"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 concerned. 

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


Maggie Montgomery, the owner of Magdalena's an elegant New Orleans boutique, gasped when she learned about the mysterious beheading of a local street person, and the trail of blood that led from the corpse to her building. Her shock turned to turmoil when she met Sean Canady, the police officer who arrived to question her…and inspired a dangerous desire. Something powerful—and beyond reason—had brought Maggie and Sean together. Something that spoke of an interwoven past, and a passionate torment that began generations before under a blood red moon. For on that night of erotic seduction, Magdalena Montgomery became a vampire, and began a century-long quest to find the one man whose love was pure enough, strong enough to save her from the darkness within...

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Beneath A Blood Red Moon
(Vampires: Book 1)
by Shannon Drake

Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
October 1, 1999
Available: November 10, 2006
ISBN #0821762982
EAN #9780821762981
352 pages
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