Edward Ramsey was a vampire hunter. He has devoted his whole life to the hunting and killing of the damned souls. That is, until he went against an evil, ancient and powerful vampire named Alexi Kristov. Due to the intervention of his friend, Marisa and her vampire husband and his enemy, Grigori Chiavari, he is now one of the undead, and he isn’t happy. He has asked Grigori to kill him, but is told to come back in six months, and if he still wants to die, Grigori will oblige him. Edward's anger and bitterness about his new life as a vampire are understandable although after a while it starts to get a little tedious. There is not much he can do except walk into the sun, but he already tried that, and, at the last minute, realized that he wasn’t ready to die. Luckily, he comes to his senses and begins to accept and eventually appreciate what he has become. Vampire.
When Edward meets Kelly Anderson, she is trying to kill herself by jumping off of a pier. Kelly has hit rock bottom. Finally drug-free and sober, she has no money, no job and no hope for her future. When she wakes up with him leaning over her, she is scared and not sure what to expect. After all, everyone knows that vampires aren’t real... or are they?
Just when everyone thinks they can relax, another vampire shows up, Khira, the ancient who turned Grigori. Now she has turned up in town eager to pick up where she and Grigori broke off, and intrigued by the powerful fledgling, Edward. Khira doesn’t like competition and immediately begins to brutally get rid of the other vampires in the city - causing Grigori and Edward to form an uneasy alliance and set out to destroy Khira.
With the help of Grigori’s wife Marisa, Kelly (a newly turned vampire and now Edwards wife), and Tom Duncan, a fellow vampire hunter, they are in a race against time to stop Khira from killing anymore people and to protect their loved ones.
After Sundown is a fast paced, brutal look into the realities of the “Dark Gift”. Marisa, though she loves Grigori, is still reluctant to give up her life in the sun. Kelly, on the other hand, has the guts to ask Edward to bring her over. And after a period of adjustment, revel in her new life with Edward.
This is the first book I have ever read by Ms. Ashley, and I am looking forward to finding others by her. After Sundown is the sequel to her previous novel, Shades of Grey, but can definitely be read as a stand-alone. She has done a wonderful job of seamlessly melding the details from the previous story into the present so you are not left wondering who is who and who did what.