Series: Night Huntress World #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Avon on 27 July 2010
I’m glad Frost broke away from novels that just feature Cat and Bones because there are so many cool secondary characters that deserved to get a HEA. I’ve had a soft spot for Mencheres for ages and was curious what kind of woman would capture the eye of someone who has lived for so long and experienced so much. PI Kira Graceling is walking past a warehouse when she hears someone in pain. She investigates and discovers some ghouls torturing a bloke. A human female risking her life to save him is the impetus Mencheres needs to defeat his attackers. He saves Kira, holds her captive until his blood should have exited her system and then tries to send her away. Problem is he just can’t quite let go.
Mencheres suffers from ennui to the point he figures letting someone “off” him is the best way of getting over the tedium of life. Hmm. He’s older than dirt so literally has seen or experienced just about everything. Two things plague him – his visions have dried up and his evil arch-enemy Radjedef is back. Radjedef might have been trying to kill him (and failing) for thousands of years but this time he’s framing Mencheres for a murder he didn’t commit. In a short space of time Kira worms her way into Mencheres’ heart and his cold, aloof façade starts to disintegrate. Kira is independent but fiercely dedicated to those she loves. She is willing to sacrifice her own needs to help others which is admirable but at times she goes too far down the martyr path. The romance between these two is so hot that steam practically rises off the pages. Not bad for an old guy who has been celibate for nearly 1000 years.
There were a few things that irked me slightly but the main one was that the big battle was wrapped up too fast. The build-up was fantastic so I was expecting something truly epic and it didn’t quite translate. Cat and Bones make an obligatory appearance but they weren’t really needed. I still wanted to know more about Mencheres at the end as I felt like we got the yum cha version – lots of small episodes exploring just a fraction of his life. Frost’s trademark humour is less evident this time round but that suits Mencheres’ tortured nature. The covers for these spinoffs are fairly dodgy which is a shame.
I loved this book primarily because Mencheres’ life was so fascinating. This book can be read as a standalone as Frost fills in most of the blanks along the way.