Image of Nightshade (Berkley Sensation)


Image of Nightshade (Berkley Sensation)

Fans of Rowen’s Living in Eden series have enjoyed her sense of humor, and Nightshade is a bit of a departure for the author. Gone is the lighter side and the laugh-out-loud moments. What remains, though, is her ability to weave a gripping and original tale. This is an entertaining trip into government-sanctioned mad science and secret societies. If the hero had been a little bit more consistent — he shifts between jerk and confused martyr — readers would be better able to understand Jillian’s desire for him.

One bad day at a temp job turns Jillian Conrad’s life upside down. She’s held hostage, injected with a poison and kidnapped by a jerk, Declan Reyes. Now she’s on the run with him as he rushes to evade assassins and get her back to his dad’s laboratory. When they’re attacked it’s Jillian who saves the day. However, she also gives away Declan’s serum — the serum that keeps his vampire half from wanting to suck her dry. Yet she likes this almost-human Declan better. Declan hates vampires. Since adolescence he’s suppressed that side of himself. With the serum gone, Declan starts to question everything he once believed. When Jillian is forced to become an assassin, Declan must make a decision. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Feb., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Annette Elton