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Hearts in Darkness (Nikki and Michael Series #2)

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    WOW WOW WOW! This book was a page turner for sure, I didn't want

    WOW WOW WOW! This book was a page turner for sure, I didn't want to put it down. Even though this is the 2nd book in the series I didn't feel completely lost about the relationship dynamic between Nikki and Michael. And it seems like their lives are linked forever no matter how much Michael wants to keep Nikki out of his. They share a life source so if he dies, she dies also...but if she dies, he doesn't. I don't think that is fair but it makes since due to him being a vampire.

    After no communication for 6 months, it seems they are brought together to work on a case of missing people who just mysteriously disappear from this fancy resort. Plus Nikki feels the kid she was hired to protect might be there as well. So as they are trying to get to the bottom of the disappearances, someone from Michael's past shows up which kind of puts a small wrench into his relationship with Nikki. I do plan on reading book 1 of this series and I am anxious to see what happens next in the 3rd book.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    This slowly developing romance between Nikki and Michael is defi

    This slowly developing romance between Nikki and Michael is definitely an awesome way to move through the series. It ties the two together even as Michael is trying so very, very hard to keep them apart.

    Once again, Michael is sent to Nikki by the mysterious Seline because if he doesn’t go to her and she continues on with her current investigation (one which had already landed her partner/employer in the hospital in critical condition), she’ll end up dead. If he goes with her/works with her, she has a chance to survive.

    We got further introduced to the paranormal world in this book, meeting Fire Imps of a sort, capable of being bound to a human body, though it doesn’t turn out well for the human body involved (there were multiple meltings, which I have to say played out most awesomely!).

    Michael’s sire, Elizabeth, makes an appearance and I was pleased to see how he ultimately dealt with her. I like the complexity he had to face, trying to deal with the woman he truly loves (now) versus the one he turned to vampirism/eternal life for (who he thought he loved at one time). While Elizabeth was definitely not an innocent by any stretch of the imagination, she certainly got a raw deal when dealing with the uber-villain of the book, a recently-turned (within a couple of years) vampire/mage. One thing bugged me about Elizabeth though, and that was the continuity about her character. At one point, Ms. Arthur comments that Elizabeth was familiar with Roman gladiators and the like, yet it was repeated many times that Elizabeth was only (only…hmmm, I’d like to only be 900 if I could still look 30) about 900 years old, well after the period of Roman gladiators. Minor, but it stuck out to me.

    The fire beings were a lovely addition, and they were being horrendously mistreated. I’m glad how things worked out for them.

    Nikki of course was strong-willed and utterly unwilling to let Michael protect her or shelter her in any way. When he tries to go all alpha-protector on her, she smacks him right back down and reminds him she’s her own person and she’ll go on with or without him. Wisely, he chooses to stay with her rather than trying to force her to go home and leave the Las Vegas investigation to him.

    Nikki’s powers continue to develop, thanks it seems in part to the lifeforce bond Michael pushed on her in the first book. We got a further look into the vampire master/thrall connection in this book, and I’m looking forward to continuing on learning more about them.

    Things wrapped up well and I’m happy to see Ms. Arthur isn’t totally torturing the pair/dragging out the relationship moving forward further than she has to. I’m sure she’ll have new curve balls to throw at these two in the next book (or two), and I’m eager to get to them on my Kindle.

    Thank you so much for letting me read this. I totally give this a 5-star rating!

    Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    Once again I have to state, you simply cannot go wrong when you

    Once again I have to state, you simply cannot go wrong when you pick up a book by Keri Arthur!!!

    If you have not read Dancing with the Devil, I have to highly recommend that you do, because although this book could be read as a standalone, it would be best absorbed if you have read the first and know everything that has already happened between Nikki and Michael.

    I feel that Keri stayed very true to Nikki and Michael’s characters from one book to the next. They are both still strong willed, sometimes pigheaded, and the chemistry is still amazing between them. The storyline is just as action/suspense packed if not a little more because in this one we are introduced to even more entities, that give this story that little extra wow factor for me. This is a DEFINITE must read in my opinion and I can’t wait to read the rest in the series and all future books from Keri!!! I give Hearts in Darkness 5 out of 5 stars!!

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

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