Let The Night Begin Mass Market Paperback – Jun 16 2008
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She goes to Reign to ask for his help in finding and rescuing James, but conceals the demand she hand him over to his enemies. Reign unexpectedly agrees although he doesn't trust her and knows she is not telling him the entire truth. He demands they behave like husband and wife while on the quest. They learn James went to Scotland with friends who know his aunt is a vampire; their fathers belong to belong to the Order of the Silver Palm who will use Olivia and James as expendable pawns to get the Blood Grail they think Reign has.
This is a stand alone book so the audience will not have to read the previous related tales (see NIGHT OF THE HUNTRESS and TAKEN BY THE NIGHT) although that enhances this Victorian paranormal suspense thriller. The vampires seem real making the hunt for them feel genuine; while the romantic second chance at love subplot is cleverly developed as both have a lot of trust issues to overcome although Reign seems indifferent to his knowing that his wife was going to betray him feels off base. Still LET THE NIGHT BEGIN is an enjoyable vampire historical romantic suspense in which the sleuthing and confrontation is supported by the romance.
Olivia Gavin needs help. She has just found out that her beloved nephew has been abducted. The "ransom" that the kidnappers ask for is her estranged husband, Reign, who she married thirty years ago and left on their wedding night after he turned her into a vampire without her consent. So, she returns to London to plead with him to help her.
Reign has never stopped loving his wife. He carries a lot of guilt over what happened on their wedding night and still blames himself for her leaving. When Olivia turns up in London asking for his help, he is a bit shocked at first. He also suspects that she isn't telling him everything, but agrees to help her . . . for a price--Olivia must share his bed again. She accepts because she has no other choice. The ransom that the kidnappers ask for is Reign himself, and she has no problem handing him over in exchange for her nephew. But, the more time they spend together, the more they realize how much they have missed one another. And with a deadly enemy who knows their secrets close by, Reign and Olivia will have to work hard to be able to mend their broken relationship and look toward to a future together.
Reign is a terrific hero. He's crude, sarcastic and blunt, yet tender underneath it all when it comes to Olivia. Despite the fact that she left him, he never stopped loving her and would still do anything for her. Reign knows that Olivia hasn't told him the whole story, but is patient and waits for her to tell him when she's ready. All of these traits make him totally sexy in my eyes. (And Ms. Smith writes some of the sexiest heroes!)
At the beginning of the book, Olivia is bitter and stubborn, but devoted. She has raised her nephew, James, for eighteen years, since he was a baby, so she considers him more like a son. It is her love for James that pushes her to plead with Reign for his help. During the course of the book, she really matures as a character and admits to herself and Reign when she is wrong. I really respected that and it made me like her even more.
I thoroughly enjoyed the verbal sparring between Reign and Olivia. It made for some great tension, which led to some really hot love scenes. Really, really hot. I am now eagerly anticipating the final installment in this series, Temple's book. I'm very anxious to see how everything is wrapped up. I highly recommend Let the Night Begin!
I had a problem with the premise. For her conversion from human to vampire, it was required that her husband take her blood and she had to take his. Yes, he took responsibility for taking hers, but she drank his blood, and then accepted no responsibility for her turning. It was all his fault. I guess she had absolutely no idea of the consequences, but it didn't ring true.
I thought the book had too much gratuitous sex contained within it. Liv had extreme distrust for her husband, but she jumps into bed with him, very shortly, after reuniting? She could not forgive him and would not accept any of his, sincerely regretful, apologies, but just loved being in bed with him. At one point, Liv suffers an injury. Soon after her injury and while still in pain, she and Reign at at it again...at her promptings. Her injuries were life threatening. C'mon, that isn't the time for sex. I'm not a prude, but it was too much gratuitous sex for my taste. Just page fillers. Liv had been living for 60 years, but she had no depth to her character. For much of this book, she was unable to stop playing games and acting like a righteous and thoroughly wronged "B". Alive for 60 years and couldn't express true feelings. Towards the end of the book, when she decides she loves and wants to be with her husband, I was left feeling..no, you don't. She just loved the sex and didn't want give it up. I would have liked the book better if the author had found a happy medium with her character's emotions or gone into more details of the pain she experienced by becoming vampire. It would have made for a better understanding of her emotions and better reading for me. The book was okay, but it could have been good if the main protagonist was less one dimensional. The author developed the male lead, but cliched out and made the female...a typical "B"....in heat.
In the fourth installment Reign is reunited with his wife after 30 years. Olivia's nephew was kidnapped and they want Reign in exchange for her adoptive son. Reign changed Olivia on their wedding night. She hasn't forgiven him yet. Reign has never stopped loving Olivia, he takes their wedding values very seriously. He suspects she still has feelings for him, in exchange for helping her Reign requests she act his wife in all ways. Once they start getting close to each other and sharing a bed, they are unable to ignore the feelings it brings. Reign and Olivia find love on the mission to find her nephew.
Each book in this series gets better and better. I loved this story. Reign and Olivia are made for each other. Their love was so well written it is almost tangible. The pace is fast and kept me captivated. All the stories are tied in together. This book sets up for the final in the series. The characters are very likable and the development is there. All the elements for a great book are in this one!