Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Taken by the Night by Kathryn Smith

Taken by the Night
Brotherhood of Blood, Book 3
Kathryn Smith
Avon Books – Harper Collins
November 1, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-06-124502-2

It’s been ten years since Jack the Ripper terrorized London, and the Maison Rouge has just lost two of it’s prostitutes to a murderer who’s killing women in a similar manner. The house is in mourning when Saint arrives to see Madeline, the Madam of Maison Rouge, and her daughter Ivy is determined to find the killer. Ivy has grown into a beautiful woman since the last time Saint saw her, and being raised to think that her father cast them aside has given her reason not to believe in love.

Saint is a centuries old vampire and able to gather information with little interference. Ivy wants the impossible, to be by his side for every step of the investigation. It’s not long before Saint fears that Ivy herself may be a target for the killer. The murdered women all have something in common, something Ivy is a part of as well, but finding the link that connects them isn’t quite as easy as they thought. As each day passes Saint grows closer to Ivy and finds his possessive nature emerging. That’s a dangerous place for Saint to be, but future plans will have to wait because they’re all in danger until the madman is apprehended.

Taken by the Night is the third installment in the Brotherhood of Blood series. Ivy has little reason to fall in love and tries desperately to hang on to her convictions, but Saint is no mere mortal and soon has Ivy’s carefully constructed walls crumbling. With a great blending of mystery and paranormal, Ms. Smith creates an intriguing historical romance full of dangerous action and sizzling passion. Taken by the Night can be read as a stand-alone story, but readers would most likely have the benefit of more character history by reading the previous books.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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