Title: Dark Within
Author: Candice Gilmer
My Rating: B+
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Mythical Knights #1
Main Characters: Neil and Marissa
Release Date: October 2015
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
The Mythical Knights, Book 1
There was a time Marissa van Dyke loved Halloween. Then tragedy struck. Now the sight of a jack-o-lantern only reminds her of what she's lost. In fact, she'd prefer to just hibernate.
But recently her nightmares are becoming too intense to ignore. Dreams filled with horror-movie creatures that come closer to killing her every time. Where these vampires and werewolves are coming from, she doesn't know. She only knows they're relentless.
Neil Drigan has no interest in finding a mate. Bind himself to one woman? No thank you. Permanent is for the wolf pack Alpha--his brother. Yet lately he persistently dreams about running, in full wolf form, to save a beautiful woman who smells of flowers--and death.
At first the woman's identity is a mystery, until he realizes the dreams are a residual imprint of something that really happened. Not only is the woman temptation wrapped in real flesh and blood, she's still in danger. And the one thing he never thought he wanted.
Originally released as "Unholy Night" 2008-2012. Since expanded and fully revamped. (No pun intended, lol. Okay, maybe a little one)
Warning: Werewolves, vampires, Templar Knights with attitudes, and a girl who must face her biggest fear in order to find love.
Ooh, I really am liking these stories featuring the Drigan wolves. This book is Neil's story, he's the second oldest after David. He's always been the playboy in the group, but lately he's had that itch under his skin. He's unsettled and doesn't quite know why. That, and there's a scent that continues to play on his senses that smells of flowers and death. He needs to track it.
When he finds it, he discovers Marissa. Marissa has had a hard time. Her entire family died on Halloween, the holiday that used to be her favorite. So this is a really hard time of the year for her. Add in to that, strange dreams, an ex who's acting weird, and unexplainable bruises...this year is a little bit harder than most. The one bright light in all of that is Neil...even though she really doesn't understand him and his actions half the time.
This is the perfect read for this time of the year. Halloween plays heavily into the story and it's all perfectly creepy and eerie with lots of things that go bump in the night...literally. Marissa is being stalked, but since her memory keeps getting erased, she has no idea that it's going on. She already has issues with the time of the year, the Templars are NOT helping things. She's confused, but a lot of that is not her fault.
Then there's Neil...poor guy. He's doing everything he can to do the right thing...to be the good guy, and every time it seems like it's costing him the girl. Because she doesn't understand, and he can't tell her. But he's also half wolf...he's not going to give up his woman or let her be hurt.
It was a good book. I enjoyed the relationship, although Neil was my favorite. One of the Templars kept describing Marissa's soul as fractured and that was a good description of her. She's broken so it's hard for her to respond the way she should. She's trying to protect herself, even though as the reader you can see that absolutely, Neil is the best thing for her. Like I said, that just made me love Neil even more. Knowing that he will always protect her and have her back even if she won't allow a relationship...sigh...that's commitment, and seriously, how can you not fall for a guy with that kind of commitment.
I loved getting to see David and Kelsey again in this book and loved watching their mechanisms from the sidelines as they tried to get Kelsey and Neil to their happily ever after. I love how protective David is of Marissa. That familial devotion is something that she needs desperately. In fact, knowing after all she's lost, that she'll have the pack as her family now is just perfect. She needs that to heal.
I liked this one and if you're looking for something a bit spooky, but with romantic leanings for this October's reads, this is a good choice!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.