Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on January 13, 2018
Raven Black is a crossbreed vampire/mage in love with Irish vampire, Christian Poe. This time though, she’s upset with him so she returns home to her father for a visit. Until recently her father thought she had died a decade before when she was first turned. Instead of working with Keystone on a case, she gets involved in her father’s major problems of the shifter lion sort and it’s not very pretty. Why is this the delight for me? Because I think Dark could write anything and I would love it as she is just that good of a writer. Just a heads up, it’s really hard to write a review on the sixth book in a series without spoilers-so there will be some about previous books.
Raven is on her own, at least at first, in this sixth book of the Crossbreed series. Her father, Crush, is just as crusty as ever, but adores Raven and is pleased to have her back home. Now that she knows that Crush is a trusted human in the Breed world, she is finally allowed to have a relationship with him again. Angry at Christian for not telling her about her dad’s status, she is on leave from her work with Keystone, the clandestine group that helps guard the world from Breed criminals. It’s not long before she is pulled into her father’s huge mess after his dealings with a lion shifter pride. On Christian’s side, he is going crazy wanting Raven to come back home. When someone from his past enters his life again, it causes major problems for both Raven and Christian.
Raven is the best as a kick ass crime fighter with a twist of vulnerability when it comes to her father and Christian. She might be a killer at times in her job, but she loves Christian, her dad, and cares about the members of her team at Keystone. She’s willing to give it all up for both her dad and Christian and is loyal to a fault at times. Raven’s the epitome of the complex urban fantasy heroine with a heart. Her banter with other characters and Christian is epic at times and she’s not afraid to stand up to the bad guys. Can you tell that I adore her character? Christian is a vampire and Dark’s version of a vampire are that they are not to be trusted, can charm a person to do their bidding, can shadow walk, and while they can eat food, most would rather not. They are fast, have super hearing and are very strong. Most don’t go around drinking human blood indiscriminately, and actually don’t need to drink all that often. So yes, he is a vampire, but he’s also vulnerable when it comes to Raven and actually very trustworthy towards her and Keystone. He uses his gifts in his job and to protect Raven when he needs to. We learn even more about his backstory and it’s every bit as compelling as I suspected it might be. Other members of Keystone are important even if Raven isn’t staying at the mansion. I have so many favorite characters in that motley crew of paranormals that it would be hard to pick a favorite. And I absolutely loved Raven’s father and how much he loved Raven.
I continue to enjoy so many aspects of this series. I love that Dark has kept her world building the same from one series to the next and we learn more and more about Breed with each installment. And while this book doesn’t involve a mystery case as usual, it does involve a murderous lion shifter pride that I wanted to take out myself! Never a dull moment when Raven is around. Dark also continues to add nuances to her characters and I continue to marvel at her storytelling ability. I thought the romance in this one was much deeper and Christian shows his romantic side on at least a couple of occasions. Always nice to see other sides of Christian.
Highly recommended to adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance readers. You’re missing out if you are still not reading Dannika Dark. I’m going to say “I told you so” for after you actually start reading her. If you already read her, then you already know.
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