Rulers of Darkness Box Set by Amanda J. Greene #Review
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Caressed by Moonlight
Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.
Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay far away from the dark, mysterious, Dorian Vlakhos.
After meeting the beautifully innocent Miss Kingston, Dorian had to have her. He would do absolutely anything to make Victoria his. One sweet stolen kiss would bring them together while a force, more powerful than any vampire, would bind them for all eternity, but treachery, war, and death rule Dorian’s dark world and Victoria would be fortunate to survive.
Caressed by Night
Dimitri Arsov, the last remaining pure vampire, was thought to be dead for the past four hundred years. Now, he is back and has a score to settle with the traitor that had tried to kill him centuries ago. But as he waits for his prey to blindly step into his carefully laid trap, his overwhelming hunger for blood is triggered when he saves a beautiful art historian.
Kerstyn Ingmar’s life was normal and straight up boring until the night she is rescued by the dangerously sexy, powerfully mesmerizing, Dimitri. Unable to resist his diamond blue eyes and intense kisses, she is drawn into his world of darkness and closer to her impending doom.
While their desire consumes them, Dimitri is haunted by images of a bloody and deadly future. As his enemies draw near, he must find a way to save his mate from her destiny before fate destroys them both.
Caressed by a Crimson Moon
Consumed by madness and tormented by dark memories of blood and death, Hadrian Lucretius, King of the Validus Clan, has returned after living in self-imposed exile for nearly three hundred and fifty years.
To maintain peace with the vampires, Eva Maldonado is offered as a sacrifice to the crazed vampire king by her father, the alpha of the Silveria Shifter Pack. Hadrian’s reputation is both legendary and lethal; he is ruthless, bloodthirsty, lusty, and soulless. When Eva arrives at the ancient fortress high in the Carpathian Mountains, she is shocked to find a ravaged man with dark burning eyes filled with loneliness and dangerous desire.
Would she be his lover…or his prey? His savior…or his victim? Would Hadrian lure her into madness or would their perilous passion be their redemption?
Book review – Rulers of Darkness Box set –
>This box set contains the first 3 books in the Rulers of Darkness series. Each story revolves around a particular vampire and ends in an HEA. The stories continue in following books, so the books must be read in order. Book one is “Caressed by Moonlight” and is the story of Victoria, a human, and Dorian, a vampire. Dorian is a rake who is attracted to Victoria, marrying her to save her and her sister from her horrible aunt. There is a lot of eroticism and explanation about vampires and their habits. Dorian has an interesting backstory.
>Book two is “Caressed by Night”. This story is about Dimitri, the oldest and most powerful vampire, and Kerstyn. Dimitri can see the future. He knows he is Kerstyn’s mate, but also that she will die. Gabriel is introduced in this book. His back story is horrific, causing him to hate humans. His care of Kerstyn is that much more poignant. I didn’t understand Dimitri’s wish to fight with equal power. That decision seemed out of character. The Shaw witch, Silvie has a large presence in this story as the head witch in training and friend to both Kerstyn and Victoria.
>Book three is called “Crimson Moon”. This story deals with a crazed vampire king, Hadrian and his shifter ward, Eva. Falcon is a character with a large role in this story. He tries to protect Eva from the lust filled king and is also the star of the next story, I believe. This book was romantic, but frustrating. Eva and Hadrian did not communicate well and were constantly unsure of one another throughout almost the entire story.
>The box set is a fun look into the world of vampire rulers and their mates. The level of eroticism is high, while the story line is interesting across the three stories. This series is appropriate for an adult audience. I am giving the set 4 stars. The relationship stories were quite similar from book to book. There were also quite a few proofreader errors that distract the reader from the story.