Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Darkness Taunts by Susan Illene

Title:  Darkness Taunts
Author: Susan Illene
My RatingA+

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: A Sensor Novel #2
Release Date: July 2013
Main Characters: Melena
Publisher: -
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Melena Sanders has managed to avoid all things inhuman for most of her life, but after coming to Fairbanks, Alaska to rescue her best friend from supernaturals she hasn’t been allowed to leave. That is, until her long-time nemesis comes to collect a favor she owes him. Lucas might be half angel, but he’s all bad as far as she’s concerned. 

Paying him back might get her out of town for a while, but her new destination will be anything but enjoyable. Mel’s got to help the nephilim take care of a demon possession outbreak in Juneau. Although something like this hasn't happened for thousands of years, Lucas is certain Melena’s rare abilities are the key to solving the problem.

With violence in the capital city growing, she’s going to have to figure out how to stop it fast before the trouble spreads to other places. Not only that, but working closely with Lucas is changing the dynamics of their hate-hate relationship—worrying her more than the demons. Getting back to her captivity in Fairbanks never looked so good.

My Review:
I'll be honest, I'd forgotten just how good this series was between reading the first book and this one, but OMG...I LOVE this Urban Fantasy series! This one worked even more for me because there were some smexy times in it...something that UF usually lacks, especially this early on in the series, and I loved how things progressed in this one.

Sensors are human, but have the ability to pinpoint other supernatural beings, what exactly they are, as well as their age and strength. They've been used in the past to hunt down supernaturals and were systematically exterminated as a result. As a sensor, Melena is widely hated by supernaturals although she's only used her senses to help the sups. Even though the majority of them hate her, Lucas, a nephilim, and Nik, a master vampire for the area, insist she stay in Fairbanks, a place that she hates because of the cold. But she's also taken charge of Emily, a 16 yo sensor, so that helps to keep her here too. 

In this book, the supernaturals need her help because there's been an influx of demons in Juneau. The last time this happened, 3000 years ago, it was a sensor who was able to eradicate them. Melena is working to figure out exactly how that works since she's pretty much untrained in the skills she has. To further complicate the matter, there is a group of other five sensors in the area who are supposedly there to do the same, but they believe in the old ways....that ALL sups should be exposed and exterminated. 

It's hard to talk details about this book because I don't want to give away spoilers.

I don't want to give anything away, but I love the way that Melena and Lucas's relationship evolved in this one. They've always hated each other, but as they spend more and more time together, they are realizing that they may have made too quick of assumptions about the other person and misjudged them. I like the twists that this book provided for them, making them face up to some emotions that neither one would willingly admit were there between them. It will be interesting to see how all that plays out in the future.

The author in this book writes a tight book. Don't let the fact that it is indie published scare you at all because this is easily one of the best Urban Fantasy series being written right now. It's creative and the characters definitely come to life. I finished the book late last night and then dreamed about it all night. Such a good book. 

Warning: there is a cliffhanger to the ending. It's not a painful, 'I want to hurt the author' kind of cliffhanger, but it's definitely enough that I am counting the days to the next release, Chained by Darkness, which is supposed to be told from Lucas's pov. I cannot wait!

My need to start reading this series NOW!!!

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