- 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: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,643,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2010
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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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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!
It's a little hard to classify this book. Yes, the main character Ophelia is a vampire - but that's just a word for a human with a genetic difference. She could go out in the day and wasn't affected by garlic or crosses. She was not evil or some super-hero. She was simply a woman; although men are irresistably attracted to her. So it's not urban fiction. There was a mystery (I guessed part-way through who the person was but had the reason all wrong). There was some romance. Definitely not enough romance to be considered paranormal romance. Some parts were very funny and others were action/scary. It was just a really interesting, strangely fascinating book.
I really cared about the characters - the cop, Gideon; his sister, Art; Ophelia's sister Violet and niece Zelda. The situations were interesting and several times I was surprised at the direction of where the story headed.
The book did have some flaws - skip the prologue (titled "Protection") as it is very confusing. I thought I was missing part of the book. The prologue is actually from a chapter part-way through the book. Also, Ophelia's niece Zelda was a little too mature and together for an "almost 13 year old". And Ophelia was a little to repetitive in trying to make Gideon stay away from her. However, these were minor quibbles.
Like a lot of the bargain books I've bought lately, it is as well written as a lot of the paperbacks I bought in the past. Are there formatting or grammar mistakes? Maybe, but I did not notice them while I was reading. And I have found plenty of those in paperbacks in the past.
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