I've found a wonderful vampire romance series! The Rulers of Darkness series has lots of depth in both the characters and history. I enjoyed spending a couple days immersed in the world that Amanda J. Greene created. This is the fifth book in the series, but it stands well on its own as the author has added a glossary at the start.
In this installment we feel the pain of both the hero and heroine. Both are survivors of slavery. Our vampire hero was a blood slave thousands of years ago and our heroine is currently being held captive by an enemy faction. For the first part of the book we are taken on the hunt as Gabriel seeks to free Jordan. Once Jordan is freed the real falling in love happens. Gabriel has to come to grips with the knowledge that there is someone for him to love.
The main thing that made me love this book was paranormal world building. It was just so real and tangible. The vampire society was mapped out and it all was just so real and deadly. Amanda J. Greene knows how to make vampires believable.
Hardened by centuries of torture, former blood slave, Gabriel Erhard, is driven by an insatiable need to destroy his enemies. Violence darkens his battered soul, leaving no place for mercy in his world. Gabriel’s only desire is vengeance—until he finds her.
Seized by vampires, bound as a slave, and placed on the auction block, Jordan Culver is instantly entranced by the dangerous male who claims her. Jordan’s new captor vows to set her free, but his haunted gaze burns with savage desire and his wicked kiss makes her crave his touch and...complete surrender.
While Gabriel battles his enemies, he will break every sacred law to achieve his ultimate goal—uniting the Outcast Society and creating a new vampire Clan. But the distracting human with mesmerizing violet eyes jeopardizes his plans. With very soft whisper she evokes his tormented memories, testing his sanity and challenging his every boundary. Can Jordan help him overcome the miseries of his past and find a future with her?