by Amanda Ashley

August 1996
ISBN: 0-505-52113-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Dorchester Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

Amanda Ashley’s characters are always dark, alluring and sexy. Probably, they are what keep me reading her books. I have to admit that there is something about a mysterious handsome man that always pulls me into a story. Although I would have to say this tale isn’t the deepest of stories, I found it quite enjoyable and a quick read. Because of the “fun factor” I had while reading this book I rated it 4 stars.

Interestingly enough, although you expect to read about a vampire in this book, you soon find you are actually reading a romance between an alien and a human. Yes, this is the Amanda Ashley novel you may have heard about that isn’t her usual vampire story. I found it intriguing and more enjoyable to read about than the vampire novels she usually writes. So you diehard vampire fans, if you don’t want to read about aliens, skip this book, because you probably won’t like it.

This tale starts out with Kara Crawford in the hospital dying of internal injuries. Her little sister Gale decides there is nothing else to be done but to sneak out of her grandmother’s care one evening and consult the local vampire – at least, according to the town rumor, he’s a vampire. When Gale arrives at Alexander Claiborne’s house, she asks him “if this is where the vampire lives?” This is how Alexander ends up at the hospital and saves Kara’s life. I won’t tell you how; you will have to read the book to find out.

After Alexander helps to save Kara’s life, he finds himself relentlessly attracted to her. While Kara is in the hospital, Alexander shows up on a nightly basis to visit her and they soon become friends. After Kara is released from the hospital, their romance begins to blossom.

Unfortunately, shortly after her strange and miraculous recovery, Kara is sought after for tests by the doctors, which adds to the conflict of the story. Alexander and Kara are thrown together in a common goal, which is to keep out of the clutches of one “Mad Doctor” aka Dr. Barrett. I found this part of the story irritating; getting caught by this Doctor once, MAYBE, but twice was unbelievable. However, at this point of the story, I was too caught up in the romance part to stop reading.

If you are up for a different kind of romance to read that has a definite happy ending, then this may be the book for you. As always, happy reading!

Reviewed in May 2002 by Wendy.

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