Sunday, November 9, 2014

Review of Dark Cravings by Madeline Pryce

Dark Cravings
Dark Cravings by Madeline Pryce

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so mad that it took me so long to finally make time to read this book. Oh, it was sooooooo good. Dark Cravings is the first book in the Dark series and the beginning of Ella and Micah’s story. You know the old saying, “it’s a fine line between love and hate.” Well that is Ella and Micah’s relationship as the book opens.

Ella is a half-turned vampire still working for the Shadow Agency – an agency whose sole mission is to eliminate vampires and other demons. The only reason she’s still breathing is because her family helped to found the agency and she’s one of the best Shadow Hunters they’ve had in years – and that was before her acquisition of the supernatural skills that accompanied her partial transformation. In a word, Ella is bada$$. She is one of the best female lead characters I have read in a long time when it comes to paranormal romances. Those she cares for, she cares for deeply and her loyalty and protective instinct toward them borders on suicidal at times.

Of course, with such a strong female lead, you absolutely must have an equally strong alpha male lead. And Ms. Pryce succeeds in this challenge superbly as Micah is the perfect yin to Ella’s yang. The chemistry between the two is staggering. Even when they hated each other you could feel the pull between them, so it was no surprise to me that when they were finally compelled to mate, it was intense. Oh to have been a fly on that hotel room wall. Four days? Really? Although we are only treated to snippets from their first encounter (they were under a spell and couldn’t remember it all), they certainly make up for it each and every time thereafter. I don’t have a word for how hot the sex was.

But Dark Cravings isn’t all romance and erotica; the book also has some serious action going on and there are definitely some underlying storylines that I look forward to reading more of in future installments. I am ashamed to say that until now, I have only read one of Ms. Pryce’s Ellora’s Cave Quickies. But that is soon to be rectified as I am about to indulge in a [a:Madeline Pryce|7503278|Madeline Pryce|] reading binge. Up next is Dark Innocence and I am so looking forward to reading Hannah’s story. I cannot wait to devour the rest of the Dark series as this author can weave a wonderful story that balances erotica and paranormal romance perfectly.

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