Thursday, March 25, 2010

Review of Taken by the Night by Kathryn Smith

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Ronda Tutt's Review

Paranormal Romance - Vampires

Great HOT! story, I could not put the book down. This is Saint and Ivy's story

Saint has no idea when he drops in to his and Reigns safe haven – Maison Rouge, an upscale whorehouse/brothel to get some rest and to feed, that he would be walking into the after affects of a few murders that took place in the brothel.

A long time ago, Saint rescued Maddie off the streets after she had been cast aside from her lover. Saint takes her and sets her up in the Brothel; Maddie, now the madam, later has a daughter named Ivy. Now that Saint has known Ivy all of her life and watched her grow up, he never knew she had a crush on him when she was 17 yrs old.

After all these years, Ivy is still enamored with Saint but she refuses to give in to him like one of the whores at the brothel. She is much more independent and has a strong will to stand on her own. She is actually a total bitch in the beginning but I admire her because she will not give up trying to find out who murdered her two best friends so brutally. The friend’s vagina organs were actually cut out.

Through the entire struggle to figure out that the murders that happened were either prostitutes of the brothel or patrons who had been there previously. They also note that these murders are like Jack the Ripper style. The friction between Saint and Ivy stirs between arguments until Saint grabs her and kisses her and to his surprise, she turns that kiss into a wild and passionate kiss.

There are some very sweet moments between Saint and Ivy and here are some of his words and thoughts:

”In a country of demure roses and forgotten weeds, she was an orchid.”

”a man cannot embrace a woman’s faults until he loves her. A woman embraces the faults and then falls in love.”

”You do not have to see the air to know you breathe it. You do not have to see the truth to believe it and you do not have to have witnessed love to feel it.”

Saint gets to know Ivy and learns that she is artistic and is great at taking black and white photos which she eventually takes shots of him. Saint realizes that these girls that were murdered were of the ones Ivy had taken pictures of so they know it has to be someone who visits the brothel regularly and is close to them.

Ivy has a caller that is in love with her but she is not sure she is in love with him, he wants to marry her and when she refuses, he takes measures of trying to force her and kidnaps her. Ivy realizes she is in love with Saint and also realizes it was her caller who had been doing the killings.

The boy was part of the Order of the Silver Palm and with the women of his dreams and the organs he collected, he could have a ritual and bring back Lilith and have all the power in the world.

Saint comes to the rescue and kills the boy and his other partners of crime but when they turn to destroy the organs, they are gone, disappeared.

In the end, Saint and Ivy get married and head off to find Temple.


Book description
I enjoy carnal pleasures like any mortal man, but six hundred years of existence have taught me loss. Best to stay away from people and save myself the heartache. Then I arrive at the notorious London brothel Maison Rouge, and my life, such as it is, will never be the same again.

Ivy Dearing, daughter of the infamous Madam, has requested my assistance. Two of her friends have been murdered, and she is determined to find their killer. I know better than to agree to help, yet Ivy is impossible to resist. No stranger to vampires, she has awakened desires within me that are as potent as my thirst for blood—desires that can only be satisfied by Ivy herself. But when there is another murder, it is all I can do to protect the woman I love from an evil more powerful than the undead . . .

book order
1.Be mine tonight
2.Night of the Huntress
3.Taken by the Night
4.Let the Night Begin
5.Night after Night

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