Paperback, 366 pages
Published October 1st 1994
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Fleeing her father's shocking secret and the dark blood legacy that threatens to overwhelm her, beautiful Nicole Radouix seeks refuge in post-revolution Paris with handsome aristocrat Marchand La Valois, but her dark destiny moves to engulf them both.
I thoroughly enjoyed this second novel in the Midnight series by Nancy Gideon. I thought it was intricately written and the characters and plot held me breathless. I really enjoyed reading about Louis and Arabella's daughter.
And what's not to love? Vampires in Paris? A dark secret? A passionate love laced with danger...I can't think of anything more compelling to read than a story that is smart, sexy and well told and Nancy Gideon hits those nails on their little heads with shard precision.
Nicole is everything a strong heroine ought be, with some flaws. She's kind, independent, has a strong will (which dare I say, she inherited from Arabella) but she's also proud at times, and that pride does manage to get her into a bit of trouble...but since it leads her to Marchand, it hardly matters I don't think. I liked how challenged Nicole was in this novel; she had no idea what she was, yet she learned, trusted her instincts and despite some odds, found her happily ever after.
Marchand is an interesting hero--very human, a hero who can cry and lose himself and yet who is strong, determined and honourable. I enjoyed the refreshing naturalness of his character. I find heroes can sometimes be painted with strong strokes of perfection and it's easy to get caught up in their alpha badassness. Marchand was not like that, but he wasn't a sweet hero either or the boy next door. He was a very human character and I enjoyed that about him. It made his choice all the more courageous and demonstrative of his love for Nicole.
4 glittering stars