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.
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.
©2010 Jeaniene Frost (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“In the second spin-off from the best-selling Night Huntress series, Frost produces a tale that is wildly romantic as well as action-packed. If Frost keeps this up, fans will need to build more keeper shelves!” (Romantic Times)
Checking down in the comments, it seems like everyone's biggest sticking point, is some of the accents of the characters.
But you quickly get used to the accent and grow rather fond of Tavia's impression of Bones. Its definitely not an upper crust poshy accent (by any stretch of the imagination), BUT I can't say I've never heard something similar whilst traveling about the UK.
To be quite honest, aside from some occasional mistakes here and there, it smoothes out over the first few chapters of the Night Huntress series, and by this book its kind of settled into its own feel.
Tavia's expressiveness and general quality of narration, matches perfectly with Frost's witty and fiery style. Tavia has truly set a benchmark for me by which I tend to judge other audiobooks, and be assured, there are a number of ab's on audible that I won't purchase simply because I can't deal with the voice.
So take it from me. I've munched down every single book from Jeaniene Frost in the past 2 month's and I'm totally ready for more. So don't let a few bad comments scare you away. Listen to the clip and just try it on for size! Between this series and the Charlene Harris Southern Vamp series with Sookie & narrator Johanna Parker, I haven't been able to find another combination that has lived up to these in both quality and the ability to pique my interest though the entire series.
This was a great read. The twists and turns of the book was unexpected and the romance was nice and steamy. I think Tavia Gilbert is a WONDERFUL narrator and she did a great job with all of the voices and accents, she makes the different characters believable. LOVED IT!!!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Despite my exhaustion over Vampire Romance books (the market is saturated with them now) I still LOVED this one! Even though this is book 2 of the Night Huntress Series you don't have to read the first one to be hooked. (although the first book is good too)
I enjoyed the strong heroine in this installment and the narration was superb!
This was a fun book to read, with some nice humor and great development into one of the characters we have seen over all the books but never really knew much about. I have thouroughly enjoyed these books, and this one does not disappoint. One note: this comes before the fifth book of the Night Huntress series, and after the first Nt Huntress World bk. From the author's website: "Reading order of Night Huntress series including Night Huntress World spin-off novels: HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE; ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE; AT GRAVE’S END; DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE; FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON; ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS; THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE."
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Jeaniene Frost is a great writer and like most authors some books are just better than others. She's wowed me a couple of times in her Night Huntress series and now she's gone ahead and done it again with Eternal Kiss of Darkness. This was my first audio book experience and it was so good that I'm already listening to another one. I'm not entirely sure if my rating would be the same had I simply read this novel as is my usual habit. I'd like to think so but Tavia Gilbert's narration was phenomenal so I can't help but question if her voice helped sway my ranking a tad. Not that that's a bad thing; I'm just curious.
Mencheres... RAAAR!! I'm so completely smitten with him after this book. In the series I found him a bit intimidating. Old and baddass would be accurate words to describe him but never sexy. Until now. His character has always been clouded in mystery in the Night Huntress series but this spin-off tells all. His origins are Egyptian, no real surprise there but who he actually was back when he was alive is a real jaw dropper! I enjoyed learning more about the wrongs that his deceased wife inflicted upon him and why. But, what I liked the most was seeing the cracks in his stone cold exterior. Mencheres' feelings for Kira show him in a very different light. He's no less scary but it was nice to find out that this ancient vamp's heart isn't black. Do NOT mess with his woman! He might be in love but that definitely doesn't make him weak. Quite the contrary in fact!
Vlad *swoon*. Apparently my thoughts on this book are all related to the opposite sex. What can I say!? Frost sure knows what type of men I like! Dracula's role in this story was a lot larger than I'd anticipated and this made me excessively happy. I ♥ Vlad. He's good in a pinch so Mencheres called in a favor. As usual, he was his snarky self. Tavia does a great job of switching up her voice when reading dialogue for different characters. Her accents were really good too! Cat and Bones also make a brief appearance but it didn't do much for me. Oh well, I'm sort of happy that this dynamic duo didn't steal the spotlight away from Mencheres and Kira.
To date, Jeaniene hasn't topped her famous Chapter 32 from One Foot In The Grave but I think she just bullseye'd it with Eternal Kiss of Darkness. Again, maybe I'm saying this partly because this is an audio book and there's something naughty about having a sex scene read out loud to you but... DAMN! Eternal Kiss of Darkness is the whole package. It's got kick ass fights, squelching lovin' and a plot line that just won't quit. I can't WAIT until Once Burned is published. For those of you not in the know, Vlad's getting his own spin-off! SQUEEEE!
P.S. This has to be one of the girliest reviews that I've ever written.
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Once again another wonderful book by Jeaniene Frost
can't wait for the rest of her books to come out as audiobooks
The narrator did a great job as always can't wait for the next one
Jeaniene Frost is becoming one of my favorite authors. She writes with humor and depth to her characters. I also love how Tavia Gilbert narrates. The characters were very easy to identify with. It is a great love story and it is easily one of the books I would listen to again. Definitely worth a credit!
I LOVED this one! Kira is a great, no-nonsense, female protagonist. She's real, very believable. I hope Ms. Frost will elaborate on this one in future endeavors. Great story!!!
I love this author! Did not think this would be better then First Drop of Crimson, but this is even better.
"Something a little more 'grown up' than Twilight"
The second spinoff from the Night Huntress series, is again, another winner from Jeaneine Frost. Now overtaking Twilight as my favourite vampire Fantasy author Frost is an addictive writer, once I start one of her books I am hard pushed to stop listening until the end.I have now listened to all of the Night Huntress books and this was my favourite, I had fallen for Mencheres from the first time his character was introduced and so a whole book with him as the hero was a real treat.
Mencheres is Bones?s Grandsire, a sort of father figure and a superpowered master vampire who refers to him self as ?older than dirt?. Kira is a straight talking private investigator, with a pure heart and strong sense of morality. One night on her way home from work Kiras stumbles on Mencheres being beaten by ghouls which starts and adventure that changes her life forever.
I loved both Mencheres and Kiras characters, their chemistry is tantalising and Frost teases you with it until you are practically screaming at the characters to finally get together! If you love Vampire stories but wish there was something a little more 'grown up' than Twilight then look no further! However don't start with this book, get the first novel and work your way through the whole series. You won't regret it.
What an amazing book this is. I started it last night and found it impossible to put down. A powerful romance, edge-of-the-seat action, and a male and female lead to rival the classics, this is a must for any lover of vampire fiction.
"A good Listen/Read"
Yes I would recommend this book - it shows the back story to part of the Night Huntress.
A Drop of Crimson another book that shows the back story to another character from the Night Huntress series.
Yes it was but not possible as I cannot listen continually for such a length of time but if it were in book form you could say I couldn't put it down.
Eternal Kiss of Darkness is an action and lustful story. Fits in well with the rest of the series. I will be watching for any new books in the series. I have no doubt I will listen to this again.
"Gripping spin off story from 'Night World'"
This book is one of my favourites so far. I loved this audiobook as you get an insight into the mysterious but powerful master vampire Menchares. He becomes much more likeable (even though I've always liked him!).
There are quite a few highlights in the book and I chuckled a few times at some of Vlad Tapesh's comments. The author knows how to write good characters to the point where you crave for more stories involving these characters.
I know this story is about Menchares, but Tavia Gilbert does a brilliant performance of Vlad as well as Menchares.
I listen to audiobooks on my daily commute to work (2 hours round trip), so I need to listen to a story that keeps me awake! This book was entertaining, raunchy, full of action and humour.
Highly recommend this book and the other books in this series and the original nightworld series.
It was good to learn about the friends of Cat and Bones bringing their world even more alive
I adore this authors series, really need to be listened to in order as the protagonists evolve. Each book has an interesting storyline, that goes at a cracking pace. Do yourself the favour of allowing the time to hear each book without interruption, give yourself the pleasure. We all deserve to to have a little time luxury.
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