Darkness Awakened by Katie Reus
Series: Darkness #1
Published by Self-published on November 3, 2013
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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.
Wow! What an awesome beginning to a paranormal series. This has magic, demons, wolves, vampires, and even a freaking dragon. We just need a fae or two to round things out, but who knows, they may show up in later books. Darkness Awakened is loaded with suspense, angst, and action and it was so sexy I think my windows steamed up. It even had a second chance romance with a secret child in it and there was a damned good reason for the secret. Heck yes!
Finn is a wolf, Lyra is a vampire. Years ago they fell in love, a forbidden relationship that ended badly, especially for Lyra. Exiled with a child on the way she not only survived, she raised a wonderful, strong, teenage daughter, Vega, who is a bit too headstrong for her own good. Now she’s been kidnapped and Lyra is desperate so she turns to her last resort, Finn to help her find Vega before it is too late.
I loved Finn. He’s all kinds of alpha hot. With all the history that had gone down between them, he had his work cut out for him, especially when he figured out who Vega was to him. I liked Lyra too, though I questioned some of her decisions, especially the one about when to tell Finn Vega was his.
My only issues were that with the amount of world building needed the depth of the characters suffered a tad bit. I would have liked more of Finn and Lyra’s early history especially considering how much of a role their shared history played in Vega’s disappearance. I also wanted more information about Lyra’s coven and fellow vampires.
I loved getting to know Finn’s pack mates and don’t get me started on Drake. I cannot freaking wait to read his book and will be starting it ASAP! This has all the hallmarks of a series I’m going to devour. Needless to say, I’m in my paranormal happy place and with five more books to read, I plan on staying here awhile.
Rating: 4 Wolves, Vampires, and Dragons Oh My! Stars
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