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Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Night Huntress World Series (Book 2)
Paranormal: Vampire
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The second book in Frost's Night Huntress World series is quite a treat. I was stand-offish regarding this book at first. Mainly because the hero is non other than the mysterious Mencheres. Introduced in the Night Huntress novel, Mencheres has always been the super powerful and untouchable sort of character that I didn't think would come across well in a romance. Sometimes these super powerful vampires in fiction come off as unemotional and unbelievable, there testosterone and godlike behavior is usually demeaning and belittling to their women and the heroine really only becomes a side to this big boy. This did not happen at all. Mencheres came off as real. Very real. His psychological problems came across very well and the whole romance wrapped around the novel exquisitely. Frost did a wonderful job and I can't wait to read more and more and more.

Walking home from her work, Kira hears a scream of pain and decides (against her better judgment) to intervene. She walks in on a preternatural show down between Mencheres and five ghouls. In a show of power and speed the ghouls attack her and Mencheres saves Kira's life by infusing her with his blood. Meaning to make her forget and send her on her way, Mencheres is stumped as she seems to be impervious to his Jedi Mind Tricks.

He has no choice but to take her with him and hope that it is his blood that makes her impervious to the eyes. After a week and no forgetting, Mencheres believes Kira is one of the rare humans that is able to withstand a vampires mind tricks. But, as it comes time to let her go, Mencheres starts to realize that he doesn't want her to go.

Touching in some spots and actually pretty deep in others, Frost delivers in her unique fashion. She wove a very sexy, action-packed and exciting novel that kept me going from front to back. Mencheres suffers from his loss of vision and technically a very overly long life and his emotional path shows a unique side to the plot of this world. It reminded me greatly of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicle series, but I actually think Frost handled it more rationally.

The great thing I like about these novels are the fact that they are stand alones, you do not have to be on top of the Cat & Bones part of the Night Huntress series, you also didn't have to read First Drop of Crimson. They don't impact this novel at all. Cat & Bones do appear in this one but the back story is minimal. They make a few references to prior conflicts, like the death of Patra - but nothing too intense to warrant having to go and read the Night Huntress series, even though I recommend reading that series.

Minor problems I found with the novel included Kira the heroine. I just found her succumbing to Mencheres a little too easily. After a week of holding her hostage she is all hot for him. Then she quickly falls in love, plays psychiatrist to him and then jumps in a tries to solve all his problems. And she also accepted his darker side a little too easily. It made the story easy without any romance bumps, but I think a few problems might have been a bit more believable. She just accepted vampires, killing, becoming a vampire so easy.

I do have to say - that Kira's vampire transition was very believable. This is how I totally would see it happening. Her working on maintaining her powers, having to learn how to handle things gently, accidentally stomping her foot through the floor - much more believable than some other vampire transitions I've read *ahem* like a certain YA novel.

All in all, great follow-up and I can't wait to read more. From what I can garner there is no set Night Huntress World Book 3 as of yet, but I'm sure we'll be hearing about it soon.

Fans of the Cat & Bones (Night Huntress Series) should really read these spin-offs. Also if you like the Anita Blake series, Gena Showalter, Sherilyn should really enjoy. Paranormal Romance means some nookie, so this is adults only.


Savannah said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I really like this one because we got a better insight on Mencheres. He has always been a mystery to me and I was happy to finally get to know him. I agree with you in seeing Kira getting used to her powers. I laughed through that whole part.

The Happy Booker said...

Great review! I absolutely love the Night Huntress series and haven't started on the World series yet, but its definitely something I want to do. This one sounds great. I was a little unsure too about how Menchares would fit as a main character for me, but now that you mention it, I can see how his story could remind you of some in Anne Rice's Chronicles. I'm looking forward to reading this!

Nicole Sheldon said...

You have under "paranormal" as the series being 'aliens'. Did I miss something on my reads through? lol!

Anonymous said...

I thought this one was better than First Drops of Crimson and it really got me to like Mencheres. Before this book he just didn't wow me even though he is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, vampires in the Night Huntress world. I also won't be seeing Disneyland the same way again :-)

Stephanie G
Paranormal Haven

Tori [Book Faery] said...

Ahh very interesting... I've been debating whether or not to pick this book up. Now I'm interested!

Karen said...

I loved it too - after putting off reading it for about 6 months. He was so boring in the series!!

ParaJunkee said...

No sorry. I have food poisioning and didn't get to proof this review before it went up. Total fail on my part - I'm going to fix the aliens. LOL

Patti (Book Addict) said...

I haven't read this one yet, mainly b/c Mencheres is not my favorite vamp. Nice review - I'm bumping it up!

Smash Attack! said...

Nice review. It was cool to learn about Mencheres. He is certainly someone I was not drawn to in the NH series, but he pleasantly surprised me.

Mariya said...

I loved this one way better than First Drop of Crimson and I enjoyed it a lot. I loved Mencheres. I can't wait for Vlad's series next. XD

Danny said...

You know, when I heard this spin-off was about Mencheres I couldn't care less. But! I love this world so much that I read it anyway and I'm soo glad I did! Super big Mencheres Fan now! (I was even mad with Bones and Cat at some point in the book)

Kristin said...

I enjoyed this book as well. Not as good as "Cat & Bones," but still a good read. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for an "IAN" book!!

Nocturnal Bites

ParaJunkee said...

@Kristin - I think a lot of us are waiting for an Ian book. *sigh*

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