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"British Vampires Descend on Ohio!"

RAPTURE IN MOONLIGHT is the sequel to Rosemary Laurey's PEARL Nominated Vampire Romance, WALK IN MOONLIGHT, and the second book in the "Moonlight" trilogy (MYSTERY IN MOONLIGHT coming in 2002).

When Christopher (Kit) Marlowe, former 16th century poet, playwright, and veteran vampire, saved his lady love, South Carolinian children's librarian Dixie LePage, making her as he was; he knew she'd need her native soil to realize her full potential. RAPTURE IN MOONLIGHT finds the vampire pair settled in the German Village section of Columbus, Ohio. Dixie has set up a shop, selling books on vampire lore as well as novelty items. Kit has taken it upon himself to discourage petty crime in the neighborhood.

The head of their vampire colony, Gwyltha, has sent their old friend, Justin Corvus, to check up on them and to work out territorial arrangements for their colony in the New World. Justin doesn't relish meeting his old rival Vlad (Dracula) "cap in hand" as Vlad, head of an already established colony, had stolen Gwyltha, the love of his life, away from him. After many centuries, Justin has still not recovered from her loss, but he would do this for Kit and Dixie.

Stella Schwartz has more trouble than she needs already. Single mother to eight-year-old Sam, she works for a dry cleaner and is barely making ends meet. Her neighborhood leaves a lot to be desired. Her mother is a habitual criminal who had extracted a promise from Stella that she would look after her house until she is released from prison. Stella and Sam live there among young thugs and drug dealers, hardly the place to raise a child.

The last thing she wants or needs is to fall in love with the handsome British doctor she meets one afternoon in Sam's favorite shop, Dixie's "Vampire Emporium". Justin is a gorgeous and gentlemanly, but he's only visiting for a short time. Sam needs stability in his life.

One look at Stella and all thoughts of lost love had fled Justin's mind. Here is a woman he could spend eternity with, but she is mortal and doesn't even believe in vampires. He is mindful that he must return to England, yet he doesn't have much trouble convincing himself that a small dalliance would be mutually beneficial. Convincing Stella is another story.

It seems, however, that the attraction is too hard for either of them to resist. Before long Stella and Sam are firmly entrenched in Justin's heart and vice versa. He becomes her self-appointed protector, and runs afoul of the neighborhood hoodlums. When Stella falls prey to their vengeance, Justin's rage knows no bounds.

He may be above human law, but the colony had set strict limits on vampire justice and Justin had helped establish those rules. Breaking them carries the sentence of banishment from the colony. His friends vow to support him, but Justin accepting the inevitable, makes plans for the care of his loved ones which don't include him.

Vampires converge in Ohio, and while Justin awaits sentencing by Gwyltha's tribunal, her lover Vlad has asked him for an enormous favor which could mean trouble for all of them. Vlad has acquired a pair of ghouls, two young and beautiful females who have had their minds erased by their creator. He wants Justin's New World colony to adopt them. Gwyltha has strong feelings about the making of ghouls, and neither Vlad, nor Justin want to raise her ire, but Dixie has other ideas. When Dixie's on a crusade - look out, and Stella has no intentions of letting Justin be railroaded out of town, even if she has to face down the queen vampire herself. Double trouble!

Kit's old friend, Tom Kyd (also a former Elizabethan playwright), arrives with the tribunal. Like his friend he has every intention of supporting Justin. Tom has become the colony's computer expert and is the one they turn to for forged identification papers, passports and the like. Tom is smitten with the ghoul who has taken the name Angela, and becomes determined to ferret out her identity. This sets the stage for book three: MYSTERY IN MOONLIGHT.

RAPTURE IN MOONLIGHT continues Ms. Laurey's tradition of providing strong independent heroines and passionate heroes whose protective streaks may be a mile wide, but who are also loyal, loving and supportive. Ms. Laurey has a knack for weaving human reality into her fantasy, whether it be 16th century writers caught up in the politics of their times, or a modern day single mother struggling to make ends meet in an unsavory environment. This allows readers to relate to her characters, while drawing them into the realm of the vampire.

Copyright 2001

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted October 14, 2001

SUMMARY

2002 PRISM AWARD Finalist:
3rd place - DARK PARANORMAL

Rapture in Moonlight is Justin's story. He travels to Ohio, to visit Dixie and Kit and to negotiate with his old adversary, Vlad Tepes, to assure safe territory for his friends.

While visiting German Village, Justin meets Stella, a blue collar single mother, who doesn't have a lot of time for men and even less for a rich, Brit doctor who (as she sees it) is going home soon and leaving her.

But neither Justin or Stella counted on the attraction between them, and neither could have foreseen the act of violence that alters their lives forever, and puts Justin afoul of the vampire code he helped establish.

 

Rapture In Moonlight
by Rosemary Laurey

Avid Press
November 1, 2001
Available: November 5, 2000
ISBN #1931419094
EAN #9781931419093
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Other Books by
Rosemary Laurey

Turkish Delight
Kallaayt's Tale
Stone Hearts
Deep Waters
Sacrifice
The Power of Love
Super Natural Spies
The Morgue the Merrier
Midnight Lover
Paradox I
Paradox II
Paradox III
Keep Me Forever
Be Mine Forever
Kiss Me Forever/Love Me Forever
Immortal Bad Boys
Sinful Temptations
Country Pleasures
Winter Warriors
Rapture in Moonlight
Walk In Moonlight


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