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Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2010

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Book 2 of 3 in the Bayou Gavotte Series

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5*****Stars. Ophelia Beliveau lives in Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, where she owns a landscaping business. Ophelia is also a vampire like her sister, Violet. When Ophelia was twelve years old, the vampire gene took hold and her fangs burst out. Only those with the gene turn into vampires. She has no problem with the sun, she eats food, although her steaks are pretty much raw, and she does not require a lot of blood. She does not live longer than anyone else and she can have children. Not your run of the mill vampire. As a vampire, Ophelia is irresistible to men, and she has the power to get them to do what she wants. But, someone is destroying her garden and the plants she needs for customers, in addition to hanging a dead cat outside her door. Ophelia calls the police department and when detective Gideon O'Toole arrives to investigate, life as she knows it is about to change. There is an instant attraction between the two, but is it her allure or is it an honest attraction? Ophelia finds it hard to trust men since they either can't stay away from her, or when they discover she is a vampire they run screaming. So she is convinced that she must stay away from Gideon before he finds out what she really is and turns against her. Bayou Gavotte, is a small town where most anything goes, kinky clubs, and criminals who work along with the police keeping the peace. When Gideon insists on protecting Ophelia she does everything in her power to push him away, only her garden being destroyed is the least of her problems. People are being blackmailed, and one of them is Gideon's own sister, Artemisia. Then people are murdered, and all evidence points to Ophelia. Someone is out to ruin Ophelia, but who and why? Gideon is not about to let Ophelia go to jail, and with help from his criminal friends he sets out to prove her innocence. While Gideon investigates the murders he falls more and more for Ophelia, and the feeling is mutual but can she let her guard down and accept him? There are a lot of twists and turns in this book and I did not figure out who the culprit was until almost the end. This was a book so different from the usual vampire stories, it was actually more a murder mystery than anything else. It held my interest from the very beginning to the end and I can't wait to start the next Bayou Gavotte book. If mystery, murder, romance and vampires are your cup of tea then drink up, because this is the book for you. “-Linda Tonis, Paranormal Romance Guild online, November 2012

About the Author

Barbara Monajem grew up on the west coast of Canada, spent a few years in England and Montreal, then finally settled in Georgia. The nearness of Louisiana had her spending a lot of time in New Orleans, which inspired the setting of her Bayou-Gavotte novels. This is Ms. Monajem's fourth title with Dorchester.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505528258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505528254
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,974,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Holt Medallion, Maggie, Daphne du Maurier, Reviewer's Choice and Epic awards, Barbara Monajem wrote her first story at eight years old about apple tree gnomes. She published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young. When they grew up, she turned to writing for adults, first the Bayou Gavotte paranormal mysteries and then Regency romances with intrepid heroines and long-suffering heroes (or vice versa). Some of her Regencies have magic in them and some don't (except for the magic of love, which is in every story she writes).

Barbara loves to cook, especially soups, and is an avid reader. There are only two items on her bucket list: to make asparagus pudding and succeed at knitting socks. She'll manage the first but doubts she'll ever accomplish the second. This is not a bid for immortality but merely the dismal truth. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By AyJay on May 19, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm still saddened by the quality decline in the Southern Vampire Mysteries [aka True Blood] book series, so when I read the description for SUNRISE IN A GARDEN OF LOVE AND EVIL I thought that the hole in my heart about to be filled in. But was it?


Lets start with the biggest annoyance; Ophelia is bitchy and tantrum-prone, even though the other characters constantly tell me what a kind-hearted and gentle, peace loving delight she is. She's the most hideous character I've come across in recent memory, so I actually began skimming the scenes which featured her. I'm not exaggerating, these are the first words that she says to the hero: "Who the the hell are you?"... Rude, but not so bad. But this scene takes place minutes after she calls the police to report that someone has just vandalised her garden, and he is the officer who turns up in response. And she is brandishing a shotgun at him. Then just a few pages later she's merrily accusing him of being corrupt, ordering him to do certain tasks whilst he processes the scene, then sending him away because she can't be bothered to answer simple questions. Allow me to repeat myself; he is a police officer, responding to a call that SHE placed to help her.

Another big problem for me is that a big deal is made over how much Ophelia hates being a vampire. She hasn't drank blood from a human for over two years, because of a mysterious Past Trauma. But blood-drinking isn't actually the worst thing about being a vampire for her, the biggest trauma for her is actually that she has a strong allure, to help draw in her dinner. I could understand how that may not be pleasant to draw desire from every Tom, Dick and Harry - what if they were married, a childhood friend or something?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch on April 10, 2010
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Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, is much like any other town. However, there a re a few residents who have a gene that has caused them to sprout fangs during puberty. Ophelia Beliveau is one of those vampires. After years of having to deal with guys who are irresistibly drawn to her, due to her allure, and being constantly stalked by those who believe they cannot survive without her, Ophelia has kept her distance from me. However, her self-imposed exile must end when a neighbor vandalizes her precious garden. Normally Ophelia would deal with the problem herself or call upon the aid of the underworlders who often acted as protectors. But this time Ophelia simply calls the cops.

When Gideon O'Toole arrives to deal with the destroyed garden, he is also on his cellular phone trying to convince his sister to have her friend come forward to report that someone is blackmailing her. In fact, blackmail has been spreading all over town, but no one will step forward. Therefore, the police can do nothing. Gideon is drawn to Ophelia immediately - of course. Yet his will is strong enough for him to keep a polite distance and not act like all the other men have. That did not mean he wasn't going to try his best to get the lady to date him - and hopefully more. Soon dead bodies start showing up and someone is trying to frame Ophelia for a rash of crimes. If Gideon cannot clear Ophelia and arrest the real villain quickly, he has no doubt that one of the town's vigilantes will kill him for the failure.

***** FIVE STARS! Definitely one of the best paranormal romances I have read this year. Author Barbara Monajem has made an instant fan out of me. The story grabbed me immediately and never let go. I admit that I did not even try to resist its pull either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Lauder on September 24, 2011
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While reading this book I found myself thinking "and now this happens" and to my amazement, what I predicted didn't happen. This was a nice change to a lot of the paranormal romances out there. The characters, while at some point I found a few of them acting oddly "unrealistic" (if you will) but nothing that really took away from the story or characterization. Explanations behind the plot, her explanations of vampirism in this world, the mysteries of Ophelia were all clearly explained (even if eventually).
This being a vampire romance novel, I will say that I was relieved when Gideon and Ophelia had more going on between the two of them than their wild love making sessions, they had their own lives and personalities outside of each other, which gave them a lot of depth. The conclusion of the book ended with the conclusion of the actual plot, which was more than just Gideon and Ophelia getting together, which was also a nice change.
Barbara's made an instant fan out of me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Geek on March 27, 2013
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I enjoy books with a paranormal twist. This book only had enough plot to be a short story. Holes in the plot, poor exploration of background information of the author's ideas for a different vampire accepting world, and flimsy characters were covered up with lots of sex banter. This twist on a vampire world could have been so much more. Using sex to cover up lack of story and add pages to extend a story into a book are a waste of my time. Life is just too short and there are so many good books to read, I am sorry I purchased this Kindle "book".
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