
    Witch Moon Rising, Witch Moon Waning
    Destiny
    Sinful
    Infinity
    Veils of Time
    Eternity
    Brides of the Night
    Born In Twilight


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