Review: Taste of Darkness by Katie Reus

Review: Taste of Darkness by Katie ReusTaste of Darkness by Katie Reus

Series: #2 Darkness
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on July 24, 2014
Pages: 265
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars  

Dragons! That was the only thing I needed to know about this sequel story with the dragon shifter, Drake, and the wolf shifter, Victoria, as the lead characters. I love how this series blends the paranormal romance with some suspense. This second story wasn’t as intense as the first one and took more time with the character development, but it wasn’t lacking for action or red-hot passion. Maybe it was the dragons (I’m definitely not impartial for those), but I felt this second story built on the first one and was a bit stronger.

As can be surmised from what I said earlier, this is book two in a series and not really one that should be read out of order as it just continues some story lines from the first book just changing focus to two other leads.

The story starts with Drake and Victoria going forward with the attraction they felt in the first story, but tentatively as friends while Drake adjusts to being back on the earth plane after spending 1500 years surviving in hell. He carries a darkness in him now which is part of the reason he hesitates with claiming Victoria along with the fact that he feels he has nothing to offer her though he knows full well that she is his mate and his dragon half is antsy that he do something about it. He is afraid that her interest in him is out of kindness or pity. He only wants her love. Meanwhile, unknown dragons have arrived in the Stavros wolf territory claiming to be his family and someone behinds the scenes is not happy that Drake has returned.

Victoria is strongly attracted to Drake and she is certain that he’s it for her, but between his own reticence and her overprotective pack, she is being stymied. Now that his family has appeared, she worries that he will set her aside to return to his clan and his family, but that is part of her own insecurity of being enough in comparison to all that his newly found dragon family and clan have to offer. Drake’s memories are gone and he knows nothing about himself or his race except quick flashes of memory from childhood so she determines to help Drake learn about his race and get the answers to his questions. Their search takes them back with Drake’s family to his home. Danger threatens when they are attacked by another dragon clan and the betrayal by someone on the inside who is determined to make Drake and his family pay. With all the danger, Victoria and Drake’s mate bonding is put on hold and their relationship tested by all the outside forces that they are facing.

There is a lot of excitement and danger in this one though it does take time to develop the characters and the relationship. World building is there and I loved the time getting to know the dragons. I still wonder about a couple of things, but maybe they’ll be answered at a later time. I was particularly thrilled when Drake was shifted and even in battle with his enemies. Drake and his dragon were the big draw for me though Victoria was a lovely heroine with lots of facets. She can be the warmhearted, generous and gentle healer, but also the fierce she wolf protective of her mate.

The two are great together and it was refreshing that though this is a fated mate romance; they still have to put the work in. They worry about stuff that just isn’t that big an issue when they get it out in the open and clear the air. They struggle with forming a new bond and partnership. And it was a bit of a stutter start with the passion because Drake is a virgin and doesn’t even know his races way of bonding. Victoria is not as sheltered, but her experiences are limited too. Still, they manage to set fire to the sheets when they are left alone long enough to have some sexy time.

The suspense part was pretty good. I loved knowing there was a vengeful enemy out there that was someone close to them. Now, I did figure out the who earlier than the reveal, but I still didn’t know why until nearly the end so this part of the plot was still tension-filled. Then there was the fact that knowing who still left me waiting to see how Drake, Victoria and the others would get through the deadly plotting.

So all in all, it was another strong installment in the series. Based on some of the interested secondary parties introduced in this book I am eager to see who gets their story next because any of the secondary characters would make for good story as far as I’m concerned.

Paranormal Romance lovers that enjoy a world that includes multiple types of paranormals, lots of action and spicy romance along with a pinch of intrigue should try this series out.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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.
  • You enjoyed this far better than I did. The Dragon boy underwhelmed me, I felt he was too accepting of things.

    • Ah, that’s a bummer, Braine! Underwhelming characters get to me a lot too. Not sure why, but Drake worked for me. He wasn’t as alpha as some that is for sure. Maybe the next story will do better for you. I hope its Drake’s sister and the other dragon or his brother and the wolf shifter. Both those stories looked interesting.

  • Gah see dragons here too. I just can’t resist them! I blame Katie MacAlister and Shelly Laurenston as GA Aiken for that. lol Some red-hot passion so works for me too. I may have to do this. I really just may. 😀

    • LOL! I still need to read about those gals’ dragons. I love dragon stories, but I haven’t gone out of my way to hunt them down like I should. I just trip over them and grab them up when they catch my eye. This one didn’t stint. Drake spent good page time as his dragon which is what I like.