Garnet Lacey is pushing thirty, and while she's like to leave her magic past behind, she's finding it extremely difficult, what with an inner goddess name Lilith controlling her powers. Besides, disposing of all things magical isn't the easiest task when you're the manager of Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore, and are around all things magic 24/7, including customers. Which is where Sebastian Von Traum - a gorgeous guy in leather and denim, sporting an Austrian accent - enters the picture. Garnet is immediately attracted to the piece of unadulterated hotness, but when she realizes that he's missing one very important thing: an aura, she knows that he's ultimately part of a different world. Meaning, he's dead. Which is definitely trouble. But Garnet knows what she likes, and she's automatically sucked in to the trouble written all over Sebastian. And now, as much as she'd like to escape it, Garnet - along with Sebastian - are being chased by the Vatican witch hunters. The same Vatican witch hunters who killed Garnet's coven months ago, and who she's been hiding out from ever since that fateful day. As if dealing with one vamp - Sebastian - weren't difficult enough, Garnet's ex Parrish has dragged himself out of his coffin, and is hanging around, looking to get some action - of the blood-sucking variety - from anyone willing; and Sebastian's ex is squirming in her grave, in limbo between life and death. Now, Garnet is on the run, hiding by daylight, and running when darkness falls, in an attempt to protect herself - and her friends - from an untimely death.
I will admit that I was originally attracted to this book solely by the cover. However, upon reading the first few pages, I was hooked on the mystery and supernatural aura that lingered around both Garnet Lacey, and her many...freaky friends. Tate Hallaway has entered the paranormal/supernatural/vampire romance genre with a bang, and brought along a crew of wicked cool pals who will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. Her descriptions of vampiric exchanges leave you cringing, and grabbing your jugular; while the romance never dies, living on in each page. An engrossing addition to the genre that will keep you reading long into the night.
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper