THE REST FALLS AWAY
Gleason's first tale in her Gardella Vampire Chronicles concerns much more than a young lady's debut into London society. Instead of being on the prowl for a potential husband, Victoria
is trolling for vampires. Her bid to carry on an ancient family tradition is hilarious and fraught with danger and suspense. Although this particular tale doesn't have a traditional romantic ending, it's definitely worth reading.
Once her disbelief wears off, Victoria is thrilled to be one of the elite female vampire hunters in her family. But she soon finds that balancing her training and playing the part of a debutante can be wearing.
When she almost stakes a friend of her aunt's by mistake, she is appalled to discover that the arrogant Maximilan is to be her partner in crime. Max is incensed when Victoria marries a London lord, but he lends his support and, dare we hope, possible love when an ancient vampire turns Victoria's new bridegroom into a creature of terror. (Signet Eclipse, Jan., 368 pp., $6.99)