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Thursday, August 16, 2012

ARC Review: Fear the Darkness by Alexandra Ivy

Format: epub (provided by NetGalley)
Release Date:
August 28, 2012
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Her visions lead her to danger

Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pureblooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger—and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her...

And only he can save her

As Cassie’s mysterious visions lead them in and out of danger, Caine believes he has found his true mate, the woman with whom he is bound for all eternity. Cassie is both charmed and frightened by Caine’s magnetism, and unsure if he--or her feelings for him--can be trusted. But Cassie can’t afford to
doubt Cain now. A deadly enemy bent on destruction is closer than they realize—and only they can keep chaos from ruling the world...

You know what they say about Karma right? Well I'm sure Caine certainly does! He's spent so much time being an evil bastard that fate has come up with the most delicious punishment. He got his wish to turn from cur to a pureblood Were but at the same time he has taken on the task of protecting the most valuable creature in the world from dark forces. Unfortunately for him, he finds her irresistible and his newly found conscience is firm on not taking advantage of her naivety and innocence.

Now one might think that Cassie would be a boring snooze fest of a character in a paranormal world due to said innocence but that's just not true. She's smart, sassy and a fast learner. Her naivety and innocence comes not from a prudish mind but from being locked up for so many years, unable to so much as socialize with anyone. Cassie is a grown woman, beautiful and tough but she also doesn't completely understand the world around her, giving her a child-like mentality and views from time to time, which doesn't help Caine's dilemma one bit.

Cassie may be new to the world, but that doesn't mean she blindly follows Caine or lets him boss her around, she gives as good as she gets, even going so far as to call Caine out on him being a "sexist dog" when he wants to always be the one she depends on for protection. She isn't afraid of him or his sometimes cranky moods or the fact that as a full blood Were he's almost as big as a car and twice as mean. Cassie is most entertaining once she knows what she wants (Caine) and goes after it (him).

The sexual tension was present from page one, Caine wants Cassie but he doesn't want to hurt or take advantage of her, something completely new and baffling at times for him. He isn't used to feeling something other than lust for a female and to have his bad ass self WANT to protect and care for such a pure creature such as Cassie drives him nuts for a few pages. Thankfully, Fear the Darkness doesn't spend too much time on the "will they or won't they" battle between Caine and Cassie because there's a much bigger obstacle in their way. I'm grateful for this because frankly, Caine and Cassie are just too combustible to be kept from each other for so long. They're a pretty hot couple that will definitely make you re-think the whole "Team Vampire" thing (If you were inclined in that direction before).

Fear the Darkness is definitely filled with blood, danger, death and mayhem, it wouldn't be a paranormal romance if there wasn't at least one bloody fight would it? Keeping it balanced and from becoming an endless nightmare for her characters, Alexandra injects just the right amount of humor to distract everyone from the conflict, even if it's only for a moment. One of my favorites? Cassie's first taste of wine and pizza.

Having read Alexandra Ivy's Guardians of Eternity series from the beginning and loving each one of her alpha males, I'm going to have to say here and now that Caine is officially my favorite. I was mildly intrigued by him when he was a cur, he had hints of decency in him but it was never more apparent than when he saw Cassie for the first time. He may not be as tortured as Styx, Viper or even Salvatore, King of the Weres, but he does have that whole "Will kill to protect" attitude and as bad as he can get, his tender way with Cassie kind of cancels out his cold hearted, bad ass factor.

Fear the Darkness is a great read from beginning to end and definitely leaves you wanting more from the Guardians of Eternity and of course, leaves you with the feeling that the end of the battle is only the beginning of the war. 

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