Review: Midnight Reckoning by Kendra Leigh Castle

16 Jan

Midnight Reckoning by Kendra Leigh Castle
Grand Central Publishing (Jan. 2012)
Mass Market: $7.99; ebook: $7.99
ISBN: 9781609418380

Favorite Lines: “Holding on to it was as close as he might ever get to touching her again. She was so warm…and he was so cold…” (p. 39, egalley)

Two separate worlds . . .
One passion that binds them

Wild and passionate by nature, Lyra Black is not just any werewolf. She’s the future leader of the powerful pack of the Thorn-if she can stay alive long enough to inherit the title.

One of the Cait Sith bloodline of vampire cat-shifters, Jaden Harrison has no interest in the wars plaguing the world of night. But when he rescues Lyra from a violent attack, they’re both captured by an insatiable desire that threatens to overwhelm them and bind them together for eternity . . . just as ancient enemies prepare to strike. And when they do, the Thorn and the Cait Sith-and Lyra and Jaden’s love-may never recover from the deadly blow . . .

Book two in Kendra Leigh Castle’s Dark Dynasties series focuses on werewolf society and the impact vampires have on it. Since it’s the second book in the series the rules of the vampire world have already been set. Knowledge doled out in book one is vital if you wish to understand the political atmosphere and grudges being held against the hero. It also sets the plot in motion.

In a nice change from book one, the hero is focused on because he’s a vampire and not for his shifting abilities, although his cat is mentioned. (Jaden can transform into a cat thanks to his fae vampire bloodline.) Major conflict comes in the form two people from different species learning to intermingle and overcome societal obstacles in order to be together. The battles the hero and heroine fight are within themselves and within the werewolf community where the very idea of vampires and werewolves mating is repugnant. Vamps and weres have been enemies for a long time, but the story’s heroine is determined to bring change. Hell, let’s just say she’s destined to bring more change than she thinks. That change even came in my opinion of her.

When the heroine Lyra was introduced she came across as a brat. I thought “you ungrateful girl”. Then I got to know her and my feelings slowly began to evolve into wanting more for her. She grew so much as a character that I really had no choice but to want more for the grownup version of Lyra I knew toward the end of the story. I wanted her dreams to come true and I loved how they expanded as she became a real woman.

Midnight Reckoning is a sensual book filled bits of humor, dark suspense and action. My attention never wavered from the story until I turned the final page. I consider it more a shifter story than a vampire tale, simply because the most focus was on werewolf society. I’m sure others consider it a vampire story.

If you’re looking for a paranormal romance with a villain you won’t see coming Midnight Reckoning is the book for you. Read Dark Awakening first so you understand the paranormal politics and the set up of the Dark Dynasties world then dive into Jaden and Lyra’s story which is told in Midnight Reckoning.

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