All she can remember is hunger…for him.
A year ago, Alexandria Stevens strode through the doors of Wicked Ways and into the arms of a man-a monster, really-who stole everything from her. Her memory. Her life. Now she's a creature of darkness with only hazy images in her mind of that night and a confusing jumble of emotions. A fierce hate...and an even fiercer desire for Markus Santini.
Markus has walked through this world for more than a hundred years, knowing exactly who and what he was, until Alexandria undid it all. Undid him. When a former vampire colleague threatens one of the Enclave's own, Markus is needed-but only as the dark, powerful creature he once was. And in order to become that, he must find redemption...in the arms of a woman who despises him with every breath she can no longer take.
The Enclave series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Undying Destiny
Book #2 Undying Embrace
Book #3 Undying Desire
Book #4 Undying Hunger
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A Novel of the Enclave
By Jessica Lee, Erin Molta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Jessica Lee
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Being a third wheel sucked big hairy balls.
Alexandria Stevens plastered another I'm having a great time smile on her face and glanced over at Eve Devonshire. With Guerin Lombardi's arm wrapped possessively around her, the tall brunette walked quietly next to Alex along the sidewalks of Elizabeth Bay, South Carolina's bustling nightlife district. Yet Alex hadn't missed the numerous heated looks between the two. Or the occasional caress against the side of Eve's breast when Guerin's hand accidentally slipped from his mate's shoulder — actions that telegraphed loud and clear they wished to be alone but were too polite to get rid of her.
Dear God, remind me why I let Eve talk me into going out for a solid meal and shopping with them? Vampires don't even have to eat!
"I'm glad you decided to join us," Eve said. "I know the walls of the Enclave mansion must get claustrophobic for you sometimes."
"You have no idea," Alex groaned, swinging the sack containing her purchase from one of those twenty-four-hour superstores. "But I know you two don't get many nights out as a couple. It's either you or Kenric and Arran on constant patrol rotation." With the Enclave having lost two of its male warriors, only three of them were left to protect humans from the vampires who couldn't control their blood lust, thus they became mindless beasts addicted to Death Euphoria or DEAD. That meant they always killed when they fed. Now, at least, they had Eve to help in that fight. Even though Kenric, Eve's father and master of the Enclave, as well as Guerin hated the idea of putting Eve at risk on the streets. But good luck with trying to keep her friend from doing something she was determined to do. Like the shopping trip she'd insisted Alex tag along on tonight. Alex lifted the red-and-white bag for reference. "You know this could have waited."
"Maybe," Guerin interjected, surprising Alex. He slowed their pace, pinning her with his dark gaze. "But you shouldn't have to."
Alex's chest tightened at his kind words, and she swung her attention to the traffic buzzing past them.
A year ago, going out wouldn't have been a big event. But that had been before the blinders shielding her from the real world had been brutally ripped away. Before she'd learned the truth about the monsters lurking in the dark.
Before she'd been turned into one of them.
The warmth of Eve's palm brushed Alex's arm, drawing her back. "Living among a bunch of overbearing alpha men can be a bit oppressive sometimes."
"Really?" Guerin rumbled. "Overbearing?"
Eve rolled her eyes, but her expression contained a humorous grin. "Yes." She propped a hand on her leather-clad hip. "But I know how to handle you."
A growl rolled off the dark-eyed male vampire right before he cupped Eve's nape, placing them face-to-face, hip to hip. "Later, you and I will have to discuss how you 'handle' me."
"I look forward to it," Eve whispered, yet thanks to Alex's heightened hearing, she didn't miss the lust infused in her friend's reply to her mate.
Christ, this night couldn't end soon enough.
"You're still very young, Alex," Eve said, returning to their previous topic. "And not at your full strength."
"I know. I know." Alex waved a dismissive hand. "My sister and I have had this discussion more times than you can imagine. I'm only trying to protect you, Alex. Make sure you don't screw up and reveal yourself by accident, or get caught out here with a bunch of DEADs who might want to use you for target practice." God, it was ridiculous that she could quote Elle verbatim by now. She sighed. "I understand. I do." Alex came to a stop and faced them. "I'm just so sick of being the proverbial damsel-in-distress." She rolled her eyes. "You have to understand, before all this happened, I had a life of my own and a career. I was an aesthetician and had a nice job at a day spa back in Fairfield. I was an independent woman with hopes and dreams." She shook her head. "It boggles my mind how someone's life can be irrecoverably changed so quickly by one simple, seemingly innocent choice."
"Believe me," Eve said. "I get where you're coming from." She stepped in and wrapped her arms around Alex, giving her a slight squeeze. "I really do."
"I envy you," Alex whispered, fighting the sudden wave of melancholy threatening to drag her under.
Eve pulled away, tucking a fallen strand of hair behind her ear. "I wouldn't wish my life, before Guerin and the Enclave, on anyone." She scoffed. "On the run and hidden from the world since the day I took my first breath. Why in the world would you envy me?"
"Because you've made peace with what you are," Alex said. "You're strong and confident, and go after what you want without apologies." She could barely recall what it felt like to be comfortable in her own skin.
"You have to remember how old I am, hon." Eve smiled, and the warmth spread to her eyes. She leaned in, her voice lowering. "Growing up not quite human, yet not completely a vampire, at times it's been hell. But I've had three centuries to come to terms with what I am ... but please don't share those numbers with my mate." She smirked. "I wouldn't want him getting the idea I'm an old woman."
Laughter bubbled up from Alex. She couldn't help it. Eve had a way of making her feel better.
"Hey, old lady," Guerin called out. "We should probably be getting back."
"Watch it, Lombardi." Eve spun around and clasped her mate beneath his chin in a move no other male or female would dare attempt with the Enclave's second-in-command. Badass rolled off the six-foot-plus vampire in waves. "Look who's calling whom old. I do believe you've got a few years on me."
Guerin laughed. When it came to Eve, she seemed to get away with just about anything with him. They were so in sync.
A connection Alex couldn't imagine ever having with a man. The thought of allowing a male to get that close and under her skin ...
Memories of a dark-haired vampire with eyes the color of brewing storm clouds flashed across her mind's eye. Unbidden, the scent of chocolate and cinnamon invaded her nostrils, as if his flesh was once more pressed against hers, his essence filling her mouth, warming her veins. The hairs on her arms and legs stood on end, and her sex swelled to the point she literally ached with need.
A tremor rolled over her. Alex's fists clenched, fighting her growing arousal. Closing her eyes, she willed the images to fade with every ounce of strength she could summon.
"Alex ...? Are you okay?" Eve's fingers wrapped around her arm, yanking Alex back into the present.
Alex blinked. "Yeah. I'm fine." She did her best to laugh it off. "Just got lost in thought for a minute there."
"That must have been some daydream." Eve grinned. "Where were you?"
Swallowing hard at the lump of panic swelling at the back of her throat, Alex scrambled for something — anything — other than the truth about where her thoughts had gone. Because how was she supposed to reveal the fact that she'd been fantasizing about a male whom she should hate with every fiber of her being? The one who'd turned her into a vampire and held her prisoner. The male who'd betrayed the entire Enclave by hooking up with their enemy, Marguerite Devonshire. And what was worse ... the daydream about Markus hadn't been her first.
How could she explain feelings she didn't understand herself? Was it only lust? Or had something deeper been formed during her time with him? Mentally she shook herself. Stockholm syndrome. That had to be it. Her "attachment" to the male had to be a result of her captivity. Nothing more.
"Uhm ..." Alex licked her lips, her mouth suddenly dry. "Just reminiscing about the past. That's all."
The past. She nearly choked on the ridiculousness of her explanation. There was so much she couldn't even remember about the weeks she'd spent as Markus's captive in Marguerite's stronghold last year. Marguerite, the insanely powerful female vampire who centuries ago had tortured and sired Kenric St. James — the leader of their band of warriors — had miraculously given birth to Eve. She still found it hard to wrap her mind around the fact that such an evil creature had been her friend's mother.
Large gaping holes of just ... nothing taunted her.
And the black emptiness of those nights gnawed away at her insides like blank pages in a book screaming to be filled. She was the author suffering from writer's block.
Yet every time she tried to convey to her sister how much she needed answers, Elle insisted maybe it was for the best that she never remembered and that she should consider her amnesia as some kind of psychological grace. Sort of like the mercy bestowed by the mind when waking and not remembering a nightmare. Because no doubt, that's what she'd endured. A nightmare.
But she wanted to know. She had to know. Markus was the man who'd turned her, held her against her will for weeks, but he was also the same man who, she'd been told, had killed Marguerite to save Alex. How had someone who'd done something so cruel to her turn around and be her savior, too? Markus was the personification of the term antihero.
She shook her head.
But Elle was probably right. Alex needed to let him go.
Move forward. Don't look back and all that shit. Easy, right?
"Alex, are you sure you're okay?" Eve's gaze narrowed on her.
"Hold up." Guerin came to a dead halt, his palm against Eve's back. "Do you hear that?"
No. Alex hadn't heard anything beyond the beating of her heart. But she thanked God for the interruption and the distraction.
Eve cocked her head, then nodded. "Yeah. I do." She glanced up at her mate. "Damn."
"What's going on?" Alex scanned their surroundings. Based on the sudden spike in tension between the duo, something was going down.
"Alex, stay close to Eve," Guerin said, sliding his hand inside his knee-length leather coat where the warriors stashed their weapons. "But let us handle this."
He brushed past her and Eve followed, hooking her arm with Alex's and tugging her along.
"If you listen closely," Eve whispered. "You'll hear what sounds like muffled cries."
"DEADs?" Alex's pulse surged at the thought.
Eve nodded. "That's what we're going to find out."
Shit. Alex quickly sifted through the roar of the traffic and the chatter of the crowd passing by for what Eve and Guerin had detected. One by one, she compartmentalized the noises, checking them off and dismissing what she didn't need until finally Alex heard what she'd been seeking. In the distance, the distressed sound of panic — terror.
"Oh God," Alex muttered as her gut twisted. Images of the night she'd been herded into the basement of the nightclub Wicked Ways flashed across her mind like the flickering faces on a deck of cards. She may not remember everything that had happened to her afterward, but what she'd seen there, what she'd experienced in that room — residual talons of fear dug into her abdomen and nausea swelled — she'd never forget.
At the next alley, they ducked inside and the whimpering sounds became louder, clearer. Guerin picked up his pace as if he'd homed in on his target's exact location. From the back of her waistband, Eve withdrew a dagger. She palmed the hilt and twirled the blade before finally allowing it to settle into her grip.
"Stay behind me," Eve ordered, releasing her hold on Alex and closing in on her mate.
With Guerin and Eve leading the way, they reached the end of the corridor and came to a halt. Guerin nodded and pointed left. Alex glanced in the direction he'd indicated, and her stomach roiled. In the narrow path that ran behind the row of businesses, two feasting vampires — DEADs — had a couple of humans on the ground near a Dumpster. Growls and sucking sounds filled Alex's ears. Bile surged to the back of her throat.
"Time to say good-night, boys," Guerin called out and marched forward, the blade in his hand glinting beneath the pale yellow glow of the streetlight. "Permanently."
Their heads jerked up in unison, a pissed-off hiss spewing from between their teeth.
"Fuck off," the DEAD on the left, with long, stringy black hair, spat.
"Not going to happen," Guerin replied. "But we'll gladly fuck you up."
Unfortunately, based on the amount of blood covering the DEADs' faces and clothes and pooling beneath their prey, it was too late for the humans. But Alex understood, as well as Guerin and Eve, that these monsters couldn't be allowed to continue terrorizing the people of Elizabeth Bay.
Guerin leaped into the air toward the one dark-haired DEAD. With his fangs bared, blood and saliva dripping from his chin, the creature lunged at the warrior. They slammed into each other with a solid thud, Guerin's blade slicing across the male's chest before they crashed back to earth. A crimson stream sprayed from the addict's torso.
Oh shit! Alex watched, her back plastered against the wooden slates of the fence as the other DEAD charged toward Eve, his claws extended. But Eve didn't flinch. Dressed in body-hugging leather, she stood her ground, a silver-plated dagger tight in her grip, her obsidian tresses lifting behind her like a dark veil. The female was stunning. Lethal. It was no wonder that Guerin was completely in love with her.
The DEAD roared, took flight, aiming straight for Eve's head. In a move born straight out of The Matrix, the female warrior jumped, spun, and like a blender on high, carved the descending DEAD's midsection open.
Oh yeah. Eve kicked ass.
The injured vampire fell to the concrete, a putrid smoke rising from his wounds due to the reaction of his flesh to Eve's silver blade. Alex covered her nose with the back of her hand in an attempt to block the nasty smell from her nasal passages.
"Well, hello, beautiful," a deep male voice said, coming out of nowhere and catching her off guard.
Alex jerked her head away from the carnage and looked toward the newcomer. A few feet away stood a man wearing a dark leather jacket that stopped at his hips. Long hair that nearly matched the cowhide skimmed his slim shoulders, and skin the color of decadent chocolate gleamed in the dimly lit alley. He sauntered a little closer, his midnight eyes boring into hers. Unease crawled under her skin. The kind that said she'd be better off anywhere but here.
"Who are you?" Judging by his lack of surprise at the macabre scene playing out before them, he had to be a vampire. "What do you want?"
The stranger cocked his head as if puzzled, then a corner of his mouth lifted, forming a sly grin. One that revealed the sharp point of a fang.
"What the hell!" Guerin called out from behind her.
Glancing over her shoulder, Alex glimpsed the Enclave's second-in-command as he yanked his dagger from the heart of the deceased addict, his glare pinned on their new arrival. The corpse sizzled and smoke billowed from the chest. Then it bloated, seconds before imploding, leaving nothing but dust. Alex blinked. Damn, she'd heard about the effects of silver driven straight into the heart, but this was the first time she'd witnessed the rapid decomposition.
"Enrique, you son of a bitch," Guerin spat, his boots eating up the concrete between them. "Get away from her!"
"Enrique," Alex mumbled, her blood running cold at the sound of a name she hadn't heard since — since ...
"Tell Markus he should keep a tighter hold on what's his," Enrique whispered, his voice closer than before, drawing her attention back to him as if she were a fish snagged on his line. He reached out, his fingers coming within a hairbreadth of her cheek before reflex had her knocking his hand away. "Or he just might lose it."
Guerin slammed into the male with a hard thud. Enrique stumbled back, laughter rolling from him.
Eve rushed to her mate's side, her weapon bloodied from her battle with the DEAD, but ready in her palm. "Who the hell is this?"
Enrique sobered and straightened, his focus narrowing on Eve. "Well, well ... Who do we have here? A female Enclave warrior?"
"Marguerite's former commander," Guerin said. "Enrique —"
"Enrique Mateo," the other male interrupted, and bowed. "And you are?" He tilted his head.
"She's no one to you," Guerin barked.
"Ah, of course." Enrique chuckled. "Protective, are we?" He shook his head. "There is nothing to fear from me. I was just ... passing through." He shrugged. "Alexandria ..."
Alex tensed, but nailed him with a hard glare.
"Please tell Markus I said hello, and remind him of what I said." His lips puckered, and he kissed the air in her direction right before his form shimmered. He was gone.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The verdict is in… Undying Hunger is a winner. That is without me having read the first 3 books yet. I feel one way to tell good author is when you can pick up a book in the middle of a series and still be able to enjoy it with an overall understanding of what is happening in the series without the author rehashing all the details through each book. Lee has done this, not only did she write an excellent book featuring Alexandria Stevens and Markus Santini. As the story progresses we are shown that Alex is drawn to Markus, they have a past together that Alexandria cannot remember and Markus isn’t sharing. Alex cannot understand why she is so drawn to Markus considering she is supposed to hate him for kidnapping and turning her. Then we have Markus who feels he does not deserve Alex and is so far gone over her that he will risk anything and do anything he to protect her. Even at the cost of his own life. The only thing that I can think of that I didn’t like about the book was all the “E” names. Coming in on the 4th book it took me a bit to stop confusing Elle, Emily and Eve. This book is well written and Lee drops little bites of info from previous books that enable the reader to thoroughly enjoy Undying Hunger and still peak your interest to want to go read the first three books in the series.
alexandria and markus give you the perfect back and forth between characters. the will they wont keeps my attention. really want to go back and read the series to learn about some of the secondary characters
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!! ***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review The cover is steamy and sexy and perfect for the book :) This is the 4th book in the series, but the first book I’ve read in this series and by Jessica Lee. It is for adults only due to the steamy content. I will definitely be going back to read the rest of the series because I’m intrigued by all of the characters, and I can tell I missed things in the back stories of them all by starting with book 4. This book is packed with action, drama, strife, and entertainment. It is a great read :) This story focuses on Markus and Alex from their past to their present. Markus is a typical alpha with his control issues and things he has done in the past, and Alex is fierce but her past is filled with not so nice things happening to her. I love the good guys vs the bad where action is always being built and plays being made. I’m definitely an action girl :) Jessica does a fabulous job creating a complex storyline and characters that grab your attention and keep you entertained. I can’t wait to check out more of her work especially in this series. I recommend this story to those who already love the series and to all my vamp lovers out there :)
I totally loved this book and the world that Jessica Lee has created. The characters were dynamic and multi-dimensional, the plot and subplots were well developed, and the writing was spot on to highlight the edge, drama, emotion, and passion in the book. Markus and Alex’s history was very dark but filled with hope, and I loved watching their story unfold throughout the events in the book. It’s clear these two want each other, but they are both struggling to come to terms with their past, as well as figure out how to move forward with their lives. Even as Markus begins to confide and trust in Alex, he knows that what he has done to her is unforgiveable. Alex knows Markus has done nothing but hurt her, but the pull she feels towards him is very strong. Watching the interactions and all the emotions as Markus finds himself back with the Enclave, the group he turned on, was powerful and integral to the story, and so well written. The other members of the Enclave were all part of Markus and Alex’s story, and I loved watching them defend, fight, and support each other. Note: I have not read the first three books in the series but had no problem reading this as a standalone. Reading the earlier books may give some additional background to the other characters, but enough backstory was provided to fully enjoy this book without reading the others. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, as well as anyone who loves a darker romance. This book had a great, unique twist on the vampire lore that made it refreshing and kept me turning the pages right until the end! I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Marie's Tempting Reads (Netgalley) eARC Review: * I got a free e-copy of this book through Netgalley. This in no way effects my rating or review* Undying Hunger by Jessica Lee is the perfect paranormal romance! Its passionate, sexy, and completely delicious. The story is an engrossing one that takes a reader on a ride through the dark and breathtaking world of Enclave. The characters are engaging and will have readers satisfied, while the story is well paced and is written to perfection. I was drawn in with Alexandria and Markus and I couldn't think of two characters that were as good as these two. I loved Markus's dark side as well as his supremely protective and caring side. Alexandria was a stunning heroine. I loved her spunk and spirit as well as how she tried so hard to maintain her distance to the one creature that changed her life for all time. If you are a lover of paranormal romance and your looking for the kind of story that will engulf you and capture your attention to the last page, then Undying Hunger by Jessica Lee is the book for you! I give this story a MIGHTY FINE FOUR AND A HALF STARS!
Undying is one of the best of the summer reads.... I received an ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Markus is our hero, our Antihero in this case. He is one strong, Alpha-silent type. He has gone thru a lot and he doesn’t say much. He feels like everyone believes he is guilty. He keeps everything close “to his chest”. At one point, he believed the Enclave was his family and friends but not anymore. As hated and feared as he for his prior actions, nothing will keep him from Alexandria-to know she is safe because she is his mate. Alex found herself in one messed up situation a year prior to the book starting. She was being held captive by some crazy lady and a handsome man. They ended up turning Alex and she's downright pissed at the handsome man for taking her humanity. But there are parts of her memory, large parts of her memory that are missing that she cannot recall and that is hindering her with the feelings of the man…the man named Markus. She hates him yet her body craves him , needs him, wants him. Of course, Alex isn't going to stand for that- for her body craving a “monster”? Of course not! So she goes off to confront Markus, and after a few things unfold in the book, she's forced to brave him about her missing memories. This sparks a longing in Markus to go on. Markus thought just by being far away from Alex and the Enclave, he could shut down and move on auto, he could be ok but things have not be so. Things done to him were horrible and he tried to block them out in his mind. He missed his mate and the thoughts of her, the smell of her, the taste of her, the thought of her, --everything he has tried to keep at bay for so long—he has tried to stay away , in fact he has tried to avoid everything about her but it has been so hard. This is a pair that is inexplicably drawn to each other, even after everything in their past. Markus was so wrong, he couldn’t do it. This is a fantastic romance with a twist on the modern Romero and Juliet spin . Grant it , R& J are older but still, it has some of those hints of the star crossed lovers in the story spin. The MC are wonderful, the paranormal elements are great and the ending is killer. I love this story and I highly recommend this story. My rating: 4.4 stars ****
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** It's been a year since Alexandria was held captive and forced into the life of the undead. Yet when she thinks of Markus, the vampire that held her captive, it's not just anger she's feeling. Imprisoned at the Enclave, Markus is just waiting to die. When Alex comes demanding answers, his feelings for Alex make him want to live again. In his long, deadly life, she's the only one he's ever felt anything for. Now, she's the only one he wants to protect and live for. First off, BEST FIRST LINE IN A BOOK EVER!!!! This is the first story I've read from this author. I was totally engrossed in this story and once I started it, I just couldn't stop until I finished it. Even though I haven't read the first three books, obviously Markus was the enemy in at least two of them. I love it when an author can take a character that was so obviously bad and change him in such a way that you want him to earn his HEA. I'm not sure I would've felt the same if I read them in order, but I absolutely loved him and his devotion to Alexandria. I also really enjoyed getting to know Alexandria as she is learning to deal with her new life and the pain of everything she's been through. Not to mention, her unwanted attraction and feelings towards Markus. I really loved this book and as soon as I'm done with this review, I will be going to buy the others in the series!!
LOVED! I started reading this series in October 2013 and have been waiting for Markus' story. I'm the type that always thinks you should read the books in order, but trust me that although you could read this as a standalone, if you start at the beginning you see why this was such an awesome book. In book 1 you see Markus go down his dark path. It took till book 4 to see his redemption, but it was worth wait! Markus was once a proud member of the Enclave, a group of vampires led by their Master Kenric who protect the humans from vampires addicted to killing. Now he's the prisoner of his former brothers. He just wants the Enclave to let him die, but Kenric refuses to let him go and force feeds him to keep him alive. He's got nothing but memories of betraying his team, the only family he really ever had. The one good thing he's done, was for Alexandria, and she can never know. Alexandria's life changed a year ago after walking into a bar. She's still having trouble adjusting to life as a vampire. It doesn't help that she's living with a bunch of vampires who are all paired up. She's sick of being the third wheel. Even worse, she's constantly thinking of Markus. The one she knows of as a traitor, and the reason she was changed. She can't reconcile hating him, and wanting him. I loved their journey and finished it in one sitting! There was a long break in between books 2 and 3 so I'm so happy Jessica Lee continued the series!
Undying Hunger by Jessica Lee is the fourth book in a series. And due to the excellent writing it is possible to read this one as a standalone. But for the full experience I would recommend to enjoy the books in their correct order. I did not have the pleasure yet to have read the others – but I will remedy that fact as soon as possible. After a short phase at the beginning of the book where I was struggling to understand the background I was able to catch up fast and was directly drawn to this (for me) new mysterious dark male Markus . He was sending so many mixed up emotions that I could hardly put down this book.Alex was his perfect counterpart. As I said – I did not read the other novels before but the author explained everything so well that it was easy to understand where both of their emotions came from and I could feel their draw towards each other. In my reading worlds this was a perfect example of a good book in a series of probably also good books. Sometimes books lose their “bite” among a series but I do not see that problem occurring with this author anytime soon. Please let me finish with my favorite line from this book Markus strode to her bedside. “You’re not getting in here with me” “I need room to sit” he said. “Not to fuck you” She blinked, looked up, and Markus couldn’t help but challenge her stare with one of his own. “Unless there’s a different kind of feeding you had in mind.” He shrugged. “I aim to please.” Alexandria slowly shook her head, her violet eyes darkening. “Is asshole the only language you speak?” “Nope, I’m bilingual. But when I’m around you, it’s the only language you seem to respond to.” > > > I have received this book as an ARC from the publisher. > > In exchange, I promised an honest review.
***This ARC was received from Entagled Publishing via Net Galley in exchange for a honest review*** I like how the author slowly peeled the layers off of the story behind Alex and Markus. I like how they portray the mate link and how strongly they felt towards each other even when one of them wanted to hate the other. I also really like the idea of the DEAD vampires and how it changes them if they drain someone.
This book was enthralling. It was an amazing love story with a touch of Darkness all wrapped in paranormal. I loved every minute of it and found it to be one of the best vampire romances I've come across, I would definitely rate this up there with the Carpathian novels of Christine Feehan's world. If you love vampire novels I recommend you take the time to read this one.
Can Markus ever be forgiven? He changed Alex into a vampire, controlled her and then wiped her memories. He had his reasons and they weren’t all altruistic. But circumstances have changed and he needs to forgive himself in order to keep her safe even if she can’t/won’t forgive him. They never counted on love. Jessica Lee has spun a wonderful tale of love and redemption among the members of the enclave. I loved this story from the fabulous cover to the very end. Though this is book four in the series it can be read standalone but I bet you will be backlist binging after.