Jasmine Dunmore has come to Venice to see
firsthand a house left to her by an aunt. It is at the height
of Carnivale, and Venice is hopping. When she arrives, she
misses her check-in at the hotel and decides to stay in the
house, despite the fact that it’s rundown and has no working
The other part of the inheritance is a
Tarot card: The Hermit. On her first night there, she has a
dream that features a handsome man, Vespero, offering her any
number of ways to be sexually satisfied. But when she takes
him up on it, another man appears, and this man looks
strangely like the Hermit on her card.
Lumere is there to keep Jasmine from
giving her card to Vespero. For once she gives it to him, an
ancient deck of Tarot cards will be complete, and the door
between worlds will open, allowing demons to spill forth.
Jasmine soon realizes that Lumere is a
demon who has to protect the gate. She falls in love with him,
but Vespero wants the card. And he will stop at nothing to get
Book of Masks is a
tantalizing paranormal tale that is disturbing, erotic and
highly entertaining. I loved both Jasmine and Lumere and the
way they interacted and were willing to go the distance for
each other. At times the book was disturbing, though, which is
a testament to Ms. Gray’s skills at drawing a demon such as
Vespero, who sent chills up my spine.
Book of Masks is an
imaginative story that was left open for continuation. It will
be interesting to see what comes next.