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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Seduction In Black And White (Book 4 of The Master Chronicles) by Jamie Craig

The fourth book in this series has our threesome going out of town. It was different from the others. Still a good book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the others. Too many secrets, too much conflict, too much pain.

And the violence. There is a lot of violence in this book. Non-consensual violence you can't just skim over, as there are important things being said while the violence is happening.

Here is the blurb for the book:
History doesn't always die. Sometimes, it lives on. Discovering it can be too seductive to resist...A chance encounter on their first vacation in years introduces Jesse Madding to Marcus Brooker, a man who claims to have known the woman for whom vampire Gideon Keel abandoned his evil ways to fight for good. Though Jesse would rather get those answers from his lover, Gideon isn't nearly as forthcoming. So Jesse pursues the truth the only way he thinks he can. Gideon agrees to the New York trip, hoping for three weeks of pure pleasure with his human lovers. Pleasure is not all they find...

This book deals with some of Gideon's history. History that's been hinted at in other books, but we begin to get the rest of the story here.

In the other books I've enjoyed watching the characters grow, and watching the relationships grow. We don't really get that in this book, if anything there are too many setbacks to say that anything grows or gets better.

At the beginning of the book we see that the three are more comfortable together, that they've come a ways since the end of the last book, but... that's about it.

I'm not saying that's a bad thing. Uncomfortable books can be just as good as enjoyable books. Part of the problem is probably that I was expecting more of what I saw in the first three, and this one was so different.

If you've enjoyed the characters in the first books then I still recommend this book. Just be aware that it's not quite as much fun as the previous books have been. This one is much more serious.

Heat level: 3 of 5
Book Rating: 8 of 10
Series Rating: 7 of 10 (after reading first five books)

1. Master of Obsidian
2. Unveiled
3. Mosaic Moon
4. Seduction in Black and White
5. Chaos and Communion
6. Dominion
7. A Renaissance In Blood

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