Saturday, April 6, 2013

Review: Darkness Awakened by Stephanie Rowe

Title: Darkness Awakened
Author: Stephanie Rowe
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: March 15, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

The Calydons are a race of ancient immortals cursed with a dark side.  Each Calydon is destined to meet his soul mate, to be so drawn to her that he is unable to resist bonding with her through the rituals of his race, but their destiny is to destroy each other and all they care about the moment their bond is complete.

Quinn Masters will stop at nothing to rescue his rogue teammate.  To save his blood brother and ensure his brand of justice triumphs, Quinn will break every rule of his kind and partner with the sensuous, courageous woman destined to be his ultimate destruction.

Haunted by a brutal past, Illusionist Grace Matthews will risk everything to save her kidnapped sister, including putting her life in the sinfully capable hands of an immortal warrior whose ravaging kisses and intense passion propel her ruthlessly toward a fateful destiny she can't afford to believe in.






Quinn is a powerful god-like man - nearly immortal.  His one potential downfall is his soulmate - a woman he is destined to meet eventually that will lead him into destruction.  This is true for all Calydons, so Quinn's job is to kill the soulmates before it can happen - or the Calydons after it happens before they take any innocents out with them.  When his very own soulmate shows up at his door begging for his help to find her kidnapped sister, he can't refuse.  But he can warn her, and they both promise to never complete the rituals that will bind them together.

But things don't go as they plan.  It turns out this isn't just an ordinary kidnapping.  The kidnappers are out to unleash an ancient evil - and they need Grace's sister to help make it happen.  The closer they get to finding Grace's sister, the more the Calydons realize just how personal this battle is going to get.

I loved the pace of this book.  The story never stopped moving, but the suspense ebbed and flowed making it a very enjoyable ride.  Both characters are stubborn and dedicated - but at times it worked against them.  Their repeated promises to not complete the binding and let it all ruin their lives began to grate a bit as it was repeated over throughout the story.  I loved everything else about the characters - even the secondary characters each had their own moment or two to steal the show (just a little) and keep things interesting.

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