In Devoured by Darkness, we got Tane and Laylah’s story and it was a big exciting one that took them to many places in their quest. In the story, intriguing side characters are introduced and off scene adventures take place that can only be mentioned in passing. I was very pleased to see that the author went back and provided Uriel and Kata’s adventure in this quick novella-length story.
Uriel is the second in command to the vampire chieftain of Great Britain. He gave up his place as warrior to oversee others and take on training the younger vampires. He also carries around a burdensome secret that until now no one knew about. However, with the new order from his clan chief to go rescue Laylah’s gypsy mother, he must come clean with Victor. He has an aversion toward the Jinn and anyone associated after his own encounter a few centuries back and Laylah’s mother had been with a jinn to produce Laylah. Only his first sight of Kata, makes his assignment suddenly personal and he realizes that he has found the one woman for him right when what he holds secret won’t allow him to do anything about it.
Kata is equally prejudiced against vampires since her beloved twin sister became a fiend when she became one. Marakita tortured Kata for two centuries and planned to use Laylah to bring about world domination. Now, her reluctant rescuer turns out to be a vampire with the face of an angel and Marakita isn’t done trying to hurt Kata. Uriel might not have wanted the assignment, but now he is her protector and her heart wishes that he can be more.
The thrilling danger and fast-paced excitement is all that I’ve come to expect from this series. The sparks and snark fly between Uriel and Kata as they circle each other warily in the beginning. Their romance is pretty fast to develop because of the short page count like its on double speed, but I still found it a good part to the story. Yannah’s appearance offers some humor to the story as she pops in and out throughout being the mysterious guide to the pair.
In the end, I was satisfied with the level of development in the plot, the fun romance, and exciting action. I enjoyed this minor story in the series as we come up on the release of the final book in the series. Paranormal Romance fans who like a story balanced more toward action and lesser on the character driven side yet loaded with spicy romance and exciting characters should give this series a try.
My thanks to Kensington and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #132 PNR