Sunday, May 15, 2011

Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

The Back of the Book:
An immortal war has been brewing in the darkness...and now one woman has stumbled into the shadows.
Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she's only imagined in her worst nightmares.

At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master vampire who thought he'd seen it all. Then Kira appears - this fearless, beautiful....human who braved death to rescue him. Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life. Yet sending her away is unthinkable.

But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose either the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction.

This is the first Jeaniene Frost book I've read, and I will be looking for more.  Eternal Kiss of Darkness is Book Two in the Night Huntress World series, which are stand-alone spinoffs featuring characters from her popular Night Huntress Series (the sixth book in that series will be published later this year).  I have a lot of catching up to do!
This was a great book, full of strong characters, suspense, romance and danger.  When Kira tries to save a stranger being attacked, he ends up saving her instead.  But although Mencheres rescues Kira from physical death, she rescues him from a suicidal depression, as his bewilderment towards the bluntly honest Kira turns to enchantment and love.   I especially liked Kira - she is smart, brave, and sizes up situations quickly.  Not one to small-talk, Kira has no clue just how old and powerful Mencheres really is, and treats him as she would anyone else.  Mencheres has never before encountered anyone who did not want something from him because of his power, wealth or status.
Although Mencheres is intrigued by Kira, he fully intends to erase her memories of him and the attack, and send her back to her life.  But Kira happens to be that rare type of human with impenetrable mental defenses.  Unable to mesmerize her and thereby protect the secret of the vampire world, he takes her home for a week, hoping her resistance is a symptom of the blood he gave her.   As she gets to know Mencheres, her respect for him grows into attraction and affection.  Unable to forget Mencheres, Kira begins to search for him after he releases her.  But Kira soon finds more than she bargained for, and when she crosses paths with a vicious and powerful vampire, who also happens to be an ancient enemy of Mencheres, all hell breaks loose.
If you like paranormal romances with equal parts adventure and danger, then look no further than Eternal Kiss of Darkness.

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