Darkness Rising by Katie Reus
Series: Darkness #9
Also in this series: Darkness Awakened, Taste of Darkness, Beyond The Darkness
Published by KR Press on June 4, 2019
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From USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus comes the final story in the sensual, pulse-pounding Darkness series…
When a bringer of death…
Awakened after millennia, dragon warrior Reaper is ready to fulfill his destiny…until he sees Greer. With one glimpse, everything Reaper has ever known throughout his very long life is irrevocably changed. Greer’s his mate, he feels it in his blood, in his soul—but convincing her is another matter. The dragon clan healer finds him obnoxious and annoying, but he knows a woman’s interest when he smells it. And Greer smells like one word: mine.
Meets a giver of life…
Greer has spent hundreds of years using her healing abilities for the good of others, making her the polar opposite of Reaper. The ferocious war general may be an ancient, but his arrogance proves he hasn’t spent any of that time learning about women. Greer is displeased when her Alpha sends her to New Orleans with the insufferable warrior—then she sees him in action against a menace threatening to tear the city apart. Fierce, protective, magnificent…mate-worthy. Except he’s hiding something from her. Something dark and devastating that could destroy their newly forged bond. Maybe opposites do attract, but if they want to live long enough to find out, they’ll first have to save the world teetering on the brink of obliteration.
Author note: This is the final book in the Darkness series and can be read as a stand-alone.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
It’s always a bittersweet feeling when I open up the last book in a favorite series and start reading. I get invested in the characters of my go to series and think of them as old friends. I have high hopes that they’ll be left secure in their worlds with hard times just a memory. This means that last book in a series has a lot to live up to. Well, Ms. Reus took my expectations for Darkness Rising and spectacularly blew them out of the water and I loved every second of it. Seriously, as I write this, I’m listening to REM’s End Of The World As We Know It and it fits perfectly for the mood this book left me in.
Now, I did get some of the things I hoped for like lots of action and suspense, a super hot dragon hero, a strong heroine, and super sexy chemistry that blows the roof off. I expected a bittersweet experience with a sweet ending and lots of shifter babies, especially dragon-shifter ones, and I got that too. But in the middle of all this, everything went to hell in a handbasket and I got so much more.
I freaking loved every delicious inch of Reaper. An ancient known as the Dragon of War, he was one stubborn, obnoxious, perfectly growly alpha dragon. Since he’d been asleep for eons, he was also endearingly clueless at times, not that he ever admitted it. He actually took it all in stride.
Greer turned out to be one surprisingly badass healer entirely capable of holding her own with alpha dragons, especially ancient ones. Reaper drove her crazy in so many ways, but mostly because she wanted the sexy as all get out grump despite how obnoxious he was. This made for some fun dynamics that were a delight to read.
Yes, that bittersweet ending I expected got blown out of the water, but it gave me so much more! Goodbyes are hard, but this wasn’t that and that’s all I’m saying on the matter. Wait, I take that back. Prepare to get your socks blown off. There is sadness and tragedy when things take that turn, but for the last book in a series, it sure left us with so many possibilities.
5 Totally Unexpected Stars
About The Author
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.
However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.
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