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The second installment of the Immortalis saga, picks up after the Peregrinus clan has clashed with enemy vampire Callisto and the corrupt religious sect, the Acta Sanctorum. While hunting, heroine Alyssa encounters their enemy Santino, thought to be dead, and becomes haunted by visions of him. Despite her lover/maker Lysander's assurances, she can't shake the feeling that Santino has somehow survived. Her fears are soon realized, and Alyssa finds herself the protector of her mortal friend, Fallon, in a life or death struggle with the evil mastermind behind the Acta Sanctorum, Quentin. Alyssa then discovers that Quentin has been engaged in some not quite so saintly experiments involving vampire blood that has created an army of bloodthirsty zombies. Santino, distressed by his master's unholy army, joins forces with the Peregrinus clan and together they battle Quentin and his ghouls.
The character of Alyssa grows stronger in this installment. I admired her determination to help her friend, even against the wishes of her clan. It was good to see her stick to her guns and stand up to the formidable presence of Lysander for the first time, proving that despite her love for him she's no pushover. This book is a fast-paced, sexy and entertaining read, with generous helpings of action, blood, and romance. Alyssa gets to kick some serious [...], and she and Lysander dial up the sexual heat a few times. As with the first book in the series, I enjoyed the Vegas setting and how the author uses it in her story.