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Jacob by Jacquelyn Frank

February 7th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Bought myself

Publication date: December 1, 2006

Publisher: Zebra

Series: Nightwalkers Book 1

Description from Goodreads.com: Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers – the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer…For 700 Years, He has resisted temptation. But not tonight…Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He’s heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers, or the curse of the moon, his control is total…until the moment he sees Isabella on a shadowy New York City street. Saving her life wasn’t in his plans. Nor were the overwhelming feelings she arouses in him. But the moment he holds her in his arms and feels the soft explosion of her body against his, everything changes. Their attraction is undeniable, volatile, and completely against the law. Suddenly everything Jacob has ever believed is inflamed by the heat of desire…Bring on the night.

I’ve had this one for I don’t even know how long.  It caught my eye at the book store but then got shelved on my to be read shelf and I just never got to it until after a conversation with a fellow book blogger.  She said she loved this author and I also found out she is going to be at the Romantic Times Convention that I hope to attend.  So off the shelf it came and I have now found a new series that I cannot wait to continue!

The World Building

When I read the synopsis I assumed it was going to be about vampires, one reason I held off on reading it since I was vampired out, but it turns out the Nightwalkers are actually demons.  What I loved about this concept was they weretn’ the evil, stereotypical demons with just a few members here or there who are redeemed by love of some special woman. Instead they are a species with their own culture, laws and families.  They do not rampage across the country murdering innocent humans.  There are only two days in which the nightwalkers are a real danger to humans and it’s not by choice that they end up harming anyone.  The Enforcer’s job is to prevent any of these incidents from happening and he is responsible for disciplining any of their people that attempt to harm a human being.  Talk about a whole new way of viewing demons.

The Characters

I loved Jacob’s character.  He’s a combination of macho, super strong male but he also has a vulnerability that he tries to hide from others, he’s lonely.  His role of enforcer causes those around him to always walk around with a slight fear and reservation that one day he will be called upon to punish them or their children.  He’s even faced with the fact that his own brother subconsciously fears him.  I love when a guy has a little bit of softness to him and admits it to himself from the beginning instead of trying to deny its obviousness.  His sense of humor as he teases Isabella is wonderful to see and makes you just love him all the more and want him to find that perfect partner.

Isabella is also a great female heroine in her own right.  First off she’s a librarian!  Plus she is an interesting mix of shy, soft heartedness and her irreverent thoughts makes you laugh as you read what she is thinking.  As she comes into her own powers she also becomes totally kick ass and I love that although Jacob is madly in love with her until in a lot of other romance stories he does not try to lock her up and keep her away from the fight.  He acknowledges that she will be able to hold her own and in some cases can even do a better job than himself.

The Story Line

There is a little bit of everything for the paranormal lover in this series.  Demons, druids, necromancers, etc.  The story started off a little slow for me but that may have been because I was sleep deprived but by halfway through I could not read fast enough.  I kept wanting to turn the pages faster and faster to find out what happened and yet wanted to savor some of the great one liners and the little details about the nightwalker world.  The nightwalkers aren’t an entirely peaceful race.  They have had epic wars with the druids that have had devastating consequences as well as another war with the necromancers that decimated a great number of the nightwalkers.  Both wars are coming back to haunt them as a new group of necromancers are hunting them and the nightwalkers find that the druids might actually be their salvation.  This book definitely starts to set up future story lines that leave you wanting to pick up the next book right away.  Definitely a fun new series to add to my list.

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