Mystery, revenge, a dark past and darker deeds, unbridled lust and violence, all these things pulse through the vibrant narration of the author.
Nikolai is a heady blend of beauty, lethal skills and black purpose. He's a dancer, but also trained in assassination techniques. He's dancing on the blade of a plan to get revenge for the horrible things done to him as a boy. With the heartless determination he learned from his tormentors, he's now laying a trap for those responsible for his pain. In the process, he meets a woman who's been turned into a stranger to herself.
I enjoyed this novel quite a lot, though I miss having read the previous books as characters and events were mentioned that I couldn't fully grasp. Nevertheless, Nikolai's story is powerful and compelling. He's infuriatingly hard and sexy when training Alese though I kept dreading he would betray her and she's be devastated to know how far his deceit and his ulterior motives would go.
I felt so sorry for Nikolai when I read about his first assignment as a thirteen year old. It was brutal, bloody and life-changing. No wonder he's twisted and intent on revenge. Now he feels guilty about deceiving Alese. That shows he still has a heart. I liked it how they find solace in understanding each other's pain, in sharing stolen caresses and healing intimacy. It was both hot and beautiful.
Nikolai has a dark side that seeps into his lovemaking, but he finds some light in his bond with Alese.
I always like it when characters have to fight both external and internal enemies before they can truly be together. Nikolai and Alese have powerful enemies and it was exhilarating to watch them face all of them. They had to kick and punch and threat and above all convince each other that they had a chance.
There are a few elements I really liked:
- Inamorata, the ballet company
- The evil guy that reminds me of a James Bond kind of villain who has established an empire of corruption and pain
- And of course Nikolai, the twisted dark hero
Even though I enjoyed his desire to find hope and love in Alese, I failed to feel a strong connection between them. I understood the motives, but I didn't get to feel the overwhelming emotion. On the other side, it was incredibly entertaining to go through the thick web of mystery, lies and brutal plots of violence and vengeance.
One sexy quote:
That mystical place where the erotic meets the darkest depths of our desires
Am I ready to release the darkness inside my heart
in order to let the sunshine in?
Conclusion: I didn't feel the magic of the romance as I'd wanted, but it was definitely a roller coaster of a plot with action, conspiracies, brutal masterminds and a gorgeous Russian ballet dancer and assassin. The ending is just the perfect way to introduce the next book in the series of The Musical Interludes.
~ The series ~
~ About the Author ~
Author of the Lost Immortals Saga and the Seraphine Trilogy, I'm also a mother, blogger, reader, gardener, home renovator, and a slayer of Egyptian mummies in Tomb Raider. I believe in karma, coffee, and seriously wish that the producers of Xena would bring my favorite show ever back.I was born in the race-car city of Charlotte, NC, and now live in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, NC, when I'm not hanging out in Bardonia (Lost Immortals). Most of my characters are based on people that I've met throughout my travels and adventures. People tend to stop and start conversations with me as if I've known them my entire life. Does this freak me out? Not really. My mom says that one day I'll get kidnapped by one of them. I told her that if it weren't for these lovely people then I wouldn't be able to create the stories that I do.I have many favorite authors but there are some who truly rock my socks: Octavia Butler, Anne Rice, Kami Garcia, J.K. Rowling, Dean Koontz (on his good-book days), Stephen King (same as DK) Ann Radcliffe, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Kostova, and so many more...Some other common tidbits...hmm. I've watched the movie Under the Tuscan Sun almost 200 times. Seriously, the way I see it is if I keep watching it enough, then suddenly the house that Diane Lane lives in will magically appear in my backyard. I know. I have a huge imagination!
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