Series: The Ancients #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
When artist Brie Lark left her vampire ex and her straitjacket of a hometown to breathe free in New York City, she promised herself two things: she’d never go back to Meiers Corner, and no more vampires. The last thing she expected—or wanted—was to be sent back home on an assignment. But her boss at the FBI needs her undercover on a murder case, working with a black-haired, black-eyed giant god of a man who’s her idea of perfection, except for one thing—he’s a vampire.
FBI Special Agent Seb Rikare is an ancient vampire hardened by loss. He’s cut all emotions to protect himself and leads a deliberately steady, almost sterile life. The brash young woman forced to pose as his lover irritates him, with her jangling bracelets and colorful hair. But as much as she irritates him, he finds himself drawn to her lively spirit and he’s tempted to make fantasy a reality.
Night’s Caress bring a fresher look into vampire lore romance and I appreciated that! Hughes vampire/human pair is a bit hate-to-love story mixed with the boss/employee trope and it works. I thought Brie was pretty racists though. She judges the entire vampire race based on her exboyfriend and that was really judgmental of her. Yes, he wasn’t a good dude, but to assume an entire race is bad because of 1 person? Yeah, thats racist! Brie knows Seb is attractive and has been avoiding him for awhile. She works with him at the FBI, but he is a ‘super special secret agent’ and she is a much lower ranking agent.
However, I did like Seb. He has that tall, dark, and dangerous thing going for him as a vampire and an FBI agent. The case they are working keeps the plot moving quickly as they (and you the reader) try to figure out who this vampire serial killer is.
While Brie was not my favorite heroine, I did enjoy the story overall! If you like PNR that is a little different from the standard mold, Night’s Caress is a great choice. Mix that with my enjoyment of FBI characters and mystery and this was a pretty good read!
- POV: 1st and 3rd (1st from Brie’s POV and 3rd for Seb…kind of annoying in my opinion)
- Tears: no
- Trope: vampires, boss/employee
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
- HEA: View Spoiler »
From Night’s Caress:
I was intensely aware I was alone in a bedroom with Seb Rikare.
My whole body clenched.
His eyes changed. Heated. Darkened.
I swallowed hard. My heart started to beat faster. What would it be like to caress the silky-looking skin of his face? Nibble that honed jaw? Touch my mouth to those perfect, masculine lips? All I had to do was take a few short steps to find out.
I took one without even knowing it.
His nostrils flared and he drew in an excited breath.
He wants me, too. At the thought, my belly thrilled and my heart thumped hard. He’d touch me in return. Hold me secure in his strong arms. Cup my face in his big hands, press his lips to mine, communicating his need in a passionate kiss.
I took another step toward him.
He took a single, unconscious step toward me.
Oh, yeah. In that moment, I wanted to play with fire.
Sure, Derek had me under his spell within weeks. Seb, as strong and handsome as he was, could no doubt do it in days.
But just once wouldn’t hurt, right? I wanted to, so badly.
Couldn’t I touch him once, to see if his skin was silk or cream? Nibble his jaw, to test how honed it was? Taste his mouth, to satisfy the curiosity burning in my body?
Just a taste.
Somehow, while I argued with myself, my curious feet had brought me to stand before him. He gazed down at me. At nearly six feet myself, I was usually the one looking down. Even with me in heels, he was over half a foot taller. The novel experience sent another thrill through me.
I made a small noise, like a whimper.
His black eyes lit with fire, a hunger so primal I could see it burning in his gaze. His hands rose. Slowly, so I could have stopped him, he cupped my face in both his hands. My whole face. Damn, the man had big hands. He bent closer, his intent clear.
He was going to kiss me.