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Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil
 
 

Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Monajem
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Dark secrets abound in the town of Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, from blackmail to fetish clubs to murder, and when blood-and-love starved vampire Ophelia Beliveau calls the police to scare away whoever is desecrating her garden, Detective Gideon O’Toole unearths more than he ever dreamed.

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Barbara Monajem grew up on the west coast of Canada, spent a few years in England and Montreal, then finally settled in Georgia. The nearness of Louisiana had her spending a lot of time in New Orleans, which inspired the setting of her Bayou-Gavotte novels. This is Ms. Monajem's fourth title with Dorchester.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 479 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 338 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0505528258
  • Verlag: Montlake Romance (30. März 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003FS0KJU
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Downright phenomenal. 10. April 2010
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Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, is much like any other town. However, there a re a few residents who have a gene that has caused them to sprout fangs during puberty. Ophelia Beliveau is one of those vampires. After years of having to deal with guys who are irresistibly drawn to her, due to her allure, and being constantly stalked by those who believe they cannot survive without her, Ophelia has kept her distance from me. However, her self-imposed exile must end when a neighbor vandalizes her precious garden. Normally Ophelia would deal with the problem herself or call upon the aid of the underworlders who often acted as protectors. But this time Ophelia simply calls the cops.

When Gideon O'Toole arrives to deal with the destroyed garden, he is also on his cellular phone trying to convince his sister to have her friend come forward to report that someone is blackmailing her. In fact, blackmail has been spreading all over town, but no one will step forward. Therefore, the police can do nothing. Gideon is drawn to Ophelia immediately - of course. Yet his will is strong enough for him to keep a polite distance and not act like all the other men have. That did not mean he wasn't going to try his best to get the lady to date him - and hopefully more. Soon dead bodies start showing up and someone is trying to frame Ophelia for a rash of crimes. If Gideon cannot clear Ophelia and arrest the real villain quickly, he has no doubt that one of the town's vigilantes will kill him for the failure.

***** FIVE STARS! Definitely one of the best paranormal romances I have read this year. Author Barbara Monajem has made an instant fan out of me. The story grabbed me immediately and never let go. I admit that I did not even try to resist its pull either.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Give this a miss... 19. Mai 2012
Von AyJay - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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. 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 loving delight she is. She's the most hideous character I've come across in recent memory, so I actually began skimming the scenes which featured her. I'm not exaggerating, these are the first words that she says to the hero: "Who the the hell are you?"... Rude, but not so bad. But this scene takes place minutes after she calls the police to report that someone has just vandalised her garden, and he is the officer who turns up in response. And she is brandishing a shotgun at him. Then just a few pages later she's merrily accusing him of being corrupt, ordering him to do certain tasks whilst he processes the scene, then sending him away because she can't be bothered to answer simple questions. Allow me to repeat myself; he is a police officer, responding to a call that SHE placed to help her.

Another big problem for me is that a big deal is made over how much Ophelia hates being a vampire. She hasn't drank blood from a human for over two years, because of a mysterious Past Trauma. But blood-drinking isn't actually the worst thing about being a vampire for her, the biggest trauma for her is actually that she has a strong allure, to help draw in her dinner. I could understand how that may not be pleasant to draw desire from every Tom, Dick and Harry - what if they were married, a childhood friend or something?The thing that infuriates me is that she knows full well that if she drank human blood every now and then this allure she has would weaken, so I just don't understand why is she forever moping and whining about how horrible it is for her. The solution for her problem is right there and is easy for her to do, so there is no real point for spending a big part of the book moaning.

As for the hero; Gideon doesn't actually act like a cop should, so I can't take him or his blackmail and murder investigation seriously. For instance he discusses the ongoing murder case in public with the heroine and her criminal friends, just because they demand answers to questions that they have no right asking. And when a women frets that her missing husband is dead, he just shrugs and more-or-less tells her "not my case, not my problem". OK, so he doesn't seem professional to me, but personality wise he seems alright - apart from the way he allows Ophelia to treat him and butt her nose in places it doesn't belong - although I can't think of much else to say about him in all honesty. And I have my kindle next to me while I write this out.

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The book was originally released by Lovespell, so the romantic angle is meant to be the book's biggest strength, but it is actually the biggest weakness for me; I just don't believe that Gideon is in love with Ophelia. She shows no respect for him or his job, so what is there to attract him to her? She has this allure, so gives him an erection the first time he meets her, so it's clearly happy ever after? The author has failed to show me anything that suggests Ophelia evens likes Gideon, and everything suggests that Gideon is thinking with his penis when it comes to his feelings for Ophelia. It's not a romantic book and I don't find the sex scenes erotic, or even mildly thrilling, so I'm not sure what to think about the story. Such irritating and unmemorable leading characters and their dead-end 'romance' meant that the book became a chore to complete, rather then being a relaxing pleasure. It took me over a week to finish this 315 book, when I can read books of that length easily within one day.

The mystery sub-plot should be enjoyable, except that the reasons that people are being blackmailed are really tame. If we'd got to read some juicy secrets then maybe I'd have been a little more invested in the characters, but no. It is actually laughable how one victim packs her children in her car and runs away, abandoning her home, for no real reason. Plus; the identity of the blackmailer becomes very much obvious from the first murder onwards. Yes - it's a romance book, so the development of that plot-line is the author's first priority. But still, does the author think readers won't notice the big giveaway? She mustn't think much of her readers observational skills. The mix of blackmail, murder and child abuse could still have made for a roller-coaster ride of emotions, but Ophelia sticks her nose in everywhere, involving herself in all of the secondary characters subplots and she really does grate on me too much for me to enjoy the ride.

The secondary characters should be interesting, but most of them haven't been fleshed out; the criminal underworld members are the worst. The author just calls them underworld members, throws in a couple of rumours that are making the rounds about them, then informs the readers that these rumours are false. So why are they 'criminal underworld members'? Are they drug-dealers, hitmen, thieves, con artists, or do they share MP3s online? Throwing in promising characters, then not doing anything with them is just pointless padding.

Just an observation; are the residents of Bayou Gavette meant to be aware that vampires exist? The quote from SPNSMB [The Society For Protection Of Not-So-Mystical Beings] at the beginning of the book implies that no, they're not, but then why are there so many underground clubs and bars catering to vamps and sexual deviance in such a small, bible-belt town? Also; no-one seems shocked or scared when they find out themselves face to face with a vampire, it's just like "Yeah, cool. Whatever".

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Good points? The author's take on vampirism is new to me; it is the result of a genetic mutation, that reveals itself during puberty. There is no super-speed or strength, no burning in sunlight, no shape-shifting, bout from the fangs everything is quite realistic. And because she doesn't have special abilities, readers don't assume that the vamps are going to merrily breeze though obstacles.

Othella's vampiric sister Violet is one of the more developed characters. I like that she accepts what she is and makes it work for her. I'd much rather read a book about Violet's life, rather then the one we got. However, the standout character for me is Zelda, Ophelia's 13 year niece, who is waiting to see if she has inherited the vampire gene. She is much more mature then any of the other characters and doesn't spend the book worrying about things that she has no power over; the most interesting plot thread to follow is whether she is a vampire of wholly human.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Downright phenomenal. 10. April 2010
Von Detra Fitch - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, is much like any other town. However, there a re a few residents who have a gene that has caused them to sprout fangs during puberty. Ophelia Beliveau is one of those vampires. After years of having to deal with guys who are irresistibly drawn to her, due to her allure, and being constantly stalked by those who believe they cannot survive without her, Ophelia has kept her distance from me. However, her self-imposed exile must end when a neighbor vandalizes her precious garden. Normally Ophelia would deal with the problem herself or call upon the aid of the underworlders who often acted as protectors. But this time Ophelia simply calls the cops.

When Gideon O'Toole arrives to deal with the destroyed garden, he is also on his cellular phone trying to convince his sister to have her friend come forward to report that someone is blackmailing her. In fact, blackmail has been spreading all over town, but no one will step forward. Therefore, the police can do nothing. Gideon is drawn to Ophelia immediately - of course. Yet his will is strong enough for him to keep a polite distance and not act like all the other men have. That did not mean he wasn't going to try his best to get the lady to date him - and hopefully more. Soon dead bodies start showing up and someone is trying to frame Ophelia for a rash of crimes. If Gideon cannot clear Ophelia and arrest the real villain quickly, he has no doubt that one of the town's vigilantes will kill him for the failure.

***** FIVE STARS! Definitely one of the best paranormal romances I have read this year. Author Barbara Monajem has made an instant fan out of me. The story grabbed me immediately and never let go. I admit that I did not even try to resist its pull either. The main character of Ophelia came across to me as strong, stubborn, independent, and self-sufficient. However, she showed a bit of vulnerability too. There are also several secondary characters that I could not resist. I hope Zelda (Ophelia's thirteen-year-old niece) and Constantine (a handsome-as-sin vampire rock star) will get their own stories told someday. They managed to steal the spotlight more than once. Downright phenomenal! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Better than I thought 24. September 2011
Von Naomi Lauder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
While reading this book I found myself thinking "and now this happens" and to my amazement, what I predicted didn't happen. This was a nice change to a lot of the paranormal romances out there. The characters, while at some point I found a few of them acting oddly "unrealistic" (if you will) but nothing that really took away from the story or characterization. Explanations behind the plot, her explanations of vampirism in this world, the mysteries of Ophelia were all clearly explained (even if eventually).
This being a vampire romance novel, I will say that I was relieved when Gideon and Ophelia had more going on between the two of them than their wild love making sessions, they had their own lives and personalities outside of each other, which gave them a lot of depth. The conclusion of the book ended with the conclusion of the actual plot, which was more than just Gideon and Ophelia getting together, which was also a nice change.
Barbara's made an instant fan out of me!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A disappointment 28. März 2013
Von Grandma Geek - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I enjoy books with a paranormal twist. This book only had enough plot to be a short story. Holes in the plot, poor exploration of background information of the author's ideas for a different vampire accepting world, and flimsy characters were covered up with lots of sex banter. This twist on a vampire world could have been so much more. Using sex to cover up lack of story and add pages to extend a story into a book are a waste of my time. Life is just too short and there are so many good books to read, I am sorry I purchased this Kindle "book".
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Lack of cooperation 24. März 2013
Von ksw - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The characters do not report crimes or help the police very much. There are murders, vandalism, harrassment and blackmail. Many of which are unreported. The main character (female) does not follow the suggestions or safety measures putting herself and others in danger. I read about 2/3 and gave up. It goes no where.
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