Undying Embrace (A Novel of the Enclave)
Author: Jessica lee
Publisher: Entangled Publishing/Edge
Date of Publication: October 21, 2013
Arran MacLain is a vampire on a suicide mission, driven to kill his former partner who betrayed him and the Enclave they served. But two things stand in his way: Gabrielle, the human female who holds his heart, and the past that won’t let him go. If only death was enough to cleanse his soul.
Gabrielle Steven’s sister is missing, and she won’t just sit around and wait for the authorities to find her. But her hunt for clues brings her face-to-face with the one vampire she can’t forget.
Now, their missions combine, and the two are thrust them into the heart of evil. And they’re about to find out if their passion is enough to overcome the pain from their shared past, or if their dark desires will destroy them both.
As usual, I didn’t know that this was part of a series (you’d think the “A novel of the enclave” on the cover would clue me in, but noooo…then again I read on my phone, so the print’s pretty tiny and easy to overlook). But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. It pretty much can stand alone, although there was a lot of hatred and anger aimed at one of the villains of the piece that I didn’t entirely understand, though the villain’s actions for this book certainly deserved anger.
Gabrielle (“Elle”) wants to find her sister who’s gone missing. She’s left her comfortable home with the Enclave to go searching for her. It also gives her some time away from Logan, the vampire who wants to mate with her, because she needs to think about whether or not she wants him like that. They’ve been working together for a long time now, and though she doesn’t want to admit it, she’s never gotten over Arran (they were in a hot and heavy relationship a couple years earlier that ended…not so good).
Arran is searching for a couple of pretty evil vampires and his investigation crosses paths with Elle’s at a nightclub frequented (owned) by vampires. The sparks fly pretty darned quickly and he tries to protect her even as he’s drawn once more to her. He’s never gotten over her.
There is a great deal of growth for Elle. She comes to terms with the fact that Arran is a vampire (she had pretty big fang-fear) and falls in love with him all over again. Arran reluctantly has to let Elle risk her own life to keep from smothering her. Of course that doesn’t exactly please him because well, he’s a typical protective male! And there’s a high cost that gets paid for her pursuit of her sister.
There’s plenty of blood, guts and action in this book. Lots of lovin’ once the two gets past their issues. I was drawn into the world-building Ms. Lee does. I liked her take on vampires, both the Enclave and the DEAD (Death Euphoria ADdicts) vampires. I’ll happily read more of her work when given the opportunity and hope to see more from her soon.
And of course, once again, it’s Entangled. They get the best books! I’m totally starting to recognize the cover art style when I see them on NetGalley, btw. I don’t even need to see the logo – I just recognize the style. YAY!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.