Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Eternal Kiss Of Darkness Review

Eternal Kiss Of Darkness
by Jeaniene Frost

“An immortal war has been brewing in the darkness…and now one woman has stumbled into the shadows.

Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she’s only imagined in her worst nightmares.

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

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

More descriptive overview:

Eternal Kiss of Darkness is book two in the Night Huntress World series (spin off to the ever awesome Night Huntress books featuring Cat & Bones) In this book we get a more in-depth look at the previously withdrawn Mencheres, Technically, Bones ‘Grandsire’ but held in thought, as more of a father figure. Mencheres in the Night Huntress series seems closed off and holding something back. You almost get the impression that he has ulterior motives that you just can’t seem to figure out. In EKoD Frost cleverly unravels the mystery that is Mencheres. Through insight and glimpses of his past, slowly the real Mencheres reveals himself, while the reader falls in love with him along the way!

Mencheres’s long life is upended with the entrance of Kira Graceling who unknowingly walks in on his supernatural fight with a pack of ghouls and attempts to save him. After Kira takes what would be a mortal wound, Mencheres, unwilling to let her death be on his conscious, shares his blood to save her. When he goes to remove the memory of the gruesome event he discovers he is unable to mesmerize Kira into forgetting what had just taken place. Leaving only one option: Take Kira captive until he can set things right!

We soon see that Kira’s character is a breath of fresh air. She’s straightforward and strong, not the typical damsel in distress. She’s protective, honest & loyal, keeping her promises even while suffering through torture. Kira is instantly likable, when Mencheres and Kira unite through all the turmoil you can’t help but to root for them. It all leads up to when Mencheres oldest nemesis comes into play to end their ancient feud once and for all. Kira refuses to be used as a pawn, and sets a plan into motion where together they attempt to defeat her lover’s oldest foe!

Random Thoughts:

I enjoyed EKoD very much! I just can’t seem to get enough of the deeper insight the Night Huntress World books give to the beloved characters that we’re first introduced to alongside Cat & Bones in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. My only hope is we soon get to read more of Vlad, who’s brief but ever so amusing parts in EKoD left me begging for more!!!

I have only one minor fault with the book. And that’s the cover itself, (which is completely out of the authors control, mind you) but I can’t help but shake my head at the absurdity of what looks like a child has taken a red marker and drew red dribbles of blood coming from the closed mouth of Mencheres, ruining what would otherwise be a great cover. What was the art department thinking? Not to mention, if anyone had taken the time to read the book in question, I give you a quote from page 77; “She expected his mouth to be stained red, or to see crimson trails zigzagging down his face, but nothing marked his strikingly handsome features.” So why I ask, the need for silly red marker scribbles? A good cover really does give a lot of oomph in selling a book. I don’t like that they cheesed it up, possibly turning away new readers who do judge a book by it’s cover (even though that‘s a huge no-no!) such small screw-up that would have been an easy fix.

Cover aside, all in all this book is a must read, especially for all previous Jeaniene Frost fans! Just as she did with Spade & Denise in First Drop of Crimson (book 1 of Night Huntress World) Mencheres & Kira provide an action filled romance with root-able personalities and of course Frost doesn’t fail to deliver the smexyness, be sure to look for what has to be one of the most memorable smexytime scenes I’ve ever read…that just so happens to take place on the CEILING! ;-)


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