This dark and dangerous chapter of the Vampire Queen series will hold you in thrall. It's the fifth book but it can be read as a stand-alone. A well-layered plot with complex relationships ends with a satisfying conclusion that begs for a follow up. Keep a fan and a glass of ice water handy, this one will raise your temperature.

Gideon Green kills the vampires his brother identifies. But Jacob is a vampire himself, thanks to Lady Lyssa, Queen of the Far East Clan. Gideon can't kill his own brother, and pent-up aggression is taking its toll. He goes to an exclusive BDSM club seeking an outlet and has an immediate connection with the owner, Mistress Anwyn. But she has a silent partner, a vampire, Daegan Rei. Anwyn is attacked and turned by a rogue vampire and Gideon must join with Daegan to protect her. (HEAT, May, 400 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed by: 
Gail Pruszkowski