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I Belong


Review: Adam by Jacquelyn Frank

TitleAdam

Author: Jacquelyn Frank

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Nightwalkers (Book 6)

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10:  1420109863 (Kensington Books)

ISBN-13:  978-1420109863 (Kensington Books)

Reviewed by: Kiwi

Synopsis:

Haunted by magic, beset by evil, the Nightwalkers face their darkest hour yet. And when they unthinkable happens, only one legendary male has the power, the will, to save them: Adam….

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.

Pleasure rules the night.

Quick & Dirty: Thrilling, mysterious and sexy paranormal romance with some time travel and a whole lotta arse kickin.

Opening Sentence“There’s too many of them!”

Excerpt: Prologue

The Review:

Okay, so apparently this reviewer is even more out of certain loops than was previously expected.  Looking through Goodreads, I just found out that Noah, the book before Adam, was supposed to have been the last of this series. *GASP* Well, I for one am glad that Ms. Frank decided to dust off her Nightwalker cap and bring us another story. Seriously, how silly to think we would be satisfied with the villains in this series left to walk free among the masses. Also some readers, myself included, would be quite happy if she would hang around and finish off some of the other characters’ storylines, especially now that we have met a few of them at an older age.

I found the character of Adam an interesting choice for the hero of what again appears to be the last of the series. I admit I had a bit of an issue remembering any of his previous storyline.  Actually, other than knowing I had read the books starring his brothers, I had absolutely no recollection of him whatsoever. Which makes me wonder why choose him.  It also makes me want to ask, if this is definitely the last of this series, why not have Seth and/or Leah as its main characters?  Thinking back to all the revelations from the past books, these two would seem the more logical and perhaps the more popular choice.  And here is where I lodge my biggest complaint.  This book concludes the series in true “popular” horror movie fashion.  It solves just enough of the crises to be a plausible ending, but leaves plenty of loose ends for a series of sequels. This drives me crazy, in movies and in books.  I do not enjoy the endless cliffhanger, the constant “I wonder if we will finally find out what happens in the end.” But that is very likely just me.

Otherwise, I am very glad that the main storyline of this book was the end of some very bad dudes. These people have been asking for it for a very long time, and it made me want to get up and dance when they got their just desserts.

Now a bit on the characters, etc.  This series is based in the present in a Hungarian forest which borders the vampire lands in Romania.  Jacquelyn Frank has built her characters their own little world hidden within these woods, surrounded by peaceful villages.  You would expect a level of serenity, and you do get some of that, but demons, as with any other paranormal culture, do have their good times.

Ms. Frank does a marvelous job bringing her characters to life in this and all her associated series’.  Adam is the requisite supernatural hottie, gifted with the power of water, controlling it and becoming it.  And ladies, who wouldn’t want a man who can literally caress every single part of your body, all at the same time. *swoon* I get chills just contemplating it.  Adam is also mostly everything you could ask for in a hero, loyal, smart, good with his hands, and willing to sacrifice everything for the ones he loves. Everything including life as he knows it, given up to save his brother 400 years in the future.

Meanwhile, the vampire Jasmine… wait! A vampire and a demon… in love?? *gasp* I actually love this part of her writing.  It’s always interesting to see what comes when paranormal creatures date outside of their group species, and not just your average paranormal-human matchups. Ms. Frank matches demons with vamps and druids, vamps with lycans, etc. Sounds like an all around good time to me.

Anyway, Jasmine is sure one tough cookie.  Well, on the outside anyway. Anyone who can hold onto a love for four centuries has to have a bit of soft on the inside.  Jasmine is also fiercely loyal to those she calls family and there are no ends she will not go for them, even if those ends are personally hurtful.

When a chance at revenge against those who have harmed them and their loved ones arises, both Adam and Jasmine are prepared to lay it all on the line.  Heroes in my mind.

Overall, I liked Adam and Jasmine’s story quite a bit.  Ignoring the whole “end of the series” issues, I would recommend it to my friends, if paranormals were their thing. Ms. Frank’s books are always a pleasure and I am hoping for a continuation of the series. Think it will help if I ask really nice? Pretty please, with a cherry on top??

Notable Scene:

“Who are you?” Adam demanded, moving forward to get in her face. “Why should we trust anything about you when you stink of magic? You even helped Ruth cast that thing she was going to use to capture me and Damien!”

“But she did not capture you, did she? All I have done is help cast the trap that finally caught the Demon traitor Ruth. Thin on that a moment.”

She moved slightly, tipping her head back and taking a deep breath. I was as if she were breathing in freedom.

“Ah…here it comes,” she breathed.

She held out her hands and Jasmine could see the tips of her fingers fading away. For the first time, emotion broke through the girl’s features. Tears filled her kaleidoscoping eyes.

“It means it’s all changed,” she breathed to Jasmine. “It means I did what I was supposed to do. I only pray this time things turn out for the better.” She looked at Jasmine with a momentary flash of worry. “It will be better now, won’t it?”

The girl was fading quickly, but Jasmine felt her pain and thought she understood, at least in a small sense, what was happening.

“Yes,” she assured her softly. “Trust us. We’ll make it better for you.”

The girl let out a stark sob of relief.

And then she was gone.

Nightwalkers Series:

1. Jacob

2. Gideon

3. Elijah

4. Damien

5. Noah

6. Adam

FTC Advisory: Kensington Books provided me with a copy of Adam.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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2 Responses to “Review: Adam by Jacquelyn Frank

  1. NingNo Gravatar
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    I read Noah a long time ago and was so sad when she decided to write another series. I’m so happy that she “finished” this one. I would love to see Seth and Leah’s stories told. That just makes me wonder if there is some other evil that will sprout up. All in all, I’m very happy with how this series ended though.

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  2. Lori StronginNo Gravatar
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    I was actually at the RT conference where Ms. Frank announced the book and revealed the cover. She was so excited, it was adorable. Jacquelyn is quirky and a bit off the beaten path…but aren’t the best authors that way?

    Smiles!
    Lori

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