Dark Lord of the Night by S.K. Ryder
Series: Dark Destinies #2
Also in this series: Dark Heart of the Sun
Published by Soul Mate Publishing, LLC on May 31st 2017
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The only thing standing between a new vampire and eternal darkness is the mortal woman who claims his heart.
Youngling vampire Dominic Marchant struggles to master his deadly instincts as he hunts the urban jungles of South Florida. He keeps his hunger confined to the blood of the guilty with help from Cassidy Chandler, a human woman who can literally touch his soul. Their love is his last remaining tether to humanity, which is tested beyond endurance when powerful forces from his past introduce him to terrifying new appetites he could never have imagined.
His efforts to protect Cassidy from the depravity overtaking him push their relationship to the brink of shattering. Refusing to give up on the man who is her heart, she takes an unthinkable gamble to save him. But is she fulfilling an ominous prophecy that ensnares them both? Or has she become just another pawn in a cunning game played by the five-thousand-year-old vampire who claims Dominic as his own?
Desperate to rescue her from a fate worse than death, Dominic strikes a perilous bargain with his greatest enemies only to face an impossible choice—embrace his darkest self . . . or destroy the woman he cannot live without.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
The Dark Lord of the Night unites the mortal and supernatural worlds. An unpredictable plot continues to build from the first book where we met Cassidy, a journalist trying to break through in her career and Dominic a newly turned vampire. Destiny and fate flow alongside the relationship they attempt to sustain under extreme adversity. The realities of what the future entails a constant reminder for them both.
It’s their love for each other that transcends the impossible. Her humanity sustains Dominic’s will to exist through the darkness of the beast who resides within him. His only hope is for their time together to be as long as possible.
Dominic swept me up in his charm from the moment he appeared in The Dark Light of the Sun. In this book though, he is called to face the darkest of his inner being, his sire. Grateful for his sire’s absence in his world, he was always alert, awaiting his imminent return. His pseudo mentor, Serge is constantly reassuring Dominic of his destiny through the cryptic visions he shares with him. As with most good counsellors, he merely encourages him to accept his gut instincts and search within for his answers.
This book took longer to read than the first. Both books are considerable in length compared to the majority eBooks I read and this one was especially steeped in detail. I have lost count of the number of times I yearned for a story to be fleshed out but in this instance it slowed the pace down considerably. Either it was the detail or the nature of the challenges being depicted that weighed down the plot this time.
The focus was on survival rather than their relationship. Each twist in the plot either enhanced or detracted from the hope they could coexist in peace. Their pasts both crossed over into each other, threatening every step they took. I missed the romance as it was pushed aside as the outside forces driven by interests that surpassed Cassidy and Dominic’s desire to be together. Love, passion and nurturing were all that remained to sustain their desire to push through the daunting challenges they faced.
While I enjoyed the story, I wished it would have been broken up into several books, rather than presented as one book. I read this book around others that were a lot faster paced. Each time I returned it required a lot of self-discipline to keep focused on the details essential to fully appreciating Dominic’s journey. I imagine there is more in store for Dominic and Cassidy. The final destiny heralds a new beginning rather than an end. You could easily step aside from the series at this point, but if it continues my hope is for more of the wit and angst I adored in the first book.
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