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Hearts in Darkness (Nikki & Michael #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,828 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
Life has never been so insane for Nikki James. There's another teenager missing. She has another vampire to contend with. Her partner and best friend Jake is in the hospital dying. And a madman is kidnapping the wealthy.

Just when it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, Michael returns-but not for her. This time, however, Nikki has no intention of running from either
Paperback, 236 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by ImaJinn Books (first published December 31st 2000)
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4 stars

Riveting PAranormal romance/ action

When I first started this book it quickly became apparent that it was a second In a series and I had not read the first. I hesitated to continue but; instead I chose to read on, with the resolve that I would put book two down if I felt lost and read book one. I was able to read through book two and thoroughly enjoy it thanks to the author providing enough background as to not spoil book one
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

HEARTS OF DARKNESS is the second book in the Nikki and Michael series. I am so glad that the publisher decided to rerelease this series because I think it’s quite good. As a fan of Arthur’s other series, I found that this gave me an opportunity to read her older titles. I think this will help readers discover this series or perhaps reminds loyal fans just how talented Arthur is.

This book continues off from where the last book ended. Nikki is now forever connected to Michael after having letting
Shari Kay
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr-uf
So this was an okay read.

I like Nikki and Michael. This takes place 6mo. after book one. Nikki didn't mess around about how she feels about Michael now that she's getting a second chance with him. She didn't play games and I totally appreciated that. There is no misunderstanding.

Michael's resistance, and the reasons behind it were not totally without merit, but still "stupid man" heavy.

The fact that they were only together for a week total before this book starts kind of makes the "I'd die for
Felicity Heaton
The second book in the Nikki & Michael series, Hearts in Darkness was another slice of paranormal romantic suspense that had me gripped until the last page. I didn't want to put this one down, and yet again it was probably thanks to the leading vampire in the book, Michael. Michael is the sort of tall dark and deadly that I love. At the end of the first book, he leaves the heroine Nikki because she gave her blood to him in order to save her life, unwittingly releasing the darker vampire side ...more
Hearts in Darkness begins six months after Michael walked away from Nikki. Since then, he's been trying to regain control over his hunger. Seline has been helping him. She's been "a constant, if distant, companion. Badgering him endlessly, never letting his resolve slip, never letting him give up hope. She'd been his strength in the early days of darkness, when the demon was close to winning control, and he'd just wanted to give up the fight permanently." Nikki's powers have changed since Mich ...more
Hearts in Darkness is a dark and gripping vampire tale. Nikki and Michael are once again forced together to face a terrible evil. Battling with the thrall mental bond and blood lust, Michael has left Nikki broken hearted for 6 months. Now Michael is back but he is fearful of the danger his presence causes.

Can Nikki and Michael find the evil threat and save the missing boy before the evil takes them?

I loved watching Nikki break away at Michael's desire to keep her at arms length.

As I stated abov
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Nikki & Michael series by Keri Arthur and continues the story about 6 months after the end of Dancing with the Devil. I won't give spoilers for this book but I'd strongly recommend reading the series in order & not continuing to read this review if you're new to the series.

The end of the previous book saw Michael leaving Nikki in order to protecter her - both from himself and from the dangers from the life he leads - and despite his love for her he has man
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Once more there was action right from the start and I definitely love that about this series.

Keri Arthur certainly found a great mix between Paranormal, action and romance but I have to admit that I like the actions parts best. She has a knack to draw you in more with each chapter and that makes it hard to take even the smallest breaks from the book, I kept thinking: “Ohhh, just one more chapter, I need to see what happens now.”

It’s probably not easy to keep that kind of pace and yet it works p
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, aww-previous
2.5 ★s

Life has never been so insane for Nikki James. There's another teenager missing. She has another vampire to contend with. Her partner and best friend Jake is in the hospital dying. And a madman is kidnapping the wealthy.

Just when it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, Michael returns - but not for her. This time, however, Nikki has no intention of running from either the case or from what still lies between her and Michael. And she isn't going to let him run, either.

The last thing
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Better then the first

This is the second book of the Nikki and Michael series by Keri Arthur. It starts with Nikki searching for another teenager whose parent is worried that he going to run away. This bring back the memories back to Nikki about the last case and when Michael walked away. Nikki follows the kid into a factory and gets attacked by five vampires. She lives but Jake, her boss, gets shot and ends up in intensive care. Nikki also gets asked by a police officer if she can find his niec
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hearts in Darkness is such an appropriate title!

The continued story of our struggling lovers is a great sequel! One that gives you hope they will work their sh*t out. To be I loved the struggle they each faced with being together and apart.

Thrown into various dark situations that can strengthen their bond or end both completely. With old loves flame so close and dark forces trying to out wit Nikki and Michael, you never know what will happen.

The raw emotion these two feel when the o
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR/UF fans
Recommended to chucklesthescot by: saw it on RISI
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr, vampires
I have been scathing about a previous series of Keri Arthur-the werewolf reservation books-but this was a good read! Nikki is a developing psychic working as a PI and is following a rich teenage boy who gets snatched while she and her partner are attacked by vampires. The missing boy and the missing daughter of a cop are linked to an investigation being run by Michael, Nikki's vampire ex-lover. They are now investigating a resort where rich men are missing and Nikki wants to use the chance to ge ...more
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh shit...Oh yes...Michael...
Sorry I got distracted...
Oh how I love Michael. This was one hell of a read; damn I hate that there are only four books in this series. Ms. Arthur does not disappoint, she kept me on the edge of my seat with all that was going on. I didn't see how Nikki and Michael where going to make it out.
Thank god for Nikki's strength and resolve and thank god she doesn't listen to Michael. She is one hell of a woman. I loved the way she kept going after Michael, determined to ma
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
This is the second book in the series, that is a continuation of a relationship between Michael (Vampire) and Nikki (now immortal, but not a vampire) If he dies, she dies...

This book is takes place 6 months after the last one. Michael & Nikki are forced together to investigate the disappearance of men... The heat between Nikki & Michael is palpable... Intense.

The Evil... Michael's maker...Oooooo...

Actually, this whole book was intense! I couldn't read all at once, because I had other thi
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, pnr, arc
Hearts in Darkness was a definite improvement on the first book. It's not free of problems, of course, but both story and characters were engaging.

Nikki has grown. She's not the whiner of the first book, nor she's fearful of her emotions. I'm not sure I buy into her new-found confidence in wanting Michael this much (I'm too proud a person for that :P), but it was a pleasure seeing her moving into kick-ass status.
Michael is still a little bit too Edward-ian (of Twilight fame), but he's moved int
Nika ♥Living Cre8tively ♥

Hearts in Darkness is action all the way through and it's a book that I didn't want to put down.The plot of this story was very different from the normal and Ms. Arthur has a way of bringing new characters to a series and making it magical and not unrealistic. I love how this isn't just your normal vampire meets girl and they fall in love book. This is different and I applaud Ms. Arthur for keeping it that way.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy, arc
Rating: 2 out of 5.

This adventure of Nikki and Michael sadly fell short of my expectations.

I didn't really enjoy the relationship between Nikki and Michael.

I'll give the next book a chance and see how that goes!

ARC Courtesy of Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell and NetGalley
Kathy Davie
Second in the Nikki & Michael urban fantasy series and revolving around a powerful psychic and a vampire at odds with each other and themselves. Based in Lyndhurst but the action takes place in Jackson Hole. It's been six months since Dancing with the Devil , 1.

My Take
It is better than Dancing with the Devil, but the tropes Arthur drags into this made me roll my eyes. I wish I got as much exercise as my eyes seem to! The I-love-you-but-aren't-good-enough trope always makes me so nuts, and A
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good exciting story.

I think in condescension was even better than the last one. Never ending action, pretty much and I really liked the story in this one. It was a little different than some, meaning magic and adding in the nature part.. Can't really way more or I'd give it away. So if you read book one and liked it then your going to love this one, if you havent read book one, well do! You want to read it before this one or you will be missing some important information that won't make
Lync Lync
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you think Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson series has too much sex for story, try this earlier series where the story telling is still paramount. Nikki is a street kid, all grown up now, but still with hangups and trust issues. Michael is a centuries old Vampire, still in thrall to his maker. It is also a murder mystery and a very good one. Together they overcome all - and solve the mystery. Well maybe not all - they are only human (and vampire) after all.
In the first book, Nikki wins free of her t
Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
Just as I had hoped, Michael caved. Nikki is one smart cookie. I am so looking forward to the next book knowing they are together.

This series has intrigue, mystery and another kick ass female. I am so enjoying the binge on PNR. Keri Arthur doesn’t disappoint.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Michael tries to stay away from Nikki to keep her safe, we all know how that turns out in these books. They join together to stop a killer and try to find a way to make their relationship work.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Definitely better than the first.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nikki and Michael find each other again and realize how deep their love is for each other while battling evil vampires and making friends with flame imps. 4 stars to Keri Arthur!
Mistress Book Lover
Hearts in Darkness by Keri Arthur

My Review:

I loved this book just like I did the first one in the series, I so can't wait to read more by Author Keri Arthur *****5 STARS*****
Book Info

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Dell (first published December 31st 2000)
ISBN 0440246520 (ISBN13: 9780440246527)
edition language English
series Nikki & Michael #2
characters Nikki James, Michael Kelly
Source:Netgalley EARC

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Life has never been so insane for Nikki James. There's another teenager missing. She has another vampire to contend with. Her partner and best friend Jake is in the hospital dyin
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Just when it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, Michael returns-but not for her. This time, however, Nikki has no intention of running from either the case or from what still lies between her and Michael. And she isn't going to let him run, either.
The last thing Michael Kelly needs is a confrontation with Nikki-especially when his control over his bloodlust is still so tenuous. But when a kidnapper steps up his agenda to murder, he's forced into a partnership with Nikki to keep her safe
Fangs for the Fantasy
Nikki has been apart from Michael for 6 months, 6 months while Michael slowly relearns to control his hunger and 6 months when Michael resolves to stay away from Nikki. His life, his world, his job is just too dangerous for her and he is determined to keep her safe

Unfortunately for him, one of his jobs coincides with one of hers – she has another missing teenager and a lost contact’s family member, neither of which she is willing to ignore and she’s certainly not going to leave it because Michae
Books A-Brewin'
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it

I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In my review of Dancing with the Devil, the first in the Nikki & Michael series, I mentioned that I was disappointed with the lack of romance. It had felt like they were much more focused on the job and the dangers surrounding them then in the budding feelings between them. Well, where Dancing with the Devil lacked, Hearts in Darkness definitely made up for it.

Hearts in Darkness started with Nikki gritting h
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hearts in Darkness Nikki and Michael Book 2. Keri Arthur.

ARC supplied by Netgalley.

Keri Arthur was new to me until I recently had the first Nikki and Michael book Dancing with the Devil for review. I loved it and so was keen to get book two. It doesn't disappoint, once again Keri's writing is clear and concise, and filled with action packed moments, drama, and yet the thread of Nikki and Michaels romance runs solidly through it. Michael left her without even saying goodbye at the end of the last
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