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Friday, September 24, 2010

Night Haven by Fiona Jayde

Night Haven by Fiona Jayde
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (48 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Desire cuts both ways…

Nothing gives Dina more pleasure than leaving the vampires she hunts to the mercy of the dawn. And yet most humans she is sworn to protect seem all too happy to offer up their necks. She has vowed never to be like those needy creatures yet, three months ago, she allowed a vampire to kiss her. The memory still makes her body burn—and her skin heat with humiliation.

For over twenty empty years, Luke has lived in a world of dead pleasure and burning sunrise, feeding off those who long for immortality and taboo thrills. Only his art makes him feel half-alive. Until one night in a dark, moody nightclub, where a reckless, amber-eyed bloodwolf left behind her clean, sharp scent—and an ache in his blood nothing but another taste can ease.

Finally, with the chance to purge Luke out of her system, Dina moves in for the kill. But she comes to a horrifying realization. She can no longer shift, and the desire to taste him—body, soul and blood—is making her crazy. As an enraged bloodwolf threatens to rip them both apart, she may just be crazy enough to trust Luke with her life.

A vampire hunter and a bloodwolf hate each other and never the two shall meet...unless there’s a hot kiss involved. Then...well, you’ll have to read Night Haven and find out for yourself.

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I opened Night Haven. This is my first foray into the world of Fiona Jayde, but it won’t be the last. I felt like I was there with them, arguing, loving, and living with Dina and Luke. I felt their strife and need as if it was my own and rooted for them to find the happily ever after they deserved. But don’t think this is a bright, shiny, happy story that you’ll figure out right away. There are tons of twists and turns I didn’t expect that made the story really exciting to read.

I love a pairing of two that are total opposites. In the case of Dina and Luke, they are very much different, but not totally. It reminded me of current culture and the reader will be able to relate to them as well. Too many times we think we’re the polar opposite of someone when in reality, we’re very much the same. She’s so strong and it’s nice to see an independent, kick-hind-end type heroine. But it was just as nice to see a hero that’s not all I expected. Luke’s facets are great to see as the story progresses.

Although there were a couple times when I had to go back and re-read to make sure I caught everything because this story is very involved and there are a lot of characters, it wasn’t enough to pull me out of the story.

If you want a book that’s a little different and full of heat, then you need to read Night Haven.