by Delilah Devlin

April 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-116123-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Red
Trade Paperback

First Natalie Lambert’s adoptive parents are murdered, then her best friend. Now she’s come to New Orleans to try and find her birth parents, and to escape a killer. Rene Broussard and his vampire partner Chessa Tomas are keeping an eye on Natalie. They don’t believe she’s a murderer, but hoping she’ll lead them to the real killer. While they watch, a swarm of birds attack Natalie and Rene rushes in to rescue her.

Chessa agrees to let Rene take Natalie to his home but warns him not to sleep with her. What Rene doesn’t know is Natalie is a virgin vampire who is coming into her first season. Basically she’s in heat and has no idea how to control her vampire desires. Although he tries to resist her, Rene’s powerless against the overwhelming lust they feel for each other and he takes her virginity while she takes his blood.

The following day the two find themselves drugged and being held against their will. Although they are told it’s for their own good, they really don’t like having the control of their lives taken out of their hands. And Rene's not exactly thrilled to be chained to the bed to serve Natalie's desire for sex and blood. As part of the security team, Chessa watches them and fights her jealousy over another woman being with Rene.

I finished this book yesterday and I can still feel the heat coming off the pages. Wow, certainly not for the faint of heart! Be warned there are multiple sex scenes, and some involve same sex partners (female/female) and anal sex. The characters aren’t monogamous, but a vampire coming into her powers is ruled by her desires and I have to admit it was fun watching Natalie learn some self control.

While there is an underlying romance in this story, I wouldn’t actually classify this book as a true romance. It’s more gritty and graphic as it introduces us to this world of “born” and “made” vampires. The vampires seem to shed their humanity as they make the transition to vampire, but there are those who don’t want to just be monsters. Here’s hoping this book is just one of many in a new series.

Reviewed in March 2007 by Jackie.

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