I could easily see the Night Walker series turning into one of my guilty pleasures. For me, it has a little bit of that Christine Feehan Carpathian feel. Old world, powerful heroes who are like vampires, but not quite vampires. Men who cherish their women, treat them like they hung the moon, and have a kind of hot sex with them that feels more sensual than dirty. All that good stuff without any white lightning, molten cores, or velvet over iron.
This particular story is kind of sequel, or maybe even a prequel, to Night Walker. It works either way, set in the past of the same world with no overlapping characters. Our hero, Kane, is a Night Walker --a shapeshifter who happens to enter a death-like state during the day and drinks blood to survive. Very different from a vampire -- who enters a death-like state during the day, drinks blood to survive, and terrorizes beautiful young women like our heroine, Marguerite.
The lovely Rita is enslaved to an evil vamp --and she is working as pickpocket to earn enough money to escape him with her cousin. She is engaged in a theft when she first catches Kane's eye. He is drawn to her, and as he gets to know her better, that attraction only grows. For the first time in centuries, he is enamored of a mortal and he reaches out for a connection to her.
Of course, her vampire master has other ideas. But where would a story be without conflict?
I really liked watching Kane fall for Rita and renewing his ability to love someone. Granted, he fell in love with her in, like, five seconds, but still... It's one of those larger than life vampire romances, where he just knows she's the one. The sex is pretty good and I think it was just the right length to tell the story. An enjoyable afternoon read.
Rating: B *ARC Provided by Entangled