12 July 2012

Damien by Jacquelyn Frank

{YES, I've listened to this book on audio and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.}

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Damien (Nightwalkers #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·   rating details  ·  4,426 ratings  ·  190 reviews
They are the Nightwalkers, mysterious beings who dwell in the shadows of our world, and Damien, the Vampire Prince, is among the most powerful of them all. But one woman will tempt him with a desire unlike anything he has known, and together they will face a terrifying and relentless foe...


As reigning Vampire Prince, Damien has tasted every pleasure the world has to offer--consorting with kings and queens and delighting in sensual adventure. Now, tired of such pursuits, he devotes his energies to protecting his people. The war between human necromancers and Nightwalkers has escalated, and when the enemy makes a daring move, kidnapping Syreena, a Lycanthrope Princess, Damien boldly follows. He succeeds in rescuing her, but is unprepared for the erotic longing her lush sensuality awakens in him.

Gifted with rare abilities, Syreena grew up in a cloistered setting and was forbidden to form attachments to others, yet the connection Damien feels with her is immediate, intoxicating, and impossible for either to resist. But claiming Syreena as his mate could have shattering repercussions for every Nightwalker--and leave their enemies more dangerous than ever before...

Temptation tastes sweetest at night

Hi again! I just finished up Damien by  Jacquelyn Frank, narrated by Xe Sands. This is book #4 in the Nightwalker series that I'm quite fond of. I took a short break between books 3 and 4 to catch up on some other new release books and found my way back to Frank's great series. Although the narration at the very beginning kind of threw me off (felt like Xe Sands was giving a little too much "period piece" / renaissance feel, it sort of skeeved me out a bit) and the fact that the plot seemingly was quite similar to book #3 (Elijah was found by the queen of the lycanthropes; Siena, healed and tended to in a secretive hide-out of sorts, they fell in love in their seclusion etc etc), there were definitely things that I really liked about this book. Xe gets her groove back and since it's more so present time, her 'reading' of the book takes on a more familiar tone and she reads the book perfectly and in the familiar way that I've grown used to. I really like how Frank put the twist of  the 'female best friend' role into the plot and through out the book, giving Damien a more personal feel (even though he's a vampire lol!) and keeping the tension between Damien's new mate Syreena and his 'female best friend'- it was a good little personal feel! And, I also like how she gives the nightwalkers kind of a leg up against the fight against their nemesis Ruth, the 'method to her madness' mind demon who's gone off the deep end a bit. Ruth got the upper hand in the beginning of this book, and held it pretty well while she brought a vampire into her clutches to mold him into her little helper, but towards the end, Frank tends to give a good twist and the nightwalkers kinda gave Ruth the 1, 2 punch, which was pretty cool. It wasn't a huge fantastic win for the nightwalkers, but they are getting closer, and it is neat to watch the power struggle and learn more and more about their lore!

I give Damien this many stars:  ★★★★ = Liked it! 

And just loaded this onto my mp3 player yesterday, which I will be starting today!

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