Silken Rapture

Princes of the Underground, Book 2

"Silken Rapture" by Beth Kery is the second of her `Princes of the Underground' series that details the adventures of the Sevliss princes created by the Magian overlords. The complex relationship between each prince and his clone provides the basis for an ongoing struggle that none understand save that it is orchestrated by their individual Magian overlords. Blaise, Lord Delraven, has long sought a way to vanquish his clone Morshiel, but has been unable to determine how his brother Saint Sevliss conquered his own clone, Teslar. Morshiel has taken captive an unusual woman, Isabel Lanscourt, who has the ability to channel vitessence, the energy that nourishes their race. Blaise rescues her but is unable to resist his own attraction and dependence on her powers and he knows that it is impossible to release her back to her human life due to the dangers that would befall her. Isabel has multiple talents, including the ability to perform psychometry and Blaise enters into a relationship that is unhealthy as he continues to sate himself with her yet removes the memories of their encounters. The discovery that his overlord has very definite plans for both himself and Isabel is disconcerting to Blaise but not as disturbing as his unhealthy obsession for the beautiful woman that he is driven to protect from the machinations of his clone.

An intriguing erotic tale of vampires given a new twist. The complex relationship between the vampires, their clones and their overlords is gradually revealed as it is intertwined with a tantalizing tale of lust, romance, loyalty and betrayal. The heroine is a bit of a weakling given her past history but of course she engenders such a strong reaction in the males around her that conflict is inevitable. A fascinating addition to the series.

Book Blurb for Silken Rapture

He is her captor. She is his soul…

When Blaise Sevliss, Lord Delraven, rescues a young woman from the clutches of his vampiritic clone the sheer amount of soul energy blazing from her unconscious body stuns him…and awakens a primal, parasitic hunger he has fought for centuries to quell.

Determined to keep her safe from the ravenous Scourge horde, Blaise must hide her in his underground stronghold. Where the powerful urge to consume her gnaws at the last shreds of his control.

With a touch, Isabel Lanscourt can divine the darkest of secrets. Her ability is little help, though, when she awakens in a lush world where sensuality rules. Her shining spirit is a beacon to all the powerful immortals in Sanctuary, but only one can touch her. The enigmatic Lord Delraven, whose brusque coldness is belied by the heated need in his eyes.

In a dangerous zone between temptation and memory, desire ignites an explosion of luminescent beauty. And Isabel’s healing touch begins to fill his emptiness with an impossible gift: a soul. But Blaise holds a dangerous secret, one that could extinguish Isabel’s inner light. And cast his lonely world into eternal darkness.

Warning: Step into a sensual world of vampires who love to feed and love to…er…feast, where sexual variety is the spice of their lives. No sweetness and light here, this is one vampire who can put the “B” into “bad guy” without batting an eye.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2011 4.25