Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Review: Darkness Seduced by Stephanie Rowe

Goodreads Synopsis
Immortal warrior Gideon Roarke made an oath five hundred years ago to the woman who died for him. The ancient Calydon is ruthless in his quest to honor that promise, even if it means risking everything by teaming up with the one woman who will either destroy him, or finally bring redemption to his blackened, hardened soul.

After escaping from a two-year imprisonment at the hands of a madman, the only thing Lily Davenport wants is to go home and reclaim her life. Unfortunately for Lily, standing between her and that goal is a sensual, demanding protector whose dangerous seduction threatens to claim her life…and her soul.

Darkness Seduced is such a passionate book. From the first chapter, I was successfully hooked and absorbed into the plot and the characters; I knew immediately that I would love it.

We are immediately introduced to Lily, an intelligent professor who is being held hostage. Throughout the whole of Lily's remarkable journey of discovery, love and need for revenge, we are allowed to witness her fears, her logic and her desires. All of which are shared and developed through beautifully crafted writing, amazing imagery and a well constructed narrative.

What I really liked about Darkness Seduced, was how Stephanie Rowe enables us to see both points of view of the main protagonists, Lily and the gorgeous Gideon.

When Gideon enters Lily's life, he immediately is thrown by his overwhelming desire and need to protect her *sigh*. His reaction to Lily, not only at the beginning of the book but throughout, is so lovely to read. The passion behind his words, his actions and the passion he hides away in his heart, develops beautifully. Stephanie Rowe very effectively allows her readers to bond with her characters, which is an amazing feat considering the genre and nature of the novel. She shapes her characters so well that her characters come to life making them so very realistic.

As the novel progresses, there are times that the action slows down a little allowing us to glimpse different sides of Lily and Gideon. I really liked that we have the opportunity to see many sides to Lily and Gideon: their humour, their fears, their ambitions.

There were many times that I laughed out loud and several times that I had to concentrate really hard so that I wouldn't cry! Admittedly, I'm a wuss at times, especially when it comes to such tender, heart-wrenching moments.

The book was extremely passionate and fiery. The scenes between Lily and Gideon sometimes made me need a cold shower before I could continue, but were not so graphic that I blushed when I was reading! :-)

This book is a superb follow up, and I sincerely can not wait to read book 3.

Bravo to Stephanie Rowe!

5 Stars

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