Rice's villain becomes the hero in a story that has complex and multilayered characters who are at times
ruthless, noble, strong and vulnerable.
One hopes the few loose ends that aren't resolved means a sequel is in
the works, but the core of the story -- the relationship between Drake and Grace -- shines.
When Drake's enemies try to use Grace to take him out, Drake resorts to drastic measures to secure their future. In each other, Grace and Drake discover a dangerous passion that will forever change their lives. (AVON RED, Aug., 320 pp., $13.99)