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.
This is probably tied with my least favorite book by Jeaniene Frost. I usually am in love with her books and characters, but this one didn’t have the same effect.
Kira Graceling is a P.I. who was walking home after a long day at work. She overhears a fight just as she’s getting home and decides to go help whoever is in trouble. That’s when she finds a vampire being tortured by a group of ghouls. Her whole life irreversibly changes with that one decision to help a stranger.
Kira and Mencheres made a nice couple, but there was nothing particularly exciting about them. I felt like the side characters, especially Vlad, Cat, and Bones, stole the show at times. I was more excited to see them than our main characters. Kira was smart and loyal, which made her a great character, but I feel like we never got below the surface. Mencheres was an angst filled vampire at the beginning, but he leveled out as the story went on. But honestly… I liked the angsty version more.
“First bubble baths. Now Disney parks. You’re shattering every creep vampire myth I’ve ever heard.”
The story actually started out really well. I thought I was going to find a new favorite. But as chapters went on, I realized this was way too long. By about the last hundred pages I was ready for the story to end. The villain was particularly interesting to me and Kira and Mencheres also started losing my interes. I felt like this could have been a bit shorter. I at least wish some of the pages were dedicated to an epilogue or something. Just to see how our characters are doing after defeating the bad guy and see them in their day to day life.
“Just because some of us make a mistake in love once doesn’t mean we’re doomed to repeat it.”
This was a nice addition to the Night Huntress Universe, but not something I’ll probably pick up again.
Book One Review -> First Drop of Crimson