A lot of women suffer dates from hell, but for Toronto resident Sarah Dearly this one literally is a killer. Waking up after her blind date bit her, Sarah is infuriated to learn that Gordon decided to make her a vampire like himself. Unfortunately, Gordon doesn't get to explain the facts of Sarah's new life, because they are soon attacked by a weird group of vampire slayers. Sarah manages to flee and is rescued by handsome but suicidal ancient vampire Thierry de Bennicoeur.

With her "sire" dead, Sarah won't last long unless Thierry agrees to show her the ropes. Bored with life after 600 years, Thierry reluctantly agrees to help Sarah, but quickly realizes that this new vampire marches to her own drummer and doesn't take orders well. Sarah learns that a lot of what she thought she knew about vampires is myth, so she plans to try to resume her life -- until the nasty band of vampire slayers refuses to let her alone.

Droll wit and wacky humor meet vampire mythology in Rowen's fun and clever debut. One thing is certain, this novel is bound to appeal to those who like their romance a little offbeat and definitely humorous. Keep an eye on this new discovery! (Jan., 384 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith