Vampires, Witches and Shifters, Oh My!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: 🤓☺️😳😘🥰
Narration Type: Dual Narration
Re-read via Audiobook:
Like Dark Prince, the book is told in dual points of view via dual narration. Troy Duran and Mindy Kennedy do the narration and both do a great job of it. Troy Duran is so great, with a deep and sexy voice. Mindy Kennedy is also very good and has a voice that sounds age appropriate for Aurora.
This book was a good one, like the first in the series. The heroine Aurora was from the previous book, she was a witch attending the Bloodstone Institute in preparation for someday taking over for her mother who is the high witch. She was the one who knew from the start that Vivienne was not vampire but a human who had taken a magic potion to disguise herself as a vampire in order to steal a necklace from Lucca the Blueblood prince. Aurora helped get Vivi food to eat.
In this book Aurora is angry about her arranged Marriage to Calvin who is a mage from a respected and powerful mage family. She can’t get out of the marriage, and on the day she finds out about the engagement she rebels by going to a vampire club and going home with hot Blueblood vampire Saxton. During their one night stand, Saxton drinks Aurora’s blood and discovers later that they are mated.
Witches and Vampires are not supposed to be together and Saxton doesn’t want to do anything that would put his King in a bad light against the witches so he tries to find a way to break the mating bond before it takes over enough to force him to kill Aurora’s fiancée. He struggles and ends up telling Aurora so that she can help try to find a spell to break the bond.
There are quite a few different storylines in this book and some are pretty complex, which which is one reason it is difficult to remember some of the things from book to book. Since a lot of the storylines are part of the ongoing series plots, and only have to do with the main romance in a peripheral manor. One storyline is regarding Rikkon who is the the brother of Vivi and will be the Hero in the next book.
Vivi and Rikkon are Nightingale royalty. The Nightingales are the supernatural species that created vampires and when they left to a different realm called Ellnsari, a lot of detrimental things happened to the vampires. Such as first generation vampires going slowly crazy and second generation vampires needing to hibernate. Vivi and and Rikkon were exiled by their mother the Queen of the Nightingales from the Ellnsari back to earth without their powers so they have to hide and pretend to be regular vampires.
Rikkon also seems to be interested in Aurora’s sister Miranda and vice versa. Though Aurora tells Miranda to forget about him since he used to be a drug addict and Aurora knows he is a Nightingale who was mated back in Ellnsari just as he was exiled. Rikkon took a potion to remove his memories because the mate bond was causing him pain but now he wants his memories returned. Also it is found out in this book that the reason he was a drug addict was because he has visions and gets terrible pain with the visions and the drugs were the only thing that kept the visions at bay. It is unknown if he still has some of his powers since he gets visions.
Another storyline is that of the King Raphael. He is trying to keep peace but there are supporters of Tatiana for the thrown including Jacques and his followers who keep throwing wrenches in the mix by doing things in order to try to get more supernaturals on their side and away from King Raphael. Also, Tatiana is affected by the madness that is striking first generation Bluebloods and King Raphael is not yet. So that is another part of the storyline. As I said, some of these are a bit complex and will want to be remembered from book to book.
The romance between Aurora and Saxon is both hot and sweet. Since they are mates, they have a deep and true love which includes protectiveness and a bond in which they can feel each other. I like the thought of that kind of love. Of course the story and conflicts take precedence over a lot of the book so there are not an overwhelming amount of intimate scenes. There is still some steam in this book.