"Fine vampire romance"
In Pear Blossom Creek, waitress Victoria Cavendish works
the late shift at Ozzy's Diner. A customer leaves with a
red haired woman without eating his meal. The next day this
occurs again. The next morning Victoria learns that two red
haired women have been murdered; both left the diner with
the stranger. She is a bit concerned because she has red
That night the stranger offers to take Victoria home.
Surprising herself she agrees. He explains that he is
Antonio Batista and that Victoria needs to keep her door
locked. She invites him inside, but instead he leaves. He
stays nearby concerned that the vampire Dimitri Falco might
come for Victoria.
A third woman is dead and a new stranger arrives in town,
vampire hunter Tom Duncan, who warns her to beware of the
man with the yellow eyes as he is killing red headed women.
That night Victoria sees yellow eyes; Antonio arrives and
advises Falco to leave or else. Soon the three strangers
converge over Victoria. Antonio is willing to fully die for
the human he loves; Yellow Eyes is obsessed with adding her
to his red-haired dining pleasure; and Tom distrusts anyone
who sups on human blood.
The strong lead couple and the solid support cast
(including the return of the heroes of AFTER SUNDOWN) make
for a fine vampire romance. The story line feels more like
a mystery than a horror thriller though the war of the
vampires is anticipated by the audience. Though Falco's red
headed obsession is never explained and some readers might
not appreciate the simplicity of the final conflict (this
reviewer thought it was on the mark and apropos),
supernatural romantic suspense readers will enjoy reading
this fine tale.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted January 15, 2006
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 2, 2007