The second in Ward’s series about a vampire brotherhood, this novel explores the mutual attraction between one of the brotherhood and (gasp!) a human. But this vampire has baggage of his own – he turns into a raging beast under pressure. And to Ward’s great credit, his human love is not a hot young thing, but an average-looking 30something, worried about a return bout with cancer. Freed from a need for exposition, Ward’s writing can now encompass multiple subplots, some of which have their own romantic trials, and some of which feature the Brotherhood’s mortal enemies, the Lesser. A page-turner.