Title: Surrender the Dark
Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.
After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now.
Author: Tibby Armstrong
Series: The Dark
Published by LoveSwept Source: Publisher
Published: May 23rd 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
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Damn this was a hard pill to swallow. If you’re thinking about picking this book up after reading the blurb….read this review first. The blurb isn’t exactly what this book is about.
People who know me, know that I love PNR. Better yet, I love getting lost in the PNR world. But this was doomed from the beginning for me. So much so that I almost DNF’d it. I’ve never read this author before, so after reading the blurb, I was really looking forward to experiencing a new PNR world that I could share with my friends. Unfortunately, the author spent WAY too much time setting up the world, characters and everything else somewhat related to the story that the story itself doesn’t even TRULY begin until after the half way mark. Yep…you heard me. And by then, I’m afraid I had already checked out.
You see. The blurb implies that Benjamin and Tzadkiel will be lusting after each other and fighting supernatural beings to save the world. Right? Well, that’s what I got from it. Truth? Benjamin’s family tortured Tzadkiel for hours before he was able to escape (thanks to a young Benj) and now twenty years later is more than happy to reciprocate. Kind of makes it awkward to be attracted to each other, but that’s exactly how things play out. AND…the supernatural being they end up fighting is one of Benj’s friends dad. So yeah, more awkwardness.
The writing in general was good, but I would have really liked it if I learned about the world and characters through experiences and conflict more than being brow beaten for the first half of the book. Trying to get a grip on which characters were what (fae, were, vamp, etc), not to mention waiting for some kind of real chemistry to happen between Benjamin and Tzadkiel, had me checking out before things even got started. Sorry…but I won’t be picking up the next one.