Series: In The Company of Vampires #1
Author: Michele Hauf
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Could Her Sworn Enemy Lead Her Out of Darkness? As a member of an ancient order of hunters, Lark has found that eliminating dangerous vampires is about more than duty. It's personal—a kill for every day her husband was held captive before his death. Staking her prey isn't a challenge until she confronts Domingos LaRoque. Mad with vengeance and the blood of a powerful phoenix, Domingos tests her skills and seduces her soul.
Once a talented musician, Domingos can't escape the constant music in his head or his need to destroy the werewolf pack that tortured him. Though trusting the hunter ordered to kill him could be his gravest mistake, the dark desires between them can't be refused. Yet as he and Lark become allies to defeat a mutual threat, loving the enemy may be the ultimate sacrifice.
This book was given to me through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lark is a hunter who is out for revenge and vampires are her prey. She is a knight working for the order of the stake and a skilled fighter who always manages to kill her targets both swiftly and efficiently, that is until she's ordered to kill Domingos LaRoque.
After escaping a pack of wolves who beat and tortured him, Domingos is not what he used to be. Plagued by the voices in his head he is left struggling with his sanity. After saving Larks life from a pack of werewolves, Domingos is intrigued by the mortal hunter and even though he knows she's out to stake him, he begins to fall for her in a way he never thought possible.
It frustrated Lark that, more and more, that the vampire proved himself a worthy being, someone--were he not a creature--she could entirely see having as a friend. And he was a musician? She hadn't chattered with someone about music for years. Of course that would detract from her mission, and--hell, just being around Domingos LeRoque was proving a distraction.
Beautiful Danger is an unusual take on a vampire romance and, for me, it was quite refreshing to see a Vampire with vulnerabilities instead of your usual Alpha-to-the-core males. Aside from the strange crazy, I really liked the fact that Domingos was broken which was the main focus as well as their relationship. Lark soon began to develop her own feelings for him which she tried to deny but begins to realise that she needs him just as much as he needs her and finds herself wanting to fix the man she is falling in love with.
"Don't give me psychological bullshit. I can't believe this. An insane vampire is telling me how to think."
Even though their romance begins quite quickly I think it fits with their circumstances. They'd both been through the mill emotionally and physically so i suppose it was easy to believe that they would seek comfort in each other so soon. The romance aspect of it was really nice and there was plenty of intimate moments between the two leads.
Slipping past the open doorway of an abandoned building, Domingos moved swiftly. He made out the shape of her now. Her back to an old iron street pole, she stood tall and slender. Alert.
He moved like the wind, and just at the moment he sensed she knew he was behind her, he grasped her around the neck and pulled her spine against the pole. One hand pressed across her throat, choking her, while the other moved to the hand she slashed back toward him.
His fingers grazed cold metal. He clamped his hand about hers, sliding his fingers up along the metal cylinder. He recognized the shape of the weapon only from a close encounter years earlier. Fuck. She held a— She couldn't be!
Her free hand gripped the pole and while her body moved slightly forward as she kicked back with one foot. Something sharp on the back of her heel tore through his pants and thigh. Domingos cried out at the pain of it, but he didn't release her.
No, he wanted to play with this prize.
The story itself developed quickly and was solid all the way through leading to the two main characters HEA. I wasn't totally sold on the ending but it did finish the story off quite well. I really liked the two main characters all though I would have liked a little more description: I found it particularly hard to get a good picture of Domingos in my head which was a little frustrating but not enough to stop me from really liking him.
Over all, I really did enjoy Beautiful Danger. This is the first book I've read of Michele Hauf's and I will definitely read more of hers in the future.