Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 1999)
Something powerful - and beyond reason - had brought Maggie and Sean together. Something that spoke of an interwoven past, and a passionate torment that began generations before under a blood red moon. For on the night, over a hundred years ago, disturbing events occurred within the Montgomery family, and now Maggie must begin a quest to find the one man whose love was pure enough to save her from the darkness within.
There are actually two stories told which starts with Magdalena in the 19th century and Maggie and Sean in the present story. I was swept back and forth between those two as they weaved a magical tale. Ms. Drake had me guessing what was going on for the bigger part of the novel and at the end left one thing in the dark that had me wandering.
What I absolutely loved was how I got drawn into New Orleans, the city speaks to the imagination with its smells, sounds and colorful inhabitants. The vampire world Shannon Drake creates has an almost classic feel to it with a love that was lost and found again and a history that slowly becomes revealed to the reader.Sean as a New Orleans cop knows he serves the law in a city that loves too sin but the murders he has to solve now are the most gruesome ever.
The mystery in this novel is written in a slow and enticing pace with surprising elements though I guess the bad guy wasn’t that very hard to uncover. The chemistry between Sean and Maggie sparkled and sizzled throughout the story, the plot was magnificently told and both made me turn page after page. For me all the elements came together in this novel making it a joy to read and once again brought me back to the roots of vampire stories.
This is a very promising opening in a series I think many will come to treasure!