★ SYNOPSIS ★
All she can remember is hunger…for him.
A year ago, Alexandria Stevens strode through the doors of Wicked Ways and into the arms of a man—a monster, really—who stole everything from her. Her memory. Her life. Now she’s a creature of darkness with only hazy images in her mind of that night and a confusing jumble of emotions. A fierce hate…and an even fiercer desire for Markus Santini.
Markus has walked through this world for more than a hundred years, knowing exactly who and what he was, until Alexandria undid it all. Undid him. When a former vampire colleague threatens one of the Enclave’s own, Markus is needed—but only as the dark, powerful creature he once was. And in order to become that, he must find redemption…in the arms of a woman who despises him with every breath she can no longer take.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Undying Hunger is one of the better Paranormal Romances I’ve read in the last few years. It is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone. In fact, I did read it as a stand alone, with having no prior knowledge of the series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book alone has me curious about the rest, and I’ll be going back to the beginning of them. What you have in Undying Hunger is both a hero and heroine torn asunder by their feelings. What is right, wrong and what just works. It has the perfect amount of angst for a good story.
“Markus was the personification of the term antihero.” – Jessica Lee, Undying Hunger
Markus is our hero, our Antihero in this case. He is a strong, silent type… he really doesn’t say much outwardly about how he feels. He plays his cards very close to his chest. His friends and the Enclave don’t believe in him, they don’t trust him, but yet, at one point he was family. As hated and feared as he his for his prior actions, he will stop at nothing to keep Alexandria safe. Going so far as to even destroy himself, walking away from everything, to know that she’s okay.
“For you,” he said, “I’d do it all again. If only for this moment.” – Markus, Undying Hunger by Jessica Lee
Alex found her self in one messed up situation a year prior to the novel starting. At the time, she was held captive by Markus and some crazy vampire lady. They ended up turning Alex and she’s downright pissed at Markus for taking her humanity. But he’s done so much more than that… there are things she can’t remember, or recall about her captivity. Large parts of her memory are missing. Alexandria isn’t one to just lay down and take things without a fight though, so she goes toe to toe with the man everyone else in the Enclave considers a monster. Rightfully, she should consider him a monster too, but she can’t bring herself to hate him.
When you start Undying Hunger, you can tell right off the bat that Alex -does not- like Markus. She feels a lot of things toward him, but full on hate isn’t one of them. She keeps dreaming of him, constantly, repetitively and can’t figure how why or how he’s still in her thoughts. Markus on the other hand, has secluded himself from everyone. Refuses to feed and is basically waiting, breath-by-breath, for whichever one will be his last. Of course, Alexandria isn’t going to stand for that, and after a few things unfold in the book, she’s forced to confront him about her missing memories. This sparks a hunger in Markus to live. He thought staying away from her would fix everything, he thought avoiding her, not seeing her, touching her or smelling her would keep everything at bay. He was wrong. This is a pair that is inexplicably drawn to each other, even after everything in their past.
“You are my reason. My next breath. You’ve been a beacon shining through the dark.” – Markus, Undying Hunger by Jessica Lee
If you like a good paranormal romance, and it won’t bother you to get sucked into a new series, by all means, give this book a chance. It is good read even if you don’t go back and read the other books. You don’t get the feeling of walking into the middle of something and having to ask the person next to you for details. I can’t help but give this book a very healthy four stars. 😀