Review: Darkness Awakened by Katie ReusDarkness Awakened by Katie Reus
Series: Darkness #1
Published by Self Pub on November 3, 2013
Genres: PNR
Pages: 161
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Years ago he ended things between them to protect her…

As leader of one of the fiercest werewolf packs in the south, Finn Stavros is in full battle mode 24/7. He has no choice—he’s one of the few beings strong enough to fight the Akkadian demons, whose mysterious escape from hell threatens the entire world. With the battle turning bloodier by the second, Finn is ready for anything…until his vampire long lost love shows up on his doorstep in desperate need of his help, sending his heart into a tailspin. He agrees to help her, unaware that she carries a shocking secret that will turn his life upside down.

This time, he’s not letting her go…

Vampire Lyra Marius curses the day she met Finn. The ruthless werewolf promised to love her forever, but he rejected her instead—before she could share her life altering news. Pregnant, kicked out of her coven, and cast aside by the love of her life, Lyra struggled to raise their rare shifter-vampire daughter Vega alone among humans. When the 16-year-old is kidnapped and used to fulfill a frightening prophecy, Lyra swallows her pride and turns to Finn for help. But how long can she fight her feelings for him and keep him from guessing the truth about who Vega really is? As they race against the clock to save their daughter, they must defeat the lethal threat imposed by demons infiltrating the human world and a hell gate that could not only reveal their existence to mankind, but destroy the world in the process.

I was goofing off on twitter the other day when I saw someone mention that this book was a lot like Cynthia Eden’s PNR, and since I’m a huge Cynthia Eden fan, I immediately bought it! (By the way, it’s only $.99 right now). I was so excited at the thought of a great PNR that I ignored my “blog reads” to read this one.

I’m glad I did.

Lone vampire Lyra’s daughter was taken and she can’t find her alone. But going back to Finn, alpha wolf and her first love, is a no-brainer. He will find her daughter. She has no doubts, even if Finn did tell her they couldn’t be together anymore.

16 years before, Finn had to break up with Lyra because his alpha and uncle would use her against him. But he broke things off before Lyra could tell him she was pregnant.

Finn has no idea he’s helping Lyra find his daughter, but he knows he won’t let her down because once he took down his uncle and took over the pack, he never stopped looking for her.

Lyra and Finn realize the sparks are still there, and they both want to be together, but Lyra is prepared to love him from afar because once she tells him that they’re really looking for their daughter,she knows he’ll hate her forever.

I liked that this deals with not just reuniting lovers, but also the fact that they have a daughter. A teen daughter. And since she’s a hybrid vamp/wolf, she’s very unique and special. So special that someone took her to use her unique blood to open a doorway to hell.

Lyra and Finn have to sort out their feelings for each other, they have to find their daughter, and close the doorway letting out the demons. This story was a steamy one and I do agree that Cynthia Eden fans will enjoy it, but also any PNR fan who likes vampires and werewolves will want to read it too.