Of Love and Darkness
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy, Shifters
Release Date: June 24, 2015
Publisher: Soul Mates Publishing
Word Count: 60k
My Rating: 4.0
OF LOVE AND DARKNESS kicks off the new Twisted Fate shape-shifter series. There are two kinds of shifters: Rakshasa and Light Ones. Rakshasa want to snack on human bones. Light Ones want to protect the humans.
Unfortunately, the Rakshasa are currently winning the battle, as the Light Ones are not fertile. Only one type of Light One, exceedingly rare females called Chala, are able to produce offspring. The Rakshasa know this, and have managed to nearly decimate the population.
Enter Gavin Rowan, a cursed Rakshasa who believes he is a Light One. He feels all his Rakshasa urges to kill, but has been cursed to protect the Light Ones instead.
Throw Sydney Amataya into the mix. She is a Chala– except she doesn't know it. At least not until Gavin saves her from a Rakshasa attack and then declares her as his mate.
But that’s not how Sydney operates. Encouraged by her cross-dressing Fate, William, she refuses Gavin’s claim. If he wants to mate with her–once she gets over the shock of discovering this supernatural world, that is–he's going to have to woo her, impress her, wine and dine her. Romance her. She deserves no less, end of the world be damned.
My Take on the Book:
:Sigh: I don’t exactly know what I expected or how I felt about this book. There was both too little and too much going on. And while I do love a good alpha male read, I don’t like when it’s too overbearing. With that said, in my opinion there were too many Alpha male overturns and times where I was overwhelmed and felt like the machismo was being forced down my throat.
I felt that while the story was good & entertaining it was missing something, making it lack that spark that I was expecting when I read the synopsis.
I don’t know if it’s a series I’ll lose myself in but I’ll reserve judgement till I’ve read book 2. There are plenty of stronger follow up for me to know that I should always give the series until the end of book 2.
Now while there was a lot I wasn’t really feeling about this read, there was a lot I enjoyed. I liked a lot of the characters and their personifications. I enjoyed the theme and I even liked the romance. I did like Sydney’s independence and strength but she was also too trusting and that rubbed me the wrong way so while I enjoyed the romance and I liked Gavin and Sydney together, I don’t think I like the characters separately. So major kudos to Ms. Lund for her ability to make me root for a couple like Sydney and Gavin. I even had some really heart wrenching moments while reading this book.
On a completely positive note, I liked the writing style and felt that while there was a lot of information, that it was written in a very clear and direct way. The story was easy to envision which is a definite plus. I'm also a really big fan of the cover. :D
Give this book a try if you’re looking for a quick shifter romance read. While I’m still on the fence about my feelings, I genuinely feel it’s a book a lot of readers will enjoy. It has action, romance and rivalries. But most importantly is the lack of a dreaded love triangle!
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Tami Lund likes to live, love, and laugh, and does her best to ensure the characters in her books do the same. After they've overcome a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles first, of course.
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