Saturday, February 21, 2015

Barb's Book Review... Eternal Kiss of Darkness

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.


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*** Small Spoiler Alert ***

Mencheres, the powerful Egyptian ruler is in a place of… stupidity... maybe just a bad day? he goes up against a group of ghouls. You morons that had killed a young vampire named Jax. When he hid his power they thought they could get to him. He lets them attack and tie him up but what happens next blows his plan of stupidity. A woman -a female woman that is stands in the warehouse- gun drawn and pointing it at the ghouls. By the time he reacted one of the ghouls had attacked her, stabbing her in the stomach. It was a fatal wound. he had to act fast to get some of his blood in and on her. By the time he did that the cops -who she had called earlier- showed up. he had no time to react before they were flying. He took her to one of his homes and waited.

When she woke she was cagey but then he tried to mesmerize her so she could return home and he could go on about his end plan. He can’t hear her thoughts. So he tried to mesmerize her, now that he knew she was fine. But… he couldn’t mesmerize her. Maybe it was his blood in her. But after a few more days  he still was unable to mesmerize her. He declared to give it more time but in the mean time Kira -his ‘captive’- had a bad feeling about her sister. She had been keeping in touch with her through monitored phone calls the last few days and she was sick. Kira was worried something had happened. And she was right. Her sister, Tina, was in ICU due to complications with her Cystic Fibrosis. When mencheres took her to the hospital to see Tina… well he saw a vulnerable side of Kira. his heart -even if it doesn't beat- went out to her and he offered her a deal. He would give her sister some of his blood to heal the complications she was having. It wouldn;t cure her CF but it was a way to ease her pain.

Kira agrees before he tells her what it would cost her. She tells him if he will keep giving Tina blood so she can live a comfortable life she will forever stay with him. A life for a life. She is determined to take care of her sister no matter the cost to herself. He flew them away from the hospital but instead of taking her to his home they land on the roof of her building. Its obvious he can’t mesmerize her, she is immune to that side of him. So in return for her silence on all things vampires he was letting her go. Trusting her to not betray him. But that isn’t all. He has a bag that is full of small vials of his blood. She would be able to administer his blood to her sister each time her condition worsened. he was holding up his end now it was time for her to do the same. She seemed upset to see him leaving. Was there more there? He wasn't going to worry about it. He had a plan of death coming his way to plan out again.

Somehow, Kira couldn’t get mencheres off of her mind. At some point it crossed a line into obsession (in my opinion) but the girl was determined to find Mencheres. Taking files from her office of cases that had ‘unexplainable’ events. A week later she was still looking. No Mencheres, no vampires, no nothing… it was a lot of work on her part. Being hit on by men and women alike. Tonight she was.. calling it quits. this was crazy. She was losing it. But at her last club -Around the World- for the last night she spies a woman -a stripper, really- that is one of the missing cases files she has at her house. A girl, age 17, had gone missing after saying her boyfriend wasn’t human. Jennifer -the girl, the stripper- was all she could focus on now. Had the girl been kept all of this time? She had to see if Jennifer needed help. She was in over her head, yes but its what she had to do. Getting Jennifer alone she tried to talk to her find out why she was here. As she did a vampire barged in on them and by then it was too late. Kira was in his grips. After she refused to tell him who sent her -or so he thought- since no one sent her she just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Flare, the asshole vampire decides to take her someplace more private for them to talk. Which means he takes her and Jennifer upstairs then proceeds to beat the shit out of kira until she tells him who sent her. Finally after so much damage has been done to her she says she knows Mencheres but he didn't send her… all movements stop dead. (snicker snorts… now they are scared and with right they should be.) Flare starts making calls to see if this is indeed true. And finally they locate Mencheres (via phone). As soon as Flare says her name the phone call ends. Mencheres of course is on his way. (They are about to get it!!) And.. man was he ten shades of pissed the fuck off… Kira was beaten so she didn’t even fight him when he scooped her up and made her drink some of his blood. Apparently the young vampires... Flare and his two idiots (Patches and Wraith) did not know him by sight. Because when he finally gets their attention.. Mencheres is less than pleased with them. But as it is.. when he goes to leave.. Radje shows up. Damn law guardian.

Flare tells the law guardian that Kira tried to steal his property. Then things go to hell in a handbasket.. quickly. Kira tells Radje what happens. Flare, Patches and Wraith go along with her story. When Radje asks Mencheres if he is killing her or if he -Radje- was... everything falls. Law Guardians… if he did anything to him it would end him. Of course Radje eats up the fact that Mencheres has feelings of some sort for Kira. Radje taunts Mencheres with that. But Flare bursts out with the fact that he didn’t want this. He would be okay just to keep her away that would be fine. But Radje is not ready to be merciful to a human. Of course he is this way to stab Mencheres in the heart. Kira on the other hand lets him have it. (laughs) She is not going to back down. But all she did.. was make her sentence of death more prevalent. Mencheres agrees to kill her.. but will bring her back. She may not want to be a vampire but dammit she will be.

Radje has no way to deny him of this. As Mencheres knows the laws just as good as the law guardian himself. So, Mencheres drains Kira, then feeds her his blood. He didn't even bat an eye at what his choice would be. He then had them flown to his home in Wyoming. No close neighbors, and it was a place he could keep her safe. As she acclimates to her new life as a vampire things grow difficult between Mencheres and Kira. Her desire and his desire build but mencheres keeps pushing her back. Even after she tells him she wants him. He is trying to be… honorable but Kira’s growing desire -only topped off the scale by her new senses- keeps her mind on him at all times. Soon she would be able to go back home and back to work. And away from him. And she wasn’t ready for that. Needless to say she is determined to prove to herself that she can do this. She can acclimate and she can have him. Determination is nothing but a word. Game on!

Before they were able to get into what would be sweet embraces all hell breaks loose. The strip club where Kira had been attacked and changed into a vampire after her sentence of death by Radje had been burned to the ground. A video of her change was also released and made its way through the internet. Mencheres and Kira’s faces were plastered on the TV. Police and vampires alike looking for them. Now the Vampire Council thinks he had done the deed. The fire and killing the three vampires that had attacked Kira. But of course it was not him. He had been with Kira while she adapted to her new life. But it was only his word against anyone else. Seems Radje is up to no good. He is after Mencheres power. The power he thought should have been his.

As they plan ways to get Mencheres and Kira out of this place Bones, Cat, Vlad, and Veritas are all on the plans that they set up to catch Radje in his plight to cause Mencheres’ demise. Kira allowed herself to be kidnapped after going back to Chicago and visiting her sister. This let Radje feel safe in his plan to overtake Mencheres would play out as he wished. But that is not as easy as he thought it would be. With time running out until Mencheres is to meet Radje in Atlanta he gathers the help of a spell to find Kira’s location. Once that location is told Mencheres and Vlad set out to find her. Once they are closer to Kira Mencheres calls Bone and Cat for help. They are to contact Veritas as well. The law guardian is the only one for them on his side for now at least. Once Kira is located and the threat of her being harmed is alleviated Mencheres sets off to meet Radje.

Thanks to Radje feeling secure that he has something to hold over Mencheres -that being Kira- he meets him arrogant as ever. When Mencheres demands he call to assure him Kira is alive he does. But when Kira tells Radje that Veritas is there his tune changes. He runs. Literally the vampire is scared shitless.. Bwahaha.. But Mencheres is faster and puts an end to his miserable life. One less bad fucker in the world they reside in.

I enjoyed this story. I like Mencheres and I think he actually met his true match with Kira. She doesn’t put up with anyone's shit and its a miracle that she doesn’t strangle them all. Something tells me she will try it if she needs to.

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