"Praise again for Vivi Anna!"

At the start of this second installment of the Valorian Chronicles, there has been another murder similar to the ones that happened before in Necroplis (Blood Secrets); only this time the body was found in San Antonio . Otherworld Crime Unit (OCU) has been called in since the crime scene matches their old case; Cain takes himself, Eve, Lyra and Jace with him. This is the first time the OCU team has worked outside of their city, other than Eve (who is human); Jace has very strong feelings about working with the humans due to his past history with them and did not want to go.

When they arrived at the crime scene they were met with fear and animosity from the local police, except for Captain Morales, Eve's old boss. The crime scene not only looks similar as the ones in Necroplis but feels the same too; Jace smelled the same smell and Lyra was able to "see" the same magical signature. All of which makes them wonder, since they thought they had caught the person responsible.

When Captain Morales introduced one of their local police escorts to them, Tala Channing, Jace had an interesting reaction, but did not realize it was due to her. Tala had read up on the OCU and each of the members, and knew that Jace was a lycan. Because of her past, he was the one member of the team she wanted the least to deal with; even though she was having some strange feelings to the contrary.

The officers from both cities will have to overcome their prejudices and work together in order to solve this case. Will the team be able to hunt down the real killer before it is too late? How will Jace react to Tala's secret and will it get in the way of them solving the case?

Praise again for Vivi Anna! Once again she was able to write in her smooth style, bringing us back characters from the previous book and introduced new characters seemingly effortlessly. Fans of mystery and suspense will find this story appealing, as will fans of paranormal and urban fantasy. I really enjoy the world she has written and can not wait until the next book comes out. Thanks for continuing the story line and proving once again why you are on my must read list!

Reviewed by Catherine Smith
Posted September 21, 2007


What dark secret was she hiding?

When the Otherworld Crime Unit reconvenes to investigate a ritualistic murder, werewolf Jace Jericho can barely set aside his past—and his hatred of humanity—to work with the team's newest member. As far as Jace is concerned, police rookie Tala Channing has two strikes against her: one, she's human, and two, something about her drives him wild with desire.—

Forced to work side by side with Tala, deep into the witching hours, Jace struggles to keep his primal instincts in check. But when they finally succumb to wild passion, Jace realizes Tala has spun a web of lies. And Tala's secret now puts his life—and heart—on the line.—

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Dark Lies
(Valorian Chronicles: Book 2)
by Vivi Anna

Silhouette (Nocturne)
October 1, 2007
Available: October 1, 2007
ISBN #0373617739
EAN #9780373617739
288 pages
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Other Books by
Vivi Anna

The Vampire's Kiss
Demon Dreamer
Midnight Cravings
The Vampire's Quest
In the Company of Wolves
Winter Kissed
Alluring Tales 2: Hot Holiday Nights
Veiled Truth
Mahina's Storm
Bad to the Bone
Blood Secrets
Alluring Tales: Awaken the Fantasy
Hell Kat
Sexy Beast
Buck Naked
The Gift of Elan
Blood Red
Prince Charming and His Ladies in Wanting
Goddess of the Dead

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