Tuesday, August 26, 2014

eBook review: Taste of Darkness

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.

Hey so remember that guy that just suddenly appeared from the portal to Hell that helped to save Vega's life, got all growly in regards to anyone coming near her or Victoria and in general was just awesome from DARKNESS AWAKENED?  Drake, his name is Drake.  Its important to remember that Vega called him that but he doesn't remember himself so later when you find out his real name file away the tidbit about Vega being awesome cool.

Can we have a YA paranormal where Vega is off being awesome and snickering behind her parents' backs because she's a bit smarter then they are?  

Oh. Right back to the book.  

I really liked the dynamic between Victoria and Drake.  Its been four months since he was released from Hell and its been a learning curve for them all.  He's got amnesia, very protective urges towards Vega (the daughter of the Wolf Alpha that adopted him into the family more or less) and Victoria (though its just as much possessive as anything else) and is having a hard time trying to find his "niche" in the world.  Especially since maybe he's the only one of his kind. And you know that's a problem because he's been having these really weird feelings towards Victoria and there's glowing sometimes...

Oh. Um yeah...

It made sense that Drake was protective of Vega as if she was his own blood kin.  She helped release from Hell, she protected him when she didn't need to and she fought for him.  Victoria is a little more insta!love, but as he explains he didn't want to jump the gun with her.  He knew she was his mate from the first moment, but he also knew that he had a lot to learn in this brand new world and didn't want to come to her empty-handed.  

Unlike DARKNESS AWAKENED Reus sets up at least two other romances to build stories around and at least one other I wouldn't mind happening but I'm patient while still focusing centrally on Victoria and Drake.  I enjoyed watching their courtship unfold amidst Drake's recovery of his life.  And while I call a bit of shenanigan's that an entire race could hide as well as the dragons could for the thousands of years that they have, I was curious to see more of their way of life vs. the Wolves.

I was surprised by the identity of He Who Betrayed Drake (ugh I really disliked this dude), but I was just as happy it didn't turn out to be who I thought it might be (and my crack!theory was totally off base thankfully).  And can I say how nice it is that rather then have some sort of false suspense about whether Victoria and Drake would get together, Reus makes it believable that Drake would want to take a step back and evaluate before jumping into something as serious as a mating bond?  There isn't an "if" about their relationship, its more of a "when" and I appreciate that it was a thought out thing and not just an arbitrary thing because there needs to be suspense.  

I definitely look forward to the next book!!