Author: Amanda J. Greene
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback & eBook, 353 pgs
Release Date: TODAY! February 29, 2012
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.
"Sin, danger and sex all in one" is how Kerstyn describes Dimitri. This second in the Rulers of Darkness series is even better than the first. Vampires and witches take center stage in Greene's world (but shifters, currently off screen, are coming out of the background in future books). There is a lot of simmering chemistry between the characters as well as romance.
While the first book had a historical setting, this one fast forwards to present day. While you don't need to have read the first book in the series before reading this one, you'll have background knowledge of and be familiar with many of the characters in this story if you do. When I picked up this ARC, I couldn't remember anything about the first other than I liked it a lot. Then I read the glossary Greene put in the front (yay! love it when authors do this) and I remembered more. Then as I got farther into the story I remembered the plot of the first.
King Dimitri is back from playing dead for the past 400 years. He let everyone think one of the Red Order (vampire hunting) witches killed him, clearing the way for Ven his second-in-command to take his throne. Dimitri is a vampire but also a seer and knew it was necessary. He teleports into his old friend's office in his Las Vegas casino/hotel/club office and just about gives Gabriel a heart attack, if it was possible for vampires to have them. Dimitri shows up here because he knows he will meet his mate in Vegas.
Kerstyn is rushing home and is rescued by Dimitri when three "men" attempt to attack her. For some reason this sexy, gorgeous and very tall man makes her feel safe and being in his arms feels like home. As much as she'd like to stay and talk with him more, an emergency at home calls her away. In a single week, she finds herself thrown out of her apartment by her roommate, she loses her job and her car dies. She is so not having a good week.
I really like that the first in the series was a historical which gave us a lot of the background and did a lot of the world building for this series but now we are in present day.
I also very much like that Dimitri is a darker male lead, but he carries a lot of baggage which makes him vulnerable with Kerstyn. But even with all the baggage, he's not really an angsty guy. I love Kerstyn's response to him and the supernatural world she never knew existed.
It is a fast paced, quick read - I stayed up late reading it in one sitting. For a guy who hasn't had sex in centuries, Dimitri is very good at it and makes up for lost time.
If you like Zsadist from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series and the guys from Gena Showalter's Lord of the Underworld series, you will love Dimitri and his friends.
There are so many places for this series to go and if the foreshadowing in this book is anything to go by, this is going to be a great series. I am looking forward to the next few books in the series.
Feb 29th - Mar 2nd, 2012 (midnight)
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