A solid addition to the Argeneau saga, Sands’ latest showcases great new characters and provides a pleasant re-acquaintance with previous ones. But the thoughtlessness of the main characters, who coldly refer to the young sick child as “the girl,” is a little disturbing.

Widower Paul Jones’s five-year-old daughter, Livy, is dying. Paul works for Argeneau Enterprises and is one of the few mortals who knows their secrets. Desperate to save Livy, he kidnaps powerful vampire Jeanne Louise Argeneau. Waking up in chains doesn’t worry Jeanne, until she realizes she cannot control Paul mentally. This may mean Paul is her destined life mate, but Jeanne understands that he may only agree to be turned so he can “save” Livy — by making her a vampire, too. Though Jeanne soon makes it clear she will stay with them willingly, the kidnapping sets the immortal Enforcers on their trail, sending them fleeing and placing Paul’s life in danger. (AVON, Aug., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley