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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

#Review: Into the Darkness by Katie Reus- 4.5 Wine Glasses






29243809Title: INTO THE DARKNESS
Series: Darkness #5
Author: Katie Reus
Format: Kindle, 250 Pages
Published: KR Press, LLC (April 5, 2016)
ISBN: ASIN:B01D6IDW2U
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

One book. Two stories. A demigod and a half-demon are about to get married. Which means a week of festivities, romance, fun, and the kind of crazy drama wolf shifters are known for. When someone targets the Stavros pack, everyone bands together to fight an unknown enemy and two couples will fight for their chance at happily ever after.

She’s not looking for a mate…

Rhea is a warrior. She’s bled and fought for the Stavros wolf pack for over a hundred years. She never expected to fall for the Alpha of a dragon clan. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she finds herself working side by side with the very man whose been staring in all her fantasies. She never wants to get mated because she’ll never risk getting someone she cares for killed. Not again. So she convinces herself that they have something fun and easy, no strings attached.

But he’s playing for keeps…

Conall, Alpha of the Petronilla clan, has been biding his time claiming his future mate. At fifteen hundred years old he’s patient and cunning. Except when he’s around Rhea, years of civilization are stripped away and all he wants to do is possess her, make her his forever. But something happened in the stubborn woman’s past and she’s determined to keep walls between them. It’s a good thing he’s a dragon. He’ll just burn down every last barrier between them and claim what’s his. But someone from her past is threatening her and her pack—and the life of the woman he’s waited a lifetime to make his own.

* * *

Shifters, vampires and dragons are real…

A year ago Liberty had no idea that things that go bump in the night actually existed. But supernatural beings are real. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in her new reality. Saved from a Hell realm by a team of half-demons and a demigod, she finds herself falling for her sexy rescuer Rory more and more every day. She’s worried she’s too broken to ever have a relationship again, but the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny her attraction.

And when they choose a mate, they don’t give up easily.

Half-wolf, half-demon Rory has been looking out for Liberty ever since rescuing her from hell. And since she’s the wedding planner for his half-brother’s wedding, he sees her all the time. Not to mention he just happens to spend every night in her bed. Unfortunately he’s in wolf form when he stays over. He’s not sure what it’s going to take to move from friend to more, but he’s willing to wait forever if that’s what it takes. Because Liberty is worth fighting for, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make the brave survivor his. 


Linda's Thoughts:
Dragons loved treasure, that was not a myth about his kind, and Rhea was the greatest treasure of all.

INTO THE DARKNESS by Katie Reus  is an exciting, very enjoyable installment in the author's Darkness series! It's a two-for-one featuring a duo of captivating romances in one book. Oh my! Romance is definitely in the air as is danger galore. This tale comprises the steamy meshed stories of warrior wolf-shifter Rhea and alpha dragon Conall AND human Liberty and half-wolf, half-demon Rory.

Even though INTO THE DARKNESS is the fifth book in the series, it can be completely enjoyed as a standalone. There are interconnected characters between all the books in this series, but Katie seamlessly fills in whatever previous historical information the reader may need to know to fully relish the story.

As Bo's and Nyx's totally awesome weeklong wedding festivities get underway, a dark outside force targets the Stavros pack. Pack member Rhea has vowed to never mate again as she cannot be responsible for putting someone she loves at risk; However, Conall cannot imagine living without her and he's determined to show her that they are meant to be together. Liberty has come a long way since being rescued in the last book. After the abuse she suffered in the hell plane, Liberty believes she may be too broken to ever be fully functional; however, Rory is convinced that she is his sunshine and he will wait as long as it takes for her to understand that they belong together. Two couples with intertwined destinies made for a read that I simply could not put down!

I loved all these characters. The two HEA story lines were well-written and played. With two hot romances, well-orchestrated suspense, mind-blowing, fast-paced action and plenty of dangerous sequences, this book kept me on the edge on my seat through-out.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this hot read:

With his supernatural vision he immediately spotted Rhea sitting near the shoreline, her legs stretched out in front of her.
Unfortunately she had on clothing. Not that he'd expected her to be naked. Still, a dragon could dream....
After shifting to his human form he let his camouflage drop and headed toward her.
Naked.
He held onto his clothes, but didn't bother to put them on as he stalked across the sand. Nudity was no big deal to shifters but normally he clothed himself in front of females in socially appropriate situations. Now, the most primal part of him wanted Rhea to see all of him.
To see what he had to offer her.
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Bang, bang, bang. On it continued, the knocking incessant and aggravating.
Conall growled, baring his canines as if ready to attack. She felt the feral dragon rippling under the surface, felt the exact same way right now.
"Someone better be dead," she muttered.
"I can arrange that." By his dark expression, she didn't think he was kidding.
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"I have a present for you," he murmured, still stroking along her spine. He loved the way she felt curled against him. Like she'd been made for him.
Laughing lightly, she laid her head back on his chest. "Pretty sure you just gave it to me."

Katie is one of my very favorite authors. I honestly believe that she cannot write a book that doesn't rock! Every book in this series has been a page-turning winner. I highly recommend INTO THE DARKNESS to anyone who enjoys paranormal urban fantasy romances teeming with perils and heat!


Suggested Reading Order: 
DARKNESS AWAKENED (Book #1)
TASTE OF DARKNESS (Book #2)
BEYOND THE DARKNESS (Book #3)
HUNTED BY DARKNESS (Book #4)
INTO THE DARKNESS (Book #5)



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