Written by: Alyxandra Harvey
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Released in Paperback and Hardcover
Synopsis: The action and romance continue as the Drakes face a new vampire with a 200-year-old grudge. It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.
The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.
This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan’s and Isabeau’s perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.
My Review: I absolutely love this series. It's full of love, romance with a very healthy dose of head-rolling action! This time around, our narrators are Logan - one of the seven newly-crowned princes Drake brothers; and Isabeau St. Croix - a Hound hell-bent on revenge. There wasn't enough Lucy and Nicholas for me but this new power couple is one-of-a-kind. Isabeau was born in the 18th century. She wore petticoats and attended real balls daily. Logan wears frilly and lacey "pirate shirts" and just looks like he's from the 18th century! These two were made for each other. I loved that Isabeau is french because it's one of my favorite languages and even though I can't speak it, it was fun to do the accent in my head while I read!
Isabeau was created and abandoned by her maker, left buried in a coffin for 200 hundred years. She was recovered by the Hounds and made princess. Her diplomatic duty to create trust between the Hounds and the new royal Drake family is complicated by her attraction to Logan. She's new to his lifestyle: like his brother dating a human and his sister dating a Helios-Ra, vampire hunter. They're destined to be together but first, Logan must prove himself worthy but only if Isabeau can accept his love.
Who Should Read This: This is a great paranormal-romance series. Perfect for young teens and big kids alike!
Look for Out For Blood, Drake Chronicles #3 coming out November 1, 2010!