Review: Caressed by Night by Amanda J. Greene

Posted December 27, 2012 by Vampbard in 4 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating A, Reviews Tags: , , ,

Caressed by Night
Author: Amanda J. Greene  
Release Date: Feb. 29, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Rulers of Darkness Book #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (393 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Author

About the book:

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.

What VampBards talking about:

     For some reason, Amanda Greene’s Rulers of Darkness titles make me feel like I’m at home.  They bring together all of my comfort read titles into one neatly-wrapped package.  If you liked The Twilight Saga, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, or Lords of the Underworld, you’ll find these titles a delicious mix of these other series.
     As I began reading Caressed by Night, I was greeted with a glossary. As a personal note, I’m always irritated when a glossary goes at the beginning of a story because if an author isn’t confident that their storytelling can stand alone, without front-loading the reader with a cheat sheet, I’m skeptical as to whether I’ll enjoy the book.  I skipped the glossary.
     Ms. Greene began Caressed by Night around 197 years after her previous title in the series, Caressed by Moonlight, left off.  We learn that Dorian and Victoria are celebrating their anniversary mid-way through the story.  I liked the fact that we saw Dorian and Tori again, but reading their book isn’t really needed to enjoy this title.  Built into the book were ‘reminders’ necessary to understand the world-building and back-story.
     I do enjoy the plot arc of Caressed by Night.  While we knew from practically the beginning that Dimitri would end up with his mate, Kerstyn, we didn’t know exactly how that would happen.  Ms. Greene developed her plot to encompass not only our H/H, but we were introduced to several other players, hopefully with upcoming titles in the series.
     I almost felt like the sub-plots surrounding supporting characters occasionally took a front seat to our main couple and their major conflict in the book, the battle Dimitri would have to wage with Ven for control of his kingdom.  Some could argue that the major conflict was internal for Dimitri, as he really wrestled with how to tell Kerstyn about what the Fate has destined for them.  I would be in the second group.
     One of the sub-plots that I’m interested to see is between Sonya and Falcon.  We saw a bit of this in Caressed by Moonlight.  Wait until the end of this book to see a bit more!  RAWR…but DENIED!
     I’m also interested in Gabriel and the girl with the violet eyes.  He reminds me SOOO much of early Zhadist from Ward’s BDB… “Gabriel took in a deep breath.  His nerves were raw, his body cold, and his heart thundered.  The last time he had felt this on edge had been the night he escaped from bondage.”  I totally feel for this guy.  I totally connect with his character, and want to see his secrets.
     We also catch a glimpse of Hadrian, another King.  He’s been in self-assessed exile for 350 years, and when he learns Dimitri has resurfaced, he, too, returns to the ‘world of the living.’  I want to learn more about him!!!
     Kerstyn is a pretty strong heroine.  She rolls with the punches, and simply falls into her position as Dimitri’s mate.  I’m sure that I would have added in a plot twist that Denise and Bobby’s relationship was orchestrated by Sylvie to ensure that Kerstyn connected with Dimitri. I fully expected that to be revealed near the end.  Nope.  No manipulating others’ lives.  **snap**  One of my favorite things about Kerstyn is that she never backs down or appears afraid of Dimitri, even when his demon is showing.  Yup.  Totally reminds me of Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld.  I also liked the fact that she was always sure of Dimitri, even when she wasn’t sure he would stay with her.
     Dimitri, conversely, is totally consumed with self-loathing.  Wow.  Talk about self-depreciating dude!  Reluctant to admit he deserved a HEA, Dimitri had never shared vital pieces of information with anyone.  When he took a chance and shared with Kerstyn, he revealed a HUGE part of himself, opening up for rejection that never arrived.  He hadn’t factored in that Kerstyn was his mate, and therefore, destined to be with him.  I hope we get to see Dimitri regain his throne and re-integrate into his kingdom and people in future titles.
     Ms. Greene is anticipating publication of the third installment of her Rulers of Darkness series, Caressed by a Crimson Moon, January 25, 2012.  This title is about Hadrian, and I can’t wait to read it!

VampBards Rating:

Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
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