BORN TO BITE
These three vampire tales from a trio of talented authors attempt to offer true bite, but somehow only draw a bit of blood. Typical plots, two-dimensional characters and predictable themes add up to not much more than a nibble.
Howell offers up another tale of the MacNachtons in “Dark Secret.” Murdina Dunbar is looking for her cousin Adeline. Gillanders is looking into the deaths and disappearance of many of his kin. There is something about Murdina that intrigues him, but he must be careful because of family secrets. In Cosby’s “Highland Vampire,” Rowan finds Laird of the Highland Vampire Coven Aedan MacGregor unconscious in a stone circle, and something makes her save him. Their attraction is immediate — but Rowan is a human, and bringing her to his family could be deadly. In Ridley’s “Never Been Bitten,” Elspeth Ramsay knows little about her past when she meets Martainn Macane, who turns out to be the man of her dreams. Will she be able to forgive her mother for not telling her that she is part vampire and will she and Martainn be able to find happiness? (KENSINGTON, Sep., 304 pp. $15.00)