Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress World #2)
July 27, 2010
Paperback, 384 Pages
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: After last night, Kira knew that his tongue felt like a vibrator set to the speed of Oh Hell Yeah.
Mecheres, master vampire, is over 4,500 years old and has had enough of the undead life. With his viscous wife murdered recently, and his power to see the future gone he is done. Although with his wife’s death it has allowed him freedom to pursue other lovers, no one has tempted him. No one has ignited any sort of passion in him. With his co-ruler Bones now firmly in place as head of his line, and his wife Cat with many powers of her own, now is the time to head into the darkness. He has found himself in a warehouse letting Ghouls slowly best him.
Kira is a private investigator coming home from a stakeout very early one morning. Just about as the sun makes its appearance on the horizon, she hears odd noises coming from a warehouse she is walking by. Unable to ignore, she rushes in to see a man with so many wounds he should be dead. Sensing fresh meat, the ghouls flee to her. Mencheres knows he shouldn’t do anything, but he can’t help but go into action knowing she tried to save him. Kira sees his fangs, and the life ending bites the ghouls make before she succumbs to her own injuries.
When she wakes, she is perfectly healed, and held captive by Mencheres. He promises her no harm, but refuses to let her go until he is able to erase her memories. Problem is, the simple task of mesmerizing her is not working. He tells her to give it a week’s time to let the effects of his blood leave her system. During this week, they come to know each other and to each of their surprise, find many attributes that provide a great basis for attraction.
To add to the complications, Mencheres’s long-standing nemesis, Radjedef wants revenge. Mencheres and Radje have been playing cat and mouse for as long a Mencheres can remember. Radje feels stilted out of getting some of Mencheres’ superior power and when Radje gets wind that Mencheres has a lover, all bets are off.
I was a bit hesitant to read Eternal Kiss of Darkness. I adore Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series but her first spin off, featuring Spade, The First Drop of Crimson disappointed me. I felt a lack of chemistry between Spade and Denise. I was very curious to read about Mencheres as a romantic hero though– having only seen his much more serious side in the Night Huntress books. I ended this very satisfied by his story.
Kira tried to save Mencheres without knowing a thing about him. No one had ever done something like that for him without ulterior motives – ever. Mencheres finds himself telling Kira secrets, laughing, joking, ogling her breasts – things he hasn’t done or thought of for years. He even cracks a joke:
“Bubbles. On a scale of one to ten, a bubble bath has to rank a zero as far as things I’d expect an older-than-dirt-bad-ass-vampire to indulge in. The only thing that would surprise me more was if you pulled out a rubber ducky.”
He fought another, stronger twitch of his lips. “Bath toys are reserved only for the oldest, most lethal vampires. I have a full century to age and another thousand men to kill before I reach that hallowed landmark.”
Kira ends up liking Mencheres not because of his status as a master vampire or his wealth, but just for his actions. He may try to dissuade her initially from a relationship to keep her safe, but his lust can not be kept in check for long. Mencheres was locked in an awful marriage for centuries and he finally has a chance at true love. There are many moments where he looks upon Kira with such tender, almost unbelievable feelings. He must convince himself he deserves this – after 4500 years as vampire, bad deeds have been done. I had a hard time picturing Mencheres in his twenties – at one point when he puts his hair up and wears a hat he is described as looking even younger. In my mind he is firmly in his his mid-forties – because you know, those extra twenty years is crucial to reconcile his age to being a 4500 year old. No, I don’t know why it was hard for me to see him as a young guy and it really has no effect on his character. But it is something that stood out to me each time his appearance is mentioned.
I also enjoyed Kira, although there were a few times where her high and mighty attitude towards other powerful vampires seemed a bit much. She very much wanted to protect Mencheres, but at times I think she needed to take it down a notch. Otherwise, I liked how she comes to accept the presence of the supernaturals and her undying support of Mencheres, whom she meets at the end of his rope, was impressive.
We see familiar faces in Bones, Cat and Vlad (oh, do I love Vlad). The villain in this one is fun because he is such an integral part of Mencheres’s life. He strolls into his house for a chat and he is a very personal villain, not one on the outskirts of the story. He is very evil though as well, and the climax at the end is done well.
And I can’t end the review without mentioning the smex. Mecheres has been denied sex for a very long time, and that amounts to a very passionate vampire in the bedroom. I seriously love Jeanine Frost’s romance scenes – plus in this book she gives us ceiling sex. Does it get better?
Eternal Kiss of Darkness is a fast paced, sexy, really fun paranormal romance.