by Robin T. Popp

September 2005
ISBN: 0-446-61626-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lanie Weber learns of her fatherís death and needs to fly to South America to identify his body. Ex-SEAL Mac Knight is the man hired to fly her to the Amazon and escort her to teh laboratory where her father had been working. When they arrive they find several dead men, and have no idea if the killer is still on the premises. Searching around outside, they come across a strange statue sitting in a cage. Letting her curiosity get the best of her, Lanie opens the cage and isnít prepared when it comes to life and moves to attack her. Mac pushes her away, and ends up badly hurt. Lanie is able to stop the creature and drag Mac out of the cage, but he is very seriously injured. As a volunteer firefighter she has some medical knowledge and does her best to treat him throughout the night.

When next she sees Mac, sheís shocked that heís so healthy after nearly dying on her the night before. Sheís not the only one shocked - he discovers the dowdy woman with thick glasses and drab clothes is actually stunning when sheís cleaned up. After reading her fatherís notes, Lanie tries to explain to Mac about the Chupacabra, and how she believes that her father isnít actually dead, but instead a vampire. He doesnít believe her at first, but then the evidence piles up and he canít ignore whatís right in front of his face, especially when he can feel changes in his own body.

The actions moves from the South American jungle to the streets of Washington D.C. Lanie and Mac, along with his friend Dirk, are on the hunt for a madman who is willing to kill anyone who gets in the way. At the same time, Macís not only fighting the new demands of his body, but also his feelings for Lanie.

A new twist makes this vampire story unique and I was thrilled to see that there will be a sequel staring Dirk as the main male character.

Reviewed in August 2005 by Jackie.

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