Reader favorite Angie Sandro returns to the bayou with a bewitching paranormal romance perfect for fans of Beautiful Creatures . . .
Rescued from the brink of death by her cousin Mala, Dena Acker returns to the land of the living with a terrifying gift. Still connected to the darkness that almost claimed her, she can tell when someone’s about to die—but there’s nothing she can do to save them. Desperate to rid herself of this cursed ability, Dena has only one chance at peace . . . and it comes from an otherworldly stranger. For centuries, Ashmael has seen more souls than he can count but he’s never been drawn to anyone the way he is to fragile, beautiful Dena. She fills the dark void of his days with light, and he would do anything to ease her suffering. Even if it means sacrificing his only chance at a flesh-and-blood existence to truly be with her.
Release Date: July 14, 2015Buy links for DARK EMBRACEB&NKoboAmazon
I have enjoyed all the books in the Dark Paradise series and look forward to getting my hands on this one as soon as possible!
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Is this love affair their destiny? Or is it doomed?
Paradise, Louisiana, is far from idyllic for Mala LaCroix and Landry Prince. Haunted by strange visions, the pair are drawn together by a mystery concealed beneath the polite facades and the murky swamps of the Deep South. Landry had a crush on Mala all through high school and was her greatest defender, but now-up close and personal-he is starting to suspect that the rumors of witchcraft and voodoo are true. But he can't let his doubts tear them apart because a day of reckoning is coming. As Mala struggles to conceal her powers and avoid the curse that has struck generations of LaCroix women, Landry will have no choice but to face his own demons. Both of them will soon be caught up in a web of deceit that reveals the dark side of Paradise.
4 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: Supernatural, Mystery--
Mala has lived a hard life out in the swamp with her mother. Mala works two jobs and goes to school on scholarship so she can finally meet her dreams of being a police detective. Meanwhile, her mom works as a prostitute and “crafts” spells on the side for some extra money. While in the swamp to check her traps for fish, Mala stumbles on a dead body of a girl. Mala doesn’t know her, but soon enough she is involved in the mess of the girl’s murder, is haunted by the dead girl, and stalked by the girls devastated brother Laundry. Mala may be in over her head.
I thought I had the killer figured out about 100 pages into the book. I was absolutely convinced I figured it, watching them for nefarious actions all the time. But I was completely wrong, which doesn’t happen too often in my book predictions.
The romance was, for lack of a better word, complicated. Mala has the hots for officer George, who she has wanted for years, but he wants nothing in return from her. And here comes Laundry, who has wanted Mala for years from a distance, but has never spoken to her. Mala and Laundry are both so conflicting and all over the place, at times I felt like I had whiplash from the reversal of their feelings. To be honest, I rooted for the two of them to be together, societal expectations and personal demons be damned.
The book was told from both Mala and Laundry’s points of view, which I love the multiple perspectives in a story, that way I as the reader don’t miss out on anything. Mala was a little hard headed, stubborn, and had anger problems. She hardly ever thought before she reacted in pretty much every situation. At times she called Laundry bipolar, but that is the pot calling the kettle black. She was all over the place with her feeling. One second she hated someone, the next she wanted to be with them. For example, she has wanted George for years, and Laundry calls him her boyfriend and she denies everything. She was hot and cold. I get that life was hard for Mala, and I mean hard, from physical abuse at home, ridicule from the small town, hodo/paranormal exposure, and feelings of isolation and loneliness overall. She was a fighter; I am just not sure I agreed with what she was fighting for. Laundry on the other hand, knew how he felt about Mala (minus the fact he accused her of being a witch and a killer and believed it), but never really acted on it. I wanted to yell at him to just grab her and confess his love and kiss her! But alas, I don’t always get what I want.
The one downside to the book was at times a little choppy. I felt a little jerked around by the sudden changes between actions, it did not flow smoothly, so at times I was confused. Not enough of an issue to make me not like the book, but just a distraction.
I was not completely happy with how the book ended. That being said, there is no doubt if I will read the next book, but more of when because I absolutely will. I need more answers and I want a conclusion that I am happy with, because to be honest, this was not it. Just an fyi, this book is not for the weak of heart, it is full of darkness and horror and anguish.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen. Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story. Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador.
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