Passionate Thirst

Cameron Dean, Author . Ballantine $6.99 (301p) ISBN 978-0-345-49253-1

In her debut paranormal romance, Dean strives for a mix of sensuality and action à la Laurell K. Hamilton, but the result more closely resembles a grown-up Buffy clone. That's not to say that her tale isn't entertaining. Indeed, Dean's silver stake–wielding vampire killer, Candace Steele, has chutzpah, a smart mouth and a major chip on her shoulder. As the reader learns through lengthy flashbacks, Candace fell hard for a sexy vamp named Ash. But after a too-hot encounter almost killed her, Candace vowed to shake off her vampire lover and reinvent herself in Vegas as a security guard with a dangerous hobby—beating bloodsuckers at their own game. She finds herself in over her head, however, when she's assigned to protect her casino's big-ticket draw, pop sensation Temptation McCoy. Guarding Temptation wouldn't be so bad—if she didn't have a powerful vampire for a manager. When headless bodies turn up, indicating a larger plot at play, Candace finds herself relying on Ash for help, and their sexual pyrotechnics—not the vamp-killing action, of which there is little—will quench the thirst of readers seeking steamy, albeit conventional paranormal fare. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/25/2006
Release date: 10/01/2006
Genre: Fiction
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 181 pages - 978-0-345-49523-5
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