Ophelia Beliveau, a landscaper in the sleepy Louisiana town of Bayou Gavotte outside New Orleans, arrives home from work one day to find her garden trashed. Furious at her no-account neighbor whom she blames for the violation, she calls the police, hoping to give him a scare. Instead of a “normal” police officer, she gets ace detective Gideon O’Toole, who immediately sees there’s more to the incident than just a squabble between neighbors. Especially when Ophelia meets him brandishing a double-barreled shotgun and an indescribable…allure.
Gideon can’t leave well enough alone, no matter how much Ophelia protests. There’s something about her he finds downright irresistible – in a supernatural sort of way. What is it about this woman that makes him want to jump into bed with her? But Gideon is a realist. His own dispatcher calls him obnoxious and arrogant, and he isn’t interested in a personal relationship with a woman – with women, he’s only good in bed. Yet around Ophelia, he feels more than normal lust. He feels uncharacteristically disconcerted, disturbed, and full of almost uncontrollable desire. Concern for her as well as that need keeps him coming back. He’ll find out what she’s hiding if it’s the last thing he does.
Did I say Bayou Gavotte was a sleepy Louisiana town? Well, except for the vampire clubs and the two underworld-slash-rocker types who are Ophelia’s self appointed protectors – one them who is suspected of murder. Oh, and that vampire gene…
When Ophelia and Gideon are together, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Is it chemistry? Love? Or just that vampire gene? I forgot to mention, Ophelia is a vampire. One who every so often must have blood and/or sex. She hasn’t had either in a long time. The mystery behind that is a deep, disturbing secret that haunts her.
But Gideon isn’t the only one who can’t keep his hands off Ophelia. That pesky vampire gene gives every man in town the hots for her. She has to fight them off with fists, kicks, and even a whip from the local fetish club. What’s a poor vampire woman to do? All she really wants is to be normal and tend to her plants. And for Gideon to like her, even with her fangs.
With its cast of wild characters, Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil is a fun read with plenty of mystery to keep you turning pages. Who hung a dead cat on Ophelia’s front door? Who took pictures of the neighbor’s kids and said Ophelia did it? Who is blackmailing Gideon’s sister?
And most important, what horrible thing happened to Ophelia’s last lover that makes her so afraid of giving in to her desire for Gideon?