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Jeaniene Frost
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July 27 2010

“Put Jeaniene Frost on your must-read list!”
  —New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian

 

Jeaniene Frost gives us a breathtaking Eternal Kiss of Darkness—a sexy spinoff from her New York Times bestselling Night Huntress series. Urban fantasy and vampire fans, as well as devoted readers of paranormal superstars Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, and Christine Feehan, will devour this spellbinding tale—as the closest confidants of Frost’s popular series characters Cat and Bones must contend with love, lust, and heart-stopping danger of their own.


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“Wildly romantic as well as action packed. If Frost keeps this up, fans will need to build more keeper shelves! (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

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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.

But 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.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Showdown at Disneyland! Aug. 17 2010
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The reviews that I write and post on my blog, I also post on Chapters.Indigo.ca and on Amazon.ca. When I post there, I need to come up with a title for my reviews. Ug. Annoying. For some reason, when it comes to titling my reviews, my imagination goes into hiding. My titles are LAME! And there are only so many times I can use "Really Good Book" or "Great Second Book" before people start thinking I can't write. I try to make my reviews somewhat entertaining, yet going by the totally uninspired titles I use on the Chapters and Amazon sites, you wouldn't think so. I don't think I'll have that problem when coming up with a title for "Eternal Kiss of Darkness" by Jeaniene Frost. My title might be "So that's the ceiling sex scene" or "Showdown at Disneyland" or "Why won't any of you idiots use your brain and see that he's innocent?!". All valid choices.

"Eternal Kiss of Darkness" is Jeaniene Frost's second contribution to her 'Night Huntress World' series. It's not your typical series tough. These are stand alone books. Therefore if you haven't read "First Drop of Crimson", don't fret -- you won't be lost. But I feel you'll appreciate Mencheres more if you read Jeaniene's 'Cat & Bones' books (also known as her 'Night Huntress' books) first. In fact, the scene where we are first introduced to Mencheres in "One Foot in the Grave" is one of the most giggle worthy scenes in the series. How Cat doesn't know Mencheres can read her thoughts and she sorta makes a fool of herself -- too funny!

Mencheres is an extremely powerful vampire who, to quote him, is "older than dirt". He feels there is no real reason for him to exist anymore. That is until he meets Kira. Oh what the love of a good woman can do for a man! Kira is a fantastic heroine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, as usual! Jan. 25 2011
By Tynga's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This second book in the Night Huntress World series features the ancient Mencheres, Bones grand-sire and co-ruler. After his involvement in his wife's murder, Mencheres lost some of his powers and his once famous power giving him visions of the future only shows him a suffocating darkness. His end is near, he can feel it. So he works on insuring the security of his line before he commits suicide and gets it over with. That is until he meets a very special woman. Could Fate be cruel enough to put Kira on his path when death is looming over his head?

Mencheres has never been one of my favorite character in the previous books, he always felt cold, calculating and distant, but Eternal Kiss of Darkness showed me a lot more depth to his character and I finally came to appreciate the "older-than-dirt" guy, to use his own words. Jeaniene Frost has an awesome talent when it comes to creating unique characters, and this novel is no exception. Mencheres showed feelings we never had access to before, and I loved discovering this part of him. He didn't feel as confident as he usually is, because he isn't used to care for a woman and he's insecure in his actions, torn between enjoying her company and pushing her away because of his impending doom. But Kira won't let him take that decision. She might be only human but she is fierce. She's also kind-hearted and determined to do the right thing. Her motto is "Save One Life" and she intends to save as many as she can. She's very insecure about her feelings for Mencheres, him being a vampire and all, but when she makes up her mind, nothing will stop her. My lovely Vlad made an appearance! I just love that Vamp to death (pun intended) and I can't wait for him to have his own novels. Our beloved Cat & Bones also make cameo appearances for our pleasure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mencheres is a smexy vampire July 4 2012
By Sandy S. TOP 100 REVIEWER
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ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS (Nighthuntress World #2) by Jeaniene Frost

Unlike Jeaniene's Cat and Bones series of novels, ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS focuses on Mencheres, an ancient vampire, grandsire of Bones and 'nephew' to the power hungry Rajedef. Centuries old and fearing the 'darkness' that is slowly devouring his visions, Mencheres seeks to end his life before his 'power' becomes his enemy. Facing a warehouse full of ghouls seemed like a likely place to die, but his death would have to be postponed when one beautiful and stubborn human female decided to risk her life for his own.

Kira Graceling always had a sense when something was wrong. Her personal history with men, her brother and the police department should have been proof enough. But finding a man viciously attacked and bleeding from multiple wounds, spurred Kira into action without thought of her own safety. Knowing she was about to die only added another sorrow to her long list of regrets. And the sudden realization that the man and his attackers were not all together human was verified when the handsome stranger healed her wounds with his blood and 'flew' them both to the safety of him home.

Hoping to wipe Kira's memories, Mencheres is surprised to learn the Kira's mind is shielded from vampiric suggestions, and this adds a complication as she knows too much about his life. And he finds that he is oddly attracted to the spunky female who is slowly finding ways to get closer to the man who saved her life.

Letting her go was difficult but finding Kira beaten and held captive by a group of vampires forced Mencheres into a decision he never wanted to make.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exquisite Paranormal Romance July 28 2010
By Tracy - Published on Amazon.com
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Kira Graceling understood that life as a private investigator sometimes meant she'd have to walk through her neighborhood during hours most often noted for muggings and assaults, so hearing the evil laughter and the low moans of pain as she made her way from the Green Line to her apartment through Chicago's mostly abandoned warehouse district didn't so much surprise her as set her on alert. Calling in the altercation doesn't do enough to ease her conscience, however, so pulling her gun from her backpack, Kira charges into the warehouse to save whomever it was who sounded like he desperately needed being saved.

Mencheres, set upon by ghouls and suffering intense torture at their silver-bladed hands couldn't believe his eyes when the human woman stepped out of the shadows and demanded his tormentors freeze. At over four thousand years old, he had no recollection of anyone, human or not, coming to his aid in such a manner. Despite the fact that her appearance ruined his carefully laid plans, he could not allow the human to be killed for her courage and spirit. In saving her life, however, he's brought Kira to the attention of an ancient rival intent on both Mencheres' power and his life. As Mencheres spends more time with Kira, his past and millennia of guilt and morbid responsibility war with a growing enchantment with the one person through all ages who has ever wanted him not for what he can offer, but for who he is. Only Mencheres can stop a crooked Guardian's plans for domination. Only since Kira has he truly wanted to. Will he succeed, or will the approaching darkness, the only vision he sees now, claim him first?

If you're unfamiliar with Jeanine Frost and her urban fantasy Night Huntress series and crossover paranormal romance Night Huntress World series, well...I'm sorry to hear that. You've missed a lot of excellent storytelling. In this second book in the NHW, the mighty and both respected and feared Mencheres is given a lot more room for development, though I have to admit, I was a little leery when I first heard he'd be getting his own book so soon into the crossover series. I've respected Mencheres since he was first introduced, but he's so darn forbidding and powerful and...other...that I couldn't imagine how Frost would pull off developing his character into a sympathetic and interesting lead character.

Forgive me for my doubts. I should have known better. Eternal Kiss of Darkness was fantastic, full of action, danger, and intense emotion, and it was one of the best paranormal romance books I've read in quite some time exactly because Frost managed to explore Mencheres and add depth to his character without losing any of the sheer power of his personality, his skills, his magics, anything. She also managed to deftly and subtly explain so much of what intrinsically makes him different...better...more...than other vampires and also added an absolutely sexy vulnerability to the least vulnerable vampire of them all.

Let's not forget, either, Frost gave us Kira Graceling, a woman who is smart, strong, independent, courageous, and a truly good person. Kira is one of my favorite paranormal romance heroines in recent memory and she fit so very well with Mencheres that I feel almost indebted to Frost for the brilliant pairing. Ironically, it almost makes perfect sense that only a truly modern and independent woman could be the perfect match for the stoic, imposing, and ancient Mencheres. She's a woman who suffers no fools and who calls it like she sees it, and I delighted in reading about her setting Mencheres on his ear more than once. I thoroughly, totally enjoyed the development and evolution of their relationship.

The threat to the couple was well defined and the plot was tight and sharp, offering up conflict hand-in-hand with the romance, so from a technical and emotional standpoint, I found this book to be superior to the first book in this crossover series, First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, Book 1). I enjoyed that one, don't get me wrong, but I wasn't as satisfied by some aspects as I was with this book. This one, however, satisfied on just about every level.

In fact, I only had the smallest of issues that aren't even criticisms, really, just things I wish had developed a little differently due to personal preference. As much as I loved Kira - and I did...a lot - I'm not entirely convinced that she would have so quickly acted so composed when first finding out about the harsh reality of those things that go bump in the night, and I would have enjoyed seeing a bit more of her internal development as her feelings were growing for Mencheres. The scene in which she shares her feelings, however, was priceless and I wouldn't change that for anything. There were several scenes that were so exquisitely and uniquely Mencheres/Kira moments that I was both amused and enchanted by them both. I do wish the very last scene of the book had been slightly different (details withheld to prevent spoilers). An epilogue or something would've just put the cherry on the sundae and added a feeling of comprehensive completion to the arc of the romantic development that I think was lacking as it was written.

Following a standard set in First Drop of Crimson, several characters we're fond of from the Night Huntress series are included: Cat and Bones, and in this installment, Vlad - who is one of my favorite secondary characters in both series. I was just as impressed in this book as I was in the first with Frost's ability to take beloved characters we've met and know in a completely different milieu and keep their character definition, action, and dialogue consistent - in fact, further developing them in intriguing ways that I believe will benefit both series.

Eternal Kiss of Darkness is a strong, powerful paranormal romance from a master of both suspenseful and romantic plotting ripe with creativity and originality. It satisfied my jones for excellent storytelling all the way around. I can't wait for the next one any more than I can the next in the Night Huntress series, This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5), due to be released in March, 2011. Excellent read; excellent series. Both of them. 4.5 Stars.

Originally reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.

Night Huntress World Series:
First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, Book 1)
Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World, Book 2)

Night Huntress Series:
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1)
One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2)
At Grave's End (Night Huntress, Book 3)
Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4)
To be released 3/2011: This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5)
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mencheres embraces the Darkness July 28 2010
By akb--bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
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I've really enjoyed the Night Huntress books (Cat & Bones) but was sorely disappointed with the first Night Huntress World spin-off book First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, Book 1). It left me feeling flat and disappointed. So it was with some trepidation that I picked up book 2 in the Spin-off Series. Mencheres was never a favorite (let alone a well liked) character for me, so it was yet another reason I wasn't really excited about this book. The beginning of the book was slightly boring to me, but it quickly picked up and turned into a great adventure and unique storyline. The hero and heroine, Mencheres and Kira, were well done and fleshed out unlike Spade and Denise from First Drop of Crimson.

What I really enjoyed:
1. Mencheres--Believe it or not, I actually started to like the guy! I first met him in One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2) through Cat's eyes. Then seeing how he acted throughout the series, I liked him less and less. Mencheres doesn't apologize for his past behavior. In fact, he boldly tells Kira all his sins. But, do we REALLY know the reasons why he did such horrific things? He's no boy scout, but he has honor. Mencheres is logical, loyal, dependable, caring, and passionate.
2. Kira--She's not Cat and she's not Denise (thank you!) She had dreams of becoming a cop. She went to college and the Police Academy. Due to issues in her past, her dream never came true so she works as a Private Investigator trying to make a difference in somebody's life. She's honest, caring, loyal, and capable. Her sense of justice won't allow her to walk away from things. It also makes her not shut up when she should.
3. Natural flow to the romance--Mencheres and Kira are thrown together when she storms a warehouse with a gun when she hears sounds of someone being beaten and tortured. Nothing felt contrived or forced (*cough* Spade & Denise *cough*). After the initial shock of things, they both recognize the other is attractive but it's not this "lust at first sight" type thing. She doesn't suffer from or give into Stockholm syndrome. They aren't forced to pretend they are lovers. They meet, spend a week in the same house, go their separate ways, and both try to do things for the other or find the other, then come back together. And even then, they don't just jump in the sack together. They seem to understand the difference between lust and love and the difference that it could make in their developing relationship.
4. The Enemy--This isn't your run of the mill bad guy. This is the let-me-stop-at-your-house-for-tea-even-though-I-hate-you-and-want-to-destroy-you kinda bad guy. This guy has a very personal connection with Mencheres and is highly motivated. Instead of seeing him from afar, we get a nice up close and personal view. I loved it.
5. Mencheres' past--We know he is "older than dirt" but never knew much about him other than was pertained to Cat & Bones. He really does have a very interesting past. We learn how old he is, who created him and why, about his time with Patra, his relationship with Bones and Vlad, his powers, and more.
6. Emotions-- After the death of his horrible wife, Mencheres only sees darkness in his visions. He's tired of the fighting and the coldness in the world and wants it all to end. He's dealing with a lot of emotions. Not only that, but he also was locked into a doomed marriage and separated from his devious wife for over 900 years. He's got some pent-up feelings that finally get a release. Kira also goes through some life changing events and is dealing with it well. It was great to walk through those events with her and see first hand what it's like.
7. Cat & Bones--Oh yeah! they get some great page time with this installment. What's even better? They acted like themselves unlike in First Drop of Crimson. Some will criticize Cat for her initial treatment of Kira, but let's face it: Cat was almost killed by Mencheres' last lady. She has reason to wonder if his judgement is sound. Of course I wish they got more page time, but I completely understood the reasoning behind it. And I absolutely LOVED who came to work closely with Mencheres.....now THAT's a beloved character.

What I wish were different:
1. Beginning Pacing--The first few chapters were very slow for me. It wasn't anything major. It just took me a while to really feel the push forward. Others I've talked to have put the book down in the first 1/3 of the book. I say give it a chance. Push through because it's worth it.
2. Abrupt ending--The book just kinda came to a screeching halt. You kinda know what happens after, but a page or two of sappyness or round up would have been nice. Maybe the answers will be in the next book, but I like my endings all nice and tidy and wrapped with a bow. Again, very minor annoyance and easily imagined away.

All in all, I really enjoyed this installment in the Hight Huntress World and what it has done to forward the development of the characters and the series as a whole. If you have never read a Jeaniene Frost book, you could easily start here.

In Order:
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1)
One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2)
At Grave's End (Night Huntress, Book 3)
Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4)
First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, Book 1)
Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World, Book 2)
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5)
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The lackluster dialog and characterizations made this one just okay for me Oct. 8 2010
By Mrs. Baumann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Plot Summary: Mencheres is one of the most ancient and powerful vampires in existence, and he is feared and respected, but never loved. He was alive to see the Great Pyramids built, and now he wants to thwart his ancient enemy and seek death. Before he can carry out his plan, a little complication name Kiera Graceling pops up at an inopportune moment, and he finds that she's immune to his mesmerizing power. When he finally returns Kiera to her normal sphere, she finds that she misses him, and vice versa. While tracking Mencheres down, Kiera stumbles into a bad situation that turns deadly for Mencheres when he's framed for a crime. Hunted by his race's own Enforcers, Mencheres and Kiera must clear his name, because suddenly he's found a new reason to live again.

(NIGHT HUNTRESS WORLD: BOOK 2)

Early on, Eternal Kiss of Darkness didn't look promising. Jeaniene Frost is one of my favorite paranormal romance writers, but there I was, 30 pages into this novel, and I was becoming bored and cranky.

There's Mencheres, a character who resembles a wooden, cigar-store totem, and he's looking forward to sweet death after 4500 years of living. Okay, I can understand that. The only thing keeping him alive is this woman who is immune to his mesmerizing powers because he saved her life with some of his blood. Their conversations resembled the game 20 Questions, and Mencheres keeps marveling that he enjoys talking to her so much. If that's his idea of good conversation, I can see why he longs for death. There's was nothing sparkling about their dialog, and so I couldn't buy into his burgeoning interest in Kira. This is literally as good as it gets the whole way through:

"So, Mencheres the Egyptian vampire, are you really old, or are you as young as you look?"

He gave her a sideways look as he began walking back toward the house, feeling the oddest pang as he contemplated their age difference. "I'm older than dirt," he answered dryly.

"A vampire with a sense of humor. I really didn't know that existed," she quipped with equal dryness.

What's more, this line about being "older than dirt" keeps coming back several times, but instead of relishing this inside joke, I just kept mourning that this was the best line in the whole book. By the end, I had banished my inner snark monster and I treated it like a summer blockbuster movie; it was satisfying when the action picked up, but it was fairly empty entertainment for a romance. I didn't feel any sparks between Mencheres and Kiera, try though I might, and so my favorite parts included the more lively characters like Vlad, Bones, and Cat.

I will definitely hang around to hear Vlad's story, because I think he's one of Ms. Frost's most brilliant creations (the other being Bones), but the magic was missing with Mencheres.
29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to the Night Huntress World Series July 27 2010
By Mistress of The Dark Path - Published on Amazon.com
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This book actually turned out even better than I thought it would. Cat and Bone's story obviously dominates the main series, but the story of Mencheres had to be told. I wasn't sure if it would be as good since the main character, Denise, for First Drop of Crimson was rather weak. Kira turned out to be made of tougher stuff and made a great heroine. She is perfect for Mencheres. Kira is not as violent as Cat, but she is perfectly capable of standing up for herself and sacrificing for others.

The action in the book keeps up a good tempo. The love scenes aren't as wild as Cat and Bones, but they do work well for this couple. The amount of power Mencheres has is much more prominent in this book than ever seen before which I thought was important. The story line also explains a lot more of his history which should be helpful as the main series continues. Anyone who has enjoyed the series up to this point should really appreciate this latest installment.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better than the First Book in the Series Oct. 31 2010
By Embee Crichton - Published on Amazon.com
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Eternal Kiss of Darkness is a stand-alone book about a millenias-old vampire, Mencheres. Mencheres is first met in the Kat and Bones series and is introduced as Bones' grandsire. Consequently, Kat and Bones figure into this book, too.

Mencheres is longing for death. His visions have gone dark and he sees nothing but blackness. He believes this signals his demise and he decides that he will choose how he leaves this life before it is chosen for him. He courts the attention of a gang of young ghouls and lures them into an empty warehouse, in a way committing suicide in the fashion of a famous predecessor. His plan is foiled by Kira Graceling, a young private investigator, who hears the sounds of torture coming from the warehouse as she passes by. She grabs onto her courage and enters the warehouse to save the victim, not realizing that there are supernatural creatures in the world. Needless to say, the ghouls are really "happy" to see her, too. Kira's appearance sets in place a series of events that unravels Mencheres' death plans.

Kira brings something into Mencheres' life that causes him to welcome death less. But, death is stalking him in several forms and he is convinced his lack of visions signal the end of his life. His uncle wants him dead so that the uncle can inherit the powers that were gifted to Mencheres rather than to the uncle. The uncle sits on a powerful board of vampires known as the Law Guardians, a group that, under the uncle's influence, hunts Mencheres to kill him for using blood magic which is forbidden to vampires. The Law Guardians use the services of Enforcers, very powerful and old vampires, as a vampire police force who are set on Mencheres to capture him.

Kira is a snappy, sassy, spunky heroine with a smart mouth and a heart of gold. She quickly falls under the spell that is Mencheres, but has no idea how he feels about her. As she loses her fear of Mencheres, her eyes are opened to frightening paranormal things.

This book is much better than the first book in the Night Huntress World series. It has tension; it is well written, well plotted; and the characters are fleshed out. It is an imaginative and very rewarding read.
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