by Celeste Anwar

November 2003
ISBN: 1-58608-342-2
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Jessica Talvert arrives in New Orleans at the height of Mardi Gras. Her goal is to find out about her birth parents who died when she was an infant. A tall, rather irresistible diversion appears in her life in the form of Gabriel Benoit. Gabriel rescues her necklace—her only link to her dead parents—from a street thief. Attraction flares between the two instantly, although Jessica struggles to listen to the tiny warning voice whispering in her mind. Despite her misgivings, she agrees to let Gabriel be her tour guide through the city.

Gabriel is not like the other boys, that’s for sure. Along with his sexy looks, accent, and seductive charm, he is Lycan—a werewolf. New Orleans is a dangerous place to be with the werewolf pack being at war with the resident vampires, and Gabriel is determined to claim Jessica and protect her from the danger that is sure to follow her search for answers regarding her birth parents. He knows she will find it difficult to accept what he is and how she is connected.

Jessica finds herself in the middle of pack politics and a deadly feud between two supernatural and lethal powers. Will she be able to accept the existence of beings she’s only encountered in horror stories, that the man she is falling for is one of those beings, that she isn’t who or what she thought herself to be?

In Born of Night, Celeste Anwar brings the magical essence of New Orleans to life on the page. She pulls the reader into the battle between to very powerful forces, raising the tension with each page. Yet even with all of the other elements of this story, Anwar succeeds in making the romance between Jessica and Gabriel the center of it all. She builds the romantic and sexual tension layer by steamy layer from the beginning to the very end. This is a book going into my “keeper” file.

Reviewed in January 2004 by Jess.

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