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The Hunger (Companion, #2) chapter 1 The Hunger (Companion, #2) , meaning The Hunger (Companion, #2) , genre The Hunger (Companion, #2) , book cover The Hunger (Companion, #2) , flies The Hunger (Companion, #2) , The Hunger (Companion, #2) 9a528e3961637 Discover A Realm Where Anything Is Possible Where Peril And Passion Collide Where A Woman Is Tempted By A Man She Wants But Can Never Have A Man She Could Destroy With Just One Kiss Discover THE HUNGER An Undeniable Desire The Year Is , And Vampire Beatrix Lisse Has Spent Six Hundred Years Trying To Atone For Her SinsYet She Can T Forget The One Man She Loved Many Centuries Ago Until She Meets John Staunton, The Earl Of Langley John Is London S Most Notorious Rogue, But He Sees An Innocence In Beatrix That She No Longer Believed Existed But Beatrix Can T Bring Herself To Reveal Her True Nature To John, Even After They Surrender To Their Fierce Passion It S Only After John Abandons Beatrix That She Learns He Has A Secret Of His Own Leads To Love That Burns Eternal An Undercover Spy For England, John S Mission Is To Find Out Who Is Behind The Sudden Shift In Power In The French Government If He Allows Himself To Get Too Close To Beatrix, John Knows He Ll Put Her Life In Danger But As John Gets Closer To Completing His Mission, The Very Person He Seeks Is None Other Than Beatrix S Centuries Old Rival With The World Unraveling Around Them, John And Beatrix Unite To Fight A Nemesis Whose Fury Has No Limit Even As Their Unquenchable Passion Grows Dangerous By The Day

10 thoughts on “The Hunger (Companion, #2)

  1. says:

    I was excited to read this after loving the first book in this series, The Companion I did not like this one nearly as much I liked Beatrix in the first book, but in this one, she has vampire depression and is suicidal She has lost all joy in life and feels that everything has become repetitive She is ready to go to the vampire version of Alcoholics Anonymous, a monastery where vampires take the vow of not drinking any blood , meditate, and live an ascetic life forever Then she meets John.John is a spy I m not quite sure why they even started liking each other John was convinced she was the type of woman he didn t like Beatrix thought he was different and interesting, not like the foppish young men who regularly fawned over her So I can kind of see why SHE would be interested but not him There was a strange mix of insta lust and insta hate So they trade thinly veiled barbs and some banter and eventually hook up Then stuff happens.THE BIG MISUNDERSTANDING.Of course, they don t talk and straighten things out until the end Sigh They are always having inner dialogue about how much they like the other, even maybe LURVE, but of course, it just cannot be They can t be together Why Because they just make up dumb reasons to justify their self doubt.And there is a LOT of it in this book For two people who are supposedly older and experienced and strong and independent, they turn into simpering angsty whiners as soon as they find someone they like.There are lots of flashbacks of Beatrix in her younger years She is kind of a wallflower under her bravado and false confidence And then she turned into a damsel in distress, which is not something I want to see a 600 year old female vampire be John was annoying after he finds out about vampires He has very black and white thinking Although he does go through some crazy traumatic events in this So far, both male characters in this series have been view spoiler raped and beaten repeatedly hide spoiler

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    Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestI loved THE COMPANION so much that I immediately set out to buy the next book in the series after finishing it How could I not THE COMPANION had everything I love in a vampire romance novel it was dark, it was erotic, the hero and the heroine were likable and intelligent and had great chemistry It was amazing.THE HUNGER is a very different beast.The hero, John, is a spy for England investigating Napoleon Bonaprte s activities in France The heroine, Beatrix, is a vampire who has grown weary with her life We meet Beatrix in The COMPANION as well, but she is much vibrant there than here In backstories, we learn that she was basically Asharti s adoptive sister, and that their guardian was a vampire named Stephan who traversed the boundary between guardian and lover.John is very jaded with women and thinks they re all a bunch of simpering tricksters, but is attracted to Beatrix despite himself Beatrix finds his defiance bemusing, and sees him as a human enigma They don t have the deep connection that the two leads of the previous book had theirs is a physical attraction that inexplicably morphs into love when it s convenient for the plot.There were some good portions in this book I liked Beatrix s flashback scenes, and that scene when John is thrown on a prison boat was good As with the previous book, the male lead is sexually abused and tortured by Asharti, which gives this vampire novel of a horror flavor than many of its contemporary brethren Some of the abuse scenes are very graphic There s a final confrontation scene that s pretty dramatic, and was the only time I actually felt anxious for the characters.I m sorry to say that I didn t much care for THE HUNGER as a whole I found myself skimming large swaths of it, wishing I were reading something else It was much, much longer than it needed to be There were definitely times when I was asking myself when it was going to end I m intrigued by the sequel, THE BURNING, which no longer appears to be sold in the Kindle store It s the only book in the series that isn t available for individual sale, and I wondered if maybe that racy and gritty summary had something to do with it I hope not, since that s what made me want it in the first place.Unless THE BURNING is published again, I think I might just stop at book two.1.5 to 2 stars

  3. says:

    Well worth every one of the 4 stars This is the second book in the Companion Series but takes place before the story of The Companion so I guess you could read them in either order In this book we follow Beatrix who we first meet in the Companion and John, we also learn about Asharti This story takes place during the time of the Napoleonic Wars and has it s fair share of espionage John is a spy who undertakes a dangerous mission which ultimately leads to his capture by the blood sucking sex addicted Asharti, he suffers grealy whilst in her enthrall being subjected to various degrading experiences and when he assumes all to be lost is rescued by Beatrix who he has had a liason with whilst assuming her to a virtueless courtesan.Beatrix Lisse is born vampire, she has lived for 700 years and whilst one time sister i to Asharti she has long since parted from the evil influence of the made vampire Beatrix is slowing losing her will to function in the human vampire world and is questioning her existence, that is until she meets John who awakens her mind and stirs something she long believes to be lost Beatrix is no courtesan this is a front to enable her to function as vampire in the human world When John walks out on her Beatrix is hurt until she starts to piece together all the little things about him and soon she realizes who he is, she sets out to find him with devistating cost to herself.Despite the misunderstanding regarding the basis of their relationship I didn t find it interfered with the story John has his own personal issues and so his conflicting feelings for Beatix are well grounded, Beatrix is not without distrust herself, an earlier relationship in which she felt wronged has led her not put too much stock in men.However the two are entwined and cannot help but fall in love A great read for anyone loving regency romance with intrigue I keep comparing this series so far to Sylvia Day and vampires The vampire world created by SS is unique and flows well with the story around which it is included The sex scenes are hot and despite Asharti being clearly unbalanced SS manages to write an exquiste form of torture where Ashartis involvment is included in the story.

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    Reviewed for THC Reviews The Hunger was another wonderful read in the Companion series Now that I ve read and loved three stories from this series, I m even baffled as to why it doesn t get higher ratings and why I don t hear about this talented author Ms Squires deftly combines an intense plot with well drawn characters and an emotional romance She is also good at setting a scene with her descriptive narration and even throws in real historical figures as background characters and weaves historical facts seamlessly into the plot Everything just came together to create yet another story of hers that will be going on my keeper shelf.Beatrix is a vampire who is over seven hundred years old She is a rare vampire who was born rather than being made, which is something I d like to know about and hope the author explores further in future books of the series She never knew her father and her mother was very distant while she was growing up, eventually abandoning her at the age of fourteen, about the time that born vampires transition With no one to guide her through that formative period, Beatrix became animalistic, killing indiscriminately to survive, until Stephan Sincai came along and taught her another way to live Stephan was an excellent mentor, and Beatrix fell in love with him for his kind and gentle ways They eventually became lovers, but he ended up hurting Beatrix, causing her to run away with her sister Asharti Following in the conscienceless Asharti s footsteps, Beatrix returned to her bestial self, allowing her bloodlust and sexual desire to intermingle into an insatiable hunger For a century, she repeatedly broke the vampire rules until something inside her snapped She realized what she was doing was wrong and that she couldn t live that way any longer For the past six hundred years, she has fashioned a well honed persona as a much sought after courtesan This supplies her with the blood she needs to survive, but she has remained celibate, believing that if she allows herself to experience sexual pleasure, she will lose control again Beatrix takes only what she needs and leaves her donors alive with pleasant memories of ecstatic love making, which only adds to her allure Despite being adored by men, she feels very much alone in the world and has become apathetic about life Lately, nightmares and memories of her past with Stephan and Asharti doggedly haunt her too until she can neither sleep nor eat and feels like she might go mad Then the intriguing John Staunton comes into her life She knows she shouldn t get too close and should treat him like all her other paramours, but something about John sparks her interest in a way she hasn t felt for a very long time When John leaves on a spy mission, she thinks he s thrown her over for a mere prize fight, but she still misses him deeply John is like a light to her darkened soul When he returns, she cannot resist him, but their happiness is short lived, as John must immediately go on another mission even dangerous than the first Beatrix was incredibly intelligent to figure out that John was a spy and then investigate, following the trail of breadcrumbs to figure out where he was, as well as very brave to go after him I greatly enjoyed having a role reversal in which the heroine saves her hero from the clutches of the evil villain, but he does get the opportunity to pay her back.John had his tender heart broken years ago, when he was just a callow youth, by two women, one of whom merely used him for sex This relationship ended up being humiliatingly scandalous As a result, he became promiscuous for a time but now has no enthusiasm for sexual encounters even though he has carefully cultivated a rakish reputation as a cover for his spy activities In part because of his past, John felt he had nothing to lose and so became a volunteer spy for his country, risking life and limb With all the appalling things he s experienced as both a spy and in his personal life, John has become cynical and jaded and disdains women, but when he meets Beatrix, something about her makes him believe that she might be different from the other women he s known Throughout the ordeal of his first mission on the prison hulk, thoughts of Beatrix are what kept him going, even though he didn t think anything would ever come of their relationship And yet, when he finally escaped, he was compelled by his heart to risk her rejection and finally complete his previous engagement with her It doesn t entirely go as planned though, so he leaves on the second leg of his mission with another wounded heart John goes after Asharti, not knowing that she is a powerful vampire, and ends up as her prisoner, suffering unspeakable horrors at her hand, which are not for the faint of heart Even though he believes that Beatrix no longer cares about him, his memories and fantasies of her, again, are what keep him sane throughout his ordeal, but unfortunately, even after being rescued, there are challenges for him to face before he can find true happiness John was yet another hero in this series who is a deeply tortured soul.Together, Beatrix and John make the perfect couple Over the years, both have become soul wearied to the point that nothing excites them any Each of them recognizes that the other is keeping secrets and that intrigues them, stirring their interest into wanting to uncover those secrets and learn about each other In the beginning, these two engage in a stimulating battle of wits and wills, resulting in an exquisite dance of intellectual seduction Both Beatrix and John are perceptive enough to read between the lines and understand things that were never said in so many words It s like they intuitively know what the other is thinking or feeling Their communication goes far beyond mere words to encompass looks, touches, shared interests, and even actions Unfortunately, due to both of them carrying deep wounds from betrayal and abandonment by those they loved, they, at one point, unintentionally hurt each other with their words and deeds, when all they were really doing was engaging in subconscious self preservation Yet, their actions in risking their lives to save each other spoke volumes as to their love Beatrix and John were quite simply made for each other and share a rare and beautiful connection of body, mind and soul.Every good villain has a good backstory, and it is in this book that we learn Asharti s All the new information that was added to her character here is very intriguing She s not merely the villainous vampire queen we first met in The Companion Prior to being made vampire, she lived in the Middle East during the Middle Ages She was very much a product of the time in which she was born and the fact that she was a woman on the wrong side in the Crusades She witnessed many atrocities perpetrated against her people and was herself abused As a result, when she became vampire, she vowed she would always be in control and never let anyone do things like that to her again In many ways, her beginnings shaped the person she has become, although there may have been some natural underlying tendencies toward evil that were there all along and were awakened by her experiences Instead of trying to heal and move on from all she suffered, Asharti became bitter, vengeful and sadistic She no longer feels empathy for anyone and is a classic case of an abused person becoming the abuser.Stephan is a fascinating character too He is a very powerful and very old vampire, possibly thousands of years In an effort to prove to the vampire council that born and made vampires are equal and that made vampires shouldn t be killed, especially if they were turned against their will, he mentored both Beatrix and Asharti He tried to teach them how live by the vampire rules and that they didn t have to kill in order to survive However, some of the things he did in his efforts to prove his point ended up breaking Bea s heart badly Stephan is definitely one of the good guys, but his good intentions with Beatrix and Asharti went horribly awry As a result, it appears he has been torturing himself for his responsibility in what they became, and I don t think he has ever quite stopped loving Beatrix either I ll be quite interested to see him get his HEA ending in the next book, The Burning.Even though The Hunger was written and published after The Companion, the events in the story predate it chronologically Some readers may not find the ending of the book entirely satisfactory, but knowing that the story occurred before The Companion, I wasn t overly bothered by it I already knew that Asharti would live to terrorize another day, and it does explain how she came to be in the Sahara Desert in that book Overall, I thought this was a great read I love how Susan Squires challenges me as a reader Her prose is very rich, dense and intelligently written, so than I typically see in romance, which is perhaps the reason her books don t get higher ratings I sometimes find myself reading her books a bit slower than I usually do just to pick up on all the nuances of her writing style She has obviously researched her time period and settings quite well too, occasionally even throwing in a little period vernacular, all elements that I can appreciate I ve really fallen in love with Ms Squires writing style and can t wait to continue the series.Note The sensual scenes between the hero and heroine are only moderately steamy, but in Beatrix s flashbacks of her time with Asharti, she engaged in some pretty racy Bacchanalian pleasures that are somewhat explicitly described but tastefully so, in my opinion There is also a brief discussion of a character having engaged in an incestuous relationship Sensitive readers should be forewarned that there are some explicit scenes of physical and sexual violence as well.

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    Rated 4 Stars

  6. says:

    I feel like I missed something here Everything says that this is book 2 in the Companion Series, but it reads like it should be book 1 The set up and the story is set just before book 1, the evil Asharti, who we met in Book 1, is here again, but as we know her final fate and what happens here is hinted at in Book 1, there was no real suspense, plus we knew that the main character would survive her ordeal Unsure of whether this is a mistake or I am just not seeing it Anyway, I found myself skipping over all the flashbacks in this book i was just not interested at all in the sexual exploits of a nasty piece of work and how that would affect the peace of mind of the main character I preferred the events happening in the present, which is what I read, and enjoyed, and found that I didn t really need those flashbacks at all To me, this says get rid of them If they don t affect the story, they aren t needed, and when you come right down to it, this is a paranormal romance set in the Regency era, and that is what we want to read about, not about some sexually deviant vampire and her lust for power in the middle ages And again with the humiliation of the male lead with rape and buggery I m beginning to see a theme If I see this again in the third book I may have to give up The only thing making me continue on is the characterisation of the male leads It continues to be one of the strengths of this author Hopefully the next book won t have these horrendously long flashbacks but I am not holding my breath.

  7. says:

    This is the story of Beatrix At a reception in her London salon she is torn from her boredom life weariness by John Langley They get involved into an arguments, but quickly realize that they are fascinated by each John has to go on a spy mission smuggling himself onto a brutal prison ship Only the thought of Beatrix makes him survive his mission After his escape he decides to see her again The two spend a night of love but in the morning he tells her that he is leaving again She is disappointed, but pretends not to be offended, which in turn offends him.At the next espionage mission he falls into the hands of Asharti, who treats him with her usual SM methods in a castle in France Beatrix saves him, accidentally he becomes infected with her blood and leaves her because he hates to be a vampire But when Beatrix is captured he is doing everything to rescue herAn adventure story, a love story with two strong characters and a little bit of SM The slow approach of John and Beatrix is well written There is no sudden change from I hate her him to I can not live without her him Besides, both are really equal He saves her, but she saved him first A draw

  8. says:

    This book was recommended to me by Vampire Don Henrie who is a live person I met over the radio when I interviewed him his manager some years ago over an online radio broadcast Don Henrie was not one to do a direct interview and so hung in the background while it was going on He answered questions through his manager Sarah Lester You can see him on the TV show MAD MAD HOUSE He claims to be a real vampire and does drink blood.Anyways, Don Henrie said this book, THE HUNGER , was his favorite vampire love novel, so I gave it a go to see what it was all about It s a well written novel, date set from like the 1100 s until the 1800 s If you like vampires, romance, evil vs bad and can handle a bit of mature sexual scenes here and there, including some blood and gut scenes too, you ll like this book I didn t rate it a 5 because it s a not a novel I d want to read again I enjoyed the story, but it s not a story I would just love to read again.

  9. says:

    I didn t hate this book but I also wasn t so captivated by it that I had to keep reading until it was finished In fact, I had to force myself at times to keep reading which doesn t happen too often This is the first book that I have read from this author and when I found out it was book 2 I couldn t believe that there was to this story than what I just read and wasn t compelled to read the 1st or 3rd books It was well written but it just wasn t so me.

  10. says:

    Brilliant readThis was another brilliant read, although I m thinking I should of read this book before book 1 as the mad, demented vamp Asharti is still alive and its set a few years before the first book The book has graphic scenes of torture and rape and also detailed sex scenes so if your squeamish and not over 18 then this maybe is not the book for you Looking forward to book 3

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