Darkness Eternal by Alexandra Ivy #AfternoonDelight

Darkness Eternal by Alexandra Ivy #AfternoonDelight
Darkness Eternal

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Series: #7.5 Guardians of Eternity
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Zebra Books
Released on March 31, 2015
Pages: 108
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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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

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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.


    1. I hate when I get like that. I’ve had up to five books started at the same time just b/c I can’t settle. Going with a shorty is probably a good idea.

    1. I do like this series and it was one of my first PNR series to pick up. I think I gave it a pass b/c she made this pair so likeable that I was willing to forgo development to see them together.

    1. I still need to try the Bayou Heat books. I’ve dipped into her historicals and The Sentinels. This Guardians series ends with the book coming out this summer so I can move to her panthers soon.

  1. I stopped reading this series because the 3rd book kinda pissed me off & I just like okay…that’t lols. Maybe I’ll pick it up again one of these day. Heck who doesn’t like fun romance and steamy love scenes? 🙂

    1. No justification needed here, lady. I’ve been there and dropped series that lots of people liked b/c something got to me early on and I couldn’t let it go.

  2. I haven’t read/listened to this series Sophia, in fact I’ve never read
    anything by this author before, although I’ve been tempted many times.
    It sounds like I’ve been missing out. I got to pick her up one of these