by Colleen Gleason

August 2008
ISBN: 978-0-451-22475-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy has returned to England after a tumultuous and devastating time abroad in Italy. She is settling in, trying to relate once again to the endless round of evening balls, teas, and mindless chit-chat. Her mind is on other things however, namely, the fact that day time vampires seem to be lurking in London. Vampires at night are one thing, but to have them out and about during the day wreaking havoc is putting even more stress on Victoria than usual.

As for her love life, that is just as complicated. Sebastian continues to prove his ardor for Victoria by finally taking his place as a Venator, but somehow she still cannot trust him. Max is proving to be more maddening than ever and suddenly, Victoria cannot get him out of her mind. Who can she entrust her heart to? Will she find the day time vampires before it is too late? London and Victoria will never be the same again in When Twilight Burns.

The drama and gossip of London infiltrates the pages of this story as Victoria readjusts to a “normal” life. It is not easy to balance being a vampire hunter with being a Lady of the Ton. It proves nearly impossible at times in fact but as the book continues, Victoria starts to find that balance. Colleen Gleason ratchets up the tension, the sinister beings, but also the eroticism. I think more than anything in this novel, Victoria really starts to come into her own as Illa Gardella. It is time for her to step up to the plate regarding her future and she does that, with both bold strides and smaller gestures.

When Twilight Burns is no ordinary vampire novel, that is for certain. Kudos to Colleen Gleason for making this a not-to-be missed series.

Reviewed in August 2008 by Sarah.

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