Title: Steel City Vampires, Book 3 – The Vampire Oracle: Sunlight
Author: Moira Reid
Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Release Date: September 2008
Rating: 5 blue ribbons
Johnathan’s in love with his neighbor Lenora and he’s growing tired of her telling him to find someone his own age. Sure he only looks like he’s in his twenties but in actuality he’s over a hundred years old – a perk of being a vampire, eternal youth. He’s able to smell her desire so he knows that she wants him as badly as he wants her. He knows happily ever after with a human isn’t feasible so he believes he’d be happy with just one night – only one night isn’t going to be enough.
Lenora isn’t about to get swept away by a man half her age. As far as she’s concerned she’s far too old for him – besides vital parts of her anatomy have turned soft or decided to take a permanent trip south and there’s nothing sexy or desirable about that at all. She does really enjoy how he seems to catch her every evening at her mailbox and flirts shamelessly, but makes sure to discourage him from pursuing her.
This is it – Johnathan has had enough of the flirting, teasing and longing. Lenora belongs to him and it’s time he made her very aware of that fact. As usual he times it perfectly so he arrives at her mailbox at the same time she does but like always she seems more interested in the mail, even the junk, then him – that is until she comes across a strange envelope which contains a tarot card with a message written on it. Johnathan recognizes it as a vampire tarot card, though Lenora isn’t aware of the significance of it, but more importantly it’s the wakeup call he needed.
Johnathan’s chosen to ignore Lenora’s rebuff this time and he arrives at her place with popcorn in hand ready to watch a movie – only she’s already begun changing clothes and is wearing a robe when she answers the door. She attempts to tell him to ‘leave an old woman alone’ but it’s too late for denials. Johnathan demands she admit to wanting him and she can’t find it in her heart to deny him – though she is concerned about how he’ll react once he sees her ‘old’ body.
After their bliss filled evening Johnathan realizes that he doesn’t want to live the rest of his life without her. There’s just the little problem of his being a vampire and his nightly pursuit of drug dealers – something tells him she might notice his injuries and damaged clothes. He resolves to tell her the truth about who he is but before he gets the opportunity his and her worlds collide and it’ll be anybody’s guess if their relationship will survive the fallout.
Moira Reid continues the STEEL CITY VAMPIRE series with THE VAMPIRE ORACLE: SUNLIGHT. Johnathan is one of those characters who I really wasn’t sure if I liked him when we first met him in earlier stories because he seemed cold and uncaring. Through his feelings for Lenora readers really get to understand him and he becomes far more personable. While reading L. Shannon’s THE VAMPIRE ORACLE: LOVE I’d wondered how Johnathan felt about his decision to have himself and his brother ‘ changed’ and if he regrets it at all so I really enjoyed learning his perception of things. Lenora is perfect for him. She’s got a generous loving nature and doesn’t seem to let much of anything faze her. Ms. Reid does an amazing job bringing this story to life and the characters to readers’ hearts.