Review: Caressed by Night by Amanda J. Greene

Posted 6 March, 2012 by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side in Reviews / 3 Comments

Caressed by Night by Amanda J. Greene
Series: Rulers of Darkness #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published by: Author on February 28, 2012
Format: eARC
Pages: 272
Source: Author
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Dimitri Arsov, the last remaining pure vampire, was thought to be dead for the past four hundreds years. Now, he is back and has a score to settle with the traitor that had tried to kill him centuries ago. But as he waits for his prey to blindly step into his carefully laid trap, his overwhelming hunger for blood is triggered when he saves a beautiful art historian.

Kerstyn Ingmar’s life was normal and straight up boring until the night she is rescued by the dangerously sexy, powerfully mesmerizing, Dimitri. Unable to resist his diamond blue eyes and intense kisses, she is drawn into his world of darkness and closer to her impending doom.

While their desire consumes them, Dimitri is haunted by images of a bloody and deadly future. As his enemies draw near, he must find a way to save his mate from her destiny before fate destroys them both.

*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.

Amanda Greene’s vampires are dark, dangerous and oh so sexy!

Betrayed by his would be successor, pure bred vampire Dimitri Arsov faked his death and went into hiding, waiting for the perfect time to reclaim his throne and unleash his revenge on the one who betrayed him. Dmitri is “back from the dead” and ready for battle, but things take a different turn when he meets the beautiful Kerstyn who’s down on her luck and in need of a knight in shining armor. When Dimitri realizes the woman he has welcomed into home is the mate he’s long awaited, he is put to the ultimate test where desire for love outweighs his desire for vengeance.

CARESSED BY NIGHT is a brilliant sequel to the Rulers of Darkness series. Set in modern day, unlike it’s predecessor, this story’s setting was a delightful surprise. Ms. Greene’s vampires are dark, tortured and the definition of Alpha males with a dash of humor and a heavy sprinkling of sexiness! Dimitri is a multifaceted character that will have your heart by the end of the book! He’s powerful, daring, manages to be a hopeless romantic and a true gentleman all in one extremely handsome package (in my eyes he’s a combination of Zsadist, Rhage and V…what’s not to love?!)! You can often feel his internal and emotional struggle to contain his vampire “beast” especially when it comes to Kerstyn; it’s a little bit of Jekyll and Hyde mixed with Beauty and the Beast.

The heroine Kerstyn, while smart and curious, is a little too docile for my tastes. Perhaps it’s due to her age and naivete, but I would not have adjusted so quickly to discovering Dmitri’s secrets and world. I love an edgier heroine who will challenge the hero and didn’t get that from her until halfway through the story, I wish it would have come sooner.  I think it’s funny that the heroine Victoria in Caressed by Moonlight, seemed to be more modern in her ways than our heroine Kerstyn, in present day! That being said, I loved the combination of Dimitri and Kerstyn as a couple and the passion they brought out in each other. The museum scene had me on edge and on the verge of a cold shower! Ms. Greene sure knows how to leave her readers wanting more..that’s all I’m going to say.

A deeper look into the world of the Rulers of Darkness and their tormented past is one of the highlights of CARESSED BY NIGHT. All of the characters are well developed and naturally mesh, the appearance of old and addition of new characters brings the story full circle. Romance, friendship and betrayal are just part of the web Amanda Greene weaves in her world of the supernatural. Her creativity and eye for details makes her a phenomenal storyteller that will leave you breathless and wanting a vampire of your own!

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