Betrayed by one of her own and turned into a vampire, hunter Eve is consumed by her hunger for vengeance and has spent five years surviving hell, driven to take the life of the man she once loved. But just as she is about to close in on the hunter-turned-vampire, an event is set in motion that threatens to see him slip beyond her grasp forever—the leader of her bloodline has sent an escort to bring her to the family’s mansion. To a nest of the very creatures she once hunted and loathes.
A vampire assassin hardened by centuries of service, Tor is a man of discipline and loyalty, never straying from his mission or the rules set out for him, and has purged all his weaknesses, including his emotions.
But the moment he meets the broken, fiery female he is to escort to Oslo, something dangerous awakens in him, something possessive and powerful, and when he is pulled into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who betrayed her, Tor discovers he will do anything to protect the woman slowly claiming his heart and give her the vengeance she desires—even break all the rules.
Can Eve embrace her new vampire nature in order to have her revenge and find a reason to live again in Tor? Can Tor and Eve stop the man who betrayed her and the deaths of thousands of innocents? Or will he succeed in creating a new army of hybrid vampires who will rise up against the purebloods?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the eighth book in the Vampire Realm Series. I loved it!
Eve is a fantastic character. She is Lilith's sister (from Seventh Circle, 4th book) and a vampire. She is strongly driven by revenge, but she also is determined to a fault and has a fiery temper. I loved this character. I can understand her desire for revenge, but I do not condone this type of violence. Nothing good ever really comes out of acting on it.
Tor is a powerful guard in the Vehemens household. He is rather taciturn and brooding, but I loved his intensity. He is a follow the rules kind of guy, but is willing to break them on occasion. Sent to deliver Eve to her sister, Tor finds himself conflicted between his obligation and his emotions.
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this book, as I love the series so far. Hunger didn't disappoint! I started to read this book and struggled to put it down; I was hooked from the first page! The story is told from both Eve and Tor's point of view, which gives the reader an insight into their thoughts and feelings. It was nice to meet Oneiric (Eve and Lilith's father) again, but I would love to visit with him a bit longer. He intrigues me, so I hope that the author would consider writing his story one day, even if it is not part of the series. This story was an exciting roller coaster ride of danger, adventure and romance. The story also brings together a few vampires from the other bloodlines, and it was interesting to see how they worked together as a team of Law Keepers. They are Vincent (Caelestis), Serge (Validus) and Daemon (Aurorea). They are all dangerous in their own way. Vincent is more relaxed and is younger than his work mates. I really liked him. Daemon, on the other hand, is more intense and deadly. He scared me! However, these guys are saints when compared to Adam and his madman attempt to create human/vampire hybrids turned vampire hunters. He is evil personified!
There are some amazingly described scenes that made me feel like I was really there. The rescue scene in the warehouse was exciting, and it certainly got my heart racing! There are also some scenes of a sensual nature that definitely got my heart pounding! The intense attraction between Eve and Tor just about scorched the pages! *Fans face* The end of the book does not end in a cliffhanger (most of the series doesn't either), but this does not mean that there will not be any more books in the series (I hope!). This book can be read as a stand alone, but it would be better to read the other books in the series first, to get a fuller feel of the characters and the world they live in.
Felicity Heaton has written another fantastic erotic paranormal romance. I love her writing style, which is fast paced, exciting and believable. She is number one on my Favourite Authors List.
As this is an erotic paranormal romance with explicit scenes, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love erotic paranormal romances full of action, adventure, sexy vampires and werewolves. - Lynn Worton
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