Burned by Darkness by Alexandra Ivy #Review

Posted September 14, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 19 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Burned by Darkness by Alexandra Ivy #Review
Burned by Darkness

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Series: #1 Dragons of Eternity
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on June 30, 2015
Pages: 176
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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I was sad when the Guardians of Eternity series ended, but there was a silver lining in that there was to be a spin-off series featuring dragons. Oh yes, excited and eager for that!

The story opens with lovely imp, Tayla, contentedly looking about her at her dream home and tea shop. She has been on the run all her life it seems, but something compelled her to put down shallow roots when she saw the quaint old Victorian house near the woods. And she doesn’t even live alone because she has rented rooms to Levet, the gargoyle for his matchmaking business. Levet is sweet and harmless, but he is bothered that she wants nothing to do with a love match. She begs him to leave well enough alone, but Levet doesn’t and her life takes a turn for the dangerous and interesting.

Baine has been searching for the gorgeous imp that escape him for twenty-five years. His fiery dragon nature has been on edge since he clapped eyes on the imp when the trolls brought her as a slave to pay a debt to his father. He bought the debt and now she is his if he can catch her. Then it is by luck that his dragon scents her through a portal to the earth dimension. He promptly collects his imp and sets out to seduce her not knowing why he cares that she accept him and willingly take him. He is distracted by his scheming father’s sudden interest in having Tayla back and why there is a group of trolls also eagerly seeking her. What is it about Tayla?

Tayla discovers the truth behind her being taken by trolls and sold to the dragon and is determined to honor the debt, but there is no way she will fall for her captor. She won’t, she really, really,…she did. But he can’t know. She won’t be vulnerable to the arrogant male who must think of her as a possession.

This one felt very familiar as it was part of the Guardians world. In fact, there wasn’t much world-building. I think there is an assumption that the reader is already familiar with everything, but the newly introduced immortal dragons and maybe the trolls. Not that depth is the strong point.

No, the strong part of the plot is the action and the light, but passionate romances. Things move along quickly or at least steadily. The story is introduced enough so the reader isn’t confused and then its off like a rocket. The romance is scorching and formulaic like the series before it. Arrogant alpha male and fiery female who won’t be dictated to share a strong attraction and end up in fast and furious fight and love scenes. This is not a complaint; just an observation. I happen to get a kick out of these stories feeling familiar in the paranormal version of a cozy read. I like that the challenges are mostly external and these are easy reads as a result.

I enjoyed Baine and Tayla’s story. He is so arrogant and has no idea why she is being so difficult when he went to so much trouble. And she doesn’t seem to realize that his demanding, assuming ways are proofs that he cares and not that he sees her as an object. He is one hot, powerful, sexy dragon and he knows it, but Tayla doesn’t immediately swoon and jump into his bed. The challenge is good for him and being wanted and treasured is something she needs after her father constantly used her.

I loved that Baine’s dragon side had several good scenes and was part of the action. He is a powerful being and I loved seeing the dragon flexing his muscles so to speak. I do wish that the enemies would have been a bigger challenge, but I guess that would have been tough since he was the biggest, baddest monster in the game.

Finally, it was hilarious to have Levet be a crossover character. And hey, he annoys the dragons as much as he did all the other immortals. But he truly has the heart of a knight in shining armor and he so wants to prove it.

All in all, it was a good start to the spin-off series. It was on the lighter side though had enough action and passion to keep it interesting. I would recommend it to paranormal romance fans, but those who enjoyed the Guardians of Eternity series would get more out of it.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #290 PNR

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Shari Delighted Read

    I have always wanted to read some of Alexandra Ivy’s stories but it seems like every series is well on its way and I don’t have time to read them all. Maybe next years Never Ending Series for me.

    • Yeah, I can’t think of any new series of hers other than this one and personally, I would treat this spin-off as the latest in the Guardians of Eternity series. I have so many series that can go on that challenge. Haha!

  • Shari Delighted Read

    I have always wanted to read some of Alexandra Ivy’s stories but it seems like every series is well on its way and I don’t have time to read them all. Maybe next years Never Ending Series for me.

    • Yeah, I can’t think of any new series of hers other than this one and personally, I would treat this spin-off as the latest in the Guardians of Eternity series. I have so many series that can go on that challenge. Haha!

  • I think Iv’e only read a couple of her books and I may need to remedy that.

    • They are action plots with flirty romances. I think you’d have fun with them, Mary.

    • They are action plots with flirty romances. I think you’d have fun with them, Mary.

  • I do like dragons…

  • For a minute there I thought the name was BRAINE! *snap* lacking an R! lol

    So this being a spin-off, can you get into it without reading the parent series? Coz I accidentally did that with Zenetti and DNF’d the first book of the spin-off

    • I guess you could, but I don’t think its a good idea. There is an assumption that the reader is already familiar and there were several times when there were vague references back especially where Levet is concerned. I have a feeling you’d end up DNFing this one because you would feel like you got off on the wrong foot.

  • For a minute there I thought the name was BRAINE! *snap* lacking an R! lol

    So this being a spin-off, can you get into it without reading the parent series? Coz I accidentally did that with Zenetti and DNF’d the first book of the spin-off

  • oh wow….I haven’t even heard about this one!! I adore this author, and YAY for dragons. Sounds like these two have fabulous chemistry. And as soon as I finished Guardian’s of Eternity series I will snatch this one up.

    • Oh good! Glad I could put you on to it. I was so sad as I neared the end of Guardians of Eternity that it was all over so I was tickled to death to hear about the spin-off and that they were dragons.

  • oh wow….I haven’t even heard about this one!! I adore this author, and YAY for dragons. Sounds like these two have fabulous chemistry. And as soon as I finished Guardian’s of Eternity series I will snatch this one up.

  • That’s cool there’s a spin-off series. I’ll have to check out the original first.

    • Most definitely. One could get along starting here, but I don’t think this one would be as good cold turkey without the others.

  • This cover really caught my eye. I’ve never read this author, but I’ve been wanting to try her. Great review.

    • It is an eyecatching cover with his Asian looks and the unique tattoos. It you try her stuff start with the Guardians of Eternity series, Melanie