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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.

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Eternal Kiss of Darkness
3.5 Stars

Synopsis:
Kira Graceling is a private investigator struggling to make ends meet until the night she is thrust into a nightmarish world of vampires and ghouls. Stumbling across the scene of a horrific attack, Kira risks her life to save a stranger only to discover that he is a vampire. Mencheres, a Master vampire, is both shocked and intrigued by the fearless human who braves death to rescue him, and must soon return the favor in order to defeat his oldest enemy and save the woman he craves more than life.

Review:
It took me quite a while to get into this book, which only livens up in the last 100 pages. The plot is completely unoriginal and the relationship between the primary characters lacks sizzle and steam.

Yes, Mencheres is powerful, enigmatic and sexy but aren't all vampires these days. Moreover, he spends an inordinate amount of time lamenting the loss of his visions and wallowing in self-pity. Kira is a strong and likeable character but she is far too accepting of her sudden transition into vampirism.

The secondary characters are more engaging, particularly Vlad, who will apparently be getting his own series soon. It is a pity that Ian does not make an appearance in this book as his wit and sarcasm are sorely missed.

While the Night Huntress World is well developed and the internal rules of the vampire community are interesting and unique, it was difficult to become completely immersed in the story and I felt no emotional attachment to the characters. As this was not a problem in First Drop of Crimson, I can only assume that the writing in this book was not up to scratch.

On a final note, there were some aspects of the story that appealed to the literary analyst in me, namely, the symbolism of Kira's name, the ritualistic elements toward the end and the historical background to Mencheres and Radjadef's past.

If Frost decided to publish another book in the series, I will probably read it.more
This review won't be long. If you have read and enjoyed previous Jeaniene Frost books, I see no reason you won't like this one.

The heroine has a great, wry sense of humor. She is down to earth (well, as down to earth as you can expect a vampire to be) and practical. She is not TSTL (well, too stupid to stay undead) and she cuts through a lot of the crap and emotionalism.

The hero is the emo one, but that is understandable since he is 4,000 years old. Things must get wearing in that amount of time. I mean, geez, how many times can you fly down off a building and move people through the air with your mere thoughts without it wearing on you.

I listened to the audiobook and as always, Tavia Gilbert does a fabulous jobs. Between the characters in the current book and all the other of the series she has done, there must be 50 different voices she has to come up with. Granted, not all of those are in every book, but she does an excellent job of remembering/repeating the previous voices for previous characters.

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This review won't be long. If you have read and enjoyed previous Jeaniene Frost books, I see no reason you won't like this one.

The heroine has a great, wry sense of humor. She is down to earth (well, as down to earth as you can expect a vampire to be) and practical. She is not TSTL (well, too stupid to stay undead) and she cuts through a lot of the crap and emotionalism.

The hero is the emo one, but that is understandable since he is 4,000 years old. Things must get wearing in that amount of time. I mean, geez, how many times can you fly down off a building and move people through the air with your mere thoughts without it wearing on you.

I listened to the audiobook and as always, Tavia Gilbert does a fabulous jobs. Between the characters in the current book and all the other of the series she has done, there must be 50 different voices she has to come up with. Granted, not all of those are in every book, but she does an excellent job of remembering/repeating the previous voices for previous characters.

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Kira Graceling, a private investigator, lives in Chicago. But when she stumbles across a scene that completely blows her mind, she calls for backup but in hurt during the nightmare of it all. Not knowing that it was a fight between a vampire and some ghouls. When Mencheres, finds a woman that stumbles upon him, he knows that he must do all he can to save her life, but in the process he finds that he can't read her thoughts or control or erase her memories so he takes her to his residence hoping that the blood that he gave her to heal her, will eventually run out of her system and then he will be able to erase her memories of what occured. But during all this, he finds himself revealing truths about his race that he never would rationally do otherwise, but Kira stirs something inside him, where he finds himself trusting her. However he knows that he must protect her from the danger that is close at hand, from his nemesis. But will he be able to give her up when the time comes?This is the first book that I have read from this author, and I am so glad that I did. I just fell in love with this story, it was engaging and intense, and kept me flipping the pages as fast as I could read them. Mencheres, has lived for thousands of years, and is the Master Vampire of his clan, and has suffered loss. When he saves Kira's life, his existence changes for all time. After living for so long, he knows that in his near future is his death, but after he meets her he desperately wishes for more. This was such a wonderful read, and I am definitely eager to read more from this author. This book I acquired digitally, and so it did take some time to read this, much longer than it would normally take otherwise, but I still enjoyed it and its a vampire romance that will curl your toes and speed up your heart beat and I found myself resisting the urge when I was late or too tired to put it down, I just had to keep reading more. Definitely stirs up the senses, and will blow you away with its intense plot, heated passion, and a well written read that will enthrall you.more
Mencheres has not been one of my favorite characters through the Vampire Huntress Series, and knowing this has obviously made me reluctant to review this title. My foremost concern was that due to my bias I would not be able to review this title effectively. So, here is to one of many times that an incredible author has proven me entirely wrong. Frost takes this slightly shady character, and transforms him into a dedicated and companionate personality that will dissolve fans previous impressions. After many years of uncertainty, I found myself falling head over heals in love this newly developed character. What had always seemed a character of mystery is finally unfolded to allow readers a more in-depth look into his true self. Even more surprising, I was captivated and overwhelmed by Frost’s newest addition. Kira is such a strong and independent character that will shock and awe fans due to her abundant comparisons to the beloved Cat. I was enticed by this character from the start; rooting for the power and intensity that seemed to be simmering under her cool exterior. True to her talent, Frost combines these amazing characters offering an addictive and spell binding love story that readers will crave. As part of the Night Huntress World spin off series this should be the only novel highlighting this couple, but I am anxious for their appearances in novels to come. Frost will knock readers socks of yet again with this action packed and thrilling adventure.  more
I liked this better than the first Night Huntress World book, First Drop of Crimson. But I hate the covers of both of them. They both look a little amateur and way too creepy. I was glad I read the eBook version so I didn't have to see the cover every time I put down the book. Other than that, the plot itself was pretty good.Kira was a great heroine. Strong and capable. What I was worried about was that she would completely freak out when she learned about vampires. She did a little bit which is good because who wouldn't, right? But she wasn't like Shanna from How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire. That would have been annoying. The rest of the characters were fine too. Vlad's appearance in this book was amazing. I can't wait to read more about him in Once Burned. I did not like when Bones and Cat made their appearance. They didn't really seem like themselves and came off a bit paranoid and irritating.Plot was moving at a good pace. Not very fast and I would have loved to see a little more action, especially towards the end. The story was great and the romance between Kira and Mencheres was a little quick, but well developed. I was able to predict the ending. It was a little anticlimactic. I really expected more to happen. Like a really big battle to the death scene.Overall, this book was good. I'd say more romance than action, which is why I shelved it as a PNR. I suggest you read this book before reading This Side of the Grave because they're very connected even though this is a spin-off series. Reading this before will help you understand the story in This Side of the Grave better. It's nothing major, but the story will just flow better that way. And if you read this after like I did, you may find some spoilers for this book in TSOTGmore
This is the second book in the Night Huntress World series. This was a decent story, I didn't like it as much as the Cat and Bones books, but it was fun to learn more about Mencheres's past.Mencheres is incredibly old and has been feeling death's call for some time. That is until the beautiful and tough, Kira steps in to save Mencheres from some ghouls. Mencheres would like nothing more than to erase Kira's memory, but Kira is proving resistant to his mind control. With one of Mencheres's old vampire feuds spinning out of control, Mencheres ends up having to keep Kira close to him to protect her. Mencheres is drawn to Kira like no other woman in centuries. Maybe if Menchres can survive his feud and beat back the darkness his future holds, he can finally come to terms with what him and Kira feel for each other.If you enjoyed the first Night Huntress World book then you will enjoy this one. These are much more paranormal romance than the Night Huntress series, as such there isn't as much fightting and action and I tend not to enjoy them quite as much.Still this book gives the reader a chance to see into the mind of one of the most powerful and mysterious characters from the Night Huntress series, Mencheres. Mencheres is unique both in his three thousand year or so age and in the absolute control he usually displays. It was interesting to learn more about Mencheres's past and to see some of the thought behind that complete control.Kira was an excellent heroine and a force to be reckoned with. She is tough, but not overly rash...she has a mind of her own, but does try to listen to reason. There are couple of times where she did some pretty stupid things out of ignorance, but these were well-founded. I enjoyed reading about her and enjoyed the deeper look into her character that I had previously missed by only reading the Night Huntress series.It does bug me a little bit that you have to read these more romancy books to fill out the story, otherwise you are a bit lost as to what was going on in the Night Huntress series. I kind of wish the two series weren't so interconnected and dependent on each other.Overall it is a decent story. Much more romance than the Night Huntress series and I didn't enjoy it as much as those books. Still it was nice to finally learn Mencheres's past and to gain some additional understanding of his character. I definitely recommend this is you are a fan of the Night Huntress series; although much of the action and humor that is present in those books is absent in this story.more
I wasn't as crazy about this one as everyone else, in fact, I'm not crazy about this spin off series much at all. Actually, now that I think about it, I loved Cat & Bones in the first 3 books, but the 4th had them losing some of their charm for me, and I'm not much looking forward to the 5th.Anywho, back to this book. I'm just not a big PNR fan. I just find it all so unbelievable, the falling in love in 3 days bit. And yes, this coming from someone who reads mainly paranormal & fantasy, complaining about believability. :) But I have always had a soft spot for Mencheres, so it was nice to see him get his HEA, I just never believed it.more
I have no idea how Frost does it. There are a LOT of vampire "romance" novelists out there but most of them either don't know how to write sexual suspense (they write porn instead) or they don't know how to write sex that doesn't sound like rape or they forget that there has got to be some filler between the sex scenes to show the characters kicking butt, or solving problems, or whatever...This book is a bit lighter in the kicking of butts and a lot heavier in the character exploration and development (and THANK YOU for the female character who is not a sniveling weakling and who actually might initiate and enjoy a good sexual encounter)... and I liked it quite a bit.To be fair, though, there was a "lull" around the middle where we had not much going on other than Kira getting used to her new life, but since we've already read all the other books in this world by now, it's a bit redundant to hear yet another story of a new vampire. That and there are some number of pages of story which are there only for the sex - normally I like the sex to have a purpose, but anyway, it was still a 4 star story (and, other than JR Ward's works - it's MUCH better quality than comparable vampire "romance" stories)more
The 2nd book in The Night Huntress World Books “The Eternal Kiss Of Darkness” is about the elusive and all-powerful vampire, Mencheres, and his lifelong feud with another powerful vampire, Radjedef. Thrown into the middle of this battle is Kira, a human private investigator, who happens to become the most important person in Mencheres long life. We open this story with Kira basically saving Mencheres from his own suicide plan, which was “death by ghoul attack”. Mencheres could easily fight off a band of ghouls, but was allowing them to basically do what they want, until Kira showed up to save him. Mencheres is then required to save Kira as responsible for clearing her mind of all things supernatural. The problem occurs when Mencheres, over a week in Kira;s company, finds she is resistant to mind-control. He also finds he is extremely attracted to Kira, but believes he is destined for the grave. Mencheres has chosen this path feeling it will protect the ones he cares about and end the feud with Radjedef. The only problem is Kira makes him want to live.I personally loved this book as much as her last one about Spade. Mencheres proves to be a complex character with a long history of decisions that he has made because of his visions and knowledge. He is a very isolated individual emotionally because of what he has done, and some of the people he care the most for doubt his motivations. The really tragedy is that Mencheres feels that very few people in his life are there because they truly want to be, but stay because they have something to gain. The exception is Kira. He sees Kira as the one person who looks at him as an individual and likes what she sees. Throughout the book she will leave him speechless with each new time she ‘sees’ him and only him. Kira is a great heroine for this novel and enjoyed her fire and energy. She relies on her instincts and feelings, which eerily have never been wrong about situations or people. She meets Mencheres and her instincts says,” Mine”. She then goes out to find him, no matter what happens. She also deals with him being a vampire rather quickly, based on her instincts. Kira is strong and determined and loyal. She looks at Mencheres, a 4000 year old vampire, and tells him he is wrong and to trust her. Man, you got to love someone with this kind of confidence. I love the scene with Cat and Bones. Kira really shows her inner strength in front of 2 very strong individuals and people Mencheres needs and cares about. Kira also is practical and has confidence in Mencheres. She allows him to fight Radjedef, alone. Overall, I loved this book and give it my highest recommendation. I had only one complaint. I would have liked to seen and epilogue at the end of the book. How the book ended felt almost cut off, like there should have been something more. The ending was good, but adding an epilogue would have been the cherry on top of the sundae. 5 starsmore
Last week I went on a Jeaniene Frost binge. I’ve been avoiding reading her series mostly because I’m not a huge fan of book series with a recurring main couple -I’m always concerned about them breaking up- and because judging by the reviews Cat wasn’t my type of heroine. But a friend of mine has been telling me to read them for over a year now so I decided to give them a try and I’ve got to admit that I liked them. I can’t exactly pinpoint why I liked them because I did find Cat annoying as hell, but the books kind of grew on me and now I’m addicted. I’ll probably do a review of the whole series, but meanwhile you can find Marie’s take on This Side of the Grave here.Not only did I read all of the Night Huntress books, but I also read the spinoff series as well, and of those two my favorite was Eternal Kiss of Darkness. Both this book and the first one First Drop of Crimson are stand-alone from each other but not from the Night Huntress series, this means that even though you can read one without having read the other, you can’t read either one without having read the Night Huntress series first -at least until the fourth book- because they are full of spoilers. So my suggestion is that you treat these two books as part of the original series and just read every book in order.In Eternal Kiss of Darkness we meet Kira Graceling, she is a private investigator who one nigh happens to come across a man being tortured by a band of nasty looking bad guys. What she doesn’t know is that there is nothing ordinary about the man nor about the bad guys, you see, that man is a vampire and the guys torturing him are ghouls. It also turns out that the vampire is not even an ordinary vampire; he is Mencheres, a millenary master vampire and one of the most powerful vampires in the world. In the end is Mencheres who ends up saving Kira from the Ghouls and not the other way around. He takes her to his home to erase her mind of everything that happened (mind control is a common ability among vampires) but when he can’t do it things get a little complicated, especially because he can’t stop thinking about her and there is a powerful danger looming over him. When I discovered that Mencheres was this book’s hero I wasn’t that trilled, I didn’t care for him until I read book four on the Night Huntress series. He is an intriguing character because he is really old and wise. I was curious about such character being a hero, but a little apprehensive as well because he almost seemed too old and too wise. I’m happy to say I was wrong. All those traits that made me doubt his hero potential ended up being what made him a great hero. He has many layers and I think he is the most complex character in this word that Jeanine has created.The other reason this book worked was because the heroine is also an amazing character and had great chemistry with Mencheres. She is strong and independent, and she loves deeply. What I liked the most about this book was that Mencheres and Kira loved each other and you could feel it. It was almost sweet how this “old as dirt” vampire, who has a dark and troubled past, who doesn’t see himself as worthy of someone’s love and who is very powerful, finds himself falling helplessly in love with a human.Jeaniene’s vampires have long teeth’s, green glowing eyes, drink blood, get sunburned but aren’t otherwise affected by the sun, might develop superpowers in time, and in general are quite similar to what we are used to in a vampire. But even if there is nothing particularly new about those vampires, the world that she has created is rich and complex and you really need to read the whole series to grasp that. I don’t think you will enjoy this book if you haven’t read the Night Huntress series, is a good book, but it won’t be the same for you without the added background.If you have read the Night Huntress series, be warned that even though this is the same universe, and there even is a cameo of Cat and Bones, the style is completely different. The narration is third person multiple POV, that might throw you a bit if you are used to the first person Cat’s POV of the other books.What happens in this book doesn’t affect the Night Huntress universe, so you don’t really need to read this one to keep up with the series.This was my favorite of all of Jeaniene’s books, and I much rather read this series than the original. I am more into this type of book and I think Jeaniene does it better, but that is a matter of opinion. I can really see fans of the series not liking this one, and none fans of the series linking it.Overall Jeaniene is a recommended author for urban fantasy fans who like their books heavy on the romance and rich on the world-building.more
It is no secret that I am a major fan of the Night Huntress series. Cat & Bones are one of the most stellar couples in the PNR universe. So, it would make sense that I pick up the Night Huntress World books. I enjoyed Spade’s book, First Drop of Crimson, but I can’t say I was too excited for Mencheres’ story. I’ve never thought of him as sexy, he was always a bit scary (he posses MAJOR amounts of power) and aloof. Emotionally detached. Well, that has definitely ALL changed now! Frost managed to add depth, interest, compassion and actually breathed life back into Mencheres’ character. She also described his Egyptian history, which was some of my favorite scenes in the book. Just awesome! And, Mencheres might be older than dirt, but in this world - the older you are, the more power you have to make your partner’s body explode with euphoric sensations! *sizzle* I enjoyed Kira from the get go. She is intelligent, independent and courageous, and she refuses to endanger humanity. Her sense of duty to help others led her to find Mencheres. Once he told her of the world she just stumbled upon, she took it like a champ. She is very strong-willed – Mencheres actually can’t breach her mind. He won’t let Kira go until he can erase her memories (he can’t risk her blabbing about his race). Kira isn’t very happy about this and she challenges him from the start. She was never once afraid of him. After Kira’s sister falls very ill (she has a chronic condition), Mencheres makes a very compassionate move. Of course, a big evil bad ass is out get Mencheres and a series of events puts him and Kira in an ugly predicament. However, I find they work quite well as a team. Kira is a good match for Mencheres. She levels him out a bit, and she stand up to him, mentally.Of course, Cat & Bones make an appearance and I must say, I hated the scene they were in. Maybe it was the situation and their reluctance to believe Mencheres, but I was kind of pissed at both of them. *shakes fist* Bones is Mencheres’ co-ruler so he obviously doesn’t fight against him, but the attitudes in that scene were ugly. AND, Frost delivers the real goods: VLAD! He had serious airtime in this book! I love that hot vampire piece of ass something fierce and I am looking forward to his book!Eternal Kiss of Darkness was fantastic, full of danger, intense emotions, compassion and loyalty. I think Frost wrote some of the best sex scenes I’ve yet read from her (not including Chapter 32, of course!). *holyhotshowersceneandceilingsexwhoa* I want to have ceiling sex, please. :) There wasn’t as much humor in this book, probably due to Mencheres’ serious, dignified persona, but I enjoyed what we got. Frost’s sense of humor never lets me down! And I am so pleased at Kira’s new job prospect. She is gonna rock it!more
The Good Stuff It's written by Jeaniene Frost Hot and steamy and fun Absorbing, as usual Frost grabs your attention right away and doesn't let go until the very end, I never can put down any of her books Kira is a great kick ass heroine, even if she does get herself in all spots of trouble. She is compassionate and has an incredible strength of character. A very realistic heroine who I admire Lots of my favorite secondary characters are in this, but would have likde more Vlad and Hey where was Ian Cat and bones show up, so that is always fun and entertaining I know a lot of people didn't like this one as much as her Cat and Bones stories, but I loved it, loved it, loved it! Lots of Vlad in this story, with his lovely sense of wit -- hoping that JF will do a whole story on him, and cross my fingers, Ian The Not so Good StuffI hate the name Mencheres - reminds me too much of menarche which is basically a women's first menstrual cycle-- sorry male readers of blog Favorite Quotes/Passages (So very many, could have gone on for pages)"Cat cleared her throat in the tense silence that followed. “Uh, before this goes any further, let’s at least introduce ourselves to your friend. I’m Cat, and this is my husband, Bones. We’re part of Mencheres’ twisted little fang family"“First bubble baths. Now Disney parks. You’re shattering every creepy vampire myth I’ve ever heard.” "Kira knew that his tongue felt like a vibrator set to the speed of Oh Hell Yeah.""Vampires like you piss me off,’ Vlad muttered. ‘Leaving a trail of bodies for humans to be suspicious over when there’s no need to kill to feed. Ever had a mob of villagers armed with torches ad pitchforks burn your house down while screaming ‘death to wampyre!’? I have, and it’s irritating beyond belief." "I will not ask 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 I LearnedVampires have an extremely dry and witty sense of humour Ceiling sex sounds like tons of fun -- hey Nathan Fillion or Ryan Reynolds -- you interested? Who should/shouldn't readObviously long time fans of Jeaniene Frost will enjoy Those who enjoy an exciting and fun ride with hot and steamy sex Not for the prudish or those without a sense of humour 4.5 Dewey'sI bought a copy of the book since I am a big fan of Jeaniene Frost and didn't have to review it, but I did anyway so theremore
First I wanna say that before reading this book I thought Mencheres was an egotistical ass. I was hoping that by losing his mojo and seeing things from his POV that my opinion of him would change. Boy did it ever. I found that it wasn't that he was an asshole but that he just shut everybody out and didn't feel like he could completely trust anyone. He would spend hours at the bottom of a bathtub or swimming pool just to shut everything out. I guess you could say that being underwater was his fortress of solitude. Mencheres is a 4,500 year old master vampire, has incredible wealth and power and has never had anyone in his life that didn't want and/or expect something from him. That is until he met Kira. I really liked Kira. For one she was exactly what Mencheres needed and she was incredibly smart, sassy and didn't take crap from Mencheres. She talked to him in a way that no one dared talk to him due to his status and power and he in turn fell hard for her.The chemistry between Mencheres and Kira was strong from the beginning. As with all of Jeaniene's work, the sex scenes were smoking hot. Mencheres has skills beyond imagination. He is so powerful that he can completely envelope someone's body with pleasure without even touching them. At one point Kira refers to his tongue being like a vibrator set to oh hell yeah! That is probably my favorite line from the book.Cat and Bones make an appearance though it was mostly hostile as they were still pissed at Mencheres for manipulating them. I loved that Kira defended Mencheres and put them in their place. Oh and my favorite character in the series, Vlad showed up! Squee!!! I loves me some Vlad and seeing him interact with Kira and Mencheres lets you see him from a different perspective. This book made me love him that much more. Damn I hope he gets his own series. He deserves it.Jeaniene did something I didn't think possible. She made me feel bad that I thought Mencheres was a douchebag. I know it's silly but I felt the need to apologize to him for thinking horrible things about him. Like a lot of people he was simply misunderstood. I will view him differently from now on.Unlike First Drop of Crimson, which I did not want to end, I felt that the storyline in Eternal Kiss of Darkness was wrapped up and I was satisfied with leaving the characters. Getting a glimpse of the new Cat and Bones book was just icing on the cake.I highly recommend this book.more
As an avid lover of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, including her new spin off series the Night Huntress World, I was a little disappointed at first blush when it came to Eternal Kiss of Darkness. It seemed to lack the traits that I’ve come to expect from Frost’s work-a certain amount of sass and sarcasm as well as full throttle action and steamy romance. However, while it may have started more slowly for me then her previous books it finished with her usual flair and became yet another wonderful installment that shouldn't be missed.Mencheres has always been something of a secondary character in the Night Huntress series though he's always been quite interesting. Previously we were given only short glimpses at him and his powers, but have always been well aware of his Master status within the vampire world. So, because of this you can understand my reaction when in the first chapter he is allowing himself to be captured and tortured by Ghouls. It is only after Kira, a good Samaritan and human, risks her life rescuing him that he lashes out against his captors killing them almost instantly, but not before Kira is mortally wounded. Feeling a debt to the woman, he heals her but is unable to mesmerize her, a way to effectively remove the memories of what transpired from her memory. With only the option of killing her or waiting for a time when she may be more susceptible to him, he chooses to take her with him.It is from there that my problems with the novel stem. As we first begin to get to know Mencheres, he is apathetic to say the least. He is world weary and with his visions of the future gone he is left with only a looming darkness in its stead which he takes to mean that his time on this Earth is ending. Because of this he has appointed Bones the co-ruler of his line and imparted a great deal of his powers to him in his effort to tidy up his affairs and leave his vampire line protected. But, with the appearance of Kira into his life we find that there is more beneath the apathy in his character. By contrast he is also charming, generous and still quite powerful with an uncanny control of both himself and his powers. In other words, there is nothing old about him. In fact I would say that he greatly values life (human and vampire), but because of his recent history he is weighed down and in desperate need of a beacon in the looming darkness to give him a reason to carry on. However, we come to see that instead of the comfort of friends he only feels distrust towards those around him, thinking that anyone who would want to get close to him is only interested in his power, wealth and protection, but not actually in him. It’s these insecurities that truly grated on my nerves as he pines for Kira, opting to stalk her rather then get close to her and give her a chance to like the man that he is. Which honestly, from where I sit, isn't bad at all.Kira is likewise maddening, however. She is instantly attracted to Mencheres, but due to her captivity she feels she can’t trust that feeling. Instead she believes it might be a reaction of Stockholm syndrome, a syndrome where the captive falls in love with her captor. But, after Mencheres lets her go free with only a promise from her to not tell the human world about his kind, she comes to realize that she truly does want him in her life. In fact, that she may even love the vampire. Needless to say, she almost recklessly goes looking into any supernatural lead that she can find to help her search out Mencheres or someone that can lead her to him. Instead she finds a human girl that has been missing for several years being held prisoner by a vampire as his Property. Foolishly, she tries to extricate the woman, but is captured and tortured by the vampire until spilling Mencheres’s name.It isn’t until this point that the pace begins to finally pick up and we become steeped in the action of a centuries old feud and the romance between Kira and Mencheres as they finally begin to accept that they have feelings towards each other. Mencheres also begins to open up, revealing why it is he feels that he is not deserving of her love, or anyone's for that matter which is where I truly began to feel affection towards the character and the dark complexity of his nature. While fiercely loyal he feels a great sense of responsibility for actions of others that are not within his control, thinking instead that if he had chosen to do something or intervene sooner that that particular fate could have been avoided.Truly the characterization of this novel is much deeper then in previous ones. Both characters are in possession of great vulnerabilities yet each has their own inner strength. In the end they become a sort of yin-and-yang for each other, giving support and power to the other, be it physical or emotional. Also, instead of playing on what we expect to see (i.e. the wit and instant action) we are led on a journey with these characters. To me, after realizing this, the action of the novel became secondary to the evolution of the characters and from there I enjoyed the book immensely. Likewise, the secondary characters involved have a larger then life depth with multiple facets to their personalities. Most notably the villain of the story Radjedef who wields his centuries old animosity toward Mencheres displaying a patient conniving intelligence nurtured by a deep seeded feeling of being wronged. Where Mencheres often wants to take the blame for others, Radje feels that everyone but himself is to blame. And you can't forget Vlad Tepish…yep, that’s right, even Dracula himself makes an appearance, but he isn't the typical Draconian figure. Instead he's got a vitality and youth that gives him a charismatic magnetism that I really enjoyed reading. I can only hope that he will end up with his own tale in the Night Huntress World because I would truly enjoy seeing his story told, especially his tiff with Bones.Like the characters the world this series takes place in is just as well built. The mythos of the vampire and ghoul cultures is nicely explained and explored as is the varying histories of the characters. The only thing I would have liked to have seen a bit more of in this particular novel was the Egyptian lore tying back to Mencheres. While we do get a few tidbits about the Egytpian gods, the magics and a very brief look at his stint as a Pharaoh in the 4th Dynasty, I was still left a little lacking about his past. There was just so much there that could have been explored instead of his stalking and skulking through the first half of the novel.Overall, this was a great read with interesting and strong characters, even if they did start off a little lost. The journey back to finding their strength was wonderful to watch unfold as was the romance that sparked between Mencheres and Kira. This is definitely another wonderful installment into the Night Huntress World that I suggest you shouldn't miss.more
This book was just as good as the rest. Mencheres meets a human woman who attempted to save his life in the beginning. But finds it hard to stop thinking about her, she has awoken something in him. He tries to erase her memory of the events but can't. When things become worse, he is forced to kill her but then brings her back as a vampire. Now he feels like he has something, or rather, someone to live for. After a long time of fighting Radje, he finds himself in a very precarious position and Radje wants him dead for good. But Kira won't let him give up that quickly and certainly won't let him go. After his visions of the future disappeared he decided that it was his time to go, but now things have changed and Kira has lightened the darkness at the end of the tunnel for him. Of course, Cat and Bones made an appearance because this is the man who passed on his powers onto Bones. A lot of action, romance and sex. It was a thrilling book and I can't wait to see what Ms. Frost is going to have next! This world is incredible and most of all, these characters are a lot like you and me, They struggle, they hurt, they love and the live!more
This is the latest spin off book from Jeaniene Frost in her Night Huntress World and it is focuses on Mencheres. In all the books we have seen him in the past, he seems to be sad and unhappy with his life. I guess I never really thought about it before, but he has been alive for thousands of years, most of them he spent married to a woman who hated him. If that wasn’t bad enough, she also tried to kill him and his line out of fear. This resulted in him having to put actions into place to kill off his own wife and now the guilt he feels is overpowering him. He has thousands of years of blood on his hands, no wife, and while he is surrounded by people who respect him, there is not really a whole lot of love in his life.Enter Kira, she happens to stumble upon Mencheres being attacked by ghouls (though she does not know that) and tries to help him. She ends up getting hurt in the battle and Mencheres has to heal her, during the process Mencheres also realizes she has seen to much and takes her with him to wipe her memory. This turns out to be a problem because he cannot seem to do it and so Kira stays with him a while. While time goes by Kira’s attraction to Mencheres grows and soon she finds she may not want to leave even if she can.The emotion that took me by surprise the most in this book was Mencheres’ sadness, well really it is depression. It is always present as the book evolves and he is constantly trying to talk Kira out of being around him. He feels like his life has been to full of pain and suffering and he does not deserve her in his life. Kira does not want to hear it though, she is judging him for what he is now, not where his past actions led him. Which you have to admit is a lot easier said than done. That is how people should look at others, but it rarely actually happens. It is almost a blessing that she did not know Mencheres before though because she essentially gives him a clean slate to start over with her.I love Kira, she is tough, strong willed, and not afraid to fight for what she wants. She is also not afraid to stand up for Mencheres which is a rare event in the vampire world. He has made a lot of enemies and not everyone trusts him. Even some of his closest friends throw insults his way. They are probably meant to be in jest, but they still affect him and Kira sees it. She does not care about what they think they know about him because she has undying faith in him and she is proud to stand by him. I found that quality in her quite admirable and it was refreshing to see Mencheres get a fair shot at things. Sure, he has done a lot of things in his past, but doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance? I think so, and that is what Kira is for him.Bones and Cat make a couple brief appearances in this one, which I love. I also liked seeing Cat and her brief interaction with Kira. Cat is one bad a$% chick, if I ran into her I know I would be intimidated. But Kira holds her ground with Cat and does not seem to be intimidated at all. It was quite impressive and knocked Kira up a notch in my book. I hope we get to see her again in the future Cat and Bones stuff. Oh, even Vlad comes into play a couple of times, I miss that guy. I know he is supposed to be scary and what not, but he is one of my favorites. I hope we get to see a spin off book with him in it because that would be really interesting.Overall, this book was fantastic. I loved getting to know Mencheres better and I feel like I understand him more now. In the past books I have not really taken to him, but this book changed my mind. Once again Jeaniene has managed to keep me completely engrossed in her world and I loved every minute of it :)more
Eternal Kiss of Darkness is the second in the successful Jeannie Frost ‘Night Huntress World’ series. This time we get to peek into the world of Mencheres. An older than dirt vampire, who sees nothing more than his departure from this world in a void of darkness, and no he’s not being melodramatic. He’s gifted with the power to see visions of the future and lately his powers have been on the fritz. He can’t see through the darkness that engulfs his visions. Leaving him to interpret them as a sign that his time is coming to an end.In his attempt to get his affairs in order so to speak, he runs into Kira who saves him from an attack from a gang of ghouls. Fearing that she knows too much and being draw by her, a feeling that hasn’t surfaced for decades, he takes her into his world. Risking both their lives in the process.Mencheres was introduced in the Night Huntress series and is Bone’s ‘vamp granddaddy’ of sorts and now the co-ruler of their line and is certainly an intriguing character. But it seems his loss of his visions is his undoing. Believing that that they signify his end he moves to put his affairs in order before leaving his line and it’s responsibilities to Bones. The trouble with knowing what is going to happen before it does is a luxury he’s grown far too dependent on, rather than live in the moment his visions are his crutch. Once they’re gone his own existence is brought into question.Kira is an interesting character also, she’s not afraid to speak up and is not content to sit back and allow others to take care of her, she reminds me a bit of Cat. A private detective by trade it’s her inability to help others that finds her entangled in a world that she once considered myth. Because Mencheres cannot wipe her mind of the events she’s witnessed she has no choice but to stay with him.Final Thoughts…My innocent illusions of Disney’s Thunder Mountain will forever be tainted by a certain, ahem, acrobatic performance. It certainly puts a whole new meaning to ‘climbing the walls’.I love the Night Huntress series and when Jeannie Frost announced that there would be spin offs I was very eager to see what she had planned. While I’ve enjoyed the series thus far, the knowledge that there will be no further books exploring these characters besides their stand alone books, leaves me feeling a little deflated.Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed both books, but I couldn’t help but feel sad at the end knowing that the next time we will see these characters will be behind Cat and Bones as secondary characters in their next book.If you’re a fan of this series and the world Frost has created, I urge you to give this book a read. While it doesn’t focus on the series main characters, which may not be appealing to some, it still is a fun read. While the mystery and suspense is easily wrapped up in the last couple of pages there’s enough going on and appearances from old friends to keep you turning the pages.more
This was a really good book. Having "met" Mencheres in the Night Huntress series, I really didn't think one way or the other about him. Now that he's been fleshed out by Ms. Frost, I found him a great character. He is so lonely and desolate after living for over 3000 yrs, and you just feel he's tired. Kira comes to his aid and he is quite astonished that this mortal woman has courage, spunk, and risks herself to help him. He battles with himself since he doesn't want to involve her in his life, yet his feelings for her start to flourish.Of course there is an evil protagonist, his Uncle, Radjedef. He is one of the Law Guardians, you should know, every vampire tale has a judicial system they follow and this is theirs. Using his position of power, Radjedef is out to get Mencheres once and for all, feeling slighted all those hundreds of years ago before they were even vampires. Wow, that is a reeeeeally long time to hold a darn grudge, ya know!Needless to say, Mencheres does not want Kira caught in the cross-fire of this mess and he tries to keep her away. His "grandchild" Bones wants to help and all Mencheres wants is for Bones to take care of the flock. Here is were we see that there is a heart in him. His worry for his followers is evident. We also meet Vlad again, as he assists Mencheres as best as he can. You find out just how powerful Mencheres really is. He is the Grand Pooba of all vamps being so darn ancient and that becomes quite evident as the story progresses.There's a part where he allows himself to sink to the bottom of the pool and just has silence. What thoughts must go through such an ancient mind must be staggering and he does this to escape.There is plenty of suspense, a bit of a twist that I really didn't expect at all, a nice introduction to Kira, and it all getts tied up in a pretty bow. Fast easy reading, a bit of suspense, just what I like. Jeaniene Frost does not disappoint! I can't wait for #5 in the Night Huntress series and I sure hope she gives Ian his due in a book of his own.more
This is the second in a series of novels based in the same world as the Night Huntress series. These stories have a much larger emphasis on romance. In this book Mencheres the vampire is ready to die and leave Bones to rule. Then he meets PI Kira who throws him for a loop. As the two are forced together for some time, Mencheres jealous enemy sees his weakness for Kira and the fun begins. I love the Night Huntress series by Jeanine Frost. It is exciting and well written. The characters are so multi-dimensional that they just come off the page. Bones and Cat have a relationship that is real and believable. Their sex scenes are HOT. What I am finding with the Night Huntress WORLD is that I don't feel that relationship intensity here. The books are still well written and Frost in undeniably a great writer and creative world builder. I enjoyed Mancheres more than I believed possible and I even liked his love interest Kira. These tend to read more like paranormal forumla romances, like those created by Kerrelyn Sparks or Lynsay Sands. This one especially met the generic formula of human meets vamp. Human comes to terms with vamps. Vamp loves human who can't succumb to his vampire powers. Their love is threatened physically. The good guys prevail. Love triumphs and happily ever after. Even the sex scenes here were dull. This shouldn't be possible from the author who wrote the historically hot Chapter 32! If I read the word 'loins' ever again it will be too soon. The portions of the story not focused on the love/sex aspects were fresh and engrossing. It just feels like these characters and this AMAZING world, are too big to properly be fit into this romantic and formula based series.more
I'm not a huge fan of Mencheres, and really that made the book not so great for me. As a character he's a little too powerful and inscrutable, and just not very endearing. I liked Kira a bit better, but she didn't help much.However, for a romance where I didn't care for either of the main characters, it was still enjoyable. It's fairly standard plot wise, but paced really well. A quick read.more
I love the Night Huntress series but this one bored me alittle. Menchares is an interesting character but Kira is sadly lacking. She bothered me with her attempts at humor and her weak bravado. The story centered around their relationship and some ancient feud Menchares has with Radjedef. The villain was a carbon copy of a dirty cop, vampire style. I will still continue the next in the series but I hope it is as good as the original Cat and Bones books.more
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Eternal Kiss of Darkness
3.5 Stars

Synopsis:
Kira Graceling is a private investigator struggling to make ends meet until the night she is thrust into a nightmarish world of vampires and ghouls. Stumbling across the scene of a horrific attack, Kira risks her life to save a stranger only to discover that he is a vampire. Mencheres, a Master vampire, is both shocked and intrigued by the fearless human who braves death to rescue him, and must soon return the favor in order to defeat his oldest enemy and save the woman he craves more than life.

Review:
It took me quite a while to get into this book, which only livens up in the last 100 pages. The plot is completely unoriginal and the relationship between the primary characters lacks sizzle and steam.

Yes, Mencheres is powerful, enigmatic and sexy but aren't all vampires these days. Moreover, he spends an inordinate amount of time lamenting the loss of his visions and wallowing in self-pity. Kira is a strong and likeable character but she is far too accepting of her sudden transition into vampirism.

The secondary characters are more engaging, particularly Vlad, who will apparently be getting his own series soon. It is a pity that Ian does not make an appearance in this book as his wit and sarcasm are sorely missed.

While the Night Huntress World is well developed and the internal rules of the vampire community are interesting and unique, it was difficult to become completely immersed in the story and I felt no emotional attachment to the characters. As this was not a problem in First Drop of Crimson, I can only assume that the writing in this book was not up to scratch.

On a final note, there were some aspects of the story that appealed to the literary analyst in me, namely, the symbolism of Kira's name, the ritualistic elements toward the end and the historical background to Mencheres and Radjadef's past.

If Frost decided to publish another book in the series, I will probably read it.more
This review won't be long. If you have read and enjoyed previous Jeaniene Frost books, I see no reason you won't like this one.

The heroine has a great, wry sense of humor. She is down to earth (well, as down to earth as you can expect a vampire to be) and practical. She is not TSTL (well, too stupid to stay undead) and she cuts through a lot of the crap and emotionalism.

The hero is the emo one, but that is understandable since he is 4,000 years old. Things must get wearing in that amount of time. I mean, geez, how many times can you fly down off a building and move people through the air with your mere thoughts without it wearing on you.

I listened to the audiobook and as always, Tavia Gilbert does a fabulous jobs. Between the characters in the current book and all the other of the series she has done, there must be 50 different voices she has to come up with. Granted, not all of those are in every book, but she does an excellent job of remembering/repeating the previous voices for previous characters.

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This review won't be long. If you have read and enjoyed previous Jeaniene Frost books, I see no reason you won't like this one.

The heroine has a great, wry sense of humor. She is down to earth (well, as down to earth as you can expect a vampire to be) and practical. She is not TSTL (well, too stupid to stay undead) and she cuts through a lot of the crap and emotionalism.

The hero is the emo one, but that is understandable since he is 4,000 years old. Things must get wearing in that amount of time. I mean, geez, how many times can you fly down off a building and move people through the air with your mere thoughts without it wearing on you.

I listened to the audiobook and as always, Tavia Gilbert does a fabulous jobs. Between the characters in the current book and all the other of the series she has done, there must be 50 different voices she has to come up with. Granted, not all of those are in every book, but she does an excellent job of remembering/repeating the previous voices for previous characters.

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Kira Graceling, a private investigator, lives in Chicago. But when she stumbles across a scene that completely blows her mind, she calls for backup but in hurt during the nightmare of it all. Not knowing that it was a fight between a vampire and some ghouls. When Mencheres, finds a woman that stumbles upon him, he knows that he must do all he can to save her life, but in the process he finds that he can't read her thoughts or control or erase her memories so he takes her to his residence hoping that the blood that he gave her to heal her, will eventually run out of her system and then he will be able to erase her memories of what occured. But during all this, he finds himself revealing truths about his race that he never would rationally do otherwise, but Kira stirs something inside him, where he finds himself trusting her. However he knows that he must protect her from the danger that is close at hand, from his nemesis. But will he be able to give her up when the time comes?This is the first book that I have read from this author, and I am so glad that I did. I just fell in love with this story, it was engaging and intense, and kept me flipping the pages as fast as I could read them. Mencheres, has lived for thousands of years, and is the Master Vampire of his clan, and has suffered loss. When he saves Kira's life, his existence changes for all time. After living for so long, he knows that in his near future is his death, but after he meets her he desperately wishes for more. This was such a wonderful read, and I am definitely eager to read more from this author. This book I acquired digitally, and so it did take some time to read this, much longer than it would normally take otherwise, but I still enjoyed it and its a vampire romance that will curl your toes and speed up your heart beat and I found myself resisting the urge when I was late or too tired to put it down, I just had to keep reading more. Definitely stirs up the senses, and will blow you away with its intense plot, heated passion, and a well written read that will enthrall you.more
Mencheres has not been one of my favorite characters through the Vampire Huntress Series, and knowing this has obviously made me reluctant to review this title. My foremost concern was that due to my bias I would not be able to review this title effectively. So, here is to one of many times that an incredible author has proven me entirely wrong. Frost takes this slightly shady character, and transforms him into a dedicated and companionate personality that will dissolve fans previous impressions. After many years of uncertainty, I found myself falling head over heals in love this newly developed character. What had always seemed a character of mystery is finally unfolded to allow readers a more in-depth look into his true self. Even more surprising, I was captivated and overwhelmed by Frost’s newest addition. Kira is such a strong and independent character that will shock and awe fans due to her abundant comparisons to the beloved Cat. I was enticed by this character from the start; rooting for the power and intensity that seemed to be simmering under her cool exterior. True to her talent, Frost combines these amazing characters offering an addictive and spell binding love story that readers will crave. As part of the Night Huntress World spin off series this should be the only novel highlighting this couple, but I am anxious for their appearances in novels to come. Frost will knock readers socks of yet again with this action packed and thrilling adventure.  more
I liked this better than the first Night Huntress World book, First Drop of Crimson. But I hate the covers of both of them. They both look a little amateur and way too creepy. I was glad I read the eBook version so I didn't have to see the cover every time I put down the book. Other than that, the plot itself was pretty good.Kira was a great heroine. Strong and capable. What I was worried about was that she would completely freak out when she learned about vampires. She did a little bit which is good because who wouldn't, right? But she wasn't like Shanna from How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire. That would have been annoying. The rest of the characters were fine too. Vlad's appearance in this book was amazing. I can't wait to read more about him in Once Burned. I did not like when Bones and Cat made their appearance. They didn't really seem like themselves and came off a bit paranoid and irritating.Plot was moving at a good pace. Not very fast and I would have loved to see a little more action, especially towards the end. The story was great and the romance between Kira and Mencheres was a little quick, but well developed. I was able to predict the ending. It was a little anticlimactic. I really expected more to happen. Like a really big battle to the death scene.Overall, this book was good. I'd say more romance than action, which is why I shelved it as a PNR. I suggest you read this book before reading This Side of the Grave because they're very connected even though this is a spin-off series. Reading this before will help you understand the story in This Side of the Grave better. It's nothing major, but the story will just flow better that way. And if you read this after like I did, you may find some spoilers for this book in TSOTGmore
This is the second book in the Night Huntress World series. This was a decent story, I didn't like it as much as the Cat and Bones books, but it was fun to learn more about Mencheres's past.Mencheres is incredibly old and has been feeling death's call for some time. That is until the beautiful and tough, Kira steps in to save Mencheres from some ghouls. Mencheres would like nothing more than to erase Kira's memory, but Kira is proving resistant to his mind control. With one of Mencheres's old vampire feuds spinning out of control, Mencheres ends up having to keep Kira close to him to protect her. Mencheres is drawn to Kira like no other woman in centuries. Maybe if Menchres can survive his feud and beat back the darkness his future holds, he can finally come to terms with what him and Kira feel for each other.If you enjoyed the first Night Huntress World book then you will enjoy this one. These are much more paranormal romance than the Night Huntress series, as such there isn't as much fightting and action and I tend not to enjoy them quite as much.Still this book gives the reader a chance to see into the mind of one of the most powerful and mysterious characters from the Night Huntress series, Mencheres. Mencheres is unique both in his three thousand year or so age and in the absolute control he usually displays. It was interesting to learn more about Mencheres's past and to see some of the thought behind that complete control.Kira was an excellent heroine and a force to be reckoned with. She is tough, but not overly rash...she has a mind of her own, but does try to listen to reason. There are couple of times where she did some pretty stupid things out of ignorance, but these were well-founded. I enjoyed reading about her and enjoyed the deeper look into her character that I had previously missed by only reading the Night Huntress series.It does bug me a little bit that you have to read these more romancy books to fill out the story, otherwise you are a bit lost as to what was going on in the Night Huntress series. I kind of wish the two series weren't so interconnected and dependent on each other.Overall it is a decent story. Much more romance than the Night Huntress series and I didn't enjoy it as much as those books. Still it was nice to finally learn Mencheres's past and to gain some additional understanding of his character. I definitely recommend this is you are a fan of the Night Huntress series; although much of the action and humor that is present in those books is absent in this story.more
I wasn't as crazy about this one as everyone else, in fact, I'm not crazy about this spin off series much at all. Actually, now that I think about it, I loved Cat & Bones in the first 3 books, but the 4th had them losing some of their charm for me, and I'm not much looking forward to the 5th.Anywho, back to this book. I'm just not a big PNR fan. I just find it all so unbelievable, the falling in love in 3 days bit. And yes, this coming from someone who reads mainly paranormal & fantasy, complaining about believability. :) But I have always had a soft spot for Mencheres, so it was nice to see him get his HEA, I just never believed it.more
I have no idea how Frost does it. There are a LOT of vampire "romance" novelists out there but most of them either don't know how to write sexual suspense (they write porn instead) or they don't know how to write sex that doesn't sound like rape or they forget that there has got to be some filler between the sex scenes to show the characters kicking butt, or solving problems, or whatever...This book is a bit lighter in the kicking of butts and a lot heavier in the character exploration and development (and THANK YOU for the female character who is not a sniveling weakling and who actually might initiate and enjoy a good sexual encounter)... and I liked it quite a bit.To be fair, though, there was a "lull" around the middle where we had not much going on other than Kira getting used to her new life, but since we've already read all the other books in this world by now, it's a bit redundant to hear yet another story of a new vampire. That and there are some number of pages of story which are there only for the sex - normally I like the sex to have a purpose, but anyway, it was still a 4 star story (and, other than JR Ward's works - it's MUCH better quality than comparable vampire "romance" stories)more
The 2nd book in The Night Huntress World Books “The Eternal Kiss Of Darkness” is about the elusive and all-powerful vampire, Mencheres, and his lifelong feud with another powerful vampire, Radjedef. Thrown into the middle of this battle is Kira, a human private investigator, who happens to become the most important person in Mencheres long life. We open this story with Kira basically saving Mencheres from his own suicide plan, which was “death by ghoul attack”. Mencheres could easily fight off a band of ghouls, but was allowing them to basically do what they want, until Kira showed up to save him. Mencheres is then required to save Kira as responsible for clearing her mind of all things supernatural. The problem occurs when Mencheres, over a week in Kira;s company, finds she is resistant to mind-control. He also finds he is extremely attracted to Kira, but believes he is destined for the grave. Mencheres has chosen this path feeling it will protect the ones he cares about and end the feud with Radjedef. The only problem is Kira makes him want to live.I personally loved this book as much as her last one about Spade. Mencheres proves to be a complex character with a long history of decisions that he has made because of his visions and knowledge. He is a very isolated individual emotionally because of what he has done, and some of the people he care the most for doubt his motivations. The really tragedy is that Mencheres feels that very few people in his life are there because they truly want to be, but stay because they have something to gain. The exception is Kira. He sees Kira as the one person who looks at him as an individual and likes what she sees. Throughout the book she will leave him speechless with each new time she ‘sees’ him and only him. Kira is a great heroine for this novel and enjoyed her fire and energy. She relies on her instincts and feelings, which eerily have never been wrong about situations or people. She meets Mencheres and her instincts says,” Mine”. She then goes out to find him, no matter what happens. She also deals with him being a vampire rather quickly, based on her instincts. Kira is strong and determined and loyal. She looks at Mencheres, a 4000 year old vampire, and tells him he is wrong and to trust her. Man, you got to love someone with this kind of confidence. I love the scene with Cat and Bones. Kira really shows her inner strength in front of 2 very strong individuals and people Mencheres needs and cares about. Kira also is practical and has confidence in Mencheres. She allows him to fight Radjedef, alone. Overall, I loved this book and give it my highest recommendation. I had only one complaint. I would have liked to seen and epilogue at the end of the book. How the book ended felt almost cut off, like there should have been something more. The ending was good, but adding an epilogue would have been the cherry on top of the sundae. 5 starsmore
Last week I went on a Jeaniene Frost binge. I’ve been avoiding reading her series mostly because I’m not a huge fan of book series with a recurring main couple -I’m always concerned about them breaking up- and because judging by the reviews Cat wasn’t my type of heroine. But a friend of mine has been telling me to read them for over a year now so I decided to give them a try and I’ve got to admit that I liked them. I can’t exactly pinpoint why I liked them because I did find Cat annoying as hell, but the books kind of grew on me and now I’m addicted. I’ll probably do a review of the whole series, but meanwhile you can find Marie’s take on This Side of the Grave here.Not only did I read all of the Night Huntress books, but I also read the spinoff series as well, and of those two my favorite was Eternal Kiss of Darkness. Both this book and the first one First Drop of Crimson are stand-alone from each other but not from the Night Huntress series, this means that even though you can read one without having read the other, you can’t read either one without having read the Night Huntress series first -at least until the fourth book- because they are full of spoilers. So my suggestion is that you treat these two books as part of the original series and just read every book in order.In Eternal Kiss of Darkness we meet Kira Graceling, she is a private investigator who one nigh happens to come across a man being tortured by a band of nasty looking bad guys. What she doesn’t know is that there is nothing ordinary about the man nor about the bad guys, you see, that man is a vampire and the guys torturing him are ghouls. It also turns out that the vampire is not even an ordinary vampire; he is Mencheres, a millenary master vampire and one of the most powerful vampires in the world. In the end is Mencheres who ends up saving Kira from the Ghouls and not the other way around. He takes her to his home to erase her mind of everything that happened (mind control is a common ability among vampires) but when he can’t do it things get a little complicated, especially because he can’t stop thinking about her and there is a powerful danger looming over him. When I discovered that Mencheres was this book’s hero I wasn’t that trilled, I didn’t care for him until I read book four on the Night Huntress series. He is an intriguing character because he is really old and wise. I was curious about such character being a hero, but a little apprehensive as well because he almost seemed too old and too wise. I’m happy to say I was wrong. All those traits that made me doubt his hero potential ended up being what made him a great hero. He has many layers and I think he is the most complex character in this word that Jeanine has created.The other reason this book worked was because the heroine is also an amazing character and had great chemistry with Mencheres. She is strong and independent, and she loves deeply. What I liked the most about this book was that Mencheres and Kira loved each other and you could feel it. It was almost sweet how this “old as dirt” vampire, who has a dark and troubled past, who doesn’t see himself as worthy of someone’s love and who is very powerful, finds himself falling helplessly in love with a human.Jeaniene’s vampires have long teeth’s, green glowing eyes, drink blood, get sunburned but aren’t otherwise affected by the sun, might develop superpowers in time, and in general are quite similar to what we are used to in a vampire. But even if there is nothing particularly new about those vampires, the world that she has created is rich and complex and you really need to read the whole series to grasp that. I don’t think you will enjoy this book if you haven’t read the Night Huntress series, is a good book, but it won’t be the same for you without the added background.If you have read the Night Huntress series, be warned that even though this is the same universe, and there even is a cameo of Cat and Bones, the style is completely different. The narration is third person multiple POV, that might throw you a bit if you are used to the first person Cat’s POV of the other books.What happens in this book doesn’t affect the Night Huntress universe, so you don’t really need to read this one to keep up with the series.This was my favorite of all of Jeaniene’s books, and I much rather read this series than the original. I am more into this type of book and I think Jeaniene does it better, but that is a matter of opinion. I can really see fans of the series not liking this one, and none fans of the series linking it.Overall Jeaniene is a recommended author for urban fantasy fans who like their books heavy on the romance and rich on the world-building.more
It is no secret that I am a major fan of the Night Huntress series. Cat & Bones are one of the most stellar couples in the PNR universe. So, it would make sense that I pick up the Night Huntress World books. I enjoyed Spade’s book, First Drop of Crimson, but I can’t say I was too excited for Mencheres’ story. I’ve never thought of him as sexy, he was always a bit scary (he posses MAJOR amounts of power) and aloof. Emotionally detached. Well, that has definitely ALL changed now! Frost managed to add depth, interest, compassion and actually breathed life back into Mencheres’ character. She also described his Egyptian history, which was some of my favorite scenes in the book. Just awesome! And, Mencheres might be older than dirt, but in this world - the older you are, the more power you have to make your partner’s body explode with euphoric sensations! *sizzle* I enjoyed Kira from the get go. She is intelligent, independent and courageous, and she refuses to endanger humanity. Her sense of duty to help others led her to find Mencheres. Once he told her of the world she just stumbled upon, she took it like a champ. She is very strong-willed – Mencheres actually can’t breach her mind. He won’t let Kira go until he can erase her memories (he can’t risk her blabbing about his race). Kira isn’t very happy about this and she challenges him from the start. She was never once afraid of him. After Kira’s sister falls very ill (she has a chronic condition), Mencheres makes a very compassionate move. Of course, a big evil bad ass is out get Mencheres and a series of events puts him and Kira in an ugly predicament. However, I find they work quite well as a team. Kira is a good match for Mencheres. She levels him out a bit, and she stand up to him, mentally.Of course, Cat & Bones make an appearance and I must say, I hated the scene they were in. Maybe it was the situation and their reluctance to believe Mencheres, but I was kind of pissed at both of them. *shakes fist* Bones is Mencheres’ co-ruler so he obviously doesn’t fight against him, but the attitudes in that scene were ugly. AND, Frost delivers the real goods: VLAD! He had serious airtime in this book! I love that hot vampire piece of ass something fierce and I am looking forward to his book!Eternal Kiss of Darkness was fantastic, full of danger, intense emotions, compassion and loyalty. I think Frost wrote some of the best sex scenes I’ve yet read from her (not including Chapter 32, of course!). *holyhotshowersceneandceilingsexwhoa* I want to have ceiling sex, please. :) There wasn’t as much humor in this book, probably due to Mencheres’ serious, dignified persona, but I enjoyed what we got. Frost’s sense of humor never lets me down! And I am so pleased at Kira’s new job prospect. She is gonna rock it!more
The Good Stuff It's written by Jeaniene Frost Hot and steamy and fun Absorbing, as usual Frost grabs your attention right away and doesn't let go until the very end, I never can put down any of her books Kira is a great kick ass heroine, even if she does get herself in all spots of trouble. She is compassionate and has an incredible strength of character. A very realistic heroine who I admire Lots of my favorite secondary characters are in this, but would have likde more Vlad and Hey where was Ian Cat and bones show up, so that is always fun and entertaining I know a lot of people didn't like this one as much as her Cat and Bones stories, but I loved it, loved it, loved it! Lots of Vlad in this story, with his lovely sense of wit -- hoping that JF will do a whole story on him, and cross my fingers, Ian The Not so Good StuffI hate the name Mencheres - reminds me too much of menarche which is basically a women's first menstrual cycle-- sorry male readers of blog Favorite Quotes/Passages (So very many, could have gone on for pages)"Cat cleared her throat in the tense silence that followed. “Uh, before this goes any further, let’s at least introduce ourselves to your friend. I’m Cat, and this is my husband, Bones. We’re part of Mencheres’ twisted little fang family"“First bubble baths. Now Disney parks. You’re shattering every creepy vampire myth I’ve ever heard.” "Kira knew that his tongue felt like a vibrator set to the speed of Oh Hell Yeah.""Vampires like you piss me off,’ Vlad muttered. ‘Leaving a trail of bodies for humans to be suspicious over when there’s no need to kill to feed. Ever had a mob of villagers armed with torches ad pitchforks burn your house down while screaming ‘death to wampyre!’? I have, and it’s irritating beyond belief." "I will not ask 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 I LearnedVampires have an extremely dry and witty sense of humour Ceiling sex sounds like tons of fun -- hey Nathan Fillion or Ryan Reynolds -- you interested? Who should/shouldn't readObviously long time fans of Jeaniene Frost will enjoy Those who enjoy an exciting and fun ride with hot and steamy sex Not for the prudish or those without a sense of humour 4.5 Dewey'sI bought a copy of the book since I am a big fan of Jeaniene Frost and didn't have to review it, but I did anyway so theremore
First I wanna say that before reading this book I thought Mencheres was an egotistical ass. I was hoping that by losing his mojo and seeing things from his POV that my opinion of him would change. Boy did it ever. I found that it wasn't that he was an asshole but that he just shut everybody out and didn't feel like he could completely trust anyone. He would spend hours at the bottom of a bathtub or swimming pool just to shut everything out. I guess you could say that being underwater was his fortress of solitude. Mencheres is a 4,500 year old master vampire, has incredible wealth and power and has never had anyone in his life that didn't want and/or expect something from him. That is until he met Kira. I really liked Kira. For one she was exactly what Mencheres needed and she was incredibly smart, sassy and didn't take crap from Mencheres. She talked to him in a way that no one dared talk to him due to his status and power and he in turn fell hard for her.The chemistry between Mencheres and Kira was strong from the beginning. As with all of Jeaniene's work, the sex scenes were smoking hot. Mencheres has skills beyond imagination. He is so powerful that he can completely envelope someone's body with pleasure without even touching them. At one point Kira refers to his tongue being like a vibrator set to oh hell yeah! That is probably my favorite line from the book.Cat and Bones make an appearance though it was mostly hostile as they were still pissed at Mencheres for manipulating them. I loved that Kira defended Mencheres and put them in their place. Oh and my favorite character in the series, Vlad showed up! Squee!!! I loves me some Vlad and seeing him interact with Kira and Mencheres lets you see him from a different perspective. This book made me love him that much more. Damn I hope he gets his own series. He deserves it.Jeaniene did something I didn't think possible. She made me feel bad that I thought Mencheres was a douchebag. I know it's silly but I felt the need to apologize to him for thinking horrible things about him. Like a lot of people he was simply misunderstood. I will view him differently from now on.Unlike First Drop of Crimson, which I did not want to end, I felt that the storyline in Eternal Kiss of Darkness was wrapped up and I was satisfied with leaving the characters. Getting a glimpse of the new Cat and Bones book was just icing on the cake.I highly recommend this book.more
As an avid lover of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, including her new spin off series the Night Huntress World, I was a little disappointed at first blush when it came to Eternal Kiss of Darkness. It seemed to lack the traits that I’ve come to expect from Frost’s work-a certain amount of sass and sarcasm as well as full throttle action and steamy romance. However, while it may have started more slowly for me then her previous books it finished with her usual flair and became yet another wonderful installment that shouldn't be missed.Mencheres has always been something of a secondary character in the Night Huntress series though he's always been quite interesting. Previously we were given only short glimpses at him and his powers, but have always been well aware of his Master status within the vampire world. So, because of this you can understand my reaction when in the first chapter he is allowing himself to be captured and tortured by Ghouls. It is only after Kira, a good Samaritan and human, risks her life rescuing him that he lashes out against his captors killing them almost instantly, but not before Kira is mortally wounded. Feeling a debt to the woman, he heals her but is unable to mesmerize her, a way to effectively remove the memories of what transpired from her memory. With only the option of killing her or waiting for a time when she may be more susceptible to him, he chooses to take her with him.It is from there that my problems with the novel stem. As we first begin to get to know Mencheres, he is apathetic to say the least. He is world weary and with his visions of the future gone he is left with only a looming darkness in its stead which he takes to mean that his time on this Earth is ending. Because of this he has appointed Bones the co-ruler of his line and imparted a great deal of his powers to him in his effort to tidy up his affairs and leave his vampire line protected. But, with the appearance of Kira into his life we find that there is more beneath the apathy in his character. By contrast he is also charming, generous and still quite powerful with an uncanny control of both himself and his powers. In other words, there is nothing old about him. In fact I would say that he greatly values life (human and vampire), but because of his recent history he is weighed down and in desperate need of a beacon in the looming darkness to give him a reason to carry on. However, we come to see that instead of the comfort of friends he only feels distrust towards those around him, thinking that anyone who would want to get close to him is only interested in his power, wealth and protection, but not actually in him. It’s these insecurities that truly grated on my nerves as he pines for Kira, opting to stalk her rather then get close to her and give her a chance to like the man that he is. Which honestly, from where I sit, isn't bad at all.Kira is likewise maddening, however. She is instantly attracted to Mencheres, but due to her captivity she feels she can’t trust that feeling. Instead she believes it might be a reaction of Stockholm syndrome, a syndrome where the captive falls in love with her captor. But, after Mencheres lets her go free with only a promise from her to not tell the human world about his kind, she comes to realize that she truly does want him in her life. In fact, that she may even love the vampire. Needless to say, she almost recklessly goes looking into any supernatural lead that she can find to help her search out Mencheres or someone that can lead her to him. Instead she finds a human girl that has been missing for several years being held prisoner by a vampire as his Property. Foolishly, she tries to extricate the woman, but is captured and tortured by the vampire until spilling Mencheres’s name.It isn’t until this point that the pace begins to finally pick up and we become steeped in the action of a centuries old feud and the romance between Kira and Mencheres as they finally begin to accept that they have feelings towards each other. Mencheres also begins to open up, revealing why it is he feels that he is not deserving of her love, or anyone's for that matter which is where I truly began to feel affection towards the character and the dark complexity of his nature. While fiercely loyal he feels a great sense of responsibility for actions of others that are not within his control, thinking instead that if he had chosen to do something or intervene sooner that that particular fate could have been avoided.Truly the characterization of this novel is much deeper then in previous ones. Both characters are in possession of great vulnerabilities yet each has their own inner strength. In the end they become a sort of yin-and-yang for each other, giving support and power to the other, be it physical or emotional. Also, instead of playing on what we expect to see (i.e. the wit and instant action) we are led on a journey with these characters. To me, after realizing this, the action of the novel became secondary to the evolution of the characters and from there I enjoyed the book immensely. Likewise, the secondary characters involved have a larger then life depth with multiple facets to their personalities. Most notably the villain of the story Radjedef who wields his centuries old animosity toward Mencheres displaying a patient conniving intelligence nurtured by a deep seeded feeling of being wronged. Where Mencheres often wants to take the blame for others, Radje feels that everyone but himself is to blame. And you can't forget Vlad Tepish…yep, that’s right, even Dracula himself makes an appearance, but he isn't the typical Draconian figure. Instead he's got a vitality and youth that gives him a charismatic magnetism that I really enjoyed reading. I can only hope that he will end up with his own tale in the Night Huntress World because I would truly enjoy seeing his story told, especially his tiff with Bones.Like the characters the world this series takes place in is just as well built. The mythos of the vampire and ghoul cultures is nicely explained and explored as is the varying histories of the characters. The only thing I would have liked to have seen a bit more of in this particular novel was the Egyptian lore tying back to Mencheres. While we do get a few tidbits about the Egytpian gods, the magics and a very brief look at his stint as a Pharaoh in the 4th Dynasty, I was still left a little lacking about his past. There was just so much there that could have been explored instead of his stalking and skulking through the first half of the novel.Overall, this was a great read with interesting and strong characters, even if they did start off a little lost. The journey back to finding their strength was wonderful to watch unfold as was the romance that sparked between Mencheres and Kira. This is definitely another wonderful installment into the Night Huntress World that I suggest you shouldn't miss.more
This book was just as good as the rest. Mencheres meets a human woman who attempted to save his life in the beginning. But finds it hard to stop thinking about her, she has awoken something in him. He tries to erase her memory of the events but can't. When things become worse, he is forced to kill her but then brings her back as a vampire. Now he feels like he has something, or rather, someone to live for. After a long time of fighting Radje, he finds himself in a very precarious position and Radje wants him dead for good. But Kira won't let him give up that quickly and certainly won't let him go. After his visions of the future disappeared he decided that it was his time to go, but now things have changed and Kira has lightened the darkness at the end of the tunnel for him. Of course, Cat and Bones made an appearance because this is the man who passed on his powers onto Bones. A lot of action, romance and sex. It was a thrilling book and I can't wait to see what Ms. Frost is going to have next! This world is incredible and most of all, these characters are a lot like you and me, They struggle, they hurt, they love and the live!more
This is the latest spin off book from Jeaniene Frost in her Night Huntress World and it is focuses on Mencheres. In all the books we have seen him in the past, he seems to be sad and unhappy with his life. I guess I never really thought about it before, but he has been alive for thousands of years, most of them he spent married to a woman who hated him. If that wasn’t bad enough, she also tried to kill him and his line out of fear. This resulted in him having to put actions into place to kill off his own wife and now the guilt he feels is overpowering him. He has thousands of years of blood on his hands, no wife, and while he is surrounded by people who respect him, there is not really a whole lot of love in his life.Enter Kira, she happens to stumble upon Mencheres being attacked by ghouls (though she does not know that) and tries to help him. She ends up getting hurt in the battle and Mencheres has to heal her, during the process Mencheres also realizes she has seen to much and takes her with him to wipe her memory. This turns out to be a problem because he cannot seem to do it and so Kira stays with him a while. While time goes by Kira’s attraction to Mencheres grows and soon she finds she may not want to leave even if she can.The emotion that took me by surprise the most in this book was Mencheres’ sadness, well really it is depression. It is always present as the book evolves and he is constantly trying to talk Kira out of being around him. He feels like his life has been to full of pain and suffering and he does not deserve her in his life. Kira does not want to hear it though, she is judging him for what he is now, not where his past actions led him. Which you have to admit is a lot easier said than done. That is how people should look at others, but it rarely actually happens. It is almost a blessing that she did not know Mencheres before though because she essentially gives him a clean slate to start over with her.I love Kira, she is tough, strong willed, and not afraid to fight for what she wants. She is also not afraid to stand up for Mencheres which is a rare event in the vampire world. He has made a lot of enemies and not everyone trusts him. Even some of his closest friends throw insults his way. They are probably meant to be in jest, but they still affect him and Kira sees it. She does not care about what they think they know about him because she has undying faith in him and she is proud to stand by him. I found that quality in her quite admirable and it was refreshing to see Mencheres get a fair shot at things. Sure, he has done a lot of things in his past, but doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance? I think so, and that is what Kira is for him.Bones and Cat make a couple brief appearances in this one, which I love. I also liked seeing Cat and her brief interaction with Kira. Cat is one bad a$% chick, if I ran into her I know I would be intimidated. But Kira holds her ground with Cat and does not seem to be intimidated at all. It was quite impressive and knocked Kira up a notch in my book. I hope we get to see her again in the future Cat and Bones stuff. Oh, even Vlad comes into play a couple of times, I miss that guy. I know he is supposed to be scary and what not, but he is one of my favorites. I hope we get to see a spin off book with him in it because that would be really interesting.Overall, this book was fantastic. I loved getting to know Mencheres better and I feel like I understand him more now. In the past books I have not really taken to him, but this book changed my mind. Once again Jeaniene has managed to keep me completely engrossed in her world and I loved every minute of it :)more
Eternal Kiss of Darkness is the second in the successful Jeannie Frost ‘Night Huntress World’ series. This time we get to peek into the world of Mencheres. An older than dirt vampire, who sees nothing more than his departure from this world in a void of darkness, and no he’s not being melodramatic. He’s gifted with the power to see visions of the future and lately his powers have been on the fritz. He can’t see through the darkness that engulfs his visions. Leaving him to interpret them as a sign that his time is coming to an end.In his attempt to get his affairs in order so to speak, he runs into Kira who saves him from an attack from a gang of ghouls. Fearing that she knows too much and being draw by her, a feeling that hasn’t surfaced for decades, he takes her into his world. Risking both their lives in the process.Mencheres was introduced in the Night Huntress series and is Bone’s ‘vamp granddaddy’ of sorts and now the co-ruler of their line and is certainly an intriguing character. But it seems his loss of his visions is his undoing. Believing that that they signify his end he moves to put his affairs in order before leaving his line and it’s responsibilities to Bones. The trouble with knowing what is going to happen before it does is a luxury he’s grown far too dependent on, rather than live in the moment his visions are his crutch. Once they’re gone his own existence is brought into question.Kira is an interesting character also, she’s not afraid to speak up and is not content to sit back and allow others to take care of her, she reminds me a bit of Cat. A private detective by trade it’s her inability to help others that finds her entangled in a world that she once considered myth. Because Mencheres cannot wipe her mind of the events she’s witnessed she has no choice but to stay with him.Final Thoughts…My innocent illusions of Disney’s Thunder Mountain will forever be tainted by a certain, ahem, acrobatic performance. It certainly puts a whole new meaning to ‘climbing the walls’.I love the Night Huntress series and when Jeannie Frost announced that there would be spin offs I was very eager to see what she had planned. While I’ve enjoyed the series thus far, the knowledge that there will be no further books exploring these characters besides their stand alone books, leaves me feeling a little deflated.Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed both books, but I couldn’t help but feel sad at the end knowing that the next time we will see these characters will be behind Cat and Bones as secondary characters in their next book.If you’re a fan of this series and the world Frost has created, I urge you to give this book a read. While it doesn’t focus on the series main characters, which may not be appealing to some, it still is a fun read. While the mystery and suspense is easily wrapped up in the last couple of pages there’s enough going on and appearances from old friends to keep you turning the pages.more
This was a really good book. Having "met" Mencheres in the Night Huntress series, I really didn't think one way or the other about him. Now that he's been fleshed out by Ms. Frost, I found him a great character. He is so lonely and desolate after living for over 3000 yrs, and you just feel he's tired. Kira comes to his aid and he is quite astonished that this mortal woman has courage, spunk, and risks herself to help him. He battles with himself since he doesn't want to involve her in his life, yet his feelings for her start to flourish.Of course there is an evil protagonist, his Uncle, Radjedef. He is one of the Law Guardians, you should know, every vampire tale has a judicial system they follow and this is theirs. Using his position of power, Radjedef is out to get Mencheres once and for all, feeling slighted all those hundreds of years ago before they were even vampires. Wow, that is a reeeeeally long time to hold a darn grudge, ya know!Needless to say, Mencheres does not want Kira caught in the cross-fire of this mess and he tries to keep her away. His "grandchild" Bones wants to help and all Mencheres wants is for Bones to take care of the flock. Here is were we see that there is a heart in him. His worry for his followers is evident. We also meet Vlad again, as he assists Mencheres as best as he can. You find out just how powerful Mencheres really is. He is the Grand Pooba of all vamps being so darn ancient and that becomes quite evident as the story progresses.There's a part where he allows himself to sink to the bottom of the pool and just has silence. What thoughts must go through such an ancient mind must be staggering and he does this to escape.There is plenty of suspense, a bit of a twist that I really didn't expect at all, a nice introduction to Kira, and it all getts tied up in a pretty bow. Fast easy reading, a bit of suspense, just what I like. Jeaniene Frost does not disappoint! I can't wait for #5 in the Night Huntress series and I sure hope she gives Ian his due in a book of his own.more
This is the second in a series of novels based in the same world as the Night Huntress series. These stories have a much larger emphasis on romance. In this book Mencheres the vampire is ready to die and leave Bones to rule. Then he meets PI Kira who throws him for a loop. As the two are forced together for some time, Mencheres jealous enemy sees his weakness for Kira and the fun begins. I love the Night Huntress series by Jeanine Frost. It is exciting and well written. The characters are so multi-dimensional that they just come off the page. Bones and Cat have a relationship that is real and believable. Their sex scenes are HOT. What I am finding with the Night Huntress WORLD is that I don't feel that relationship intensity here. The books are still well written and Frost in undeniably a great writer and creative world builder. I enjoyed Mancheres more than I believed possible and I even liked his love interest Kira. These tend to read more like paranormal forumla romances, like those created by Kerrelyn Sparks or Lynsay Sands. This one especially met the generic formula of human meets vamp. Human comes to terms with vamps. Vamp loves human who can't succumb to his vampire powers. Their love is threatened physically. The good guys prevail. Love triumphs and happily ever after. Even the sex scenes here were dull. This shouldn't be possible from the author who wrote the historically hot Chapter 32! If I read the word 'loins' ever again it will be too soon. The portions of the story not focused on the love/sex aspects were fresh and engrossing. It just feels like these characters and this AMAZING world, are too big to properly be fit into this romantic and formula based series.more
I'm not a huge fan of Mencheres, and really that made the book not so great for me. As a character he's a little too powerful and inscrutable, and just not very endearing. I liked Kira a bit better, but she didn't help much.However, for a romance where I didn't care for either of the main characters, it was still enjoyable. It's fairly standard plot wise, but paced really well. A quick read.more
I love the Night Huntress series but this one bored me alittle. Menchares is an interesting character but Kira is sadly lacking. She bothered me with her attempts at humor and her weak bravado. The story centered around their relationship and some ancient feud Menchares has with Radjedef. The villain was a carbon copy of a dirty cop, vampire style. I will still continue the next in the series but I hope it is as good as the original Cat and Bones books.more
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