Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Review: Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil
Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, has a post office, a city hall, and an active PTA. It has magnolias and passion vine. It also has fetish clubs. And vampires.
A flowering hunger....and a taste of violence to come
Being irresistible sucks. Ophelia Beliveau learned that at puberty. When her friends developed breasts, she sprouted fangs as well. The effect on boys was even more dangerous.
Ophelia's peril has only increased. As a woman, there's been only one solution. But she can't avoid men forever. Solitude satisfies no craving, and now her self-imposed exile must end. A vandal has destroyed her garden. A web of blackmail and murder is being woven across town, with her at its heart. And then there's Gideon O'Toole, a detective sworn to uncover more secrets than she thirsts to bare....
Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil was an okay read. :)
Ophelia was born a vampire due to a genetic mutation. In her world the only difference between human and vampire are a pair of fangs, a need for blood and an almost irresistible allure.
Due to this allure - Ophelia tries her best to stay away from men. She lives alone on a pretty good sized parcel of land where she has her garden and the supplies she needs to operate her landscaping business.
When Ophelia comes home to a torn up garden she thinks enough is enough and calls in the police - hoping the sight of a squad car in her yard will scare the vandal into staying at his own place and leave Ophelia alone. Instead of a squad car Ophelia gets Detective Gideon O'Toole and things spiral out of Ophelia's control pretty quickly.
What follows is more vandalism, blackmail and murder - and Ophelia is right in the middle of it all.
Even though the spine on this book says paranormal romance - it is a whodunnit with paranormal elements - because some of the players are vampires. Walking in the sun, baking cookies, planting flowers vampires - but vampires none the less.
I give Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil 3 out of 5 stars.