‘Embrace The Darkness’ (Guardians of Eternity #2) by Alexandra Ivy

embrace the darkness (2)“You are destined to be a thorn in my side for all of eternity.”

I’d suggest this roughly sums up the book.

We met both of the main characters in book one of this series. Viper is the almighty clan leader and Shay is a half human/demon. To be precise she is a Shalott, which makes her blood irresistible to all vampires.

Viper buys her at a slave market… I know romantic right. However there is a ‘big bad’ trying to take Shay for their own use. So they slowly fall in love, along with the necessary kidnapping, torture and killing of ‘big bad’.

The story is predictable but written well and is fast paced. It’s one of the reasons I am enjoying this series. Action, paranormal and romance all in one, with neither of them outweighing the other.

Viper is swoon worthy in that dangerous Mr.Grey way.

However I think the better character here is Shay. She’s a strong willed, independent and brave woman who can put Viper and other vampires in their place. I liked that and I hope to see more of her in the series.

But prize for the best character in the book goes to Levet. A gargoyle. He’s great, a little nutty but is a great side-kick for Shay.

2 books into a series and I am happy to continue further down the rabbit hole with these characters.

My Rating 4/5.

 

‘The Con Artist’ by Kitty Thomas

con artistHoly cow! This book is intense.

It’s the darker side of a BDSM relationship and there is definitely no happy ending for these characters.

It’s full on that’s for sure and the book/author and most reviews carry with it a warning that this is not for the faint hearted or someone looking for a ‘fifty shades of grey’ story line. Trust me the “Master” in this story is not going to start doing flowers and romance anytime soon.

But I think that’s the point of this story there is no true hope for any of these characters and this shows what it is truly like to be owned, to be a┬áslave and to have your soul cut away slowly.

It’s not the sexual aspects of this book that will stay with you long after you have finished it but the emotional turmoil that Saskia (‘the slave’) goes through. You watch her slowly lose her self and become an extension of Quill (‘the master’) and even Marcus to a certain extent.

Kitty Thomas has written a great book here. Yes its graphical at times but she has that amazing ability to see both the physical and emotional side of the whole thing. I will give another one of her books ago for sure. However I think I will need to read several less intense books before I tackle another one. Too much darkness and even I might starting saying ‘yes sir’.

My rating is 4/5

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