I have very much enjoyed this second book in the Cin Craven series bij Jenna MacLaine
In the arms of her lover Michael, Cin Craven has found satisfaction for her most primal longings, reaching heights of pleasure no mere human could ever imagine. She has also found a purpose for her unearthly powers. Cin is a member of The Righteous, a band of slayers that hunts down vampires who inflict evil upon the world. With Michael by her side, Cin's latest mission brings her face-to-face with Marrakesh, a beautiful, half-mad vampire queen charged with slaughtering humans. If she's found guilty, Marrakesh will pay with her life. But Cin is convinced that someone - or something - far more ruthless is trying to steal the queen's throne.. It's a mission that will pit Michael and Cin against each other for the first time, awakening their darkest instincts and testing their love like never before.
Cin is the very first witch turned vampire in history, and her powers are amazing. She is also an accomplished warrior, fighting beside her consort Michael. Cin and Michael and their friends Devlin and Justine are at Ravenworth Hall for their yearly two week vacation from travelling the world at the request of the High King of all vampires to hunt and destroy the vampires who break his law. Sadly, their rest is cut short when Drake, a Sentinel of the High Court, appears. Their orders are to go to Edinburgh, where the Queen of the Western Lands is rumored to be killing humans. Cin is wary of Drake at once, and there is bad blood between Michael and Drake. Drake keeps trying to entice Cin away from Michael, and makes certain Michael catches him and Cin in some compromising positions. This drives a wedge between Cin and Michael, and Cin has no idea how to heal the rift between them. It is possible that after a mere 13 years together, Michael doesn't trust her anymore?
In the mean time, they have to find out what is happening to Marrakesh. Cin just feels the Queen is being bewitched, but who is after her, or are they after the throne of the Western Lands? After all, the Queen is her husbands enforcer, and with her out of his life, can he hold his throne? After losing the wife he has loved for the last 600 years? The Righteous have to find out what is happening in Edinburgh, who are selling human bodies to the medical university, is it really the Queen? Are her most trusted luitenants behind it? Or is it really a ghost because no one can see the intruder, though Cin knows there is someone else in the palace.
When Cin is doubting the most, the Goddess Morrigan appears again, telling her she is her creation, her weapon, and Michael is created especially for her. She is doing the Goddess' work.
From the start I did suspect one person behind it all, and I was proven right. But the tale behind it was certainly worth telling. I liked the fact that Cin's werewolf friend made an important appearance in this story as well. There are a few very hot love scenes between Cin and Michael, but overal it is a fast paced action story. And in the end, they do marry, vampire style, though that is very seldomly done. After all, when you life almost forever, can you really expect to spend all that time being in love?
A historical paranormal romance I really like. Vampires in the 1800's. I am very eager to continue with the third book in the series, though I am reading two other books at the moment as well.