Title: Eternal Kiss of Darkness
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress World #2; Night Huntress Universe #6
Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have kept walking but her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the sounds of pain coming from a warehouse. When she intervenes in the attack she finds herself swept up into the paranormal world.
I really enjoyed Mencheres and Kira’s relationship. Kira was a strong independent woman with a very protective personality. She wanted to be a cop but circumstances prevented that so she became a private investigator. She went out of her way to help people, even when it was dangerous for her. I also loved how protective she was of her sister.
Mencheres has been one of the side characters that I really wanted to know more about so I was happy when he got his own book. Mencheres is a very old vampire who has grown weary of everything, especially with his feud with one of the guardians. This book showed how he was struggling to go on and even attempting to end his life. But, meeting Kira changed this for him. Kira was the perfect person for Mencheres. She pushed him out of his head and made him actually reassess his lack of visions and determination to die.
I really enjoyed seeing Kira stand up to Mencheres and show him that he is loved, and no one wants him to die. We also get to see how strong of a bond Mencheres has with Bones and Vlad in this because they realize things are wrong and go out of their way to be there for him, and tell him that they want him to live.
One of the smaller things that I found interesting was the history of Egypt that Mencheres presents. The pharaohs were vampires and vampire labor built the pyramids. It was just a fascinating thing about this world that I loved, especially since there are conspiracy theories out there that say aliens built the pyramids.
Overall, I really enjoyed seeing Mencheres finally find love again. I can’t wait to see more of these two in the rest of the Night Huntress Universe books.
Trigger warnings: Attempted suicide. Kidnapping. Kira was abused by her ex husband. Kira was turned against her will.
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