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Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil

(Bayou Gavotte #2)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  51 reviews
A flowering hunger...
And a taste of violence to come...

Being irresistible sucks. Ophelia Beliveau learned that at puberty. When her friends developed breasts, she sprouted fangs as well. The effect on boys was even more dangerous.

Ophelia's peril has only increased. As a woman, there's been only one solution. But she can't avoid men forever. Solitude satisfies no craving, a
Paperback, 317 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Love Spell
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Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
This new book would be good for anyone who likes the sookie stackhouse series. Ophelia is a born vampire living in the south trying to make a living landscaping and keeping the allure sick men off of her teeth.
Ophelia and the other characters you meet are very likable, even when Ophelia is a prickly as a porcupine. So when your taking a break from sookie sit down and sunrise in a garden of love and evil a try. You'll finish it quickly just to see how it ends.
I've already said this a few times, but I'm still saddened by the quality decline in the Southern Vampire Mysteries [aka True Blood] book series. So when I read the description for SUNRISE IN A GARDEN OF LOVE AND EVIL I thought that the hole in my heart about to be filled in, with a new hit of vampires, sex and murder. But was it?

Lets start with the biggest annoyance; Ophelia is bitchy and tantrum-prone, even though the other characters constantly tell me what a kind-hearted and gentle, peace l
I hate rating books lowly because I root for authors but this book was bizarre and not in a good way. I kept feeling that there were details we as readers would have benefited from yet she was giving us a lot of things we didn't need to know in other ways. Yes, living in such a small town should have gauranteed that the protagonist had met the LI in some way. Also what is up with the protagonist saying to herself near the end of the book something akin to, literally, "I want that garden! zomg!" ...more
A little choppy and disjointed, and the mystery story line ended up being a lot more interesting than the romance. Many people think romance novels are easy but they're not. Achieving a balance between creating two characters meant to be together, but held apart by some secret or conflict, is tougher than it looks, and I think Monajem might've made their attraction a little too much of a foregone conclusion, especially with everyone they know conspiring in its support. There are some great secon ...more
Ellis Vidler
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Monajem has a smooth, easy style that never distracts or jars. I like her writing and will look for more by her. I’m not a vampire fan, but I won this book so I wanted to read it. I’m really glad I did. Ophelia is a delightful character whom I enjoyed getting to know. I wish she lived nearby. She’s a lot of fun. I wouldn’t mind if Gideon lived next door either. This is just a fun and entertaining story. I expect more stories about the characters in this book—they’re too good to let disap ...more
Sharon Hamilton
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Don't know how anyone wouldn't love this book. Love the characters, the setting. You just want these two to get it on constantly there is so much sexual energy and tension. The plot was secondary to the relationship, which is what I always enjoy in a satisfying book. I love all the misunderstandings - the minefield that was the rocky start of a relationship that was going to bloom rockets, but they themselves couldn't see it. I will read everything she writes. My kind of voice!
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sunrise in the Garden of Good and Evil is a frolic in a zany town catering to vampire seeking tourists This small Louisiana township is not far from New Orleans, Anne Rice territory. As it turns out vampires do exist here, but for the most part keep it secret from normals.

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Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First let me say I'm not one for reading vampire novels but Barbara is a friend so I had to read it. I began reading for my friend but was quickly drawn into the story of Ophelia and Gideon. What a fun book! There is one particularly HOT scene between the two! Good storyline, interesting characters! I'm ready to be converted to vampire reading but only if Barbara is writing the books.
Sharon Hamilton
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the quirky characters Barbara Monajem creates. I read this book almost in one sitting and anxiously awaited her second I am reading now. The setting is as rich and textured as the characters. The fictional Bayou Gavotte makes a wonderful backdrop to this thriller, laced with humor. A truly delightful read. I'm properly fanged!
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Liked this first title - similar to Charlaine Harris, perhaps Kim Harrison in style. Plot moved nicely, with several touches of humor which made this an enjoyable book. Will be looking for the next one by this author...
Sabriyyah Kassebaum
Very unorganized

This book had me captured in the beginning but turned out to be a very erratic and juvenile piece of work. I couldn't stop reading because I hate not finishing a book but I kept rolling my eyes with every moronic interaction I had to read. Not recommended.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
read this down in playa del Carmen it was dumb she's a hitch he's idiot cop in a small town Louisiana her friends are self indulgent violent and trampy and she's stupid for a crime
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

It was an interesting story but overall just very confusing keeping up with everything and all the characters. I felt like maybe I missed a book at times.
Becky Darsey
Fast read of what I categorize as "garbage books" - not for you if you are looking for anything beyond mindless entertainment
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
SUNRISE IN A GARDEN OF LOVE AND EVIL is a rare read, only in this case it's not said in the most positive sense of the word. I do not often come by my five star reads but neither do I encounter the two star reads very often. Unfortunately this novel was the latter for me, one of those rare reads that didn't work for me on a multitude of levels. One book that took me eleven days straight to go through 316 pages and I ended up being a very frustrated reader. I think what lay at the foundation was ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bravo! A good fast read! now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Eileen Dandashi
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book 1
Title: Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil
Author: Barbara Monajem
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Published by: Montlake Romance (March 30, 2010)
Story Setting: Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, has a post office, a city hall, and an active PTA. It has magnolias and passion vine. It also has fetish clubs. And vampires.

About the Story: Ophelia Beliveau a resident and vampire of Bayou Gavotte, has a landscaping business. Now this isn’t like any other vampire book you’ve read. From the firs
May 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil is Goodreads author Barbara Monajem's debut novel. Vampires aren't quite out in the open in her world, and yet, are not dismissed as a possibility. Barbara's first lines describe her vampires best:

"Vampire: a human being with a genetic mutation characterized by, among other things, the appearance of fangs at puberty, and intense craving for human blood, and an irresistible magnetism for the opposite sex. Judging by legend, this particular mutation has exist
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Small-town landscaper (and reluctant vampire) Ophelia Beliveau would never willingly deal with the police, but when someone poisons her garden and tosses a dead cat on her porch, she’s forced to make the call, bringing hunky detective Gideon O’Toole (definitely not a vampire) to her door and into her life. Quel problème! Within the first chapter, the reader connects to these two strong characters and hopes for a positive outcome—both in solving the mystery and in finding love.

The more Ophelia t
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
After reading the reveiws by other readers I really expected more than I got out of this book. I wasn't expecting the novel of the century, but certainly something that didn't have me looking for a Rod Serling like narrative telling me I'm about to enter The Twilight Zone.

The book is an offbeat take on vampires and has the potential to be humorous. Unfortunately, for me, the flaws of the book were so distracting that is was hard enjoy the positive aspects. The author did more than create a small
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil by Barbara Monajem
Paranormal Romance - March 30, 2010
3 stars

Sultry and original this is an interesting new take on the vampire mythology.

Ophelia Beliveau is a vampire. She has fangs and a dangerous hypnotizing effect on men that make them want her!

Gideon O'Toole is the handsome detective whom she called into investigate the vandalism in her garden and is attracted to her instantly. Thus begins a dangerous journey. As they try to solve the mystery behind th
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I would like to say this was a four star book but I feel as thought I had to hold that back. The reasons for this is very simple:
This book tries to be a mystery. IT ISN'T!
I would also have to give the book a "zing" for its back and forth POV's. I do not mind this at all in most stories, in fact I usually enjoy the different perspectives if the characters are developed well. With that being said, the reason this was a negative in this novel? There was not any warning or distinction when the swi
Tony-Paul Vissage
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sunrise… is thoroughly enjoyable. The give-and-take dialogue between Gideon and Ophelia is a delight, and the cast of characters from Psyche the cat to the sinister-voiced rock star- Constantine, is unique and entertaining. Constantine, Leopard, Psyche, Plato…their names alone are enough to interest anyone. Bayou Gavotte’s vampires aren’t the usually skulk around in the dark sort but are an intriguing blend of Old World myth and New World This is touted as the first in a new series and I, for on ...more
Wendy Peoples Moore
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
An extremely light and fun read. This is the type of book you take on vacation, to the pool, while traveling. The plot is well drawn out, and yes, very, very predictable. But that's the beauty. Sometimes you just want to indulge in good ol' fashioned junk reading!
The characters are quirky, and all the females have fantastic names (Ophelia, Violet, Zelda), The men are all strong and handsome.
One review on the paperback compares this to Charlaine Harris' Dead until Dark. I wouldn't make that leap
Haralambi Markov
Nov 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: uf-pnr
Monajem offers an interesting take on vampires that does not involve the end of the world or anything that comes close. Monajem portrays a South I would love to be a part of, but even though I liked the chemistry between the couple, the relationship dynamic seemed repetitive and the outcome a bit unrealistic for the time span given. Marriage after only three days is a bit fairy tale material. And I consider Artimisia to be a character created as a plot device. She seemed less fleshed out and her ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an ok read. I liked the story, the characters, and the mystery. It was interesting and a little different take on vampires. Typical cop/suspect love story. Now this may only be on my part, but it was a little easy to predict. Therefore it lacked the suspense and seemed majorly anti-climatic towards the end. There were some parts that didn't transition well either. I think this is mostly format though ... such as not leaving a few lines to let the reader know she's moving onto a differen ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The second book in the miniseries was not quite as catching and compelling as the first one but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Especially because it brough me more from Constantine ;) But the characters were again very nicely composed, their interaction a bit repetitive to the first book but with a new spin and absolutely believable, the criminal case kept me in suspense and I couldn't put the book down till the very end. I really like Barbara Monajem's style and the background she gives her stories ...more
patrycja polczyk
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well, what can I say… I quite liked this book, but it’s nothing special really. Story line is quite simply - there’s some crime and some love. This book reminded me bit of a 50 Shades of Grey, though it’s written in better style and there’s no BDSM involved. At some points it was bit like Twilight for adults too. Vampire lady with dark secrets fall for a super good cop, who has some twisted morality too, as it turns out at the end… So in general it’s not a bad book, but one of those “read few pa ...more
Desiree reilly
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
HEY what can i say i love book and this is one of them i got on blog hop well this is the vamp
that re living in a town with normal people. But can they both live together well the
guy seem to disappear are the vamp killing them for the dirty stuff that going on. You will
be surprise by the book and i love them a lot i got all of the books form the authors i am not going to say much more but it great read and will keep you on your toes

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Barbara Monajem wrote her first story in third grade about apple tree gnomes. After dabbling in neighborhood musicals and teen melodrama, she published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young. Now her kids are adults, and she's writing historical and paranormal romance and mystery for grownups. She lives in Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline stra ...more

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Bayou Gavotte (4 books)
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