One of my biggest joys in reading is finding a series that I love. A good novel is fine, but when you fall in love with characters you don't want to see the story end. This series is one of the ones I love. It has elements of all the things I like to read: romance, vampires, monarchies, and suspense. If I had to (nit) pick something that deters from the story line for me it would be this: the characters are young. That's it! If you can look past that like I did you will enjoy this series.
Dark Secrets (Book 1) - How can you be attracted to a guy who just said he wants to kill you?
Ara-Rose asks herself the same question. She's been torn away from her old life, thrown into a new one in a new country, and in the midst of death, heartache and depression, she finds herself in love with a vampire--one who kills people with his teeth!
But the vampire is forbidden to fall for this human, and at the point Ara-Rose decides she can't live without him, he pulls away and leaves her falling back to the darkness he woke her from. She will be caught up in a century-old feud among brothers, and the fight for love becomes a fight for her life.
The only question now is whether her beloved vampire will find her in time, or leave her to face a destiny he triggered with their first kiss.
The Heart's Ashes (Book 2) - Death never leaves us. Once it's touched our souls, it hungers for our return--waiting for us to fall. And if it finds Ara again, she will have no way to escape.
Moving on from David was hard, forgetting the abduction and torture was almost impossible, but nothing as devastating as the thought that now, because of her, David might face the horrific punishments of the Set.
No one knows where David went after he lost Ara, but she can only hope he's the one leaving subtle clues for her to discover, and it makes her desperate to find him--desperate enough that she would risk her life, hanging out with an informant who means to kill her. What truths she is told about David's dark past, though, will threaten to change her heart and destroy the way Ara perceives everything. She must ask herself if it's right to love one monster, then hate the one who tried to destroy her.
In all her searching, the promise of immortality will finally be renewed, but sold at a price Ara's not sure she's willing to pay.
Is love enough to make her submit to this new role, or will it fail her once again and leave her reaching back for the grasp of death?
Mark of Betrayal (Book 3) - A love so strong fire and torture could not break it. A heart so pure neither death nor hate could taint it. But, left alone in a world of lies and secrets, Ara will find herself down the road of treachery, walking very dangerous ground, while those closest to her fight to keep her safe from dangers unseen.
The boundaries between friends and enemies will blur, and the return of an old friend will see Ara crossing a line she can never return from.
Lies in Blood (Book 4) - The ashes of a dark past fall away, and a new sun rises in place—bringing light to a nation once thought lost to ancient secrets. All that has been done in pursuit of vengeance will be undone for peace, and an age-old agreement will finally be met.
At last, the child who became a queen will pave the way through the blood of others’ lies, and the betrayal on her soul will mark the beginning of a new future—one even she could not have predicted.
All the lies will finally come undone. All the truths will finally be out, but with the layers of deception shifting and evolving, so spawns a new secret Ara must carry alone—one she will fight to take to her grave.
I am a little less than half way through Lies in Blood & loving it. I am anxiously (and not so patiently) waiting for a certain 'something' to happen that I KNOW is going to. So, basically I've been sucked back into David & Ara's story. Lot's of intense revelations & decisions are coming so be sure to check them out with me & let me know what you think.