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"first glimpse into this fascinating world of Parafolk"

Aspiring singer Sharon Colson is desperate. She has lost her job, her car broke down, and to top it off, her landlord has locked her out of her room. But was she desperate enough to work for Jonathan Knottmann, owner of the All Night Inn, and who just happens to be a nightwalker?

When Sharon applied for a bartending job at the All Night Inn she knew it would be demanding, but she didn't realize how demanding. In order to work for Jonathan she would have to take his mark, which would insure his protection and her safety. Sharon would take "his mark" out of necessity, but under no circumstances would she allow him access to her mind. She had been down that road before and would not go there again.

Jonathan knew he should have sent Sharon away when she refused a mind link, but he just couldn't bring himself to do it; even though he knew that her life would be in danger. Years of loneliness have clouded his judgment but if Jonathan could make peace with his demons he might have a chance at happiness once again. Sharon is wrestling with demons of her own, and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles threaten to deny the two a chance at happiness.

Imagine a world where Nightwalkers feed, Shapeshifters frolic and Spellcasters work their magic just beyond the realm of human awareness. Ms. Miller has created this world, a dark and somewhat dangerous place, but once you enter you will never want to leave. I was thoroughly drawn into Jonathan and Sharon's developing relationship, which was at once innocent, poignant, dark and humorous. The supporting cast of characters was interesting enough to have their own stories told. My first glimpse into this fascinating world has me waiting impatiently for more of the author's Parafolk.

Review date: August 18, 2005

Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted September 21, 2005

SUMMARY

Sharon Colson is desperate. Stranded in the California coastal town of Los Niños de la Noche, she's broke, locked out of her rooming house, and needs a job. Jonathan Knottmann, the local vampire, is the only one in town hiring but he won't take her on as a bartender without her becoming his vampire companion. With no other options, Sharon accepts the mark of his fangs on her neck and thus enters the parafolk world of the All Night Inn.

Over the course of the next few weeks Sharon learns many lessons from Jonathan—what brand of dog food shapeshifters like to nibble on with their beer, the kinds of drinks spellcasters favor, and that he'd rather be known as a nightwalker than the politically incorrect term of vampire. As the parafolk celebrate the full moon with howls and dancing, she even learns to love him the way he loves her.

But the biggest lesson is one Jonathan and Sharon must both learn—that love cannot thrive unless it is based on trust, in yourself and your partner.

 

All Night Inn
by Janet Miller

Cerridwen Press
September 1, 2005
ISBN #1419902164
EAN #9781419902161
175 pages
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