An interesting and intriguing addition to Sparks’ vampire series adds angels and demons to the mix. The continuing characters‘ stories are well integrated into a new romance and the fight against the familiar villains brings an end to some characters who will be missed and others it’s a relief to see the last of.

At almost 500, vampire Connor Buchanan is heading for a mid-life crisis. His job as bodyguard to the Draganesti family gives him purpose. He considers himself a cold-hearted old bastard, and since the cure for that seems to be getting happily married, he plans on staying the way he is. That is, until he rescues Marielle, an angel banished for disobedience, condemned to mortality, who accidentally causes the death of one under Connor’s protection. While Connor and Father Andrew believe Marielle can help the good vamps, not everyone agrees. As for Marielle, she’s falling in love with Connor, though she still wants to earn her way back to heaven — doesn’t she? (AVON, Apr., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley