Taste of Darkness by Katie Reus
Series: Darkness #2
Also in this series: Darkness Awakened, Beyond The Darkness, Guardians of Darkness
Published by KR Press on July 24, 2014
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He spent more than a thousand years imprisoned in hell…
Drake is an ancient dragon shifter, one of the most powerful beings in existence, but a millennium trapped in utter darkness has left him ill-equipped for modern society. If it wasn’t for Victoria, the sweet female brave enough to befriend him, he’d be lost. She’s smart and gorgeous and everything he never dared dream of during his years of agonizing loneliness. He may not have anything to offer her, but one thing he knows for sure: he’d die to keep her safe.
Only to fall into the heaven of her touch.
Victoria is a wolf shifter, healer of the Stavros pack. She’s seen a lot, but she’s never met anybody quite like Drake, the fiery, fascinating shifter who can blaze through the skies unseen by mere mortals. He’s lost, dangerous, and the last male she should fall in love with, but the more time she spends helping him navigate modern life, the deeper—and hotter—their connection becomes. She’s thrilled when they finally locate his family, but reuniting with his people plunges them both into unimaginable danger. It’s a race against the clock trying to figure out who wants them dead and who they can trust, especially when the threat is closer than they ever imagined.
Oh Drake, how I love thee! Let me count the ways.
Drake definitely had a Taste of Darkness to him. His story is brutal and it’s a testament to the strength of his character that he didn’t turn feral and evil after all those years in hell. I found him resilient, loyal, and worthy. I can’t say he had an alpha personality but there was no doubt he could take care of business when needed so this did not bother me one little bit.
With no memory of his former self before he was sent to hell as a child, he is lost. Now that he’s escaped he’s part of the Stavropol wolf pack, but he doesn’t feel like he belongs. In hell for hundreds of years, it’s a whole new world for him and he has no idea what his part in it is. All he knows for sure is that Victoria is his mate but until he can offer her something and be able to take care of her he’s not claiming her.
Victoria is the completely sheltered but extremely powerful healer of the pack. Taken in after being abandoned as a child, she feels like the pack is still treating her like a little lost kid. They are suffocating her in their need to protect her. She knows Drake is her mate but wonders if he’ll ever claim her.
The relationship between Drake and Victoria isn’t very fast moving and let me go ahead and give you a virgin alert for both of them. Still, when all those ill-timed interruptions and all that heavy petting finally comes to fruition, they figure things out pretty fast and it’s HOT.
Neither of them realizes that Drake’s past is fixing to come knocking on their door. As his missing history unfolds, it becomes apparent he was betrayed by one of his own and they are now bound and determined to take Drake out before he remembers anything. During all this, we not only get to meet Drake’s family but other dragons too. This is freaking awesome because dragons just do it for me!
This was an emotional read with just the right amount of action and intrigue. I’m still in my paranormal happy place can’t wait to see what’s coming next.
Rating: 4.5 I Big Sexy Dragons Stars
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