🎧 Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost @Jeaniene_Frost @taviagilbert @avonbooks @BlackstoneAudio @twimom227 #Read-along #GIVEAWAY #LoveAudiobooks

Posted May 20, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 24 Comments

🎧 Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost @Jeaniene_Frost @taviagilbert @avonbooks @BlackstoneAudio @twimom227 #Read-along #GIVEAWAY #LoveAudiobooksEternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on August 23, 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hours, 25 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she's only imagined in her worst nightmares.

At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master vampire who thought he'd seen it all. Then Kira appears—this fearless, beautiful . . . human who braved death to rescue him. Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life. Yet sending her away is unthinkable.

I am excited to participate in Anne’s Read-along again this year. I listened to the Night Huntress books back circa 2015 and enjoyed them. Eternal Kiss of Darkness is one of two standalone romances that feature supporting characters and an HEA. I enjoyed my re-read tremendously, and found my original thoughts on the book hold up.

Eternal Kiss of Darkness centers on Bones’s co-ruler and grandsire, the powerful Mencheres. In a previous book, we learned that Mencheres lost his ability to see visions of the future, but what we didn’t know until now, is that he sees the endless darkness of death. We also learn that Mencheres has been in a millennia-old feud with a fellow Egyptian vampire, who feels Mencheres received the gifts of power that should have been his. Tired of this feud and ready to end his life, Mencheres thinks the best thing for his people and Bones is to die, so he allows a group of ghouls to kill him. That is until Kira accidentally discovers the beat down and tries to save Mencheres. However, once it’s apparent that she’s seen too much and he can’t wipe her mind of the events, Mencheres must take Kira with him until he can figure out how to make her forget what she knows. What he doesn’t count on is feeling something for her – the first woman to effect him in nearly 3,000 years.

Right from the start, I throughly enjoyed Eternal Kiss of Darkness. Kira is a wonderful character: smart, independent, kind, spunky, and everything I love about a PNR/UF heroine. Mencheres and Kira are a perfect match; she allows the kindness and generosity he long ago buried to shine. I love that from the start there is a strong mutual attraction; however, neither will act on it because he’s holding her captive. My only complaint is that the ending is very sudden and abrupt.

In the end, Eternal Kiss of Darkness is a wonderful paranormal romance, full of drama, but not dramatic. I enjoyed the Egyptian mythology and learning more about the vampiric powers and politics. I’m so glad I took the time to re-read this fabulous story.

Narration: 

The story is shared via the alternating third person POVs of Kira and Mencheres. Ms. Gilbert uses a neutral female voice to narrate both POVs, altering dialogue for all characters. She utilizes a vast array of accents and tones to fit the multitude of vampire and human characters. She adjusts for age, gender, and background to create a cast of dozens. Her males are generally deeper and come across as if different actors are performing. My personal favorite is the heavily Romanian-accented Vlad, who sounds just as I imagine the famous vampire would speak. Additionally, Ms. Gilbert excels at inserting non-speaking sounds and conveying strong emotions in her narration.

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Story: A-

Narration: A-


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Who said (enter the answer in the Rafflecopter, don’t put in the comments)

Who said                              “Vampires like you piss me off, leaving a trail of bodies for humans to be suspicious over when there’s no need to kill to feed. Ever had a mob of villagers armed with torches and pitchforks burn your house down while screaming ‘death to the wampyre!’? I have, and it’s irritating beyond belief.”

 

There are other options in the rafflecopter for you to enter discussion questions and quotes to share.

 

The quote for Who said ““I want to live without being afraid or used or ashamed. I want a second chance.” in First Drop of Crimson is Nathanial.

The villain was Raum.


Share your review/ thoughts on  Eternal Kiss of Darkness:

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Observations and questions you shared from First Drop of Crimson:

(Thank you  so much for sharing!)  If you can answer any of these numbered questions, you can do so in a comment.

  • There is a fantastic hot shower scene~
  • Ian was a lot of fun in this book.
  1. How did Denise keep demon powers with the demon dead?
  2. Why didn’t Patra just use the spell Mencheres used if she really wanted them all dead?

Quotes you readers shared from  First Drop of Crimson:

“Ah, darling, you’re burning me in the sweetest way,”

“If we hadn’t been mates for over two centuries, I’d be tempted to knock you on your arse.”

“Lucifer’s bouncing balls, that’s why you’re acting like a nutter! You’re gone and fallen in love with her. Bloody hell, If I didn’t see it on your face myself, I wouldn’t believe it.”

“Silver? How interesting.”

“Why don’t you swim around until you find a shark? Then you can discuss how much the two of you have in common,”

“With your body that should count as entrapment.”

“If ever there was a good cause for breaking up with someone, turning into a four-legged creature is it.”

“I’m a vampire, my closest friends are vampires and ghouls, and there’s a ghost floating right outside this room. I’ve dealt with demons, black magick, wraiths and zombies in the past two years alone, so IK’m afraid your shapeshifting isn’t going to send me fleeing away in fear.”

“I’m sorry I can’t give you the normal life you wanted, but I promise to adore you every day for the rest of your new one.”

“You look like a Dracula porn movie reject. ”


COYER FB Chat – Sunday May 22

Challenge is adopting our Read-along.  You can read about COYER and join that challenge  HERE.   On the Sunday after the review posts, they will host a FB room (like we do for COYER book club) at 12 PT, 2 CT, 3 ET and 9pm Europe, for a one hour chat.  You do not have to join the COYER challenge to participate, only the Facebook group.

If you can’t attend, there is also a Facebook messenger chat which has been fun and active, set up following the live chat.


Here’s your to-do list:

  1. Find your copies of these books, borrow them from a friend, get them at the library or buy them.
  2. Read Book 7, This Side of the Grave, by June 10.
  3. Make note of a favorite quote or two as you read the book.
  4. If you haven’t read the books before, make a list of questions you have for the discussion. If you have read them, please don’t spoil new readers.
  5. Think of some great questions for Jeaniene Frost for the Q & A post!
  6. Link up your review on Goodreads, FB or other site to the post.
  7. Join the COYER book chat on the Sunday following the post.
  8. Enter the giveaways!

Schedule:   

We are doing one book every 3-4 weeks, posting on Fridays. We will have a review for the books with the team here at Books of My Heart plus some of our friends.  We are following the author recommended reading order.

 

May 20:  Eternal Kiss of Darkness         – Jen @ That’s What I’m Talkin About

Jun 10:    This Side of the Grave              – Brandee @Unconventional Bookworms

Jul 8:       One Grave at a Time                  –  Lorna 

Aug 5:      Once Burned                                –  Lexxie @Unconventional Bookworms

Sep 9:     Twice Tempted                             –  Angela @ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

Oct 7:      Up from the Grave                      –  Melanie

Nov 4:     Bound by Flames                        –  Sophia

Dec 2:    Into the Fire                                   – Berls @ Because Reading

Q & A with Jeaniene Frost

Miss a post?

Jan 14:    Halfway to the Grave               – Melissa @ Tea & Books

Feb 11:    One Foot in the Grave              –  Victoria @ First of All

Mar 11:   At Grave’s End                            –  Kimberly @Caffeinated Reviewer

Apr  1:     Destined for an Early Grave   –  Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter  

Apr 29:   First Drop of Crimson               – Kai @ Fiction State of Mind


Jeaniene Frost has also been kind enough to commit to a Q & A post.   I will collect questions for her through September 19th.  I will send your questions to her and she will pick 3-5 questions and send me the response.  I will post her answers in the December 2 post.  So think up some great questions for her!


Bonus round – Read a Series in a Month  January 2023:

Jan 8:    Shades of Wicked              –  Carole @ Carol’s Random Life in Books

Jan 22:    Wicked Bite                        –  Robin

Feb 5:       Wicked All Night             –   Anne

 

These are Sunday noon posts.      There will be one COYER FB Chat at the end of the series on Feb 5th.


Be sure to enter the giveaways!!!

Giveaway:

For the US winner,  this will be a digital copies ( your choice of her books) generously provided by Jeaniene Frost  (US only) but they can be from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo.  For Intl, a print copy of Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost from Book depository.

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Grand-Prize Giveaway:

For a US winner, this will be 12 digital copies ( your choice of her books) generously provided by Jeaniene Frost  (US only) but they can be from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo.

For an Intl winner,  it will be $50 at Book Depository.

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About Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert (SAG-AFTRA) is an award-winning narrator with more than 150 audiobooks under her belt. Contemporary and literary fiction, biography and memoir, fantasy, romance, children’s literature, science, religion…Tavia’s range of genres is a direct result of her intuitive interpretation, clever diction and pacing, and sensitivity to each author’s or publisher’s needs.

Classically trained in voice and theater, Tavia attended the University of Washington and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts. She has been singing in choirs since she was 12 years old and has been working full time as a voice actor since 2006.

Tavia is also a producer with nine years experience. After moving to Portland, Maine in 2001, she studied audio documentary production at the Salt Institute. With 11 years of paralegal experience, Tavia has a clear understanding and appreciation for the business side of her world, including contractual language and legal strategy. Her creative eye, vivid personality, and experience and contacts help her cast the highest caliber of artists, including actors, musicians, videographers, and other talent. Her clients hire her again and again, recognizing her exceptional work and the advantage they have in someone with both a creative and business mind.

About Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Her works include the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, the Broken Destiny series, and the new Night Rebel series. Jeaniene’s novels have also appeared on the Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, ABA Indiebound, and international bestseller lists. Foreign rights for Jeaniene’s novels have sold to twenty different countries.

Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. In addition to being a writer, Jeaniene also enjoys reading, writing, poetry, watching movies, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

About Jen at That’s What I’m Talking About

Jen began her reading journey at a young age, when she would spend her spare change to buy books, just so she could have them on her shelf after she was done reading them. Now that she’s grown and her reading tastes matured, she finds that she’s still the same girl who likes to read and look at the pretty books on her shelf (or rather, shelves!). Although these days, she admits that she spends most of her time reading on her Kindle or listening to audiobooks than with her nose in a good ol’ book.

I founded That’s What I’m Talking About on January 28, 2010, as a place to discuss in better detail the books we were chatting about on Twitter. My blog is a project of love, and I’m so glad to share it with you.

I am a full-time mom, with a part-time job outside the home. I have two (mostly) wonderful teenage children: The Boy (a high-schooler) and Baby Girl (BG). My background is in engineering and urban planning, but now I work part-time for a small non-profit writing plans and managing grants. I would love to spend more time reading and blogging, but it doesn’t pay the bills! Joining me on my journey is also my husband and our 2 cats. We reside in the New England region of the United States.

I mostly review small-town, light contemporaries, romantic comedies, urban fantasy (UF), historical romances, steampunk, paranormal romances, and historical and cozy mysteries; but my tastes are diverse, and I do read/review in other genres. I also enjoy audiobooks, even more than my Kindle these days.

I love to talk about books and reading, so please drop me a line or find me on the web:

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Posted May 20, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 24 Comments


24 responses to “🎧 Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

  1. Elizabeth H.

    I love Mencheres and glad he’s got his own book. He definitely deserves a happily ever after too! I love that Kira is a strong heroine and she gives Mencheres a run for his money!

    • Jen

      YES! This book was such a treat in the middle of Cat and Bones. Mencheres is a great hero.

  2. Eva Millien

    Once again, Jeanine Frost has another excellent book! I loved Mencheres and Kira’s story!

    • Jen

      It is my favorite spinoff, and I think I like it better than all the other books!