"A dynamite fantasy romance"
In New Orleans on the alternate earth Wildside, courier
Lyris is assigned to learn whether Goblin King Quede is
also a vampire. She knows how difficult it will prove to
get close enough the make the determination so she enlists
the help of a half breed stripper Romeo Hart. He agrees
as he sees Lyris as a perfect front to hide his cover. He
is really Roman Hautecoeur, undercover trying to learn
what the evil Quede is plotting.
As Lyris and Romeo work closely together, an attraction
between them blossoms. However, Quede's spies know why
Lyris is in town, but he also is fascinated by the lass
who might wants to destroy him. However, danger can come
from anywhere as Lyris learns that Quede may want to
lovingly kill her and a seemingly immortal hobgoblin
threatens her and Romeo but her most dangerous foe is her
partner who steals her heart.
The latest Wildside fantasy romance (see TRAVELER) is a
terrific tale that makes this alternate realm seems real
due to the bantering relationship between the lead duo.
Romeo is sort of like a mythical Hans Solo as he is
amusing, tough, and sensitive (just don't remind him of
the last trait). Lyris is an intrepid heroine willing to
die if her death means the end of Quede's Goblin reign.
The support cast brings Wildside further to life so that
readers will want to visit the place where Goblins
apparently killed JFK.
© Harriet Klausner
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 23, 2004