by Jenna Black

May 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7653-5718-2
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Mass Market Paperback

This fourth book in the Guardians of the Night series has Drake yet again feeling like an outcast among the other Guardians in Philadelphia. Unlike them, he does drink blood from humans to survive, but heís always made sure to only kill those humans who themselves preyed on humans.

He moves to Baltimore, which is under the rule of Gabriel. But when a foreign group of vampires arrive, Drake reluctantly finds himself in charge because Gabriel is missing. The last thing heís ever wanted was to be responsible for anyone else. The vampires from France are there to apprehend Brigitte who has escaped from her mother, the head vamp in France. But Brigitte is willing to destroy anyone who gets in the way of her freedom.

The French entourage, under the leadership of Armand, moves into Gabrielís house and though Drake canít stand the vampire, he finds himself very attracted to his concubine. Faith is Armandís lover, but itís completely against her will. Her 16 year old sister Lily is human and innocent and she will do anything in her power to keep her that way. When Armand asks her to seduce Drake for information she finds herself actually experiencing desire, for the very first time.

This book is filled with action almost from the start. Drake and Faith donít know who to trust and yet they still feel themselves drawn to each other. Throughout the story, Drakeís past is revealed, and readers learn why he feels and acts the way he does.

Iíve been looking forward to Drakeís story since he was first introduced. While he gives the impression nothing bothers him, we see a softer side to him. And who doesnít love a tortured hero?

Reviewed in April 2008 by Jackie.

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