Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Surrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong

Title: Surrender the Dark
Author: Tibby Armstrong
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series: Dark #1
Main Characters: Benjamin and Tzadkiel
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher:  Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
As a provocative series of paranormal temptation begins, a vampire king seduces the supernaturally gifted man hunting him. But when the stakes are literally life or death, their struggle for control is no game.

Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.

After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now.

My Review:
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I liked it...a lot. 

The book starts when Benjamin was an 8 yo little boy, being trained by his family to be a vampire hunter. His training is beyond barbaric...both from the perspective of the little boy and the vampire. Those first few scenes are pretty rough. Then the book jumps ahead almost 20 years...and once again the vampire and the hunter are facing off, but both their lives have been greatly affected by what happened to them 20 years ago. 

They each see one another as the enemy, but they really don't know the other person, because they're both wrong. 

This is an interesting story and an interesting world. Of course there are vampires, but Benjamin as a hunter has a bit of paranormal abilities too. He's been blinded, but he can still see the glow of paranormal beings auras...that enables him to hunt. It was interesting because when Tzadkiel is around, his aura makes it so that Benjamin can actually see...even if it's by a purple glow. 

The whole conflict between Tzadkiel and Benjamin worked. They are so far on opposite sides, they can't even see that maybe they both need to adjust their way of thinking...until they have no choice. I liked how their relationship developed. It felt natural as things slowly turn around. I loved getting to experience their developing relationship with them. It was a totally engrossing, entertaining read. 

But there are also fae and witches who affect the story...and will definitely come into play in the rest of the series. It should be interesting. There is Benjamin's team in his vampire hunting. Lots of interesting stories happening with them. I'm honestly really excited about where this series could go. This was a great first book, and I'm ready for more...NOW!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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