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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on March 17, 2020
Length: 6 hours 58 minutes
On a cold, stormy night at a diner along a lonely Maine road, a fiercely independent woman stands up to one of the local bullies and for the first time in months, a Breed male feels something inside him spark to life with respect and a bit of something else for the woman. The latest Hunter to get his story and it has one of my favorite underdog heroine types, a protective alpha hero, some good action scenes, and a superb narrator.
Edge of Darkness is the third Midnight Breed Hunter Legacy series. These are all standalone stories in the Midnight Breed universe so they can be read alone or out of order. I do suggest getting through the first season of the Midnight Breed series so references to characters and specifics to the Midnight Breed world will make more sense.
Leni Calhoun is the third generation of her family to run the diner and fix her grandma’s superb recipes. She has never been out of Parrish Falls and has no intentions to leave- not while her sister who disappeared seven years before might return. Her sister testified against one of the Parrishes for abusing her and in the middle of the trial period, she was never seen again. Leni rears her nephew, who, sadly, shares Parrish blood, and keeps an eye on the bullying Parrish family who would take her nephew if they could. And, they will try, but she’s stubborn and has a secret Breed Mate gift that will protect her. She thinks she’s a force of nature until her blood starts sizzling at the sight of the breath-taking male who takes on a fight that was not his.
Knox has been drifting for months now after losing Abby. He is determined never to feel again. He wants to go back to how it was in the labs as a cold Hunter assassin before feelings made him feel more pain than his punishing trainers ever did. But, in spite of this, he can’t stop from getting involved when a huge man tries to push the kind waitress around and then tries to kill her. Leni says she has things handled and she won’t be pushed out of town or give up Riley. Since he can’t talk her into leaving, then he will stay. Stay when he is fighting attraction and feelings. And, the Parrishes will rue the day they took on a Hunter.
Edge of Darkness jumps right into the conflict and then pauses to introduce the characters and their situations. It is a fast read and I was in the middle before I even glanced up. The story was developed, but didn’t spend time digging deeply. It was to the point, but not stark.
I liked Leni and Knox from the beginning and found both of their backstories engaging. They get off to a rough start after the initial meeting when Knox tries to pull back after he discovers she’s a Breed Mate and Leni was sensitive about anything she perceives as rejection so her hackles rise. She’s used to being alone and so is he so there is a struggle to work together in the face of the threat. They don’t wait long to do something about the attraction, but Knox pulls back again and sets off Leni, again. Usually I get annoyed at the push-pull stuff, but this book moved along quickly so I didn’t have to put up with it for long.
The Parrishes turned out to be more than bullies so I was cheering Knox on when he went all lethal Hunter on them. I was glad to get some good action scenes which is what I’ve always appreciated about the original series and these spin off stories- sizzling romance and adrenaline highs for action.
Roger Wayne continues to narrate the series for which I’m glad and he matched the tone and pace of the story as well as the characters, perfectly. I enjoyed his voicing of Knox especially though he didn’t do bad with Leni and Riley.
All in all, this was abso-fab and I loved being back in the Midnight Breed world with Knox and Leni finally getting their chance after so much loneliness and sadness. Those who want a quick, sexy, and exciting paranormal romance should give this one a go.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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