Date read: June 7, 2015
1. Dragon Bound
2. Storm's Heart
3. Serpent's Kiss
3.5. True Colors
4. Oracle's Moon
4.5. Natural Evil
4.6. Devil's Gate
4.7. Hunter's Season
5. Lord's Fall
5.5. The Wicked
6.5. Dragos Takes a Holiday
6.6. Pia Saves the Day
6.7. Peanut Goes to School
7. Night's Honor
8. Midnight's Kiss - Paperback | Kindle
8.5. Dragos Goes to Washington
8.6. Pia Does Hollywood
8.7. Liam Takes Manhattan
9. Shadow's End
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Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them—and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances…Thoughts on Midnight's Kiss: Holy bananas, I love these books. Ridiculously so. I reread all the previous books in the series this year just so I could be (re)caught up when this book came out. To be fair, I'd have probably reread them even if there hadn't been a new book on the way, BUT STILL.
Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?
*draws sparkly hearts around the Elder Races*
Anywho. Julian and Melly. Those two have some history they have to get over. Tangled, angry history. Being that they have to have contact with one another every so often because of their positions, this makes meetings fun. Or shouty. You decide.
Picking up almost directly from Xavier's book, we get to see a darker, more feral side of the Nightkind. Justine will use whatever she can to obtain her goals. Melly and Julian are simply obstacles she needs to remove or use to get to where she wants to be. Which is not a good thing for the two of them. Because Justine is pretty ruthless and whacked.
As bloodthirsty vampyres often are.
Speaking of ruthless, previous books have drawn Julian in that light. Which isn't entirely untrue, but he had his reasons for acting as he did. Seeing his reasoning puts some of those earlier actions in perspective and I completely understand why he did what he did to Carling and why he's so volatile.
As for Melly, I genuinely liked her. I liked that she saw her own limitations and decided to forge on despite them. She knows she's a B-grade actress at best, but she loves doing what she does. As the heir to the Light Fae Queen, she's toed the line her entire life except for when it came to Julian. So their breakup decades earlier shattered her.
*draws sad sparkly hearts around Julian and Melly*
Loved loved loved seeing the maneuverings and setup for the next book, not to mention revisiting familiar faces. *slow thumbs up with a side of sparkly hearts*