Saturday, June 30, 2018

Into the Darkness by Katie Reus (audiobook)

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

Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: Darkness #5
Main Characters: Rhea and Conall; Liberty and Rory
Release Date: May 2016 (audiobook)
Publisher: Audible
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
One book. Two stories. A demigod and a half-demon are about to get married. Which means a week of festivities, romance, fun, and the kind of crazy drama wolf shifters are known for. When someone targets the Stavros pack, everyone bands together to fight an unknown enemy and two couples will fight for their chance at happily ever after.

She’s not looking for a mate…

Rhea is a warrior. She’s bled and fought for the Stavros wolf pack for over a hundred years. She never expected to fall for the Alpha of a dragon clan. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she finds herself working side by side with the very man whose been staring in all her fantasies. She never wants to get mated because she’ll never risk getting someone she cares for killed. Not again. So she convinces herself that they have something fun and easy, no strings attached.

But he’s playing for keeps…

Conall, Alpha of the Petronilla clan, has been biding his time claiming his future mate. At fifteen hundred years old he’s patient and cunning. Except when he’s around Rhea, years of civilization are stripped away and all he wants to do is possess her, make her his forever. But something happened in the stubborn woman’s past and she’s determined to keep walls between them. It’s a good thing he’s a dragon. He’ll just burn down every last barrier between them and claim what’s his. But someone from her past is threatening her and her pack—and the life of the woman he’s waited a lifetime to make his own.

* * *

Shifters, vampires and dragons are real…

A year ago Liberty had no idea that things that go bump in the night actually existed. But supernatural beings are real. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in her new reality. Saved from a Hell realm by a team of half-demons and a demigod, she finds herself falling for her sexy rescuer Rory more and more every day. She’s worried she’s too broken to ever have a relationship again, but the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny her attraction.

And when they choose a mate, they don’t give up easily.

Half-wolf, half-demon Rory has been looking out for Liberty ever since rescuing her from hell. And since she’s the wedding planner for his half-brother’s wedding, he sees her all the time. Not to mention he just happens to spend every night in her bed. Unfortunately he’s in wolf form when he stays over. He’s not sure what it’s going to take to move from friend to more, but he’s willing to wait forever if that’s what it takes. Because Liberty is worth fighting for, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make the brave survivor his.

My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.25

From the way the book description reads, it makes it sound like there are two totally separate books within the pages of this one. There are two stories, BUT they are wound together in the one book, so the point of view on all the events that are happening are jumping between the four main characters...AND a few of the PAST main characters,too. At this point in this series, I think I'm going to start needing flow charts to remember who is who and how they all relate to one another (the downside of listening to the books rather than reading them is that I don't retain the details like names as well). 

So, anyway, I got off track right away on this review. Because there are two romantic stories within this one, this book is a bit longer than the others in this series have been, but it is just as good...if not better for it. I loved both these stories and sets of couples. 

The amazingly good thing about this series is just how strong all the heroines are and I think the two in this book are my favorites so far. Rhea is a warrior within the wolf pack and she isn't sure she's good enough to mate with a dragon alpha (the most powerful of all the shifters). Then there's Liberty who's a human that the paranormals of the series found trapped in the demon realm where a human never should have been able to survive. I loved both of these really strong women because they are just everything that a heroine should be. 

And Katie Reus paired them with equally great heroes. Basically, I loved all the characters in this one. It was simply a good, entertaining read. I definitely recommend it and the entire series. But don't worry, despite what I said earlier about needing a flow chart, the author does an incredible job making sure that each book works as a standalone read. You could pick up any of the stories at any time and be able to enjoy the couple's story. But for premium enjoyment, you're definitely going to want to read them all.

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