by Jessica Lee
Series: The Enclave, #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2015
All she can remember is hunger...for him.
A year ago, Alexandria Stevens strode through the doors of Wicked Ways and into the arms of a man—a monster, really—who stole everything from her. Her memory. Her life. Now she's a creature of darkness with only hazy images in her mind of that night and a confusing jumble of emotions. A fierce hate...and an even fiercer desire for Markus Santini.
Markus has walked through this world for more than a hundred years, knowing exactly who and what he was, until Alexandria undid it all. Undid him. When a former vampire colleague threatens one of the Enclave’s own, Markus is needed—but only as the dark, powerful creature he once was. And in order to become that, he must find redemption...in the arms of a woman who despises him with every breath she can no longer take.
I totally loved this book and the world that Jessica Lee has created. The characters were dynamic and multi-dimensional, the plot and subplots were well developed, and the writing was spot on to highlight the edge, drama, emotion, and passion in the book.
Markus and Alex’s history was very dark but filled with hope, and I loved watching their story unfold throughout the events in the book. It’s clear these two want each other, but they are both struggling to come to terms with their past, as well as figure out how to move forward with their lives. Even as Markus begins to confide and trust in Alex, he knows that what he has done to her is unforgiveable. Alex knows Markus has done nothing but hurt her, but the pull she feels towards him is very strong.
Watching the interactions and all the emotions as Markus finds himself back with the Enclave, the group he turned on, was powerful and integral to the story, and so well written. The other members of the Enclave were all part of Markus and Alex’s story, and I loved watching them defend, fight, and support each other. Note: I have not read the first three books in the series but had no problem reading this as a standalone. Reading the earlier books may give some additional background to the other characters, but enough backstory was provided to fully enjoy this book without reading the others.
I highly recommend this book to all lovers of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, as well as anyone who loves a darker romance. This book had a great, unique twist on the vampire lore that made it refreshing and kept me turning the pages right until the end!