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Series: Dark Pleasures #1
Published by Julie Kenner on January 12, 2015
Source: the Author
A doomed woman. A dangerous and mysterious man. And an epic passion that cannot be denied…
From the first moment I saw Malcolm, I felt his power shudder through me. Lithe and powerful, dark and controlling, he cast a spell over me that I didn’t understand, but to which I willingly surrendered.
One touch and I melted. One glance into his storm-swept eyes and I was lost. One kiss, and I was bound.
But sometimes passion can burn to hot, and it would take all of our strength for Mal and I to survive the fire that raged between us...
The first in a three-part novella trilogy, FIND ME IN DARKNESS follows the story of Mal and Christina/Jaynie – thousand-years old soulmates locked in a never-ending cycle of death and rebirth. Once part of an elite organization formed to fight the fuerie, an evil energy bent on destruction, Mal now roams the earth with his fellow organization-brothers monitoring the society for hints of the fuerie and its influences. Christina was once part of this organization too, until she was captured by the fuerie and fused with an all-powerful weapon capable of wiping out the earth and everything on it. Now Mal must keep an watchful eye not only on the fuerie, but also on whatever human Christina is reincarnated into – and kill her.
Mal and Christina connect right from their very first meeting in present-day New York City and although Mal knows who she is, Christina doesn’t fully remember this handsome stranger who seems to stir her blood. She begins to get flashes of feeling and memory, but when she finally does remember her beloved soulmate, those memories trigger the beginning of the detonation of the weapon inside of her. In a split-second decision, Mal absorbs the energy and leaves Christina with no memory of their encounter. Tension builds as Christina meets Mal once again and begins the process of falling in love with him all over again. Mal can’t bring himself to kill her again and instead decides to teach Christina control over the earth-shattering weapon inside her.
A lot of the narrative in FIND ME IN DARKNESS is setting up the conflict for the rest of the trilogy, yet still remains a fast-paced novella in its own right. I’m very curious to see how (if?) Mal and Christina’s relationship will progress, if Christina will be able to control the weapon’s energy, and of course how exactly Mal and Christina will achieve their own version of happily ever after. A solid cast of secondary characters rounds out this novella and adds to the tension and drama between our heroes. And of course the cliffhanger leaves me craving Part 2!