Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SUNNY - ARC REVIEW: "Taste of Darkness" by Katie Reus

He spent more than a thousand years imprisoned in hell…

Drake is an ancient dragon shifter, one of the most powerful beings in existence, but a millennium trapped in utter darkness has left him ill-equipped for modern society. If it wasn’t for Victoria, the sweet female brave enough to befriend him, he’d be lost. She’s smart and gorgeous and everything he never dared dream of during his years of agonizing loneliness. He may not have anything to offer her, but one thing he knows for sure: he’d die to keep her safe.

Only to fall into the heaven of her touch.

Victoria is a wolf shifter, healer of the Stavros pack. She’s seen a lot, but she’s never met anybody quite like Drake, the fiery, fascinating shifter who can blaze through the skies unseen by mere mortals. He’s lost, dangerous, and the last male she should fall in love with, but the more time she spends helping him navigate modern life, the deeper—and hotter—their connection becomes. She’s thrilled when they finally locate his family, but reuniting with his people plunges them both into unimaginable danger. It’s a race against the clock trying to figure out who wants them dead and who they can trust, especially when the threat is closer than they ever imagined.

I am a fan of Katie Reus, especially her romantic suspense books, but this one put her as a favorite in the fantasy genre as well.  I loved the tone of this book.  I have recently enjoyed several reads featuring dragons, but they were so serious.  This one was more light-hearted, fun, and still had Reus’ trademark sexiness.  I immediately related to Drake’s sweet, fish-out-of-water character.  I could only imagine what it must be like to surface from Hell after being imprisoned for a millennium.  The food, clothes, TECHNOLOGY must be mind-boggling.  (I giggled a little as Drake mentioned learning about sex from the internet.)  Additionally, he has memory loss, so he doesn’t remember where his real name, where he is from, how he got to Hell, who he can trust … and we feel that bewilderment with him. 

Drake is paired with the Stavros Pack’s healer, Victoria, a beloved and heavily protected member of the pack.  She has her own mind, but having been adopted by the pack early in life, she defers to their protectiveness as a given.  There is a frankness and honesty to their relationship that is refreshing and sweet. 

Drake’s family is introduced into the story and we get to meet a whole slew of new
characters who will undoubtedly be the subject of future books.  This clearly just the beginning of the relationship between the dragon clans and the shifter packs.  Frankly, I cannot wait to see what is next!

If you want a fun, fantasy book that will leave you smiling, pick up this book!

Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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