Lucifer by D.B. Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Remember when we learned that Sophia's mate was kidnapped and you got all mad inside? Well this book resolves it all, and then some. I think it goes without saying that if you haven't read the previous 10 books (and short stories), you shouldn't really choose now to dive in, especially with the war looming.
Sophia has finally involved the other vampire lords in helping to locate her missing mate. Of course, the motivation is assumed to be linked to all the other european incursions lately, so it makes sense that they need to tread carefully. The identified "agent" for this task? Lucifer, Aden's most trusted and valuable hunter. He has a knack for details and getting people to share even their most private secrets. He also has a secret past with Sophia's most trusted guard, Eleanor.
Eleanor has been hiding a massive secret. Before she became a vampire, she was in love with one. She was turned and ran, all because of an assumption that a relationship between two vampires can't happen. She even let him think that she was dead. Needless to say, their reunion is filled with all sorts of revelations. This relatively small misunderstanding is easily worked out once these two open up, but there are a bunch of impediments to their relationship. Oh, and they have to find Sophia's mate.
Sophia's mate is no slouch, though, and he proves himself to be as strong as the vampires sent to rescue him. This turning point in the war books was filled with the perfect balance of action, romance, smut, history, and betrayal. I loved every page!
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