Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Heart of Darkness by Felicity Heaton

Synopsis (Goodreads):
A vampire prince on a four hundred year old mission to avenge his murdered sister...

Aleksandr Nemov won't stop until the last of the vampire hunter’s progeny is wiped from the Earth. Each kill has stolen a piece of his humanity, pushing him towards the black abyss all vampires hold within their hearts. Now he is teetering on the edge, close to devolving into a beast, and time is running out as he tracks the last hunter to Prague. There he finds a beautiful woman who could be his one chance for salvation, but is it already too late for him?

A vampire guard who will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves...

Elise is dedicated to her duty. It's the only thing she has left. All that changes when she meets Aleksandr in Prague and her master grants him permission to stay at her bloodline's mansion. She knows all about Aleksandr but none of it prepares her for how she feels when the legendary prince's hunt becomes one for her heart. Elise battles him with all of her strength but can she stop herself from falling for the handsome hunter? When he reveals the depth of the corruption in his soul, will she have the strength to face the pain in her past and do whatever it takes to save him?
My Thoughts: One of Felicity Heaton's greatest strengths is the way she can draw me into her stories from the get-go and leave me feverishly battling my need for sleep to find out what happens. Yes, she did that with this one. From our first glimpse of Aleksandr as he's battling a hunter and, more importantly, the darkness growing within himself, I was a goner. The guy captured me. He compelled me. He kept me riveted. Watching him navigate his feelings for Elise and begin to see that he was more than just the vengeance that had driven him was something I couldn't look away from.

Now, I liked Elise, don't get me wrong, but Aleksandr was the one that I was rooting for. I wanted him to conquer his demons and finally avenge his sister's death. I wanted him to find a way to patch up his relationship with his family. I was thrilled that Elise gave him a measure of peace. I was also thrilled that she didn't give in to him right away. She held on to the core of herself and stood strong even as her heart was splintering when the court women were throwing themselves in Aleksandr's path. I admire that in a vampire guard. That said, when she did succumb to him, it was very sex-ay.

Felicity Heaton's vampires are feral and honorable all at the same time. The fight hard and love even harder. And they are so fun to read.

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Heart of Darkness was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.