The votes are in and Lynn Viehl’s Evermore, the fifth book in the Darkyn series, is the reading group pick for January. So head on down to your local bookstore and grab a copy and get to reading! When you’ve finished, head on over to the VRB.com forum and join in or start the discussion.

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Evermore by Lynn ViehlLynn Viehl is a master of smart and sexy. Her Darkyn series is one of the best around — gritty, visceral and written with a keen eye for detail and gift for character. Evermore, the fifth book in the series and due out in January 2, 2008, is no exception, bringing together elements of mystery, danger, suspense and loving eroticism in a beautiful cocktail all but guaranteed to satisfy the thirsty romantic in all of us.

Truly, there are few things more powerful and compelling than a story of long-hidden love being brought to light, then requited. Mix in a battle between good guys and bad guys, then throw in a few characters whose loyalty is a mystery, and you’ve got one hell of a book. Give most of the characters fangs and hunger for blood, and you’ve got one hell of a vampire romance book.

In Evermore, the lovely Jayr has been seneschal to her Darkyn master, Byrne, for centuries, since she gave up her mortal life to save his — and she’s been in love with him all that time. Not once, however, have they shared anything more intimate than the annual blood-sharing ritual renewing their oath of loyalty as master and servant, leaving them both aching and in want for more as Byrne secretly pines for her, too.

Things are about to change, however. Byrne has made a choice to leave the Kyn and seek isolation as his unique Kyn gift has left him worn out and on the brink of losing control over it. Before he goes, though, he is determined to find a new master for Jayr and organizes a medieval gaming tournament to find the most suitable candidate. But as you can always count on in books, and often in life, things don’t go exactly according to plan and Jayr and Byrne soon come face to face with their unrequited love and passion. Will they be able to deny it?

Ms. Viehl does her usual superb job of building and maintaining tension and mystery throughout the story. The love story at its heart is tender and passionate, one that tugs the heartstrings without becoming overly sentimental.

Have you read Evermore? If so, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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