Friday, May 18, 2018

Darkness Awakened by Katie Reus (audiobook)

Title:  Darkness Awakened
Author: Katie Reus
My Rating: A
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: Darkness #1
Main Characters: Lyra and Finn
Release Date: January 2014 (audiobook)
Publisher: ListenUp Audio
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
4 hrs 55 mins

Years ago he ended things between them to protect her…

As leader of one of the fiercest werewolf packs in the south, Finn Stavros is in full battle mode 24/7. He has no choice—he’s one of the few beings strong enough to fight the Akkadian demons, whose mysterious escape from hell threatens the entire world. With the battle turning bloodier by the second, Finn is ready for anything…until his vampire long lost love shows up on his doorstep in desperate need of his help, sending his heart into a tailspin. He agrees to help her, unaware that she carries a shocking secret that will turn his life upside down.

This time, he’s not letting her go…

Vampire Lyra Marius curses the day she met Finn. The ruthless werewolf promised to love her forever, but he rejected her instead—before she could share her life altering news. Pregnant, kicked out of her coven, and cast aside by the love of her life, Lyra struggled to raise their rare shifter-vampire daughter Vega alone among humans. When the 16-year-old is kidnapped and used to fulfill a frightening prophecy, Lyra swallows her pride and turns to Finn for help. But how long can she fight her feelings for him and keep him from guessing the truth about who Vega really is? As they race against the clock to save their daughter, they must defeat the lethal threat imposed by demons infiltrating the human world and a hell gate that could not only reveal their existence to mankind, but destroy the world in the process

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.75
Story: 4.5

I've had this audiobook on my iPod forever...seriously, why haven't I listened to it before now? It was so, so good. This was one of those audiobooks where I was looking for chores to do in my house, so I could keep listening to it (I listen to audiobooks while I do the drudgery of housework).

So, this book isn't the longest, but it's completely entertaining and engrossing from the very first word. Lyra's 16 yo daughter has been kidnapped. She goes to the one man who she knows will be able to help...her former lover, Finn.

For both Finn and Lyra, there's never been anyone but the other for them. It was just a cruel twist of circumstances that meant they couldn't stay together back then, but their joining so long ago set highly unusual set of circumstances into motion. Now they are trying to pull all the threads back in after they begin to unravel. 

The story is so, so good. And the twists at the end with the new stranger, Drake...was just the icing on top of the already delicious cake. I loved every moment of reading this book and can't wait to inhale the rest of the series. I'm just sad that it's not all out on audiobook, because it was fabulous to listen to.

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