Friday, May 30, 2014

Bitten By Ecstasy (Dark Judgement #2) by Naima Simone

A brutal attack left Bastien Sarris for dead. But a chance encounter with a mysterious female drags him back from the brink of death—and transforms the hippogryph healer into a monster he doesn’t recognize. Now a terrible hunger consumes him—one that is becoming impossible to satisfy. Desperate for a cure, he hunts the cruxim who cursed him to a hellish existence. But the petite warrior ignites a fierce desire for her body that overwhelms the sweet call of blood.

For three hundred years Sinéad lived and hunted as a cruxim—a winged vampire hunter. But one sacrificial act stripped her immortality, leaving her human, vulnerable and unprepared for the reappearance of Bastien in her life. The hippogryph is harder and colder than she remembers…and he triggers an onslaught of need within her that is as powerful as it is unfamiliar. She craves his kiss, his touch. Yet even as she surrenders to this newfound passion, she faces a crucial decision—betray the man she’s come to love and regain her immortality, or save Bastien and condemn herself to a human life and death.

My review:

We briefly met Bastien in Under His Wings (Dark Judgement #1) but this book can probably be read stand alone.  Bastien is a Beta male hippogryph and an extremely talented healer.  He was heading to see his best friend Nico (Dark Judgement #1) after his girl dumped him when he was viciously attacked and left for dead.  He would have died but was found and saved by Sinéad - a cruxim—a winged vampire hunter.  In saving him she changed them both.  He ends up craving blood.  When he hunts her down to see if she can change him back he is shocked to find she is now human.  And now the object they both need to give them a chance to return to their former selves has been stolen by the vampires.  They need each other and find themselves falling for each other. 

I liked Sinéad from the start.  Bastien not so much.  Of the two she got it worse and just from going against her nature to nurture him back to health and he was the whiney one.  Fortunately right about the time I was going to give up on him he manned up and got his stuff together.  The sex scenes are hot and in the first half of the book mostly takes place in their imaginations.  Naima Simone has a gift for a turn of phrase and her descriptions leave no doubt. 

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