Billed as an erotic prequel to author Andrea Cremer’s popular Nightshade series, this novel is actually a competent, well-written, somewhat hot paranormal romance. Unfortunately, as erotica, it fails. Sex between the characters takes nearly 200 pages to occur and, even then, there is no central theme of the sexual relationship in the book. The sex scenes will seem too short, too tame and too derivative to fans of erotic romance. Overall, this seems like a good book shoehorned into the wrong genre.