Dark Harmony by Lilly Cain
Publisher: Red Sage
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (204 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Multiple Partners
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by: Fern
Running from a lover that has twisted her very nature, Lena Townsend hunts on her own.
Lena has been the object of many desires. Now she is all too aware that being an obsession can be deadly. Her mildly adventurous sexual life reached its pinnacle, and its end, when she met sexually dominant vampire Darien. He stole her life, and used her sensual nature to bend her to his will. In making her his own, he placed her in a position where she must constantly submit to him, yet be dominant to his pack. It’s a conflict that pulls her apart.
In leaving the pack, Lena strives for independence, but her vampire instincts push her to find more – to find a new pack, a new family. Alone, she cannot share what makes her vampire, and she cannot find a lover she can trust enough to reveal her submissive nature.
In her escape Lena discovers a power that could save her – the ability to read and influence emotion. With this talent she might survive the loneliness.
Unfortunately, her old pack wants her back, no matter what.
Richard Heron has given up everything for his daughter since the murder of his wife, but what he misses most is the chance to explore his deeply sensual side once again. Once the owner of a popular S&M club, and its favored dom, he left everything he was to shelter his family. Lena could offer him more than he ever expected, a level of sensuality he never knew existed and a love that could never die, but he must reconcile the danger she brings with his need to shield his family – especially when what killed his wife was certainly not human.
In a flight that leads her thousands of miles from her territory and into the province of a dragon, independence is not what Lena expected. But if she can finally learn to trust, she can find harmony with her submissive and vampiric natures, and join with Richard into a new blend of family – a Dark Harmony.
Dark Harmony is a dark, gritty, and emotional story that lures the reader in and doesn’t let go. From the first scene in which our heroine, Helena, is changed, you get a feel of the dangerous world created by author Lily Cain. It’s sexy, it’s lethal, and it’s impossible to turn away from.
Helena left her vampire pack due to the treatment of their alpha and her maker, Darien. Being the leader of a pack, yet, reduced to the role of a slave, was simply too much to bear. On the run now, she is determined to live a life that doesn’t involve killing. One night, she meets a human who calls to her in ways she’s never experienced. A quick encounter with Richard becomes more when their paths cross for a second time – over the body of a dead girl in an alley. Their chemistry is combustive, and after a night of passion, Richard awakes to discover exactly what the woman of his dreams is – a vampire – the very creature responsible for murdering his wife a year before. Even still, he cannot forget the sexy Lena, and despite the danger, allows himself to become involved when she follows him to his home.
What happens next is a domino effect. Darien doesn’t want to let Helena go, while she would rather die than return to a murdering and subservient way of life. Danger looms around every corner, and when Darien learns that she is falling for Richard, he homes in on the one thing that means the most to the mortal man – his young daughter.
Dark Harmony has various subplots which are twined together nicely. I enjoyed the action, the romance, and the dark tones of the story. Lena is fantastic as a woman who became something else, yet, longs for something more, while Richard is memorable as a father who wants to protect his daughter and the woman he is falling in love with.
Vampire fans are certain to enjoy Dark Harmony. Be sure to pencil this one down on the TBR list. It’s hot, it’s sexy, and it’s sure to entertain.