by Rosemary Laurey

July 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7663-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

After reading the first two books in this series, I was happy to find that Rosemary Laurey had written a third book, Be Mine Forever featuring Tom Kyd and Angela Ryan, an amnesia victim. I had quite a few disappointments with this book, unfortunately.

The story begins without prelude, introducing readers to the young woman who will become Angela, but without any clue that is what is going on. After we are brought up to speed with the attack that took away her memory, and that of her friend, Jane (Heather), then it is assumed that we have read the other stories because there is only a bare minimum of background information. Even I was confused at times.

Tom and Angela have a stormy relationship, and the more-experienced vampire wants to keep her nearby. When her memory starts to return in bits, she is eager to follow the clues, but Tom is reluctant. When he finally agrees to help her, you can almost see the eye-rolling, head-patting attitude. Since they were already a couple at the start of the book, the additional romance is almost anti-climatic.

Equally disappointing is the way that the evil vampire is vanquished. The ending seemed rushed as everything was resolved in a finger-snapping moment. The love scenes are still steamy, as one would expect from Ms. Laurey, and the characterization is quite good. It was also nice to see how the other couples have been adjusting to their new lives together.

Unfortunately, the minuses outweigh the pluses, and this book is a mere shadow of itís predecessors.

Reviewed in August 2005 by Paula.

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