Series: Night Rebel #2
Published by Avon on January 28,2020
Tropes: Vampires, Demons
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Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Some promises are meant to be broken...
Veritas spent most of her life as a vampire Law Guardian. Now, she's about to break every rule by secretly hunting down the dark souls that were freed in order to save Ian. But the risks are high. For if she gets caught, she could lose her job. And catching the sinister creatures might cost Veritas her own life.
Some vows are forever...
Ian's memories might be fragmented, but this master vampire isn't about to be left behind by the woman who entranced him, bound herself to him, and then disappeared. So what if demons, other Law Guardians, and dangerous, otherworldly forces stand against them? Come hell or high water, Ian intends to remind Veritas of the burning passion between them, because she is the only person seared on his mind--and his soul...
by Jeaniene Frost
Jeaniene Frost is a sure bet for a good time. WICKED BITE is par for the course. I was eager to finally continue after the cliffy of SHADES OF WICKED she left us hanging with. Please mind that it is vital you read the first book before you read this one. I also want to point out that you may enjoy this series more if you’ve read all the other stories in this universe.
I have to say that Veritas made it a little harder for me to like her this time. She eventually succeeded but her irritation with Ian, her denial of the bond they shared, the way she treated him at times was unfair and unwarranted. She gave him little credit to be able to hold his own while she was trying to fulfill the task she was entrusted with yet was reckless and even interfered out of pride when he had the chance to kill her archenemy because “he was hers to kill.”
Was this . . . was this what trust felt like? If so, it was like sinking into a warm bath after an achingly brutal day. I wanted to wrap myself in the glorious, unfamiliar feeling, but it was also an indictment on everything I’d done since Ian had come back from the dead. I thought Ian couldn’t survive the threats I still had to face, yet he’d proven more than able to meet every challenge I’d feared plus several I hadn’t even thought of.
Throughout the story Veritas was fighting with the other half of her personality that would make her whole. I loved that she trusted herself and Ian when it was time to let her second nature loose.
“Maybe you don’t realize it,” I said between clenched teeth. “But I’m having a problem at the moment.”
“Does that problem have eyes that shoot silver beams while darkness billows behind her like a cape?” He grinned. “Made me rock hard seeing it.”
He was aroused by my supernaturally sociopathic other half?
“Fuck. You,” I bit out.
He nodded. “Solid plan.”
Ian doesn’t back down on principle, everything for him was a challenge. I loved his cunning, the way how he kept surprising everyone because they’d underestimated him. He is the kind of character who cheerfully laughs death in the face. I didn’t think it was possible but I think I love him even more than Bones. He’s so protective, wickedly sensual and charming, and so, so funny.
All I felt was how tightly he held me, how his power sparked against my skin, and how he kissed me with delicate savageness, as if he sensed my turmoil and sought to turn it into raw need instead.
At the end of this book we get another twist, totally out of the blue but felt very familiar with what Cat and Bones went through in DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE. I’m not a big fan of repeat plot tools, especially if it’s in the same universe but we’ll see how this will turn out in the next installment.
Overall this was a fun ride and a great addition to the Night Huntress world. As always, Jeaniene Frost’s writing is totally engaging and captivating. We get a little Cat and Bones, Mencheres, Vlad and Leila. I am looking forward to the next installment and hope that Veritas will go back to being the badass character she was in book #1! And of course I need more Ian. Boy, the guy is sexy.