Darkling Lust by Marteeka Karland
Publisher: Changling Press LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (33 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Ambrosia
A Darkling is a creature charged with protecting humanity from things that go bump in the night. His reward is one human woman to call his own.
Mary first learns about Darklings and all they do when she reads a book that clearly states, "Don't read this!" When she does, and the reality of what she's unleashed upon herself hits her, she snaps it shut. But it's too late. Her Darkling comes for her, and she has to learn to accept him before the very creatures he has protected humans from during his long time as a Darkling destroy her.
Imagine a monster comes to you after you read a forbidden book and sweeps you away to be his mate. Imagine finding a love like no other with another species and never looking back at your life as it was. Fantasies can come true if you allow them to.
When Mary ignores the warnings on a book that speaks of consequences once read, she finds herself taken off to another world by a Darkling, a creature who fights to keep humans safe from things that go bump in the night. After she realizes her error, the winged, leathery dark-green beast allows her one last day on Earth to choose whether she wants him or not.
As prophecy stated, by serving God for a millennia, the Darkling would receive a gift of a human woman for his own to love. When Mary summons him through the book, he believes he’s struck gold, yet allows her freedom of choice to stay or leave.
This story spans two dimensions where love is sought and found. Mary renames her Darkling Drykin after the first name she gives him proves lacking. He protects her and in return offers her his heart. When she chooses to stay with him, unafraid as she gives him her own heart, they mate and prove that no matter the color, race, or species, where there’s love, there’s joy.
The power of a belief in God, good, and hope for those who are evil, is refreshing and gives this tale wings that lift you up. Anything is possible if you open your heart to love. This is a pleasant story that makes things that go bump in the night less scary knowing that there are creatures in the dark to protect us from harm. No need for nightlights.
This story deserves a 4.0. Great job, Marteeka Karland.