Review: Darkness Awakened

darkness awakenedReviewed by Jen

Katie Reus delivers a second chance at love story with a supernatural twist in this first installment of her Darkness series.  It’s been 17 years since Finn ended his relationship with Lyra to keep her safe.  He knew it was only a matter of time before their interspecies relationship would put her life in danger.  What he didn’t know was that she was carrying his baby when he turned her away and broke her heart.

Lyra has returned after all these years because her daughter has gone missing. Despite all that went down between them, she knows that if anyone can help her, it’s Finn.  What she doesn’t trust, however, is how he would react to the news he has a child, so she lies to him and pretends that Vega isn’t his.  In the meantime, all of the old feelings come rushing back. So the story follows Finn and Lyra as they work together to rescue Vega, while they realize the fire never died between them.

I liked the book ok.  Reus does a good job with the sexual tension and hot factor going on between Lyra and Finn. I also liked the world-building and was intrigued by the secondary characters (most notably Victoria and Drake.) But part of me felt like I had already read the book after being only a few pages into it.  It was predictable.  Other than the particulars on the kidnapper, the whole thing plays out exactly as you would expect.  From the hidden baby trope, to the inevitable discovery and betrayal, to the HEA, it was pretty textbook.

On top of that, I have a hard time buying into the sexy times while a mother is in fear for her child’s life.  Yes, I know it’s PNR, but motherhood is a pretty universal thing –and NO MOM who cares about her child will be having orgasms while they are in the hands of kidnappers, even to “put herself to sleep” (which, by the way, was totally contrived.)

It wasn’t terrible, but I wouldn’t read it again.

Rating: C

*ARC provided by author for review

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Darkness Awakened
by Katie Reus
Release Date: November 3, 2013

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