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- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (April 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 18, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JEJDHFM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cat is an enigma in Balinese, an underground city of vampires. In a population of dark-haired people, Cat's red hair and equally fiery disposition sets her firmly apart from everyone else. While she appears strong on the outside, however, she harbors a dangerous and terrifying secret. When she is told that she must feed the newly awakened lord of Balinese, Navarre Casteel, she is forced to face that secret head-on. Navarre has been asleep for seven years, in a deep healing sleep since being attacked by a demon and stabbed in the heart. He awakens when he feels the call of his fated mate close by, and when he finds out it's Cat, he is determined not to let anything stop him from keeping her safe. As they battle both prejudices and constant demon attacks, they find that their strength lies not only within themselves but with each other.
I just can't say enough good things about this pairing! Cat is a tough, strong-willed woman who can take care of herself and prefers it that way. Suffering from a horror in her childhood, she has made sure that no one could make vulnerable again. But when she meets Navarre, it is plain to see that her weakness lies in him and the way he makes her feel. Navarre recognizes Cat's vulnerability, and rather than doing the typical alpha-male thing and forcing her to face her fears, he remains very understanding and supportive of her throughout the book. I loved how Jen Colly let us have our strong female heroine and alpha male hero, while allowing them both to have very relatable insecurities that they had to work through together. It was heartwarming to see their relationship grow and bloom into a strong, healthy love.
This is the third book I have read by Jen Colly, and I continue to be pleased with her writing! She has created an intriguing underground world, a unique take on vampires, and relatable and engaging characters. Thoroughly enjoyed this book in her Cities Below series and look forward to reading more in the future.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
once they meet navarre and cat are intimately connected. mainly because she's been sent in to feed him, but also because it's pretty clear to everyone except cat that navarre and her are mates, and were fated to meet. i should explain that navarre and cat are both vampires, and he is the ruler of the vampire city of balinese. he's been in a healing sleep for almost seven years, and by chance one of his captains figures out that the reason he has survived this long in stasis is because cat, his soul mate is close by.
cat is a guardian, an elite group of vampires who protect the city from demons. before coming to balinese she was a stalker, a lone demon hunter, and she's retained her independence while still becoming a key reason balinese is safe. cat is so self-sufficient and strong. she's basically raised herself, and she's raised five orphans too. and navarre respects that.
and it's so refreshing. i mean, sure he has his moments of protectiveness, but the truth is she is perfectly capable and proves it over and over again. and he admires her for it. the way he looks at her, he knows she is different, but he doesn't see those differences. he just sees the woman he is meant to be with. the woman he'll put first above all things, even his own health.
they are also battling demon attacks that seem to target them very specifically and it's only a matter of time before things go haywire. when they do, the way they can trust in each other is key to everyone's survival. things are resolved fairly quickly and the epilogue gives us a glimpse of where the series might be going next. though there are several threads that remain open-ended and i presume will be explored at some point.
**beneath the night will publish on april 18, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (lyrical shine) in exchange for an honest review.