This trilogy-ender continues the Texas vampire theme with sections of tense action and beautiful prose. Some may find early scene changes abrupt, but the heart of the story -- the relationship between Ethan and Stephanie -- eventually takes hold and satisfies.

Women are turning up dead all over Texas, and Stephanie (aka Steve), a Texas Ranger, is charged with finding the person responsible. Unfortunately, Steve recognizes the bite marks on the victims' necks. Only one person can inflict those wounds -- her longtime lover, Ethan Templeton.

Ethan, charged with protecting Texas from harm, must work with his love to protect her from the danger invading his state. The best way to protect her is to make her a vampire, but to do so will ensure his death. Will he risk his own life to save hers? (Berkely Sensation, Oct., 336 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Annette Elton