Vampire Beatrix Lisse may be one of the last of her kind to be born and not made. When she was a teenager just coming into her blood need, Beatrix was taken in by an ancient vampire. At that time, she was also introduced to a young made vampire named Asharti. Although they were raised together, they wound up taking very different paths: Beatrix learned to live in human society, but Asharti took a darker, more evil path.

John Staunton, the Earl of Langley, is a spy for England in the year 1811. In between his missions, he's invited to one of Beatrix's social gatherings. Despite his distrust of women, John is fascinated by the beautiful Beatrix. For Beatrix, John is the first man to tempt her sexually in 600 years.

Both are keeping deep secrets about their true natures, but neither realizes that Beatrix's old nemesis Asharti is about to resurface in Bonaparte's France. Asharti's twisted sexual nature combines blood, sex and torture; John won't stand a chance if he falls into her clutches.

In this prequel to last year's The Companion, Squires continues to explore the darkly dangerous and erotic world of vampires. Not for the faint of heart, this is a violent, intensely graphic, extremely sexual and utterly gripping novel. SENSUAL (Oct. 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith