Ashley writes standard vampire fare, that, although the story and characters are far from innovative, will satiate die-hard fans of the genre. Falco's character is completely silly and over-the-top, but Ashley does a nice job creating real emotions between her couples.

It's not a good time to be a redhead living in the sleepy town of Pear Blossom Creek. Ever since a dashing stranger started showing up at waitress Victoria Cavendish's diner, two women have been murdered -- their bodies unmarked, yet their blood completely drained. Vampire hunter Tom Duncan wonders if it's possible that creature of the night Dimitri Falco, reputed to be dead, is again thriving and killing.

Victoria finds an unlikely champion in vampire Antonio Battista after discovering that she is Falco's latest target. They have instant chemistry and, in the midst of fighting for their lives, fall in love.

(Feb., 384 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Lauren Spielberg