Saturday, June 2, 2018

Beyond the Darkness by Katie Reus (audiobook)

Title:  Beyond the Darkness
Author: Katie Reus
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: Darkness #3
Main Characters: Keelin and Bran
Release Date: January 2016 (audiobook)
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Now that she has her freedom, she’s not giving it up. 

Dragon shifter Keelin Petronilla spent centuries in forced hibernation dreaming of one thing: freedom. Now she’s living life on her terms—she’s ditched her clan for an unruly wolf pack, she tends bar for a half-demon, and she’s loving it…until a powerful supernatural being targets her. She intends to handle the mysterious attacks on her own…without the help of dragon Alpha Bran Devlin. Sure, he’s sexy in that hot, scowling possessive way, but Keelin wants to live her own life in her own way.

Now that he’s found his mate, he’s not letting her go.

Former black ops agent Bran Devlin is a born dragon Alpha and leader of a fierce clan. Getting mated was never part of his plan—until a feisty dragon princess gets under his skin in a big way. The hell of it is, she doesn’t want a mate; she just wants to have a good time. He plays along, but when a dark and powerful being marks her for death, he’s determined to stay by her side in spite of her protests. Now that he’s found his mate, he means to keep her safe no matter what the cost…even if he has to risk it all.

My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.75
Story: 4.0

I know this is book #3 in this series, but the author gives you enough backstory within the text that you should be able to read this one without much confusion about the world/former events. 

And this is a good story. Keelin has spent her life sheltered to the point that she hasn't been able to live it. Bran is an alpha, but he's not physically perfect any longer, and that has held him back. Both of them have reasons for not getting involved with the other. They don't want a relationship. But that's not the way things usually work with shifters...and that makes this book really good. 

I enjoyed this book a lot...just like I've enjoyed the entire series so far. Katie Reus has created a great fantasy world here filled with danger and suspense as well as a great dose of romance. 

Keelin was a great mix of innocence and toughness that made her a fantastic heroine. And Bran has been so rejected, it hurts my heart. I love the two of them together. I definitely recommend this book and the entire series. And note...the narration by Jeffrey Kafer is fantastic.

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