Hearts in Darkness

by Keri Arthur
Kindle Edition – Read August 14, 2013

Expected Re-Release Date: August 27, 2013
Original Release Date: December 31, 2000

Length: 352 pages

Official Description: (This is book 2 of the Nikki and Michael series)


Private Investigator Nikki James has a lot to contend with. Her lover, Michael Kelly, walked out without so much as a goodbye, and what seemed like a simple case of stopping a runaway teen brought her face-to-face with another clutch of deadly vampires. But if that seemed bad, it is about to get a lot worse, because when Michael returns, it is not for her, but for the case.

Wealthy men are starting to vanish from a resort in Jackson Hole—which is exactly where Nikki’s runaway teen seems to be as well. Something nefarious is going on at the luxury spa, but what? The last thing Michael needs is a confrontation with Nikki—especially when his control over his bloodlust is still so tenuous. But posing as a newlywed couple at the swanky resort may be the best way for both of them to solve their respective cases. This time, Nikki is determined to make Michael see that life apart is worse than death. Yet before she can make him see the light, a specter from Michael’s past rises that could destroy any hope she has of a future with him. Because this time the threat isn’t physical. It’s a matter of the heart.

My Take:

I really liked this book better than the last one for some reason. I love the fact that there is some romance in the book, but the story is still really action packed and is more driven by finding the bad guy than bedding the 2 romantic leads. Though there is still some bedding. Of course we left off with Michael leaving Nikki behind in the last book after he had bound her to him to save her life. Which is such a guy thing to do, commit to a girl then runaway.

This book takes place six months after the fact and now we face an even whiner Michael who is brooding way too much over his insistence of not being close to Nikki, and Nikki who’s determined to be attached to the hip.  That being said, I do like the way that their relationship evolves, we are evolving in a more natural way, they realize that they don’t know one another, but there is an undeniable attraction and that pesky link that binds them even closer than either would like.

I love the villains in this book because they are different and you spend a good amount of time trying to figure out what is going to happen, or what exactly is going on. The bad guy isn’t as evil (in my opinion) as Jasper was, but evil is still prevalent, I didn’t feel the danger as much with Jasper. I like the use of more magic and mysticism in the story, because we have that sense of difference, the sense that this book won’t be the same as every other vampire book out there. We have unique features that grasp the reader and drags them into the story. We also have some stuff going on in the beginning that seemed like would be more prevalent but just got swept under the rug then vaguely addressed, which kind of annoyed me, but really overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you like Keri Arthur then read this book, this series is where it all started so pick it up and enjoy, it a fast, fun and easy read.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.


“The last time you were in Lyndhurst, you taught me a very important lesson. Life is for living. You cannot fear it. You cannot retreat from it. I’m not retreating, Michael, and I’m sure as hell not giving up. I never will.”

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