Night Walker by Lisa Kessler
Series: Night #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on August 2nd 2011
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He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her…
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.
She’s haunted by dreams of her own death…
After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.
They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries…
Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Who doesn’t love the whole Dracula love story? The vampire who waits for centuries for the woman he loved and lost? Well, I for one adore it and Night Walker promised to be just that.
While the romance between our nightwalker Calisto and his love for the reincarnated Kate was nice and I enjoyed it, I never completely got into the book.
The story goes back and forth between their first romance and the present time. He has been haunted by the mistake that cost his love her life in a horrible way. When he finds her once again, he’s desperate to win her back and doesn’t want to scare her by showing what he really is.
Kate, for her part, was a very confused young woman. I’m not sure confused is the right word here, but her actions to me were mind-boggling. She finds the man she’s going to marry cheating on her, so she ups and leaves her job and goes back home where the estate of her late parents is still waiting to be dealt with. In doing so she happens to cross paths with Calisto and she can’t deny the compelling attraction between them. But then things happen and she runs home, and thus starts the beginning of a back and forth pattern of these two coming together then splitting up. At one point I was so over the whole back and forth thing I was on the verge of just giving up on the whole story.
During all this, there’s this whole Fraternidad del Fuego Santo which happens to be Calisto’s old order who are set on keeping Calisto from making more nightwalkers. Only the last guy they send to watch him is a complete psycho. Bizarrely enough I thought he was one of the best characters in the story, as he was consistently and totally wacko from start to finish.
After re-reading this I want to stress that I did actually like the story, it just had a couple of things that got on my nerves. I felt too much time was spent apart during the back and forth portion of the romance. I would have appreciated more time with them building their bond in the present. One of the things I appreciated most was how very sweet Callisto was with Kate. Ms. Kessler also introduced an interesting take on the whole vampire thing
As a side note, while there were only a couple of occasions where the author used the past monks supposedly native language, the Spanish used was all wrong. There is one line that I couldn’t even grasp what the character was supposed to be saying and Spanish is my native language. I know this is a pet peeve of mine and it’ll probably not bother anyone else out there but I needed to mention it.
All in all, I can’t say this was my favorite story by Ms. Kessler, but there is action, sweet romance, some shocking moments with some steamy scenes.
Rating: 3 “let’s face shit” Stars
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