Violet Night Trilogy
October 1, 2012
Crescent Moon Press
Jake Cunningham witnesses Emma using her powers and reveals a few of his own. Finally, after three years of searching, he realizes his newfound abilities must mean he's a Hunter like Emma.
Thankful not to be alone in the fight against the Vamps, Emma finds hope and comfort in Jake's arms. As she learns more about her new love's family and its dark heritage, she may be forced not only to hunt them, but also to sacrifice her life to save Jake's soul.
"Review from preppea" By The Romance Reviews 2 years ago
When Jake and Emma meet at a college frat party, they are instantly drawn to each other and quickly realize they have a lot more than their attraction for each other in common. Two years ago they both woke up on opposite side of the country with weird tattoos on their wrists and no memory of how they got there. While Emma quickly found Gabriel, a man open to fate and willing to help her research her tattoo and the meaning behind it, Jake moved from state to state, having much less luck in discovering his destiny.
When they meet each other, Emma teaches Jake about his abilities and together they train and continue to research the history and meaning of their tattoos. While the action scenes in VIOLET MIDNIGHT were interesting and kept the story moving, I found the character development lacking and the characters themselves flat. Not only did I feel like the main characters got a surface description but little depth, the minor characters had even less personality. One character in particular I actually had to go back and reread to see if I'd missed the chapter where he'd been introduced. Aside from a mention of his college major and fraternity affiliation, "Greg" was little more than an occasional crutch and felt like he'd been added to the story at the last minute with little regard to his actual personality.
As a whole, VIOLET MIDNIGHT felt like a skeleton – the bones of the story were there but all the meat that should have filled it up was missing. Each chapter felt like it skipped material and the majority of the book I felt like I was missing some crucial depth. The nickname "Vamps" irritated me and I felt no connection with Emma and Jake and certainly not the 10 days it took them to fall in love. I'm usually a big fan of paranormal romance but this just felt forced – the romance and the paranormal.