Early Review: Adam by Jacquelyn Frank

October 23, 2011 Review 2

Early Review: Adam by Jacquelyn FrankAdam: The Nightwalkers by Jacquelyn Frank
Series: Nightwalkers #6
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on October 25th 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Sexual Content: Several scenes of sensuality. A graphic sex scene.
Reviewed by: Abigail
3 Stars

Hunted by magic, beset by evil, the Nightwalkers face their darkest hour yet. And when the unthinkable happens, only one legendary male has the power, the will, to save them: Adam. . .For 400 Years He Was Lost To Her, But He Is Hers Tonight. . .From their first tantalizing touch, Jasmine knows he is different. What other lover could unlock her tight control, flood vampire senses jaded by a lifetime of decadent self indulgence? Centuries ago, when he disappeared without a trace, she had given up hope of ever fulfilling the promise of incomparable passion. But here he is, against the very laws of nature, ready to bring down their most vicious enemy, ready to bring her blood to the boiling point. . .if she will only let him. Pleasure rules the night.Praise for The Nightwalkers"A lush narrative sure to please readers who have longed for new gothic and darkly romantic tales." --Booklist on Gideon"Frank's Nightwalker series depicts an engrossing alternate world, drawn in prose that is lush and lyrical." --Linda Howard

I was so excited to read ADAM after loving the Nightwalkers novella, Kane, from the SUPERNATURAL anthology earlier this year.  I wanted more of this demon, druid, and vampire populated world, and more of the steamy romance built on compelling and committed love stories.

The first fifty pages or so of ADAM deal heavily with the characters introduced in previous novels and mainly serves to reacquaint and remind readers of who is who and where the numerous relationships are.  As a newbie to this series, it was very tedious and a bit overwhelming, especially since all the info relayed ended up having very little impact on the story overall.  But after all the backstory, the real plot of ADAM took off in a much more interesting direction.

The demon mythology in this series is rich and complex, but not in any way religious.  Demons have various abilities like manipulating elements.  In ADAM, a new ability is revealed: time manipulation.  After a series of tragic events, Adam, a water demon, is snatched from his own time and brought to ours in order to prevent the tragedy.  Initially bitter and deeply suspicious of the new world and rules around him, that all changes when he encounters the beautiful but detached vampire Jasmine with whom he shared a forbidden day with centuries ago.

I loved the internal struggles both Jasmine and Adam wrestled with in regards to the other.  Everything from shame and self hatred to hope and wonder at the growing realization that there might be more than just attraction between these once mortal enemies.  And they weren’t just fighting their emotions either.  When Adam jumped to our time, he thwarted the plans of a very dangerous enemy, one who quickly struck back and Jasmine and Adam ended up tasked with facing a foe that could destroy them both.

Like the other stories in this series, ADAM is deeply sensual, but not at the expense of real emotional connection.  The beginning may have dragged, but once the main plot started, it was anything but slow.  I didn’t feel the same desire to read about the supporting cast that I did while reading Kane’s story, but I completely fell for Adam and Jasmine and will look forward to their cameos in future Nightwalker books.

Series Titles:
  1. Jacob
    Supernatural (Kane # 1.5) – 4/5
  2. Gideon
  3. Elijah
  4. Damien
  5. Noah
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