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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Darkness Burning by Delilah Devlin

Darkness Burning by Delilah Devlin
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon Red
Genre: Paranormal, Futuristic
Length: Full Length (294 pgs)
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Voyeurism, Light BDSM
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Cherry Blossom

Beware the place where darkness rules and bloodlust is the ultimate aphrodisiac…
An apocalyptic storm has transformed New Orleans into a city of lawless terror—and Mikaela Jones is standing in the center of the nightmare. A beautiful, courageous journalist with a mysterious past, she sees monsters prowling all around her. But the gravest peril of all awaits Mikaela when she is taken captive by a mesmerizing male who is not mortal—a breathtaking creature who arouses the fire in her blood, making her burn for the exquisite erotic ecstasy of total surrender.

For seven centuries Alex Broussard has been waiting for the chance to free himself from the threat of the matriarchal undead society that seeks his destruction. And now, finally, that time is at hand—until the opportunity is ruined by the stunning, innocent, human interloper Alex is compelled to rescue from certain doom. Now they are joined, for good or ill, as they give in to the burning need that neither can resist—risking everything to experience the ultimate sensual release as the darkness rises all around them.

Darkness Burning is the third book in the Darkness series, but it also stands on its own. While it would be a pity to miss two great reads with the preceeding stories, they are not absolutely necessary to the understanding of the plot or the characters in this one.

Darkness is the state in which New Orleans finds itself after the Storm surge destroys most of the city, and worst of all, allows the inhuman underworld to roam free in its streets. But nothing is ever simple in Delilah Devlin's world, and the struggle isn't just between mortal prey and its immortal hunters. Something is after the hunters themselves, and if they can't unite against their foe, they will be destroyed.

Ploys, palace intrigues, backstabbing and betrayal, shifting allegiances and true friendship, and above all, abiding love, are what make Delilah Devlin's dark romances so irresistible.

Do not expect a formulaic and predictable story. You can, however, count on a sensual read, hot flashes, sharp humor, unexpected twists, sudden revelations, and one of the best storytellers in her genre.

Once again, Delilah Devlin weaves a wicked tale set in a world filled with darkness and demons, and heroes you can only dream of. Her world-building is such that after visiting the real-life cities through her books, the reader is bound to be disappointed by the prosaic look of the streets and their mortal inhabitants.

We will be forever drawn back to her fantasies and her powerful characters. They step out in front of you, and you never forget them. Her worlds rise up around you and when you look up from her book, you are surprised to see familiar surroundings. Weeks after turning the last page, the characters will come knocking at the door of your imagination and whispering more secrets in your ear.

Darkness Burning isn't just a must-read. It's going to be a re-read many times for the sheer pleasure of wonderful word-weaving. Oh yes, and the sensual enjoyment, too. There's more than one romance budding in the Delilah's Darkness.


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