Review: Blackout by Dannika Dark

Posted September 8, 2018 by Lorna in Audio Book, Reviews / 17 Comments

Review: Blackout by Dannika Dark
Narrated by Nicole Poole

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Series: Crossbreed #5
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 14, 2018
Length: 11 hours, 2 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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Blackout is Dannika Dark’s latest in her Crossbreed series about a paranormal group that does work for an organization called Keystone that work for the Breed higher authority. They are tasked with anything regulators, otherwise known as Breed police, either can’t or won’t do when supernatural beings cause major problems or messes. They live in the city of Cognito, the place that attracts supes like bees are attracted to honey. Humans know nothing about the Breed world for the most part.

This time Dark takes heroine, Raven(hybrid vampire/mage) and her partner(vampire) and hero, Christian on the hunt for whoever is murdering members of the Breed higher authority. The author introduces the case in a surprising way, thereby pulling me into the book immediately as is Dark’s usual. It’s also not long before other members of Keystone enter the story. I am so loving all the characters that have been fleshed out more and more with each book. This time around we learn a lot more about Gem, a rollerskating(adult) Mage, Nico an ancient, blind mage that can see energy, and even more about Shepherd, a sensor, and his secret son. Of course, all my other favorites(and they are all favorites) are there as well.

As if the murders aren’t bad enough, a blackout happens during a romantic Valentine’s tryst between Raven and Christian, leaving them stuck far away from their home and without a vehicle or phone. The chemistry between Raven and Christian is still there in a major way, however after Raven’s mind was wiped previously, she can’t remember falling for Christian in the first place. That doesn’t stop them from having a smoldering hot time during their date. The blackout ruins the rest of the date to say the least. Imagine navigating a city about the size of New York City in the dark. During looting, burning and all manner of people and/or Breed being delinquents, murder and mayhem ensues. And that’s all I am telling about the actual events.

My favorite thing about this series is the relationship between Raven and Christian. Both of them have snark for days and the banter is so much fun between them. As is their major chemistry together! I also love the relationships that have been formed between all the members of the organization. They all live in a castle type structure on the outskirts of Cognito and since some of the group are immortals or long lived, this fits with some of their early lives. They are also forbidden to form romantic relationships, leaving Raven and Christian to sneak around. I am really hoping for another relationship to form and we might? have started one in this book. If not, let’s just say I am hoping for one.

Dark’s Breed world continues to amaze me with each book. She has featured it in all of her three series now and I hope that continues. One thing though. She has never written a cliffhanger in all her books so this one came out of left field for me. It was done in the epilogue and is setting up the next book so that made it a bit better. But still-I’m not a fan of them. I wasn’t as happy with the ending of this book as I usually am either, and it wasn’t just the cliffhanger. Have to be honest here. That being said, it was still very well written, with fantastic characters and I loved it-as usual.

Narration? Nicole Poole is the queen of accents and breathing life into both male and female voices while making each one have their own distinctive tone and personality. I’ve really not found many female narrators that compare and I listen to a lot of different narrators. Of course, I have other favorite female narrators, it’s just that I have a special place in my heart for Poole. To me she’s just a winner anytime she narrates a Dark book. 5 Stars!

I’m literally chomping at the bit for the next book in this series and I highly recommend this and all of Dark’s series to adult paranormal/urban fantasy readers that like romance as well.



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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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  • I have seen so many great reviews for Dannika Dark’s books. My library has these audios and I do plan to give them a try either later this year or early next year. I am so glad you enjoy this one as much as you did, Lorna!

    • She’s a favorite author of mine and I’ve been reading her since 2012. I hope you do try them. Just remember to read them in order as they do have a story arc throughout. And thanks!

  • I haven’t read this author, maybe one day I will.

  • I love when a pairing really works like this and not just for the romance.

    • Yea Christian! He was a side character in The Mageri series(my favorite)but has really come into his own in this series. Raven and Christian are so good together.

  • Northwomn

    Everyone I know seems to love this author and on audio. I really must try them at some point. I’m glad you are enjoying them. Anne – Books of My Heart

    • I tell everyone to try her. She’s indie but has sold over 2 million copies. Everything by her is so good.

  • Greg Hill

    I’m seriously thinking of trying this series as I’ve been looking for an urban fantasy series to get into. I’ve tried a few and they’ve been okay but haven’t wowed me. I love the idea of the blackout in this one causing all kinds of trouble- looks fun!

    • I think you might like this series. There’s always a mystery and lots of different supernatural characters. Humor too.

  • I loved this book a lot, too, and even if I read it, I’m getting the audio as well. I love Nicole Poole – she’s doing a great way with the cast of characters in the Keystone series 🙂
    Great review, Sophia!

    • Hi Lexxie, it’s Lorna here. I love Nicole Poole so much. She’s just so talented. And of course you know I love this author.

  • YES…I need the next audio post haste. I am so glad I won an audio for this author. I am a true addict.

    • You won the audio of this book? Lucky you! I really am looking forward to the next one too!

  • This series, well all of Dark’s series, have me totally hooked. The ending of this nearly had me screaming! I’m so curious about that person…. Man, I can’t wait until the next book!

    • Second time I’ve answered this, hopefully this one will take! Yes, I’m a big fan of Dannika’s and I’ve been reading her since 2012. I can’t wait for the next one either!