Review: Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost (Audio)

Posted November 25, 2011 by Carmel in / 4 Comments
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Title: Eternal Kiss of Darkness
Series: Night Huntress World #2
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Published: July 9, 2010
My Copy: bought from audible.com

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.

Jeaniene Frost is a great writer and like most authors some books are just better than others. She’s wowed me a couple of times in her Night Huntress series and now she’s gone ahead and done it again with Eternal Kiss of Darkness. This was my first audio book experience and it was so good that I’m already listening to another one. I’m not entirely sure if my rating would be the same had I simply read this novel as is my usual habit. I’d like to think so but Tavia Gilbert’s narration was phenomenal so I can’t help but question if her voice helped sway my ranking a tad. Not that that’s a bad thing; I’m just curious.

Mencheres… RAAAR!! I’m so completely smitten with him after this book. In the series I found him a bit intimidating. Old and baddass would be accurate words to describe him but never sexy. Until now. His character has always been clouded in mystery in the Night Huntress series but this spin-off tells all. His origins are Egyptian, no real surprise there but who he actually was back when he was alive is a real jaw dropper! I enjoyed learning more about the wrongs that his deceased wife inflicted upon him and why. But, what I liked the most was seeing the cracks in his stone cold exterior. Mencheres’ feelings for Kira show him in a very different light. He’s no less scary but it was nice to find out that this ancient vamp’s heart isn’t black. Do NOT mess with his woman! He might be in love but that definitely doesn’t make him weak. Quite the contrary in fact!

Vlad *swoon*. Apparently my thoughts on this book are all related to the opposite sex. What can I say!? Frost sure knows what type of men I like! Dracula’s role in this story was a lot larger than I’d anticipated and this made me excessively happy. I ♥ Vlad. He’s good in a pinch so Mencheres called in a favor. As usual, he was his snarky self. Tavia does a great job of switching up her voice when reading dialogue for different characters. Her accents were really good too! Cat and Bones also make a brief appearance but it didn’t do much for me. Oh well, I’m sort of happy that this dynamic duo didn’t steal the spotlight away from Mencheres and Kira.

To date, Jeaniene hasn’t topped her famous Chapter 32 from One Foot In The Grave but I think she just bullseye’d it with Eternal Kiss of Darkness. Again, maybe I’m saying this partly because this is an audio book and there’s something naughty about having a sex scene read out loud to you but… DAMN! Eternal Kiss of Darkness is the whole package. It’s got kick ass fights, squelching lovin’ and a plot line that just won’t quit. I can’t WAIT until Once Burned is published. For those of you not in the know, Vlad’s getting his own spin-off! SQUEEEE!

P.S. This has to be one of the girliest reviews that I’ve ever written.

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4 responses to “Review: Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost (Audio)

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. Not to slight Tavia Gilbert’s phenomenal performance, but the book is as awesome as the audio. Jeaniene has that intangible sense of how to write her characters in such a way as to grab the reader and hold them. Cat and Bones are legend. For me, Mencheres is a step beyond.

  2. I enjoyed reading this as a print book and definitely think it’d be great as an audiobook, even if the cover is ridiculously ugly. Nice review!

  3. @wont – Well said! I’m enjoying the spin-offs more than the original series.

    @Monaliz – I’m not really a fan of this cover but you definitely do need to read Jeaniene’s books!