Title: Darkness Awakened (Darkness, #1)
Author: Katie Reus
Publisher: Katie Reus
Release Date: November 3, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC received from Author
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.
What is your favorite paranormal being? Vampires? Werewolves? Demons? Dragons? Katie Reus has all of those in her latest paranormal romance titled Darkness Awakened. I don’t read a lot of paranormal romance but am always pleasantly surprised how much I enjoy it when I am reading one. Darkness Awakened is an against all odds love story where a vampire and werewolf shifter are brought back together after seventeen years because their daughter has been kidnapped. In their world vampires and werewolves don’t mix. I love the suspense element that comes with paranormal romance as it brings a whole new level to the story.
We meet Finn and Lyra in Darkness Awakened. Let me tell you, Finn is one badass alpha. He gets things done and is well respected by his pack. Lyra is a vampire who was kicked out of her coven and has raised a daughter, Vega, on her own for the past 16 years. When Lyra comes to Finn for help, he can’t say no because it is Lyra, the love of his life. He doesn’t know the huge secret she is keeping from him, though and I think Katie planned the right time for it to come out.
Darkness Awakened is a fast paced, action packed story that will grab you from page one and it doesn’t let up until the very end. Just when you think the climax has hit and the book is about over, something else happens. I love that about stories – the many adventures a reader goes on along with the characters. I found the love story to be believable because Finn and Lyra made finding Vega their focus and even if they haven’t stopped loving one another, they know when it is a good time to show affection for one another and when to keep things on the task at hand.
Katie did a great job of the intimacy. It was sprinkled among Finn and Lyra’s thoughts and little actions here and there throughout the story. Sometimes paranormal romances play on the primal instincts and can throw in sex scenes when they don’t make sense. The ones in Darkness Awakened were at the right time and went along with the story. I really liked some of the secondary characters and it will be interesting to see which characters are featured in the next story. If you like your paranormal romance full of suspense and an unlikely love story, I recommend you try Darkness Awakened. It is a great start to a new series!
Reviewed by: Amy R.