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Monday, March 8, 2010

In the Dark by PG Forte

In the Dark by PG Forte
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Holiday
Length: Full (225 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Holly

When you live forever, you’re bound to make a few mistakes.

Children of Night, Book 1

1969 San Francisco. World-weary Conrad Quintano should have known better than to fall in love with a human—much less Suzanne Fischer, the barely legal, adventure-seeking hippie beauty known as Desert Rose. And the very last thing he should have agreed to do was to raise her babies and protect them with his life. But even twelve-hundred-year-old master vampires can find it hard to reject a deathbed request—especially when issues of love, guilt and blood are involved.

Present day. Raised in virtual isolation, twins Marc and Julie Fischer have always known they are vampires. But they never knew their parentage—or their unique status in the vampire world—until their “uncle” Damian comes to fetch them home. The family reunion, however, isn’t what they expect. They’re thrust into a world for which they’re totally unprepared. And the father they expected to see, Conrad, is missing.

How to find him…and whom to trust? Solving the mystery of betrayal and vampire family values will prove the Beatles had it right. All you need is love…and an occasional side of blood.

In the Dark is a love story in its own right. The way it's told, in flashback episodes, is a very interesting experience. Conrad and Desert Rose’s story is one of passion, love, and secrets. Conrad is a strong and complex character, with a history as varied as the lovers he’s had. Damian and Armand have both held places in his life, but for various reasons, are now just his friends, his comrades. Desert Rose is a survivor, one step away from homeless and lost. When she realizes the only hope for her children is Conrad, she turns to him for help. Conrad gives his word to Desert Rose as she lies dying that he will protect them.

I loved these glimpses into the past, with a gentler, less cynical Conrad. But Conrad can be cold and unfeeling, and that is what finally drives Desert Rose away. That, and the discovery of his true nature as vampire. As a matter of fact, we don’t meet Conrad in the modern day world until late in the story. Most of what we see of him is through the flashes of the past and his time with Desert Rose. He experiences Christmas through her eyes and falls all the harder. The research into the time period brought back pleasant memories for me, a child of those times. I loved the rich detail included in this story, and in the way it was told.

This is a truly romantic story, but not for everyone. But if you are willing to take the trip back and forth in time, you will find a different kind of happy ending to a story.