Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Released on June 25, 2005
I fell in love with the first female Dark-Hunter we get a story about! Danger is her name, not just a way of life, but she also lives life to the fullest. Or as much as possible when being a Dark-Hunter. Throw in Alexion who feels nothing, it gets pretty interesting.
Oh, dear, there are some bad Dark-Hunters getting ready to be spanked. Yep, but maybe that is too light of a punishment for them trying to over throw Artemis and Acheron as their leaders. I can see how it would get old, year after year, serving up to a bitch goddess who created them and dealing with the mysteries known as Acheron, but hey, Acheron is a pretty good guy most times. He can also be an ass at times as well.
It’s Alexion’s job to investigate and punish Dark-Hunters who step far beyond the line like say, killing a girl to drink her blood. Isn’t that what you were created for to keep from happening? So we meet Alexion, who lives with Acheron, but who we have really never seen before. Now that some Dark-Hunters are crossing the line, Acheron has set him to a task.[quote]Some of them might be saved and those were the ones Acheron wanted him to focus on. Save what you can, my brother. You can’t decide for anyone. Let them choose their own fates, There is nothing to be done for the ones who won’t listen – but for the one who does….
It is worth it.[/quote]
As Alexion views the ones involved, let’s be clear, only a few were involved the rest only attended meeting where evidence was presented. Alexion has become muddled in his dark existence and really just wants to kill the offenders and be done, but one makes him almost feel emotion: Danger. Her vibrancy of life calls to him. He watches her and almost feels her zest for life as she battles Damions. After a long time of only feeling emotions for Simi and Acheron, he is puzzled by what he feels for a Dark-Hunter.
So the Dark-Hunter Kyros is very disillusioned with Acheron and starts trying to turn other Dark-Hunters against him. He’s very old so you have to censor what he is really saying…either its the truth because he lived it or it is false because he’s ready to revolt. He believes Acheron is really a Daimon who set the rules they blindly follow and who do you think fed Kyros this crap? Good ole Stryker. So while Danger doesn’t really believe him, there are touches of truth keeping her on edge.
Since Danger called Acheron about what is going on, she gets picked to be Alexion’s guide to investigate. Alexion doesn’t get out much and with very little feeling, he looks forward to getting it on because you never know when a Dark-Hunter uprising can happen. Why not Danger since she evokes emotions he usually doesn’t have.[quote]You’ve no idea what it’s like to crave human contact to the point that it permeates your entire being with a need so strong that at times it makes you wonder if you’ve gone mad and that your whole life is nothing but a fucked-up delusion brought on by the insanity.”[/quote]
Alexion has a back story as being the first Dark-Hunter who tried to retrieve his soul only to have his wife drop it and condemn him to being a Shade. Acheron being who he is, can’t accept that and brings Ias (his real name) back as his Alexion. Hence the name.
Danger and Ias fall in love slowly as they share their pasts and overcome danger. It felt like an organic growth of love with a few steamy love scenes. These two have a lot to overcome with battles around every corner. The biggest fear in this story is dying and becoming a Shade as it is a horrible existence.
There is a very sweet surprise for Acheron’s Simi that had me crying. Acheron has the hard duty of dealing with controlling fate and cannot interfere in Alexion’s mission. He struggles a lot and most wouldn’t understand why he doesn’t step in, but that is his lot in life.
Overall it was a basic good addition with a strong foundation in the Dark-Hunter series. I hope to read more like this one that keeps my heart engaged.