Ooooh la la! Victoria, the heroine, ends her period of mourning (for her deceased husband) in a spectacular scene featuring Sebastian, who is the most lust-worthy thing since Professor Snape, in my not so humble opinion. I’d even go so far as to say he’s stiff (oops) competition for Captain Jack Sparrow, and that’s saying a lot!
Anyway, mind out of the gutter…I enjoyed this book even more than Colleen’s first, The Rest Falls Away. It was more suspenseful, with bloodier vampire bites (and sexier, too…oops… slipped into the gutter again, sorry), lots of intrigue and a bit of sadness– Victoria endures a tragic loss. The setting, nineteenth-century Rome, was fantastic, with many little details that really set the mood.
Here’s an excerpt from Colleen’s website:
The sea of chanting, bright-eyed faces was at her eye level for only a moment before she was dragged to her feet. Victoria had an instant to grope for her vis before she swung out at the vampires who came at her.
She kicked and dodged and punched, had the satisfaction of meeting one of them in the face, and was reaching back to pull a stake from her hair when her arms were grabbed and pulled down to her sides. Dimly aware that it had taken two vampires, one at each arm, to do so, she ducked and tried to twist free.
The grip was too strong; she couldn’t break it. She couldn’t get to her stakes, her holy water, her crucifix … hands were on her everywhere, pulling at her dress, her arms, her legs, her breasts. She felt her head being jerked to one side by the hair, felt her coiffure loosen and her neck bare to the sweet-smelling room. The dull, pasty smell of blood on the breath of the vampire nearest her filled her nose, pushing away even the hypnotic scent of the incense.
When his teeth sank into her neck it was almost a relief.
Yeah, baby! Vampire bites…woohoo!