Hungers of the Heart (The Guardians of the Night, Book 4)
by Jenna Black
Cover Artist: Jupiter Images
Review by Carolyn Frank
Tor Paranormal Romance Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765357182
Date: 29 April 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Drake is a killer vampire, in all meanings of the term. He kills his human victims for their blood, which sustains him, as it has for the past hundred or so years. But he also has a killer body, usually shown off in a tight black t-shirt and black leather jeans. He's always been a loner, until he crosses paths with Faith, a relatively new vampire who needs his help and touches his heart. In spite of all of the cascading evils and cruelties surrounding them, they share Hungers of the Heart.
The place is Baltimore. The time is now, but with vampires. The problem is that a delegation of vampires have been sent from Europe to capture Bridgette, a born vampire who has fled from France to Baltimore for her life, and to kill Gabriel, the current Master vampire of Baltimore. Bridgette has sequestered Gabriel to keep him out of the war, so Drake must step in as Gabriel's second in command. In this three-way conflict, Drake is the youngest in vampire years and thus the weakest. But he is on his home ground, and his intelligence may be enough to see him through.
An American by birth, Faith was changed into a vampire six years ago while vacationing as a young adult in France by a vampire who should not have done so. Although she now must exist on blood, she has never killed anyone and gets by on drinking purchased lamb's blood. She was taken in by Seigneur, who is the leader of the vampire delegation from Europe. Seigneur has now brought her along to Baltimore, in lieu of leaving her as a hostage to his ability to carry out his assignments in America. With both her parents long dead and a teenage younger fully-human sister to care for, Faith feels trapped in a hopeless situation until she meets Drake.
Drake is clearly not the master of the situation, but despite everything the other vampires throw at him, he remains true to himself and to his newfound love. Although a night-stalking blood-sucking vampire, he is the epitome of an irresistible sexy romantic hero, and the center of enjoyment of the tale. If you like vampires, if you like thrills, and if you like romance, you will definitely enjoy this thriller romance book.