Hot author Ivy (aka
historical author Deborah Raleigh) bursts onto the paranormal scene, and her vampire trilogy launch is not to be missed.
A big plus in this novel are the excellent characters, which help build a believable world with paranormal
elements and a highly passionate romance. Vivid secondary characters help set the stage and anticipation
level for further chapters. Ivy is definitely an author with huge potential
in the paranormal genre.

Her rent is the only reason Abby Barlow continues working for the autocratic Selena LaSalle. As if that weren't bad enough, she's disgusted to find herself attracted to the mysterious and irritating Dante, a man she assumes is Selena's boy toy. But Abby has no idea that Dante is a vampire forced by an ancient spell into protecting the woman/"chalice" that carries the light-filled entity known as the Phoenix.

An explosion at Selena's mansion kills her, but before she dies, she touches Abby -- passing the Phoenix on to her. Now Dante must both protect Abby and explain the facts of her new existence, wherein much of the demon world will now be stalking her. While not thrilled with her new circumstances, Abby realizes she must adjust or die. But can she trust Dante not only with her life but also with her heart? (ZEBRA, Jan., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith