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Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil by Barbara Monajem


Cover art: Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil Reviewer: Jillean Key
Title: Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil
Author: Barbara Monajem
Publisher: Dorchester
ISBN-13: 978-0-505-52825-4
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day Bayou Gavotte, LA
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Barbara's Website/Blog: www.barbaramonajem.com

Ophelia Beliveau has a rare genetic condition that as soon as she hits puberty she sprouts fangs. Her effect on boys was dangerous. Being a vampire she has an allure that makes boys become infatuated with her. Ophelia has decided to forgo men altogether in order to avoid this problem. Her exile must end though because she is beginning to lose her control over her instinctual cravings. Now Ophelia has an added problem. Her garden has been destroyed. The only possible suspect is her drug-induced neighbor. Being that she is a vampire, she must control her temper. Therefore, she calls the local cops to help her.

Gideon O’Toole is a detective on the local police force assigned to Ms. Beliveau’s case. He thinks it will be a simple vandalism case but he isn’t anticipating the allure of Ophelia. The attraction between them is instant but she has sworn off men including him. When Ophelia finds out that she is at the heart of a web of blackmail and murder, she must learn to ignore her past and trust in Gideon and her feelings for him.

I will have to say anytime I get a vampire book I feel like it is Christmas. I happen to be a bit obsessive about them and was so excited to start reading this one. I am amazed at authors who can take the classic vampire and find new ways to integrate them in modern culture. Ophelia is a vampire, not because she has been bitten but because she has a rare genetic disposition to become one. Ophelia is a sassy, no holds barred vampire who is just trying to make it in the world. The addition of Gideon in the picture is a wonderful distraction for her and ultimately her saving grace. This is a wonderful addition to anyone’s vampire collection.


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