Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt
Newlywed vampires Sarah and Thierry de Bennicoeur have their whole undead lives ahead of them. And with Thierry’s job as a consultant for the Ring sending them across the globe to solve one vampire crisis after another, eternity may never have a dull moment.
Sarah was hoping the honeymoon would literally last forever, but when Thierry receives a mysterious invitation to an auction held in an old Beverly Hills mansion, it’s clearly time to get back to work. Thierry hopes to win a powerful amulet containing a wish-granting djinn that has eluded him for centuries. Unfortunately, Atticus Kincade, head of the vampire council, also has his eye on the item.
When the auction’s host reveals his unpleasant history with Thierry, and Sarah discovers a talking head in the freezer, things get even weirder than usual. But when the amulet goes missing, and everyone is suddenly trapped inside the mansion, the undead guests find themselves in mortal danger—and Sarah had better be careful what she wishes for.
I had not read the first 2 in this series and have to say I do not think you have to in order to enjoy this book. Sarah (Dearly) de Bennicoeur is still a very young and impulsive vampire. Newly married and just back from her honeymoon, she hopes to settle in to bliss with her husband Thierry de Bennicoeur. Even as he works as a consultant for the Ring, she believes they can enjoy their new life without too many adventures. She is about to be disappointed.
The happy couple is sent an invitation to attend an auction that may include the Jacquerra Amulet. This amulet contains a genie and could be used for all sorts of murderous and evil intent. Thierry has been asked to get it and keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Events get hectic when the 600 year old master vampire is faced with his past. And not just his ex wife Veronique who is not Sarah’s favorite person.
The setting is a great and gothic Beverly Hills mansion; no one knows who the owner is and what is ahead during this long night. Surprise characters include the genie, an unattached head, a werewolf servant, a witch and the long lost Sebastian who was sired by Thierry. All the action takes place in one night, starting at midnight and must be completed before dawn.
The characters are engaging and diverse. The settling is intriguing and large enough to hold all the action. The storyline is fun and keeps you guessing. Subplots include trust issues for Sarah and Thierry, the past of several characters, genies, witches and more. This installment leaves things open for more in the series.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the vampire genre for sure. I am not one of those and I still really enjoyed it. The action was fast paced and not frivolous. Everything had a reason and a purpose. Ms. Rowen’s writing style is fast paced yet easy to read and enjoy. I would say that those who enjoy a good mystery, yet are not into the vampire scene could still appreciate this book.