Title: Seven Years
Seven years ago, my world ended.
Seven years later, my new life began.
It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother's best friend shows up unexpectedly - a man she hasn't seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he's a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.
Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He's lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi's family. It's time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?
Author: Dannika Dark
Series: Seven, #1
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: October 22, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Dannika Dark entertains in her light paranormal romance Seven Years, the first installment of the Seven series. Dark creates her own unique world where Shifters, Mages, and other paranormal creatures are the norm.
After seven years, Austin Cole, a wolf shifter, returns home to take his rightful place as the head of his pack. He doesn’t expect that seeing Lexi Knight again will turn his world upside down. Having always had feelings for Lexi, Austin discovers she harbors a secret of her own. Even though she is completely unaware, Lexi’s a shifter too. To her credit, Lexi takes the news that she is a shifter in stride and does her best to deal with the curveball life has thrown her. Lexi is a compelling character who tries to keep her family together after her brother’s death and her father leaving. Lexi’s love for her family shows throughout the story. Austin, as an alpha, is just coming into his own as a pack leader, which keeps him from telling Lexi everything she needs to know about her new world; at times this secrecy just drove me crazy. Unfortunately thanks to this lack of information, Lexi ends up making bad decisions, that I found frustrating. Despite theses issues, Austin and Lexi are a compelling couple as they expose their vulnerabilities to each other.
Another aspect of this story I had problems with was the lack of communication between a wolf and a human host. Austin is able to remember what happens in his wolf form because he is an alpha. Lexi, on the other hand, cannot. I found the lack of contact between the wolf and the host left me feeling disconnected to the shifting world.
Loads of interesting characters, a compelling plot, and plenty of action make Seven Years a solid beginning to a new series.
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About the Author
This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here’s what I can tell you: I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I’m a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70’s to a military dad who moved us around the world.
When I’m not writing (which is all the time), I’m hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don’t like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I’m not sure which).
Throughout my life, I’ve had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my “head stories” that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down – creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.
It’s almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.
Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I’m a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.
I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I’ve had a few people ask), but I think it’s wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.
I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don’t like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.
But it’s what I love to do.
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