To say that Ray’s first forty-eight hours as a vampire had been eventful was a gross understatement. Now, still healing a gunshot wound from what was being called the “San Tan Shootout,” Ray was quickly finding that homicidal religious extremists were possibly the least of his worries. Working for and then dating a vampire already had been a complicated and hazardous situation. Learning all of the rules involved in being someone’s bloodspawn, all of the ins and outs of the Code, adapting to his own new and strange physiology, and avoiding the pitfalls of dealing with other vampires was a whole other ballgame. And as if being a “new blood” wasn’t confusing and dangerous enough, it seemed that the more that he learned about his Maker and her past, the less he truly knew her, and the more dangerous she seemed. Was it possible, or even wise, to love someone that was just as comfortable with cuddling as she was with killing? And would things ever slow down, or was he gaining speed as he raced downhill in a violent ride toward death? "Grace of Smoke" is the second book in the second trilogy of the Raina series.