"A Vampire Tale with a Twisted Twist"
I really liked the hero in this story a lot. Believe me, it
takes a strong person to go through all Sean does for
Maggie. There are also some very interesting secondary
characters, especially Shane's partner, who's perfect for a
book of his own. Then there's the Vampire King--a more
delicious tyrant you'll never meet. Drake also has a very
interesting twist on the villain.
The story moved right along, lagging in a couple of places,
but not to the point of stalling. There are elements of
violence that aren't for the squeamish though, so reader be
aware of that.
I was prepared to enjoy this book for many reasons; I love
Drake's writing and have several of her books on my keeper
shelf. Plus, I have a special place in my heart for
vampires and stories set in New Orleans. Put the two
together, and I'm a really happy camper.
However, I found myself disappointed with this story on
many levels. I think one of the reasons I was so
disappointed was that no one spoke the dialect in the whole
book. I kept waiting to "hear" it, and never did. Then
there was the lack of consistency in the pronunciation of
New Orleans. In one sentence it would be New Orleans, in
the next N'Awleans. Also, I couldn't get a feeling for the
setting at all. It could have been Anywhere, Louisiana.
Another thing that bothered me was the whole vampire
scenario. It just didn't work for me. I felt that the way
the heroine was "saved" before being completely brought
across was a little too contrived. It stretched my ability
to suspend my beliefs a little farther than it could go. I
mean, how is one half or part vampire? Unfortunately, to
say more would reveal vital information about the plot and
ending, which I'm not willing to do to you. The ending
was very difficult for me to swallow. It was just too
simple an answer to everyone's problem as far as I'm
I think this story had a lot of promise, but I felt rather
let down by it. However, if you like vampire stories with a
very twisted twist, you'll love it. Like I said, I love
Drake and have several of her books on my keeper shelf.
I'll add this one to them, but it certainly isn't one of my
favorites by her.
Reviewed by: Jaycee/October, 1999
Copyright © 1999 for PNR Reviews
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 22, 2001