Fans of this brilliant series know vampires have met their match in Venator leader Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy and that they're in for a thrilling ride. Gleason draws you into the dark, sensual realm where the lines between good and evil, love and hate blur. Allow yourself to be seduced by the dark side.

Victoria comes home after surviving an attack by the deadly vampire Beauregard while she had been hunting a powerful enemy. She has little time to worry if she's been tainted by Beauregard's blood before a woman is attacked by a vampire in broad daylight.

It's clear someone has found the formula for a potion that allows vampires to live undetected in the sunlight. Victoria is on the hunt along with her longtime friends and sometimes lovers, Sebastian and Max. Unfortunately, clues point to her as the killer. Other suspects include her deceased husband's American heir, an Italian opera singer and her lover, and even a member of the royal family. Pulled toward an inevitable confrontation with the vampire, Victoria must face her personal demons before the Prince Regent's coronation. (Signet Eclipse, Aug., 368 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin