Friday, June 10, 2011

ARC Review Danann Frost Embraces the Darkness by Joanne Valiukas

Title: Danann Frost Embraces the Darkness (Danann Frost #2)
Author: Joanne Valiukas
Source: ARC Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback, 380 pgs
Release Date: June 12, 2011
Author Website

Danann Frost Embraces the Darkness Book Cover

To be with her love, Danann Frost, Archangel of the Light has chosen to Fall from Grace a second time. Returning to their lake in Western Ireland, Danann finds herself abandoned and alone. She is soon taken to the castle where all does not seem as it should be. Held captive by Seth’s Ancient enemy, the King of the Mayo vampires; Eamon Ahern himself vows to take Danann in marriage.

Running from the dangers of her beloved’s mother and sister, does Danann have any choice but to acquiesce to Ahern’s heated demands? Managing to defy every attempt by Seth to save her, Danann learns to cling to the bonds in which she is held captive.

Journey with Danann as she is forced into marriage, vowing a honeymoon full of vengeance as she travels to New York and eventually home to Melbourne. Who will win the battle of wills for her freedom?

In a fight that involves the ultimate battle with the darkness, can Danann come out of it with her spark intact or will she lose her soul and her life for all time?

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Rating -
An Alpha Howl

Sexual -

My Review:

A Fallen Archangel and shapeshifting vampires star in, and even Lucifer makes an appearance in, this second of the Danann Frost paranormal romance series.

Danann and Seth are back as the hero and heroine to continue their story from book one. Life on the earthly plane is proving to be a bit much for, and very hard on, the Fallen Archangel. In true Paranormal Romance fashion, every time things seem to be going well for Danann and Seth's relationship, something bad happens. Danann copes the only way she can - she shuts down emotionally and becomes an automaton. Seth does basically the same thing and takes being a controlling alpha male to an all new high (or would that be low?).

But they persevere and Danann very wisely takes the attitude of "...we can’t change what has gone before but we can make the present and the future all that we want it to be."

On the sexy scale, I rate this as a 3 out of 4. While reading this, and I read it immediately after reading the first book in the series, I laughed and I cried, which means that the characters and story came alive for me.

There is no cliffhanger at the end of this book like there was for book one. I know many don't like continuing sagas but read the first two books in this series in order and you'll be glad you did. Fans of the paranormal romance, urban fantasy, paranormal fallen angel and vampire genres should enjoy not only this book but the first one as well.

Up next from the author is the story of one of Danann's earlier lovers - Morgan Hathaway - and there is a sneak preview of it at the end this story. It will be interesting to see if Danann and Seth make an appearance in it.


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