Randall grabs you by the throat and never lets go with this emotional, powerful blend of a rich gothic and a chilling vampire novel. The images she creates are gripping as the characters struggle with good and evil. Seldom does a book leave you holding your breath to the very end the way this one does. It's a true masterpiece of the genre.

Every midnight the soul-stealing demon known as the Phantom struggles to take over Dax's body and mind. There are times when he can partially fight off the power of the curse, killing the riders who use him for their evil work. The thunder of their hooves reminds him that those he loves are never safe and that though he's a successful smuggler he can never marry nor love the woman of his dreams.

As a child Robyn vowed to love Dax forever; as a healer she knew he needed her powers. They were separated, and now that they have found one another again, Dax fears the demon within wants her soul. He'll never allow Robyn's goodness to be destroyed, but a previously unrealized enemy used her as a pawn to draw Dax out. Only by going through the fire can he save Robyn and perhaps himself. (Love Spell, Jun., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin