"That latest installment in the Shadow Dwellers series"
Damien St. James, Sinjin to his friends, and a several
hundred year-old vampire, moved to New Orleans from his
lifelong home in Scotland upon the death of his true love.
He needed to make a new start in a new place. So he
purchased a rundown bar in hopes to begin with that. Sinjin
has sworn off all relationships with women beyond mere
pleasure, convinced it is too painful to love and lose.
Vivian Carrington is mourning the loss of her best friend
in the world. She has a rude awakening, realizing her own
life got off track somewhere and she is not the person she
always longed to be. Her life is empty and meaningless,
making her wonder who would miss her if she were the one
who died. Vivian decides to go find herself and ends up in
New Orleans, in the mysterious Sinjin's bar.
Vivian is in New Orleans to research a book her good friend
is writing, truly enjoying the work and her time alone. She
is in no mood to get involved in any new relationships with
anyone, let alone a man too sexy for his own good. Sinjin
isn't looking to get involved with anyone either, but
something about Vivian fascinates him and he can't get her
out of his mind. When he approaches her and she spurns his
advances, he is all the more intrigued by this one woman
who won't give him the time of day.
Vivian is attracted to Sinjin, despite her efforts to
ignore him. When one of Sinjin's hostesses in the bar is
injured, Vivian pitches in to lend a helping hand. She is
surprised to find she enjoys the job, and the close contact
to Sinjin that comes along with it. The longer she
continues to fill in and get to know him, the more her
defenses are broken down.
Vivian's peace of mind is short lived, unfortunately. There
are many secrets in the New Orleans underworld, secrets she
could never begin to comprehend or believe, not the least
of which is Sinjin's own secret about who he really is.
When those same secrets bring danger to Vivian, he must do
what he can to protect her. Now he has to decide if he
should tell her the truth and risk Vivian turning away from
him in horror. Will she be able to accept him as he is and
commit to an eternity of his love?
This sixth installment in Ms. Wilder's SHADOW DWELLERS
series shows the saga is far from over. With the
introduction of yet more characters and subplots, it is
apparent the stage is being set for future adventures.
Various paranormal and immortal beings are found
throughout: witches, vampires, werecreatures, and many
more. Vivian and Sinjin are a dramatic couple, opposite in
many things, but alike in many more ways then they think.
There are a few jumps in the timeline of this story, which
can be disconcerting as there is no warning, but this is
likely due to the limitations of the length of the book.
Also, a few key plotlines are left hanging, hopefully to be
resolved in the next tale in the series.
Reviewed by Kelley Hartsell
Posted August 9, 2002
Courtesy Love Romances
c. Kelley A. Hartsell, July 2002. All rights
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 4, 2006