Book two in Smith's Bound by Blood series is more escapist fun, courtesy of her cast of brooding vampire heroes. This time around the villain makes up for a lack of supernatural abilities by upping the creep factor exponentially. Although the heroine is finely portrayed, Hope is often made to play the victim. It would have been nice to see her fend for herself in addition to being rescued by her handsome vampire beau.

When she was a little girl, Hope was saved from attackers by vampire Miles Dunbar. Miles erased her memory of the incident, leaving her with only flashes of that terrifying night. As he watches her turn into a grown woman, Miles finds his feelings for her have turned amorous, even though Hope has no idea who (or what) he is.

When they finally meet, there's no doubting the connection. But Hope isn't sure what to make of the man she's literally seen in her dreams. Can Miles convince her they're meant to be, and keep her safe? (WILD ROSE, Apr., 292 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Lauren Spielberg