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Friday, February 5, 2016

"Darkness Awakened" (Katie Reus) ★★★★


From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Katie Reus, the first story in her Darkness series: Darkness Awakened. 

Years ago he ended things between them to protect her… 

As leader of one of the fiercest werewolf packs in the south, Finn Stavros is in full battle mode 24/7. He has no choice—he’s one of the few beings strong enough to fight the Akkadian demons, whose mysterious escape from hell threatens the entire world. With the battle turning bloodier by the second, Finn is ready for anything…until his vampire long lost love shows up on his doorstep in desperate need of his help, sending his heart into a tailspin. He agrees to help her, unaware that she carries a shocking secret that will turn his life upside down. 

This time, he’s not letting her go… 

Vampire Lyra Marius curses the day she met Finn. The ruthless werewolf promised to love her forever, but he rejected her instead—before she could share her life altering news. Pregnant, kicked out of her coven, and cast aside by the love of her life, Lyra struggled to raise their rare shifter-vampire daughter Vega alone among humans. When the 16-year-old is kidnapped and used to fulfill a frightening prophecy, Lyra swallows her pride and turns to Finn for help. But how long can she fight her feelings for him and keep him from guessing the truth about who Vega really is? As they race against the clock to save their daughter, they must defeat the lethal threat imposed by demons infiltrating the human world and a hell gate that could not only reveal their existence to mankind, but destroy the world in the process. 

Books in Darkness series: 
Darkness Awakened, #1 
Taste of Darkness, #2 
Beyond the Darkness, #3 



"Darkness Awakened" by Katie Reus.  This is a paranormal romance that I found to be well written and full of suspense and love.  I really liked Finn, our Hero.  He's a wolf shifter that is strong and powerful, yet his dedication to his one true love is beyond belief.  Who wouldn't want to be loved by Finn?  Lyra is a strong and powerful vampire that has raised her daughter on her own.  Despite being independent, she, too, needs the strength of her true love to get through a trying time.  The story is filled with suspense - who done it? where is Vega? Will Finn and Lyra get their HEA?  Ms. Reus keeps the reader involved with descriptive scenes and emotional and heart felt dialogue.  I would have liked to have seen a touch more between Finn and Lyra - when secrets are revealed, Finn accepted things a bit too easily for me - I would have thought there would have been a bit more drama in that respect.  But it still worked well.  Overall, I enjoyed this tale by Ms. Reus and look forward to the rest of the series.  (received copy from NetGalley for honest review)


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