Title: Caressed by Night by Amanda J. Greene (Rulers of Darkness #2)
Published: February 29, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Vampires
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Dimitri Arsov, the last remaining pure vampire, was thought to be dead for the past four hundreds years. Now, he is back and has a score to settle with the traitor that had tried to kill him centuries ago. But as he waits for his prey to blindly step into his carefully laid trap, his overwhelming hunger for blood is triggered when he saves a beautiful art historian.
Kerstyn Ingmar’s life was normal and straight up boring until the night she is rescued by the dangerously sexy, powerfully mesmerizing, Dimitri. Unable to resist his diamond blue eyes and intense kisses, she is drawn into his world of darkness and closer to her impending doom.
While their desire consumes them, Dimitri is haunted by images of a bloody and deadly future. As his enemies draw near, he must find a way to save his mate from her destiny before fate destroys them both.
Whenever I throughly enjoy a first novel in a series – I’m worried the author won’t be able to keep it up for the next book.
That’s not a worry I needed to have with regards to Carressed by Night. Amanda J. Greene has more than delivered with this second installment of the Rulers of Darkness.
This book is different from most vampire novels in terms of timing. I’ve always wondered why vampires who often live up to thousands of years always find their soul mates within months of each other. They live forever – surely that doesn’t make sense? But this book is set 173 years after the first book in the series. I loved that.
Dimitri is everything I desire in a leading male – he’s gorgeous (I pictured Eric Northman from True Blood), strong, intelligent, caring and all those other lovely adjectives that describe perfect men. After existing for over thirteen thousand years he’s finally arrived in Vegas to meet his mate – the one that his visions of the future have shown him he’ll finally meet.
Kerstyn is gutsy and more than a match for the ancient vampire. Life will never be the same for her again – that’s what you get for complaining of having a boring life…
These characters were perfect for each other. There were times when either one (and occasionally both at the same time) irritated me slightly but it’s more to do with their pasts that they both needed to overcome in order to be happy together. And their sex scenes? Whoa… very hot!
There’s a lot going on in this novel. There’s Dimitri getting revenge on the vampire who double crossed him, the storyline of Gabriel and all his business, as well as an appearance by Victoria and Dorian from the first novel in the series Caressed by Moonlight.
I can’t wait to see what Amanda comes up with for the third book in the series (which I know she’s working on as I follow her blog)!
4 out of 5
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