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Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost
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Aug 09, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010, paranormal, romance, vampires
Read in December, 2010

The second standalone novel in the spin-off series to The Night Huntress series proved to be a much stronger novel than the first one, First Drop of Crimson.

Mencheres is an ancient and powerful Master vampire, but now that the only vision of the future he can see is of darkness, he's convinced it's time to pay for past sins and end this long and weary life. When a mortal woman steps in unexpectedly to save him from what was a suicide-by-ghoul attempt, Mencheres ends up rescuing her in turn. The problem is, he can't wipe her memories. He can't read her mind at all. Sure that it's because of his ancient blood that he had to give her to heal her, he politely keeps her prisoner until such time as he can access her mind. When he still can't, but finds himself trusting her, he lets her go.

Kira is a private investigator, and being suddenly set free by the beautiful and charismatic vampire Mencheres is only the beginning. When her search for Mencheres brings her into contact with other, less gentlemanly vampires, she is forced deep into the dangerous vampire world - and on the run with Mencheres, who is being framed by one of the vampire Council Guardians and Mencheres nemesis, Radje.

I've always liked Mencheres - there's a sad, little-boy-lost quality to him that adds depth to his scary, powerful presence. He's rather fatalistic in this book, but understandably so. And Kira is a great heroine, smart and brave and warm. They had great chemistry together, and Frost doesn't overwhelm the romance side with the mystery/action plot side of things.

I'll just add, though, that I find this cover hilarious. It would have been quite a nice cover if they hadn't felt the need to add fake - and very badle done - blood drops. It looks ridiculous.
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