Adam

Jacquelyn Frank
Adam
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Publisher
Zebra
Release Date
November 2011
ISBN
1420109863
Series
Book 6 of The Nightwalkers
Genre
Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
For 400 years he was lost to her, but he is hers tonight...From their first tantalizing touch, Jasmine knows he is different. What other lover could unlock her tight control, flood Vampire senses jaded by a lifetime of decadent self-indulgence? Centuries ago, when he disappeared without a trace, she had given up hope of ever fulfilling the promise of incomparable passion. But here he is, against the very laws of nature, ready to bring down their most vicious enemy, ready to bring her blood to the boiling point...if she will only let him.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Jan 27, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
93 people found the following review helpful
Haunting, pulse-pounding and addictively intense, ADAM was a great reminder of all that makes the Nightwalker series such engrossing reading. Though the prologue nearly sent me into fits, this long-awaited book was a worthy addition to a wonderful and complex series.

The story opens with the heart-rending death of two long-beloved characters of the series at the hands of Ruth, a mad Vampire and the long-time enemy of the Nightwalkers. Determined to go to any lengths to correct the past, a lonely child determines to find the one Demon capable of saving the lost and defeating Ruth once and for all—even if it means traveling nearly four centuries into the past to do it.

Adam was the brother of Jacob and a ruthless Enforcer of his people's laws. Four hundred years earlier, he disappeared, without a word to his family or his friends, and has since been a legend to the Nightwalkers. Now, he has been dragged into the present by a girl demanding justice—and comes face to face with a woman from his past.

Jasmine is a Vampire and close friend of the Demon King Damien (those who have read previous Nightwalker stories will remember him as a secondary character in Noah's book). She knows all too well the kind of agony Ruth's violence has wrought, and will sacrifice anything to bring her down once and for all. For centuries, she has lived a colorless, jaded life, having seen and felt and tried all that her long, long life has to offer. But one memory above all haunts her—her meeting with a Demon named Adam—who has returned, as inexplicably as he vanished. And though he and Jasmine should be focused on nothing but the battle that is looming before them, the desire they once felt is now an irresistible urge. And though both have always believed that Demons and Vampires should never forge any kind of bond, there are some destinies, and some desires, that simply cannot be avoided.

Maybe because Adam is from an earlier, less…enlightened time, we'll say, it's much easier to accept his overt Alpha-male tendencies. And, yes, to relish in them. He's all things strong and dangerous and absolutely lives up to his centuries-old reputation. And, happily, Jasmine already proved that she was more than capable of handling this enormous, arrogant Enforcer some 400 years ago, and time has only made her stronger and fiercer. I loved the fact that she kept him from taking himself too seriously and that he was able to challenge Jasmine's emotionless calm and colorless world. And while the forbidden nature of their relationship, when both thought that Vampires and Demons could never be mated, was quite scintillating, the moment when they finally accepted their fate and accepted the other was incredibly sexy and genuinely heartfelt.

Though I wish there could have been more scenes between Adam and Jasmine, it's impossible to forget that Adam was brought from his own time in order to save this one, and to right an immense wrong. Thus, this story is much more a confrontation between good and evil than it is a straight romance. For those who are more than ready to see Ruth and her dark forces get their just-desserts, this is the story you've been waiting for. But Adam was a character that I've been dying to meet, and I wanted more of him and more of his transition to the present day, as some of his insights were wonderfully amusing, and more of his relationship with Jasmine, as that was the part of the story I found unforgettable.

I love Jacquelyn Frank's writing. Her narrative is so strong that it shuts out the world outside of the book, and her descriptions are so sensual that every detail, from the settings to the characters, is completely engrossing. I'm not sure that newcomers to this series will enjoy this book as much as long-time followers, only because of the many plot strands that are brought together in this story, and the growing cast of characters that might be hard to follow. However, for those who have been waiting for this book to arrive, it was great to see Adam join forces with his old friends and fellow Nightwalkers, like Noah and Damien, in their fight against Ruth. It was nice to have some of my questions regarding previous books answered, especially in regards to Jasmine and her relationships with some secondary characters in this story; and to have some new questions raised, which will make the wait for the next book quite a long one.

Though the plot is a bit slow to get started, it is well worth the effort. The heartbreak of the first twenty or so pages is replaced with action, intrigue and a sizzling romance that will sink its teeth into you and hold on until the last scorching moment.
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