After Sundown / Vampire Trilogy bk 2 / Amanda Ashley

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Edward Ramsey has spent his live hunting vampires. Now he is one of them. Yet Edward's human conscience - and his heart- compel him to save beautiful Kelly Anderson, and soon their growing love is his reason for living. And as the ancient, stunning and merciless vampire Khira seeks supremacy among Los Angeles' undead, Edward and his former nemesis Grigori Chiavari, once Khira's lover, must unite to stop her - before the city, and everything they cherish, is in her power...AFTER SUNDOWN.

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My Take
3 Stars


After Sundown is the second book in Amanda Ashley's Vampire Trilogy. This book is suppose to be centered around vampire-hunter-turned-vampire Edward, and his love interest, Kelly. Although their story is told in this book, the characters from the first book, Grigori and Marisa, are a big part of this book also.

Edward is full of self-hatred after being made a vampire by Grigori to save his life. He is on the path to self destruction. Edward begs Grigori to destroy him, but Grigori refuses. He asks Edward to give it six months, and if he still wants to be destroyed, he will do it. Edward reluctantly agrees to this.

Kelly has lost everything. She has no job, no money, nothing going on in her life. She feels hopeless and decides she wants to end it all. She jumps from a pier into the water. What she doesn't know is that Edward is sees her plunge into the water.

Edward and Kelly seem to find some sort of salvation through each other and find a purpose for being. Although the story isn't really unique, but it is sweet.

It seemed to me that the author took two stories and combined them to make this book work. There's Edward and Kelly, then we have Marisa and Grigori's story continuing at the same time. Then to tie everything together, the author has the appearance of the "bad vampire" Khira. Edward, Grigori, Kelly, and Marisa, along with Tom the vampire hunter, come together to try to stop her.

I don't think this book was as good as the first (Shades of Gray) in this trilogy, but it wasn't bad. I did enjoy it, but I wasn't fighting sleep to keep turning the pages.
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