Squee!! Another Night Huntress world book! Not as good as a Cat and Bones story... or is it?!
Disclaimer: I, the reviewer, bought this book for myself. I did not receive this book, nor any form of monetary incentive in exchange for a positive review.
Type: Series, Vampires, Paranormal Romance, Sexy and Powerful Alpha Male
From the back of the book: " 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 appeared - 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. "
I am quite a big fan of Jeaniene Frost and her Night Huntress series. So when readers first met Mencheres, he was described as a powerful, old vampire. I know he was supposed to look young, but I couldn't get that "OLD!" idea out of my head. So when the author mentioned the second Night Huntress World book would be Mencheres' story.. I was a little wary. At least until she explained that Mencheres actually looks like a young Oded Fehr. Then, I'll admit, I was drooling a little. And after reading "Eternal Kiss of Darkness".. well, I can be firmly placed in the Mencheres-loving category.
I'm not sure I've mentioned this before, but I do love Jeaniene Frost's take on the vampire mythology. Much of what is considered vampire lore today are lies spread by the vampire community so they could easily prove they weren't vampires - So crosses, garlic, etc do not harm them. But I think my favorite part is the green-flashing eyes. When a vampire is hungry, using some of their power, or (and my favorite part) getting a little excited in the pants-region.. their eyes start to glow green. I believe at one point, Cat called it something like an optical hard-on.
Some of the scenery in this book, Mencheres' idea of a safe hideout, couldn't be more amusing. In one scene, Kira wakes only to hear screaming and something moving very fast. Where are they, you might ask? In Disneyland, under Thunder Mountain Railroad. I distinctly remember chuckling when Mencheres told her their location. And even better? They later find themselves in the Haunted Mansion, doing some very paranormal type-things, that fit in wonderfully with the theme of the ride.
One of the things I love the most about Frost is her ability to write some seriously kick-butt heroines. First Cat, who has no problem fighting back and taking the bad guys down, and now Kira, who doesn't bat an eye at standing up to people much older and more powerful than herself. And that includes Mencheres. I would have loved to see more scenes of other vampires witnessing how Kira spoke to him. This big, bad, ancient vampire being chastised by a human (and later not-so-human) female.
And a quick side-note... I love how the author used Egyptian history to suit her needs. The pyramids were not elaborate burial chambers, at least not how most people believe - but were instead supposedly comfortable retirement homes for vampire rulers after their reign ended. As a history nerd, I was quite interested and wanted to read even more. And I won't give anything away (no spoilers, promise), but Egyptian mythology/religion does play a hand in the ending.
I'm going to give "Eternal Kiss of Darkness" a FIVE out of FIVE (5/5). I practically inhaled it, forgoing an early bedtime in my desire to keep reading about both Kira and Mencheres. Frost has yet to disappoint me with her novels, and I believe EKoD has even surpassed "First Drop of Crimson" in my mind. Her Night Huntress World novels just keep getting better.. I hope she keeps it up, and finally gives us Vlad's story!
Read "Eternal Kiss of Darkness"? Tell me your thoughts in the comments. Want to check it out? Find it at Amazon.com!
~!~ Morning Glow