Review: Afterlight by Elle Jasper

, by Kt Clapsadl

Afterlight by Elle Jasper
The Dark Ink Chronicles #1




Savannah's most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe, lives on the edge. Now she's put over the edge when her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by vampires. Her only ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, attracted to Riley's beauty and rare blood type. To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley faces dangers she's never dreamed of, ruthless bloodthirsty enemies, and an evil of endless hunger that wants to devour it all...





Riley Poe, a former junkie, cleaned up her act when her mother was murdered and Riley was left to raise her little brother, Seth. They lived a pretty normal life together until Seth got himself mixed up in some pretty major trouble. In the mess that follows, Riley's eyes get opened up to a whole world she never knew existed as well as some pretty shocking family secrets. She gets saddled with a sexy hunk of a protector. With the help of her protector and his family, it's up to Riley to rescue her brother before it's too late and he becomes lost to her forever.

Riley is a really awesome character. She is a tough as nails, no nonsense type of girl. I admire her strength and resolve to keep her life clean to raise her little brother. When he gets into trouble she never once hesitates to do what is necessary to save him, even when it means she has to return the life she left in the past. She also is very loyal to another great character, Nyx, her business partner. Nyx is a bubbly and fun character. She balanced out Riley's toughness with her own bouncing personality.

The attraction between Riley and her protector, Eli, is so incredibly strong. While they both spend a good portion of the book trying to deny it as he could be potentially lethal to her, it was obvious that it would only be a matter of time before they cracked. Be prepared for some pretty steamy scenes between the two. I think as the series goes on their relationship will really deepen, and his fierce protectiveness will only get even stronger. The progression in their relationship seemed realistic and I loved how neither of them could really resist the other at all. I hate a relationship where one character feels much stronger than the other, but that definitely wasn't the case in this book.

This book was a really great start to the series. I really love all of the characters, and the ending only promised so much more to come. All of the characters were really interesting and the plot flowed pretty well. The cover is absolutely stunning and I am really glad the story lived up to my expectations. I eagerly anticipate the next installment and more of Riley and Eli.

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