The second novel in Shannon Drakes new vampire series is even better than the first. WHEN DARKNESS FALLS supplies all the elements of romance, danger and the paranormal that readers crave.

During a visit to Scotland, writer Jade MacGregor was with a tour group that was savagely attacked in a cemetery. Out of the group there were only six survivors. A year later, Jade still has disturbing memories of the event, involving blood, death and a woman rising from the grave.

As the anniversary of the attack nears, Jade begins dreaming of a mesmerizing man. And news about satanic killings in NYC lead Jane to believe that the evil may have followed her across the ocean. When the dark man of her dreams appears in the flesh, Jade is unsure whether he is friend or foe. She suspects that he was in that graveyard in Scotland, and for some reason, had saved her life.

Believing that Jade might be the reincarnation of his long lost love, Lucian DeVeau, the King of the Vampires, had saved her from certain death. With the arrival of the ancient vampire Sophia deBruis and her henchman, he faces a deadly challenge to his authority. His bitter war with Sophia has lasted for centuries, but in this battle only one can survive.

(Oct., 448 pp, $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith