Series: Night #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published by: Entangled Publishing on August 2, 2011
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He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her...
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.
She’s haunted by dreams of her own death...
After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she's drawn to him in ways she doesn't understand.
They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries...
Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In his mortal life he was a priest named Father Gregorio, who fell in love with a native woman, Tala, which was murdered and lost to him in an act of the utmost betrayal by his Brotherhood. Forsaking his life and driven only by vengeance, Gregorio is given immortality as a Night Walker and a second chance at love. Now living as Calisto Terana, a wealthy collector of fine art and pieces, he patiently awaits the day he can once again be reunited with his long lost love. When he meets Kate Bradley in a chance business meeting, Calisto is certain destiny has brought Tala back into his life, but to attain his second chance at love he must face the Brotherhood who long ago betrayed him and whose mission is to see him six feet under, permanently.
It’s been a while since I read a book whose author does a stellar job in vividly depicting every scene, allowing the reader a pristine view into their world, and Lisa Kessler does just that! This is a story of forbidden love, betrayal, reincarnation and forgiveness. The characters are quite dimensional and pull you in with their strong emotions and turbulent pasts. You become so invested in their lives you yearn for a happy ending at all costs.
Calisto is the perfect lead in a romance, he’s chivalrous, sexy, protective, but with a little bit of a tortured hero in him as well. His story is masterfully woven into the plot without taking away from the romance. Kate is a heroine who’s life is relatable, she’s a professional, has been through heartbreak and is trying to find herself. Though she might come off as a little naive at first, she’s anything but…Kate is quite independent and has no problem standing up for herself, love that! Their romance develops quickly due to their established relationship but never feels rushed…I guess that’s what happens when you deal with reincarnation. I’m all for steamy scenes in my romance novels and the author knows just how to get you worked up without revealing every detail, that’s a sign of great writing by my standards!
While the story shifts from the past to the present often, the writing is fluid and the main focus is never lost. One of my favorite elements in the story is the use of religion which is often times linked to the vampire myth, especially in gothic literature, which in my opinion it gives the story more depth. A forbidden romance filled with unexpected twists and evil villains make for an action packed suspense that is hard to put down. NIGHT WALKER is a paranormal romance that has it all and comes full circle for an unpredictable ending you won’t see coming but will love!