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 either the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction.

Jeaniene Frost never ceases to surprise me. She has a real knack for giving characters that she just scratched the surface with previously so much depth that you can’t help but fall in love with them. Yes, I am talking about Mencheres.

Mencheres was never my favorite character. I’m guessing that’s because I was always seeing him through Cat’s eyes. He was someone with so much power that he intimated her and then seemed to use that power however he could to manipulate others. Yep, that’s pretty much Mencheres on the surface. Trust me, even if you aren’t a fan of this powerful vampire, you need to read this book. You will see him in a totally different light.

Kira was the perfect person to bring out the hidden aspects of Mencheres. She wasn’t part of the vampire world until she met him, so she came into his life not knowing how intimidated she should be. She grew to love him for who he truly was, not the person everyone thought he was. They both grew a lot in this story and because we learned so much about Mencheres’ back story and his own internal battles, I doubt if any reader will ever look at him the same way again.

I’m not sure who Frost will feature next, but I can’t wait to find out. Ian didn’t make an appearance in Eternal Kiss of Darkness but Vlad was there. Either one of them would make for an interesting side trip in The Night Huntress World. I love reading about Cat and Bones, but this additional series adds so much to their series. Besides that, there is always just enough of Cat and Bones thrown in that we don’t miss them too much. 😉

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First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series comes a breathtaking new journey to the dark side of desire.

 The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows—her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield—and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness—and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for a taste of her.

He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human—even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together . . .

Because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.

Spade has spiked my curiosity since the first time we met him in Bones’ cave. I knew there was much more to him than the bits and pieces we have discovered in the first 4 books in the Night Huntress series. I am so glad that Frost decided to start the Night Huntress World books with his story.

Turns out Spade is the perfect tormented and damaged character. He has loved and lost and never wants to feel that pain again. Who better for him to fall for than another damaged character, Denise. All of us who have followed Cat and Bones’ story so far have been witness to Denise’s pain. It seems really cruel of Frost to bring her even more, but the real story here is how she handles it. Both of these characters grow a lot in this story and it’s almost worth all the torturous sexual tension that Frost puts us through to get there.

If you haven’t read the first 4 books in the series you will probably still enjoy this book because it is a stand alone novel. I think you will get a lot more out of it if you read it in the order that Frost recommends. You can find that time line list here. You get just enough of a glimpse of characters from the other books that it helped me to know some of their background. Especially when it came to the “love” that everyone had for Ian. It should be fun to see how Frost turns him into a vamp worthy of love. He’s just too much fun to detest. He has to have some redeeming qualities though to be worthy of Bones’ and Spades friendship.

The next book on that list is Eternal Kiss of Darkness. which centers on Mencheres. I’ll probably step away from the Night Huntress World for a while now. I need a little bit of a break. I will be back soon though.