by Amanda Ashley

February 2004
ISBN: 0-8217-7529-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

For some unknown reason, painter Tracy Warner feels compelled to buy Nightingale House, a huge, dilapidated seaside mansion. When she moves in, little does she realize that her home is already occupied – by Dominic St. Clair, a centuries-old vampire. Dominic soon comes to recognize Tracy as the reincarnation of the one woman he’d loved and lost for countless centuries. Now, with his patience finally at breaking point, Dominic resolves not to lose her again.

Before long Tracy begins to feel there is something otherworldly and strangely familiar about Dominic, the handsome stranger who’s wooing her so passionately and with such success. But when she realizes the truth about him and about their long shared history, can Tracy set aside her very natural apprehension, take Dominic’s ‘Dark Gift’ and unite with him for eternity as a fellow vampire?! His passion seduces her and her heart loves him to the utmost, yet Tracy is unable to commit herself to this irrevocable decision. Matters soon take a ugly turn when a powerful vampire challenges Dominic’s authority and Tracy becomes an unwitting pawn in this dark power struggle.

Amanda Ashley has a knack for crafting a dark, lushly sensuous vampire tale of romance and this book is proof of her talent. In the story, Ashley creates a world where humans unknowingly exist side by side with vampires and the realism of it is just too spooky for words. The timeless love between Dominic the vampire and the lovely Tracy is not just heartfelt but oh so, compelling and yet dark in a powerful way. The author portrays this romantic tale against a chilling and gothic backdrop which has the effect of rendering it not only stunning but also scary. A relentless pace, mystical happenings, some action and lots of drama, blood and gore ensure that readers won’t be able to turn the pages of the book fast enough, even as the story relentlessly heads towards an unbearably suspenseful climax. By turns, thrilling and chilling, this darkly seductive tale of immortal love is unforgettable, to say the least.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Rashmi.

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