Title: Eternal Kiss of Darkness
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress World
Previous Novel(s) Review(s):
1. First Drop of Crimson
Date Started: January 25
Date Finished: February 2
Format: ebook from the digital library
If you’ve read the other Night Huntress novels you already know whom Mencheres – Bones’ grandsire and co-ruler of their vampire line – is. Sometime after he killed his wife Petra, the old vampire was hanging out in Chicago but he wasn’t doing anything good. After he killed his wife the visions that he has relied on have stopped, except for one. In this vision all he sees is darkness and he assumes that this darkness is his pending demise. Not wanting to delay the inevitable he searches out some ghouls and foolishly engages them in battle. But he doesn’t fight back and thinks that this is the end…
But it isn’t. A suspicious passer by comes into the warehouse where the ghouls are keeping him and tries to interfere. Of course, a regular human with a gun against the ghouls is never going to end well. Mencheres not wanting to be responsible for an innocent human’s death – especially one who came to his rescue – attacks the ghouls. But the human – Kira – sees what he is and passes out from not only the shock but her injury too.
When she wakes up, she’s in Mencheres’s house completely healed. He tries to wipe her mind of the events, but it doesn’t work. He thinks it’s because of his blood in her system and decides to keep her prisoner for a few days before he tries again. But when he does, it still doesn’t work. Somewhere along the way he has started to get to know Kira and has some intense feelings for her, feelings he hasn’t felt since his wife. Beauty and the Beast anyone? Despite his better judgment he lets Kira go with her word that she won’t breathe a word of what he is and the existence of the vampires to anyone. But he isn’t the only one who has had some intense feelings, and as Kira looks for Mencheres again, she stumbles into something that she may never come back from.
Compared to First Drop of Crimson, I liked Eternal Kiss of Darkness a lot more. Mencheres is an interesting character, one I hadn’t realized was so interesting while reading the Night Huntress series. But his whole doom and gloom thing did get on my nerves after a while. Kira, on the other hand, reminds me a lot of Cat. She’s very sarcastic and stubborn, and she’s always getting into things that she shouldn’t be getting into. Also the sexual tension between the two made me absolutely crazy. It was just like would you two please just have sex already. There’s this bath scene – and a shower scene too now that I think about it – that were just absolutely mind-boggling.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Still not as good as the original series, but much better than First Drop of Crimson. I loved the cameos too! Bones, Cat, and Vlad – I missed that vampire – make appearances to help out Mencheres and I still want to know what the connection is between Vlad and Cat. Maybe we’ll find out in The Night Prince series?
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