From the author of Kinked and Oracle's Moon...In the USA Today bestselling author's latest Novel of the Elder Races, a woman finds herself in need of protection—and seduced by honor…
On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.
The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past…
FIRST DATE: I figured Xavier for a bad guy. After all, he and Julian were instrumental in pushing Carling out as ruler of the Nightkind and were kind of arses about it, what with the threats and all. But then Xavier picks Tess out of the line of humans hoping to be chosen as a Vampyre’s attendant. Tess who, when it’s her turn to try and convince a Vamp to choose her says, “My looks are entirely forgettable, and I’m smarter than almost anyone here.” In a ballroom filled with ancient Vampyres. Ballsy, for sure. That choice made me perk up and start to see Xavier as an intelligent, intriguing person (well, Vampyre) rather than a cold-blooded assassin (well, he’s that, too).
SECOND DATE: Tess is on the run from a super-baddie and, with her entrance into Xavier’s household, hopes that will hold the baddie back for a while. Because of that, she doesn’t really act like a human attendant. She doesn’t take the blood oath that would bind her to Xavier and bestow upon her longer life, quicker reflexes and faster recovery time from injury. Of course, this obstinence and determination to persevere (no matter what kind of training Raoul throws at her — all that running and throwing and defensive/offensive tactics can really bang a gal up) just intrigues Xavier more. He’s promised not to bite her until she asks and, with that, the dance between the two has begun…sparks fly, bodies throb with unrequited longing, banter ensues. Yep. There’s drama. And lurve.
THIRD DATE: Of course, it’s not just romance in this story. Running parallel to Lord’s Fall (I’m assuming, anyway, because the Sentinel Games take place during this time), Night’s Honor introduces more issues within the Elder Races, focusing on that of the Nightkind (of course, since that’s what Xavier is). There’s plenty of intrigue and backstabbing and attempts on people’s lives, enough to keep the story’s pace rollicking right along (lest we forget, Tess is on the run from a Big Bad who has to be handled…delicately but with extreme prejudice. Luckily, both Xavier and Tess are tricksy). While I do have a soft spot for the bad boys (especially in leather. And shirtless.), I love when those bad boys like Xavier turn out to be marshmallows around the women who steal their hearts. *pictures Xavier in leather* *smiles*
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