A SAHM that reads and reviews romance (all sub genres of romance), Urban Fantasy & Sci-Fi, sometimes Horror, and YA (some sub genres of it).
I've been reading since I was my oldest daughter's age….thanks to R.L. Stine & Christopher Pike…and later on thanks to Anne Rice. Those 3 authors changed my life and I have been obsessed with reading ever since.
Darkness Awakened is the first book to Katie Reus’ Darkness series, which is a Paranormal Romance that involves shifters and vampires. I love when author throws in a mixture of paranormal creatures into the story, especially when some are threatened by each other. Although, in this case we have a reunion of a vampire and werewolf that fell in love many years ago and now they are face to face again.
Vampire Lyra Marius never thought she would have to face Finn again, but circumstances have brought her to face him. Her daughter has been kidnapped and she needs his help to find her. Finn is the leader of the southern werewolf pack and he will do anything for Lyra, especially his heart never gave up on her. Lyra has a HUGE secret she’s keeping from Finn and he may end up making him go a little crazy. There’s also the issue of the demons infiltrating the human world that Finn has been dealing with and he’s determined more than ever to keep the paranormal world out of the limelight from the humans.
I have always adored Katie Reus’ books, ever since I started reading her books in 2012. I couldn’t wait to dive into Darkness Awakened (or in this case listen to it). I just needed some time to squeeze it in between many review books I need to review. Darn it…I finally found the time and it only took me 4 hours to finish it. Katie had me hooked from the beginning to end with the storyline and the characters. I loved the premise of a vampire and werewolf rekindling their love for each other. I also enjoyed how Finn and Lyra came together through the toughest times and managed to get through it all.
It was a great story and the narrator, Jeffrey Kafer made it ALL come to live for me. He helped me get through cleaning my whole house, going through piles of laundry, and preparing dinner for the family. My husband tried to talk to me, while I was listening to Darkness Awakened a few times, but I couldn’t hear him. It’s all his fault for buying me wireless headphones. **He should know better by now. If I have my headphones on (a) I’m listening to a GREAT audiobook, so don’t even bother (b) I’m listening to music and I really can’t hear you at all. (He’s learned his lesson)
Jeffrey Kafter did an amazing job telling Katie Reus’ story and bringing ALL the characters to life. I’m glad I got a chance to listen to this book and I’m hoping the next book in the series becomes an audiobook too. I’ll definitely be grabbing it up, when it does.
I will say this, I couldn’t believe how fast I went through this audiobook. It was only 4+ hours long, so it didn’t take very long, especially when I was deep cleaning, etc. It was the best 4+ hours of my life because it made the cleaning go by faster, especially with cleaning up after a 2 1/2 year old. =)
I give this audiobook / book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to PNR readers out there and fans of Katie Reus. If you are looking for a quick audiobook I definitely recommend this book. Jeffrey Kafter is definitely getting added to my list of narrators, I’m going to continue to listen to.
I received a complimentary copy of the audio version of Darkness Awakened via the author in exchange for an honest review.