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"A Spellbinding Tale that'll have you hungering for more!"

This is the fourth book in the Guardians of the Night series. The Guardians are an organization that protects the humans from the vampires who want to kill them. The Guardians feed off a lamb's blood to keep the beast at bay, but they must start this ritual from the moment they are made. It is next to impossible to go back once a vampire has killed to survive. Drake is a vampire, a killer, but he preys only on unsavory individuals. Some of the vampires resent him for being a killer, leaving him always alone—an outsider. He decides to team up with Gabriel, a born vampire and killer who heads the Guardians in the Baltimore area.

This story is a power struggle between Brigitte, a born vampire and her mother, who resides in Europe. The French Seigneur, Armand and his entourage of killers arrive to take Brigitte back home and to kill Gabriel. Armand must not fail or he will face a most unpleasant death himself.

Drake is forced to take over leadership of the Guardians when Brigitte kidnaps Gabriel for her own evil plans. Drake must keep the peace by dredging up a part of his past he thought he'd put to rest. He starts to question himself. Is he evil and just fooling himself to think otherwise?

Faith is one of Armand's unwilling concubines--unless under the influence of glamour. She has never killed and detests her life, but she must endure for her sister's sake. (She is human and at risk of being turned.) Faith and Drake are drawn to each other and connect not only physically but emotionally as well.

In Ms. Black's tale we have a grander view of the vampire world and all who are involved. Drake has been a character in all the Guardians' books and I have looked forward to reading his story. Hungers of the Heart did not disappoint. The love story between Faith and Drake is sexy as well as heartfelt and sweet. They are both guilty of self-doubt, but together they bring out the best in each other. They are perfectly matched. I love how the author creates her characters -- not all are good nor are they completely evil. They are complicated beings, which is the magic that brings her characters to life. This is a series you do not want to miss.

This story can stand alone, but you don't want to miss the other Guardians of the Night tales.

Watchers in the Night
Secrets in the Shadows
Shadows on the Soul

Reviewed by: Karen Michelle Nutt, author

Reviewed by Karen Michelle Nutt
Posted May 28, 2008

SUMMARY

Drake is a Killer vampire.

Unlike the Guardians of the Night, Drake feeds on human blood, choosing victims who deserve to die. But still he works with the Guardians to protect those humans who yet have some good in them.

When Gabriel, the leader of the Baltimore Guardians, mysteriously disappears, Drake finds himself in charge of a small band of inexperienced fledgling vampires. When a delegation of European Killers arrives in Baltimore looking for Gabriel, Drake must call on all the savagery of his sordid past to keep the Guardians in line—and to protect them from the ruthless Killers.

Forced to confront a past he has tried so hard to outrun, Drake risks losing his humanity. His only hope is Faith, the French Seigneur’s concubine, who desperately needs his help to rescue her human sister from the Seigneur’s clutches. Then someone begins killing the members of the European vampire delegation, and Drake is the only suspect. Will Drake be saved by love, or will he become a Killer without a conscience?

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampire

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Hungers of the Heart
(Guardians of the Night: Book 4)
by Jenna Black

Tor Books
April 1, 2008
Available: April 29, 2008
ISBN #0765357186
EAN #9780765357182
384 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Jenna Black

Sirensong
Dark Descendant
Shadowspell
Glimmerglass
The Devil's Playground
Speak of the Devil
The Devil's Due
The Devil You Know
The Devil Inside
Shadows on the Soul
Secrets in the Shadows
Watchers in the Night


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