Beyond The Darkness by Katie Reus
Series: Darkness #3
Also in this series: Darkness Awakened, Taste of Darkness, Guardians of Darkness
Published by KR Press on March 3, 2015
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Now that she has her freedom, she’s not giving it up.
Dragon shifter Keelin Petronilla spent centuries in forced hibernation dreaming of one thing: freedom. Now she’s living life on her terms—she’s ditched her clan for an unruly wolf pack, she tends bar for a half-demon, and she’s loving it…until a powerful supernatural being targets her. She intends to handle the mysterious attacks on her own…without the help of dragon Alpha Bran Devlin. Sure, he’s sexy in that hot, scowling possessive way, but Keelin wants to live her own life in her own way.
Now that he’s found his mate, he’s not letting her go.
Former black ops agent Bran Devlin is a born dragon Alpha and leader of a fierce clan. Getting mated was never part of his plan—until a feisty dragon princess gets under his skin in a big way. The hell of it is, she doesn’t want a mate; she just wants to have a good time. He plays along, but when a dark and powerful being marks her for death, he’s determined to stay by her side in spite of her protests. Now that he’s found his mate, he means to keep her safe no matter what the cost…even if he has to risk it all.
I just can’t get enough dragons!
Just like the previous books in the Darkness Series, there was tons to love about Beyond the Darkness. It had lots of action, oodles of feels, and was all kinds of sexy.
Bran had it going on, at least where I’m concerned. He’s a former black ops dragon and current leader of his clan. Due to a birth defect, I think he felt he had a lot more to prove than your average everyday dragon leader. I’m not sure why because he was one tough mofo and seemed to be doing just fine. Bran figured out early on what Keelin’s hang-ups were and was bent on showing her he saw her as an equal which had me all in for him.
Keelin was raised in an extremely sheltered way, to the point where her overprotective parents ended up seriously handicapping her. This didn’t make a lot of sense to me considering both her parents were renowned warriors. Keelin was determined to stand on her own two feet which I loved. Her cluelessness when it came to Bran though…not so much.
The steam factor was high and there was a lot of buildup to the chemistry between these two and when the fireworks hit, it was spectacular.
As much as I enjoyed Bran and Keelin’s story, the suspense is where things fizzled a bit for me. The antagonist was all kinds of evil yet he was clearly outmatched which was a bit disappointing. While the buildup was great, the ending was almost too easy.
My intrigue was spiked with the addition of gods and demigods (not that I really needed another reason to go all in on this series). There was scads of set up for Nyx and Bo’s story. It didn’t hijack Bran and Keelin’s story but added to it. With a Goddess of Chaos involved, I am looking forward to a fun ride.
Rating: 4 You Had Me At Dragon Stars
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