The story opens five months after the conclusion of “The Vampire Shrink”, Kismet has moved her office into Devereux’s building because he wants to be closer to her and offer protection. In addition, Kismet’s practice has now expanded to counselling vampires and she has gained a reputation as 'the vampire psychologist', because of offering therapy to ‘vampire wannabees’.
A belligerent, slimy radio talk show host is interviewing Kismet and a call comes in from an individual who claims to be a vampire. Kismet is immediately sceptical as it is daytime and the vamps she is familiar with are sensitive to daylight. However, this vampire proves to have unspeakable power. Lyren Hallow is a malevolent, manipulative, psychopathic creature with a God complex. Through his interference and influence, Kismet begins to act completely out of character. She knows something isn’t right, but cannot seem to grasp that she is not behaving normally or utilizing her usual analytical thought processes.
Devereux is completely besotted with Kismet and as this depraved maniac begins to control her mind more and more and his power is insufficient to offset Hallow’s influence, he becomes frantic and enraged and is forced to call in reinforcements. Kismet, however is resistent to Devereux's warnings and attempts to protect her.
As with the first book the supporting characters are well-developed and woven into an intricate plot. Luna, Devereux’s assistant and an ever-present thorn in Kismet's side proves to be more trouble than she is worth.
Kismet’s previous love interest and fellow psychologist Tom Radcliffe plays a pivotal role in the plot of this book. Tom, like Luna was introduced in “The Vampire Shrink”, and is a real 'piece of work'. The guy is a total narcissist and Kismet’s interactions with him had me laughing out loud.
The love scenes between Devereux and Kismet are beautifully written and with the deepening of their relationship, sex and his feeding intensify their shared experience. I read an interview with author Tanya Huff once who wrote a series of books in the 1980’s called “The Blood Books”, about a private detective who becomes involved with a centuries old vampire. Ms. Huff said in modern paranormal fiction there seems to be a connection between the taking of blood and sex that heightens the eroticism on the page. I have to agree and this is certainly the case in the scenes written for Kismet and Devereux.
Lynda Hilburn explores time travel, psychic phenomenon, reincarnation, magic and various psychological diagnoses and symptoms, all woven in to a riveting storyline as told by Kismet. IMHO these books are original and a high octane thrill ride that will keep you entertained from beginning to end.