Title: Enduring Instincts
Author: S.J. Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Characters: Daniel, Ryunosuke, Titus and Andreas
Vampire Daniel Valente struggles to live on his own, now that his master, Titus Antonius Calidus, has found eternal love with another. Carrying mental and emotional scars, he lives in loneliness and feels as though he’s lost who he once was.
Ryunosuke Kimura has known Daniel for hundreds of years, and loved him for many of them. Even though he believes Titus is the only one Daniel wants to give his heart to, when he hears Daniel needs his support, he rushes to be with him.
With Ryu at his side, Daniel’s confidence returns, and with it, he sees the enduring love Ryu has always had for him. As they grow closer, new threats from old enemies arise, and if Daniel and Ryunosuke are to spend eternity together, they must first defeat the past
In this follow up to Natural Instincts S.J. Frost focuses on Daniel and Ryu and their story, as well as a tiny bit of Titus and Andreas’ relationship, and bringing in a few new characters I fell in love with almost from the start.
The story starts with Daniel being in the U.K. at the mansion on his own. If you recall he left Titus and Andreas simply because he felt left out, like the third wheel, and he needed to get over the fact that he’d never be Titus’ eternity mate. For Daniel this is hard, heart breaking, and for us, the readers it’s time. We all want to see Daniel find his mate and be happy, simply because he deserves it. Yes, he’s a sarcastic brat, but he’s a loving one and all he needs is someone who loves as hard as he loves, or wants to love. However, being alone in the U.K. is not the brightest of ideas he’s ever come up with. Alone in the country, scared of his own shadow is a set up for a bad scene.
Titus. Just let me say it one more time. Titus. This Vampire here is my ideal vamp and man. No doubt about it. In fact I wrote S.J. to see about putting one on order. Okay, back to the review. Titus and Andreas are doing fine, Andreas still hasn’t gone through the change of becoming a Vamp, and won’t in this story. This story is focused on Daniel and Ryu for the most part and told in Daniel’s POV. And then we meet some of the other characters from the first book as well. Troy and his lover Isaac, and some new, Niven and Vance, who all need their own stories IMO.
The war is still going on, the new vamps vs. the new however it’s nowhere near as intense until the new vamps take one of the old vamps and keep him a prisoner. It is during this that Daniel realizes he’s not as lost as he thought, nor is he lost, that vamp in all his glory is back with a vengeance. He stops running and faces his nemesis head on each and every time. I’ve come to love that one completely. I loved to see the relationship between Ryu and Daniel as well, and the interaction with Titus and Andreas, Ryu and Daniel is awesome. I just love the power in Titus’ words, his eyes, his actions, and how he takes complete charge and control of all the scenes he appears in. Ryu is a sweet vamp, very patient and he too has a sad past, as Daniel does.
I enjoyed reading about these vampires and I asked S.J. about a third book and she is working on that now! I just hope it’s about Titus and Andreas.
Reviewed By: Michele