Genre Paranormal Romance Published 18 June 2013 Publisher Montlake Romance
SECRETS… In the hidden world that exists beside our own, a mirror world of ancient magic and elegant deceptions, a world of people who are so much more than they first appear, a war is brewing. Most of these Gifted people—the Ikati, a savage, sensual race of lethal predators—are content to hide behind human smiles, disguising their splendor in order to survive. But others are discontent. And they will hide no longer.
BETRAYALS… Eliana lives for two things only: vengeance on the man who killed her father and seeing her father’s dream of living in the open with humans come to pass. But that dream is far too dangerous for The Hunt, a group of elite Ikati assassins with one objective: eliminate her before she can expose their secrets to the world.
SEDUCTION… Demetrius is haunted by the memory of the woman he once loved. He will risk everything to save her from the killers on her tail…and convince her, before the ancient walls between two worlds crumble, that only together can they defeat their real enemy, a brilliant, cunning traitor far more deadly than either of them can guess.
The Urban Book Thief Review
Slap me thrice and hand me back to me mamma – this was a cracker! Rapture’s Edge is the third book in the Night Prowler series and it’s definitely the best by far. This is exactly what I have been looking for in a book at the moment: impassioned, intelligent and sexy. Ms. Geissinger writes with such great confidence in her characters, it was fab-u-lous. This lady is not afraid to pull her punches – and neither are her characters.
Now, picture this – Paris, high stakes lady thievery, underground fighting rings and ancient dark catacombs. Shiver me timbers, someone get me a free tour! I myself screamed like a little bitch when it came to visiting the very same catacombs two years ago. Needless to say, I stayed near the entrance and waited for my hubby to come back, his iPhone loaded with images of him holding skulls aloft with Japanese tourists. Ick. So I have a lot of respect for Eliana our heroine – go girl.
This romantic setting is home to a displaced bunch of Ikati who are on the run from both their old clan back in Rome, as well as the powers that be who aren’t happy they’ve gone rogue. The Ikati are a patriarchal society of cat shifters, born and raised in the shadows of society, they are brought up on a diet of old Egyptian gods and magic. Generally, they don’t like humans and certainly don’t trust them.
Three years ago Eliana quickly went from being a child to an adult. Her father, the mad king is now gone and she still blames her old flame Demetrius for his demise. Now keeping on the down low and trying to keep what’s left of her people and family safe, Eliana is the only one with the special talents in her pack to support them. Her mad skills are financing the construction of a stronghold which should help keep away the Ikati who are out for their blood, (cause we all remember from book one the Ikati’s most cardinal rule – secrecy is sacred. And living among humans is a big, nay, HUGE no, no).
In the book, we first see Eliana stealing from the Lourve – so 90s decadent – watch out Catherine Zeta Jones! Unfortunately, things don’t turn out the way she would have wanted to – naked and performing the spread eagle under an exquisite Degas painting. For shame, cat lady, for shame. Then, when this leads onto Eliana being caught on camera, she knows it’s only a matter of time before The Hunt and Demetrius catches up with her. Now she is officially public enemy number one. Ikati style. This starts a plot line that will take us to meet a very unscrupulous Scottish businessman, onto a human police detective who knows a little too much about Eliana’s roots, torture, exploding bombs, leather bustiers, then an all-out hunt across Paris by Ikati assassins, instigated by the Council of Alphas.
Demetrius is Eliana’s long lost love – and he hasn’t forgotten a thing from three years ago. Their story was like one from a morbid fairy tale. She was the beautiful, loving, untouched princess. He was the loyal royal guard, strong and silent and completely out of her league. But alas – after a violent showdown – mistakes were made and their fairy tale was not meant to be. Demetrius has spent all of this time searching for her, but he grows frustrated with his hunt (cough… ahem… obsession) and his clan are growing increasingly worried about his violent behaviour. Graced with the gift of foresight, he doesn’t give a damn about the rules anymore. But mostly, he wants to apologise for the mess of that dark day all those years ago when Eliana fled the colony in terror.
Demetrius’ relief when he finds Eliana is beautiful. I felt truly happy for him. Truly. It’s not often that I emphasise with a male character from this genre. The changing POV probably helped, which incidentally, I’m not usually a fan of, but in this case I think that it worked well.
The bedroom scene was so hot I wish I had a fan to hand… nay, two fans… ooh, and so was the shower scene… and the sexually charged sparring match in the catacombs too… you guys get the picture 😉 There were lots of ups and downs between the couple. At one point I would think they’ve made it and then they’d regrettably take two steps back. Frustration begone! It was an emotional journey. The ending of this book though – ooh, bring on the drama…
For me, I felt that this quote really sums up the tone of this story in a nutshell.
Truth, like honor and courage and love, does not come in shades of gray. You either have it or you don’t – there is no in between.
Sometimes it takes a lifetime to uncover it, and sometimes it is clear and simple as a sunrise. Also like honor and courage and love, sometimes the truth can be lost, and you have to find your way back to it, crawling over fields of broken glass and dead bodies, your knees and hands bloody and raw, until you get to it and it’s even sweeter than before because of what you suffered on the way.
The Urban Book Thief has awarded Rapture’s Edge a kiss factor rating of five – More Ms. Geissinger, more!