It's Lissianna Argeneau's birthday and her mother has a special surprise for her: She has brought her a man, tied to her bed, with a bow and everything.

But this man is not dinner, he's psychologist Gregory Hewitt, who is supposed to help Lissianna overcome her little problem with blood--the sight of it makes her faint. It was supposed to be simple. All he needed to do was cure her phobia, have his memories rearranged and be sent back home.

The complications come when it's discovered that he tends to be very difficult to influence mentally ... and Lissianna is falling in love with him. Will he be willing to give up his normal life for her?

Though not as funny as the others, Sands' latest is still a wonderful addition to her vampire series. It is a well-done prequel, the heroine's problem is realistically depicted, the secondary characters are wonderful and the conversation is scintillating. (Nov., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley