Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Series: The Nightwalkers #6
Publication date: October 25th, 2011
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
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.
I couldn't, for the life of me, remember who Adam was and how he was significant to those within the Nightwalker series. I wracked my brain but ultimately just came to the conclusion that the only way to find out was to dive into the book. I was sure they would tell me how he was related while also making his story come alive for me. Success, I did finally understand who Adam was and why I hadn't really heard much mention of him in the previous books. I was excited to see how Adam came to play a roll in their world once more.
Adam is the eldest brother of Jacob. He disappeared off the battlefield during the Vampire/Demon war 400 years from present date. He was ripped from his time by a violet-eyed teenager who asked him the critical question, "What would you do to save your brother?" The answer was a resounding "anything". Which led Adam down the path he was on. The path that led to the present. But not before he had a brief encounter with a luscious Vampire that made him question everything his Enforcer instincts dictated of him. It is this same Vampire that comes back into his life, determined to tease and taunt the strong willed Demon into submission... and maybe a little fun along the way.
Jasmine had nothing in her life that really stimulated her. She was involved in the protection of most of the Nightwalker races, she had the ear of the Vampire Prince, Damien, and she was a skilled fighter on the hunt for her adversary, Ruth. She should have been well entertained even by Vampire standards and yet, she did not know why she continued to seek refuge in the ground for long bouts of sleep. The only time she had felt anything but indifferent to her long life was when she encountered a Water Demon who caught her interest immediately 400 years ago. Now, that same Demon is back and it is all Jasmine can do not to try to recapture their first encounter. She is not the girly swooning type. She has one goal above even the enticing draw of Adam... find Ruth and make her pay.
Ruth sees the end to the battle coming soon, as does the rest of the Nightwalkers. Nobody knows, though, how the end will turn out and whether any of them will be alive to see it. Jasmine and Adam must navigate the tumultuous waves of their Imprinting while also seeking a demise to their long fought enemies.
I loved the time travel aspects of this final installment of the Nightwalkers series. I liked that it showed how delicate time can be and how one little change can change the future, sometimes for the better and other times for the worst. I loved watching Leah explore her powers and find a way to save her parents while also bringing a highly skilled warrior into the fight against Ruth. The whole book of Adam was more so about these aspects than the budding romance between Adam and Jasmine. I never much liked Jasmine so this was absolutely fine by me.
Adam was likable but not to the extent that Jacob was. Not by half. Jasmine was everyone's favorite pain in the ass. The romance between these two was very much slapped together. I think Frank may have been more into closing up the battle between Ruth and the Nightwalkers than necessarily staging a romance between two characters. She, of course, had to include that aspect of risk losing all the swoony face fans in the process.
Where Noah was borderline erotica, Adam was borderline urban fantasy instead of paranormal romance.