Eternal Kiss Of Darkness
Jeaniene Frost / Paranormal Romance
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 between the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction. (click on title)
I love the Night Huntress world. As a huge fan of Cat and Bones, I was EXTREMELY excited when I heard that the author was going to branch out and write stories for some of the secondary characters of the series. I was particularly excited when I found out that Mencheres was getting his own book and KNEW deep in my heart that he would be an incredible read. Hmm surprise surprise I learned that I should always trust my instincts because he was indeed FABULOUS.
Where to start? How about with the obvious - I loved this book. I don't think there was anywhere in the book that I wasn't engrossed in and I carried this book everywhere so that any small break in the day I could whip it out and quickly read. I love the way Jeaniene Frost writes and the storylines she creates. Isn't it just the way Fate works that right when you think you have nothing left to give, nothing left to hold onto for, she steps in and gives you a reason for living. Mencheres felt he had run out of time and once he had put his affairs in order, was ready to back out and move on to the next world. Of course, that couldn't happen (we love him too much) and Fate stepped in and sent him Kira. The story takes off and leads the reader on a chase with both these wonderful characters as they realize what they mean to each other and to also stop one vindicative, revenge bent vampire Guardian from completely destroying Menecheres for his incredible power. From beginning to end, I was completely engrossed.
Mencheres, to me, was a very obvious choice to devote a book to and I loved learning about some of his history and getting a REALLY good look inside his head. In the other books, Mencheres always seemed like this mysteriously powerful vampire who glided in and out of the story but always leaving the reader wanting to know a little more. I love Old World characters with all their charm and mannerisms and you can't get any more Old World than Mencheres. At over 4000 years old (older than dirt), he's seen and experienced it all. He's had an incredibly long time to learn patience and control and as the Master of his line and the receiver of visions, he has had to shoulder an amazingly heavy weight of responsibility. I loved the way he thought and the mastery he had over himself. I loved that 4000 years of experience had in no way prepared him for the whirlwind of Kira and of that moment when he realized he wanted Kira in his life and future regardless of what that future held. He is an incredibly sexy vampire (just the way I like them too..of course) and he had me melting all over the place. Perfect character to meet all my paranormal romance needs and cravings.
Kira more than met my expectations for a leading role and equal match for the powerhouse of Mencheres. She is this amazingly strong character who no matter what was happening was able to honor her feelings but also control them and not let them control her. She was able to work through the revelation that the paranormal existed and did what she needed to protect the ones she loved. I loved how she refused to let Mencheres back away, that she fought for him to let go of what he thought might be happening with his powers (for example) and show him there were other manageable alternative reasons. I applauded her for the ability she had to stand up for the truth regardless of whether it put her life in danger if it meant that it saved the man she loved. Incredible character to read.
This is the part of the review where I suggest you go get something to fan yourself with. What is a romance with at least one steamy sex scene? You may have heard rumors or others talking about the ceiling scene. I'm going to tell you THEY WERE ALL TRUE!! OMGSH I'm surprised my house didn't burn to the ground. That scene SCORCHED and SIZZLED and had my toes CURLING. Can I say it again... OMGSH!! You knew straight away from reading Mencheres that he would undoubtedly be a phenomenal lover with the ability to bring intense pleasure. You were able to see from the passion that Kira held for life, that she would meet Mencheres passion with her own. Put those together and you get one of the best sex scenes I've read this year. I sat and reread that one scene (because face it, I have the obligation to review it properly right? ROFL) and I'm surprised I didn't short circuit. All I can say for those who plan on reading the book, sit by the fan, wrap up in a icy wet towel, have something cold to drink near by and if you have a significant other ... keep them nearby too. HOT!
Just as a side note, I loved that Vlad was also featured in this book because I love being able to get little snippets of him. There's just something about him that catches my attention and I'm hoping that he's the next vampire to get his own book. I can't even begin to imagine what kind of read THAT would be. Nothing beats reading about Dracula himself.
This really is a satisfying read and great addition to the Night Huntress world. It's a definite keeper and one at least I'll be rereading over and over again. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Ratings - 5 stars and SCORCHING
"Do I feel ancient to you now?" he murmured. "Too different from the person you loved before you knew this?"
Her eyes were already glowing green, and her full lips parted. "No, you don't feel too ancient." Her voice was husky. "Or too different. You feel like mine. Whoever you were, whoever you are...you're mine."
Mencheres smiled, his fangs stretching to their full length. "So you have spoken, so it shall be decreed. For all eternity"
"Bubbles. On a scale of one to ten, a bubble bath has to rank zero as far as things I'd expect an older-than-dirt-badass vampire to indulge in. The only thing that would surprise me more would be if you pulled out a rubber ducky.
(I LOVED Vlad in this scene)
"Do you want to be put under first?” she asked Lewis as they sat down.
“Huh?” he replied in confusion.
Something like a cough came out of Vlad that jerked her head up. Vampires didn’t need to cough. Was that a muffled laugh?
“You know.” Kira’s eyes flashed green at Lewis, and her fangs seemed to jump out of her gums. “Get bespelled so you don’t remember this.”
Lewis appeared even more confused. “If that’s what you want.”
I will not as for pointers from Dracula, she swore to herself. I will not. “Yeah, I’d feel better about that. So, ah…look into my eyes.”
Another strangled sound came from Vlad’s direction. Now Kira was sure it was a laugh. She was determined to ignore him.
Lewis obediently stared at her, and Kira tried to make her voice sound confident. “You don’t feel anything. You’re not afraid.”
“I am,” came Vlad’s immediate reply. “If you tell him wolves are the children of the night next, I might hurt myself laughing."
What Kind Of Review Can You Expect?
If I could describe what kind of reader I am, I would hands down say I was an emotional one. When I read I want to fully experience the book, from the emotions coursing through the characters to reacting to the twist and turns of the storyline. I'm looking for those books that fire up my imagination and leave me breathless when it's over. It's for this reason why the reviews I write aren't so much what I think and are more on how I feel. My hopes in sharing my review in this way is that something will spark an interest and have you wanting to have the same experiences. This isn't to say I don't have issues with grammar, word choices etc. Trust me I do and most times all it takes is waiting for the story to grab hold for it not to matter. When I do include things about what I thought about the book (for example I've included comments about word choices and being too descriptive), I only do so because it directly affected how I felt. I hope this helps. Enjoy!