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)
This was a great story. Loved all the characters and the story line. Its a great vampire book. I totally recommend this book as well as the first book in the NIght Huntress World, First Drop of Crimson. I read this book before I read the Night Huntress Series with Cat and Bones. Then of course i moved on to that series and it was fantastic as well.
The narrator is my very very favorite.I love Tavia Gilbert. She is amazing in all her narrations.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
I loved this book! Well what can I say, I love the whole series and this book from the Night Huntress world is just another example of Frost's great writing. Mencheres has always been a bit stiff and not what you'd call the "warm and fuzzy" type yet he has a dry sense of humor lurking in there that has always given me the feeling that there's much more to Mencheres that he's hiding underneath his impassive mask. In this book I finally got to see the hidden Mencheres and loved it. Kira is great as well and is a really good match for Mencheres.
Kira lives in Chicago and is a P.I. She has an ailing sister she helps out and a deadbeat brother that she also helps out (even though she really shouldn't). She used to be married to a dirty cop that beat her but turned him in when she found out he was dirty. She wanted to become a cop herself to try to help people but got kept out of the police by friends of her ex who didn't care he was dirty. She became a P.I. to try to help people. It's her drive to help people that sends her in to an abandoned warehouse to help the unknown owner of pained screams she hears early one morning on her way home.
Mencheres is a vampire that's over 4,000 years old and was a Pharaoh in ancient Egypt. He is co-ruler of a large vampire line with Bones (the hero from the main series) and has shared with Bones his special power, the legacy of Kane. Mencheres is tired though and suffering from guilt and self recriminations for his late wife's downfall and death (even though none of it was his fault and he even tried warning her away from her path long ago). Mencheres has lost his visions of the future and believes he's destined to die soon. An old enemy, Raji (not sure about spelling since I listen to the audiobooks), has been trying to get to Mencheres and Mencheres feels it might be better to take himself out rather than give Raji a chance to do something that might cause trouble for Bones and his people as well. This plan brings him to a warehouse and an encounter with some ghouls that he attempts to let kill him. At least that was the plan until a brave but foolish human woman comes in trying to save his life.
Kira comes across a group of men torturing a man that's tied up. She has a gun with her and tries to get them to stop until the police come. She doesn't realize the men aren't human and a ghoul attacks and gives her a mortal wound before she can even pull the trigger on her gun. Mencheres is actually annoyed when Kira comes in but knowing that she was just trying to help him, he can't let her be killed. He kills the ghouls and heals Kira but when he tries to control her mind to clear her memories he finds he can't. Mencheres believes he can't penetrate her mind because she had just been given some of his blood for healing and decides he'll have to keep her with him until he can take her memories. When Kira awakes at Mencheres' house she's freaked and becomes even more so when she realizes that she's being help captive by vampires. She tries to escape but (of course) is unsuccessful. Mencheres explains that he needs to take her memories and he believes he can't penetrate her mind because she ingested his blood for healing. Mencheres assures Kira he wont hurt her but she'll have to stay with him until he can take her memories. Kira isn't happy but agrees to stay. She actually feels some attraction for Mencheres but wont consider going further with the feelings because she's his captive. Mencheres also has an attraction to Kira and is astounded that he reacts so strongly to her. He wants more time with her but is still determined that he's destined to die and so he wont let himself consider more with Kira. In the end, it turns out that Kira is one of the rare humans that has a natural immunity to mind control from vampires and Mencheres can't erase her memories. Mencheres makes a deal with Kira to ensure she doesn't tell anyone about him or vampires and then lets her go.
Mencheres stays away from Kira but he watches her from a distance (still fighting his attraction and need to be near her). Kira can't forget about Mencheres and wants to hear from him but has no way to contact him. She'd actually like to see more of him and follow the attraction she feels for him but since she can't get ahold of him she's unsure how to proceed. When something happens to make her believe that he might still be around and wathcing out for her she decides to go searching for him. She checks any of the files her P.I. office has about strange disappearances and starts going to them trying to find vampires and a link to Mencheres. What she ends up finding is trouble. This trouble brings Mencheres back in to her life but also ends up with her in trouble and Mencheres forced to turn her in to a vampire. For the first week or so, Kira is tended to by Mencheres as she gets used to her new circumstances. She's understandably upset over her forcible turning and it takes some time for her to work through those feelings and not blame Mencheres. As she regains herself, she decides she still wants Mencheres and sets out to discover if he wants her as well. Mencheres has a hard time staying away from Kira but feels he should because he wont be around long. Unfortunately, Raji frames Mencheres for some crimes and the vampire law guardians are sent after Mencheres and Kira. They end up on the run while trying to prove Mencheres' innocence. While on the run, Kira manages to get past Mencheres's barriers and they become lovers, the feelings between them deepening as things progress. Kira also finds out about Mencheres' belief in his death and realizes what the ghoul fight she walked in to was and then has to fight Mencheres' belief in his imminent death and get him to fight for life. I really liked seeing Mencheres and Kira get together. Kira did so well at facing her feelings and encouraging Mencheres to face his as well and embrace them. Mencheres has been through a lot and I was so happy that he found Kira, he deserves someone that believes in him and loves him. To prove Raji is framing Mencheres, they hatch a dangerous but cunning plan and Kira is a key player in the plan. The plan is carried out and some desperate steps are taken but things are worked out in the end and Mencheres' innocence is proven. Then Mencheres and Kira are free to start their HEA together.
I love the Night Huntress books and this one was another great addition to it. I loved the way Mencheres came to life in this book and we get to see the hidden depth we've been missing in past book. Kira is a good and strong woman and I loved her as the heroine of this book. I'm hoping we get some more books for the secondary characters in the Night Huntress world. I'd love to see the woman that could capture Ian... ;) I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D
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I really enjoyed this book as it gave me understanding of Mencaries(sp). He was always so mysterious in the Cat and Bones books.
If you like Cat and Bones and the characters around them. Buy this book!
Getting to know the mysterious Mencheres. He's one character i definitely wanted to know more about.
I kept giggling outloud when Kira was "escaping" out the window. Just too funny. But too many to really mention.
Well worth the credit.
I love mysteries, werewolves, fairies and vampires.
Dangerous, sexy, addictive!
I loved getting to know men here's better and see his softer side.
Tania Gilbert brings all. Of the characters to life with convincing accents! I have loved even book she has narrated. I had no trouble switching from character to character.
Love heals all wounds
Loved it! I hope she will write more of these novels focusing on other characters like mencheres!!! It is great getting to know the other "cat and bones" characters more.
The second spin off from the Cat and Bones series. What I enjoyed most about this book is Kira and how she handles one of the most power vampires within this paranormal world. What comes out of this book is a wonderful love story. The ending is a little lame but still the overbook is worth read.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
Hilarious. Exciting. Passionate.
Do I have to pick just one? I don't know possibly the banter between Bones and Mencares...or maybe Vlad...Oh I don't know. It was all memorable lol.
What don't I like? Tavia is creepily awesome. I tell you it is crazy how well she does these different voices. Men actually sound like men and I tell you the woman is an actress. Love her!
Darkeness never felt so good.....
I really enjoyed this book much better than book 1 with the Spade and Denise story. I found myself smiling and laughing frequently. Yes, I will agree with other reviewers in that it was a little strange to see Mencares in such a sexy way, but he pulled it off lol. This is a must read for Jeaniene Frost fans!
I LOVE the insight I got into Kira and Mencheres! Before this book, I had a very low opinion of Kira and this book helped me see her for who she really is. I feel HORRIBLE for how I felt about her before. Knowing so much more about Menchares only makes me love him more!!!
Not fair to do so
As with all the other Jeanine Frost books, I love all the characters! Bones still cracks me up every time I hear him. I love his voice as it stands out the most!
I would not curse this book to a film, Just my opinion.
I hope Jeanine continues to write based on the characters from this series. I love this world, the characters and I will NEVER get tired of her stories!!!
Yes and I have serial times already
First drop of crimson
The way she portraits mencaries he is so powerful and the night huntress book make him seem untouchable but this book gives him some humanity
Kieras protection of the great and mighty mencaries and when she met vald
Ok spade and mencaries have wives so what about ian
I found this to be very entertaining overall.
When Vlad showed up. I loved his character from Once Bitten and was delighted he had a small role in this book.
Not sure, unfortunately I don't pay attention to the narrators name as much as how well they tell the story.
I loved when she shared her secret with her sister and how she helped her brother.
I wish her male characters weren't so overly praising of the women, it makes them seem a little insecure to me.
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