by Amanda Ashley

July 2007
ISBN: 0-8217-7835-8
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Mass Market Paperback

Cara DeLongpre has led a sheltered life but that is about to change. She goes from having no men in her life to having two vying for her attention.

After one dance with Vince Cordova at the Nocturne club, he is all she can think about. The other man, Anton Bouchard, doesnít really care. He is only wooing her because his mother wants to use Cara in a crazy scheme to bring back his father, Anthony Loken. Still, Anton does not go quietly. Anton gives Cara some specifics about her peculiar family before he goes on his way.

Cara is devastated to find out her parents are vampires. Roshan and Brenna DeLongpre took Cara as their own child after her birth mother abandoned her shortly after giving birth. The life Cara knew was built on lies. She leaves her parents' home and moves into her own house.

Vince has secrets, too. He is a newly made vampire. When he sees Caraís reaction to the news about her parents, heís afraid to confess his own undead state. Vince was made by the oldest of their kind and as such he has abilities that other vampires do not have. Those abilities make keeping his secret less difficult, but they certainly donít make it any easier to live with. He hates lying to Cara. But he doesnít want to lose her.

Choices are taken out of Vinceís hands when evil appears and puts Cara at risk. Roshan and Brenna destroyed Anthony Loken, nevertheless, his madness lives on in the form of his lover and their son. Sworn to avenge her lover, Serafina sets a plan in motion that, if successful, will destroy the DeLongpre family and anyone close to them.

Author Amanda Ashley has put a twist on the vampire lore that is both intriguing and enjoyable. I hope the author continues to explore it in her future novels.

Nightís Touch is sequel to Nightís Kiss. If you havenít read the prequel, donít worry. The author has included enough information that it started to feel like it was two novels in one. It was frustrating to be taken away from Cara and Vince so often. I enjoyed watching their relationship develop. Despite the back and forth, Ms. Ashley made Nightís Touch a satisfying read in the end.

Reviewed in August 2007 by Rho.

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