Title: Review of Heart of Darkness
Author: Felicity Heaton
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance - Vampires
Format: ebook - 130000 words
Release Date: October 16th 2011
A vampire prince on a four hundred year old mission to avenge his murdered sister...
Aleksandr Nemov won't stop until the last of the vampire hunter’s progeny is wiped from the Earth. Each kill has stolen a piece of his humanity, pushing him towards the black abyss all vampires hold within their hearts. Now he is teetering on the edge, close to devolving into a beast, and time is running out as he tracks the last hunter to Prague. There he finds a beautiful woman who could be his one chance for salvation, but is it already too late for him?
A vampire guard who will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves...
Elise is dedicated to her duty. It's the only thing she has left. All that changes when she meets Aleksandr in Prague and her master grants him permission to stay at her bloodline's mansion. She knows all about Aleksandr but none of it prepares her for how she feels when the legendary prince's hunt becomes one for her heart. Elise battles him with all of her strength but can she stop herself from falling for the handsome hunter? When he reveals the depth of the corruption in his soul, will she have the strength to face the pain in her past and do whatever it takes to save him?
My Review -
Heart of Darkness is not only a paranormal romance between vampires but also a beautiful story of love, devotion, commitment and believing in the ability of overcome any obstacle.
What I enjoyed about Heart of Darkness was Felicity's ability to describe in detail the developing relationship between Aleksandr and Elise and the emotional turmoil that both go through in their journey of self-discovery. Both Aleksandr and Elise are characters that you develop feelings for because you feel their pain, anguish, despair and hope that they have a HEA (though there were times I became tired of Elise's continuous doubts that I felt like smacking her across the head).
That is not to say that there were no bright spots in the book. The building sexual tension between the two of them and Aleksandr's smouldering looks and predatory way of approaching Elise made not only her melt and feel weak in the knees but also the reader.
Aleksandr is a damaged vampire after centuries of trying to seek out his vengeance on a hunter that has cost him his humanity. This is what makes Felicity's vampires different and unique. Her vampires live among humans who do not know of their existence. They retain their humanity, rarely hunt for blood, have heartbeats, can reproduce and the thing that really set them apart: they do not allow their dark side to come through.
Vampires that succumb to the dark bloodlust and become monsters are ordered to be destroyed. Aleksandr has been killing for over 400 years seeking revenge but the hunt has been slowly destroying him. He has reached a point in his existence that either he kills the hunter or his hunt will destroy him and he will lose the last shred of humanity that is left inside him.
Elise is his salvation and his light after centuries of darkness. Elise is a strong vampire and because of her own personal loss she has through the centuries developing a tough exterior that has caused her to shield herself from emotions such a love. When these two get together they realize that for the first time they are feeling emotions so powerful that they are afraid of what it means and how it may change them. The two can't deny their feelings and soon things heat up to such intense levels that nothing can stop it. Paranormal romance fans will enjoy getting lost in the raging passion between these two characters.