Hearts in Darkness (Nikki and Michael Series #2)

Hearts in Darkness (Nikki and Michael Series #2)

by Keri Arthur
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Hearts in Darkness (Nikki and Michael Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
Michael had vowed to keep away from Nikki to protect her from the dangers that threatened both of their lives. However, that's easier said than done because their life forces have been bound together. In this second volume in the series, Nikki is investigating the disappearance of another teenager, and things get interesting when she discovers a connection with a vampire from Michael's past. Michael is investigating several disappearances of millionaires at a resort in the same area that Nikki is tracking her missing teenager. They have no choice but to team up, especially when they realize that both of their cases are linked to the same person. Can they continue to find the bond they share while trying to stay alive and defeat the evil vampire behind the disappearances? Michael got on my nerves for most of this book. Every five minutes he was whining about how he and Nikki must never be together, how they can never be happy together, etc., etc. Finally he shut up at about page 155 and got with the program. Geesh. No one seems to really know what being a "thrall" means for Nikki, and in this book we see some interesting new talents emerge that no one can quite explain. It's make you wonder what's next for this crime-fighting duo. On to the next book!
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog HEARTS OF DARKNESS is the second book in the Nikki and Michael series. I am so glad that the publisher decided to rerelease this series because I think it’s quite good. As a fan of Arthur’s other series, I found that this gave me an opportunity to read her older titles. I think this will help readers discover this series or perhaps reminds loyal fans just how talented Arthur is. This book continues off from where the last book ended. Nikki is now forever connected to Michael after having letting him feed from her. They share a connection that is unique. However, it means that if Michael dies, then so does Nikki. This puts on strain on Nikki as she knows that Michael lives a dangerous life, no matter how experienced or resourceful he is. She doesn’t like the idea of being dependent on him, especially since he has the power to hurt her greatly. I found that I am really, really enjoying their dynamics. Every time Michael enters the picture, I get a little more excited because their chemistry is potent and enthralling. However, I don’t think it ever takes away from the plot of the series. Arthur pens a very tightly-written mystery subplot that incorporates action and suspense in a way that pulls the story forward. If you enjoyed the first book, then I think you will enjoy the second. Yet, this installment seems even better than the first. Fans of Nalini Singh’s writing will enjoy this series. I found the writing to be similar, incorporating an old-ancient feel to it that makes it feel grander than what it really is. As a result, you get a story that is rich in description, vivid in emotion and strong in its character building and plot. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far and am looking forward to read more of Nikki and Michael’s adventures! *ARC provided by author
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Private Investigator, Nikki James returns in book two of the Nikki & Michael series, she is back to her normal job of solving crimes. Her current investigation is to find a missing person (child) which leads her to a resort in Jackson Hole. On an unlikely stroke of luck, Michael is told to team up with Nikki because their paths will cross while he's investigating rich men going missing at the resort. After the events that happened in book one, I was worried they would just automatically be okay/make up and everything would go back to normal. I should have known better, KArthur had them overcoming their awkwardness with one another and also finding a way to manage their feelings all while solving the case(s). I'll be honest, I was worried this book wouldn't be what I'm used to getting out of a Keri Arthur book. Book one in this series wasn't what I expected, though I did enjoy it. Luckily, Hearts in Darkness has a lot more of the KArthur vibe that I remember from the Riley Jenson series. While it's still lacking on the smutty goodness, I have to admit this book kept me interested. I wasn't sure who the bad guy(s) would be, but one thing I'm glad is the same is the paranormal aspect. Just in case you missed my review of book one here's the heads up again: this series is a re-release, so if you've read this before, don't get confused. While you don't necessary have to read this in order so far, I would highly suggest it so you know their past together. If you're a KArthur fan or even just someone that enjoys Urban Fantasy with a slight romance twist I suggest this series.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
An early series by Arthur and most certainly not her strongest. It also isn't indictive of her talent. Full Moon Rising (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 1) books are much better. This is the second in the Nikki and Michael series. It still suffers from a dilly dallying heroine, who acts like an awkward heroine in a black and white silent movie. Throughout the book there seems to be a cycle of events. Nikki seeks out the villain, Nikki suffers from some sort of fainting energy sucking weakness, Michael swoops in and then storms off and Nikki disappears and is suddenly back again from wherever she went. Repeat cycle. Add the odd 'why we should be together but aren't together dialogue' and wait for the next cycle. It is amateur, vague, lacks character depth and a decent plot. All of that can be forgiven knowing that Arthur is actually capable of writing really good para-sup. stories, so I just chalk this down to the fact it is her early work. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
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.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
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.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Hearts in Darkness is a dark and gripping vampire tale. Nikki and Michael are once again forced together to face a terrible evil. Battling with the thrall mental bond and blood lust, Michael has left Nikki broken hearted for 6 months. Now Michael is back but he is fearful of the danger his presence causes. Can Nikki and Michael find the evil threat and save the missing boy before the evil takes them? I loved watching Nikki break away at Michael's desire to keep her at arms length.  As I stated above this is a very dark and sinister paranormal romance. The plot was suspense filled and although I was routing for the HEA, the odds are against the couple especially when an old relationship comes in play. I found myself drawn into the conflict and mystery behind the antagonists which was completely original and intriguing. I am anxiously waiting to read the next story in this series. Once again Keri Arthur created a story that pulls you into the world of her fabulous imagination. This ARC copy of Hearts in the Darkness was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Dell in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date August 27, 2013. Written by: Keri Arthur Series: Nikki and Michael  Sequence in Series: 2 Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Dell  Publication Date: August 27, 2013 ISBN-10: 0440246520 ISBN-13: 978-0440246527 Rating: 4 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dark Fantasy Age Recommendation: Adult
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
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.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read on August 21, 2013 Book Info  Paperback, 336 pages Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Dell (first published December 31st 2000) ISBN 0440246520 (ISBN13: 9780440246527) edition language English URL  series Nikki & Michael #2 characters Nikki James, Michael Kelly Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  AMAZON  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Life has never been so insane for Nikki James. There's another teenager missing. She has another vampire to contend with. Her partner and best friend Jake is in the hospital dying. And a madman is kidnapping the wealthy. Just when it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, Michael returns-but not for her. This time, however, Nikki has no intention of running from either the case or from what still lies between her and Michael. And she isn't going to let him run, either. The last thing Michael Kelly needs is a confrontation with Nikki-especially when his control over his bloodlust is still so tenuous. But when a kidnapper steps up his agenda to murder, he's forced into a partnership with Nikki to keep her safe. Soon Michael discovers the biggest danger he faces may not be from his need to "taste" her, but from his desire to make her a permanent part of his life-a life that is sure to get her killed. Nikki is determined to make Michael see that life apart is worse than death. But before she can make him see the light, a specter from Michael's past rises that could destroy any hope she has of a future with him. Because this time the threat isn't physical. It's a matter of the heart. Nikki must compete with the woman-the vampire-for whom Michael gave up life. My Thoughts As in the previous book Nikki James is a magnet for all kinds of danger, if it is out there she somehow manages to find trouble. This time it is found at the very beginning in a warehouse where she tracks the young teenage boy she has been hired to find, she and her partner Jake find themselves outnumbered by a group of vampires under the command of an older female vampire who apparently decides Nikki is to be spared but the same does not hold true for Jake and he is grievously injured.  Having gotten Jake to the hospital Nikki is torn between staying with him in case he loses the battle to live and her duty to find their client, to complicate matters she has also been asked by one of her allies in the local police force to find his missing niece. Turns out the dilemma for Nikki becomes even more unsettling with the return of Michael Kelly, the two find themselves working together and this time Nikki makes up her mind no matter what that she and Michael will work out their differences and stay together when the case is over! The entire time that Nikki is working towards convincing Michael to give their relationship a chance his continued stance that the two "could never be" just about drove me up the wall, they obviously have bonded beyond simply being lovers and yet because he has some outdated notion that his vampire bloodlust is too dangerous to take the chance on their being together he is determined to leave Nikki behind once again. Between the tension that the two generate with their need for each other and the intensity which permeates their dangerous joint investigations this is another page turner that leaves the reader wishing for answers to come sooner and yet it also moves the action along fairly rapidly so that you never feel bogged down in any particular moment. For a second book in a series it also has to be said that you do not have to worry if you start with this one, Keri Arthur very nicely covers the back story from the previous book allowing this one to be enjoyed in full with very little feeling of being uninformed of prior events.  [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
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My name is nikki and my brothers name is micheal. Tempted to read it,but if a boy and girl with the same name fall in love i might not read it... me and him dont get along so well.