By Dannika Dark
Seven series, book #1
Category: Paranormal Romance
Overall Rating: 4.3
- Captivation: 4.5
- Sizzle: 4.5
- Romance: 4
- Enjoyment: 4.5
- Literacy: 4
Book Description: Seven years ago, my world ended.
Seven years later, my new life began.
It’s been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother’s best friend shows up unexpectedly – a man she hasn’t seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he’s a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.
Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He’s lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi’s family. It’s time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?
Captivation: This story starts out a little slow but builds at a nice pace that keeps you wanting to read on without being too suspenseful.
Sizzle: The intimacy scenes in this one are fairly few except for some fantasies but the scenes that are there are pretty toe-curling.
Romance: The relationship between Lexi and Austin is an odd one. I’m still a little confused about initial separation, and the build of their dating relationship seemed to take forever, but it was still a neat story.
Enjoyment: I really like this book. Even with my confusion, I ended the book with a smile. The characters are interesting. The paranormal world Dark built in this series is interesting and fitting to the culture she creates.
Literacy: Standard editing apparent, a few errors that caused distractions, but otherwise pretty normal.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and the character building for all characters involved makes me want to keep reading without stop (who needs sleep), and hop right into the next! This book is on my read again shelf, no doubt!