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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416558586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416558583
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

More Spamalot than Camelot, the debut of Black's Doomsday Brotherhood series introduces Marrok of Cadbury, who was a brave warrior in King Arthur's army until his unhappy lover, Morganna le Fay, cursed him with immortality and perpetual sexual frustration. Fifteen centuries later, Marrok is working as a sculptor in London and searching for a way to unlock Morganna's nasty little book of spells, the Doomsday Diary, though he's not sure he can break the curse without unleashing the book's deadly magic. Marrok also has to hide the Diary from villainous wizard Mathias d'Arc (Cruel, clever, hedonistic, rapacious. Brilliantly evil.) and decide whether beautiful art gallery owner Olivia Gray, Morganna's descendant, is his greatest nemesis or his sexual salvation. This orgasmic paranormal might make T.H. White turn over in his grave but will keep Black's fans panting for the next installment. (Sept.)
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"Shayla Black keeps me turning the pages!" -- New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

"Shayla Black's writing is pure magic. Gripping, sensual, and absolutely delicious." -- New York Times bestselling author Cheyenne McCray

"Pure magic." -- Cheyenne McCray

Customer Reviews

I am impatiently waiting for the next in the series.
Sabrina L. Pugliese
This book indulges fans with Ms. Black's unique brand of sensual romance while showcasing just how creative this talented author's imagination truly is.
Jennifer A. Ray
I do not really get the whole not a good book but good character interaction thing.
Crystal, the librophiliac

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ditzyhorse on October 4, 2008
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I read it but only after my TBR pile was empty. Even then I kept putting it down and forgetting to read it for a few days. Don't get me wrong, the story was well written and all the other reviews here give you a clear picture of the storyline. For me the gal in the book 'Oliva' was annoying which really made it hard for me to read. Whinny, "Oh who should I believe, my immortal mate or the father I haven't ever seen before?" She wasn't street smart, witty, funny, interesting, intelligent. But she was a soon to be powerful witch, young, a virgin etc. I had to skip over paragraphs of her "will I or won't I" dialogue as it set my teeth on edge. Thats just me. I enjoy a novel more if I like the main gal, when she annoys me well its a struggle.

Soooooo 3 stars out of 5 but as I said, it is a good book but not my cup of tea.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By N.W. Reader on February 1, 2009
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I've been trying to get thru this so long and have just finally given up. I'm leaving off on page 161.

Annoying things about this book:
1- Olivia is mired in an unending pity party; no redeaming qualities. I
find it really difficult to enjoy a book without a likeable female lead
2- The 'she has to have frequent doses of your semen or she'll die"
How ridiculous and dangerously close to the rubbish that drove me away
from Anita Blake,
3- a mating bond put in place by just about the least romantic or sexy
coupling I've ever read

As a basic concept I think the book had potential but the execution is just not there. Writing this review is the last bit of time I'll spend on what has been a waste of money and time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cee-Cee on December 11, 2009
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Ok, so I finally finished the first book in the series that seemed to turn into a chore. The begining of the book captured me at once and I was thrilled with the strory line but then it started to falter and lost steam. I wasn't feeling the herione in the story at all. She did nothing but cry and "woe is me" throughout the book. "Does he love me?" "He's just using me to undo the curse" yada yada yada. These questions just kept being repeated over and over that it nearly drove me insane! There was no real bond between both characters. No real moments when they sat down and got to know one another. They spent their time rolling around in the sack and yelling about the same aurguments over and over again. I felt no connection with them other than fate forcing them together. I liked Marrok alot but even he began to wear on my nerves near the end. The characters just didn't hold my heart like I thought they would. By the end of the book I really didn't care if they stayed together or not. The whole Brethren group just didn't mesh well either. The men felt like forced characters in the book just to add more people to the fight. Even Lucan and Bram's friendship didn't really hold up for me. All in all, its a good standby book if you are between series right now. I'm just passing the time with it until the next book of my prefered series, (BDB, Dark-Hunters, Immortals After Dark, Midnight Breed, and Demonica), come out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monica on November 29, 2009
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Summary: He's an immortal knight hungering for satisfaction.... As soon as Marrok sees Olivia Gray's dark windswept hair and burning violet eyes, he's sure they've met in eons past. He's felt her soft gentle curves writhing in pleasure beneath his own hard powerful body ... Morganna! For centuries, towering Marrok, once the mightiest of King Arthur's warriors, has endured a terrible curse cast upon him when he spurned the witch.She's a modern woman about to discover ancient magic.... Olivia shares a mystical--and irresistible--connection with brooding Marrok. Soon after the sexy warrior appears in her erotic dreams, he abducts her, demanding she un-curse him. Their intense passion is more powerful--and intimate--than either of them has ever known. Olivia may be the key to unlocking the diary that will break Morganna's hold on his life. But in the wrong hands, the book also holds the power to destroy all magickind. As they search for answers, a ruthless wizard returned from exile is building an army of evil. When he discovers Marrok and Olivia have the diary, only their love--with the help of a powerful group of magical Brethren--can save them.

So, at first I was very unsure about this series. One of my biggest passions is Arthurian Legend, I love it, and don't deal well seeing it totally tore up. I started reading this book and I instantly felt better, Ms. Black wrote a romance in the present that has some Arthurian Legend elements, but she doesn't completely disfigure it, thank goodness. The plot was engrossing, and I enjoyed the characters, I really like Bram, he reminds me of Morganen from Jean Johnson's Destiny series, which is awesome because he is one of my favorite characters of all time. The heat between in the main characters is scorching and Ms.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Ray TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2008
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For over fifteen centuries, Marrok has tried in vain to break the curse laid on him by the infamous Morgana Le Fay. To that end, he stole her book of power, the Doomsday Diary, long ago, but all attempts to unlock its secrets prove futile.

When he meets Olivia Gray, he is seized with desperate hope, and unmitigated distrust. Is Olivia really the innocent she seems? Or is she the witch Morgana returned to taunt him further? Whatever the case, he suspects she is the key to his freedom and will do whatever it takes to get her to open the Doomsday Diary.

But Olivia manages the most insidious spell of all when she captures his heart. Can he trust the woman who is the spitting image of his ancient enemy, or will she be his final doom?

Fans of Shayla Black's work have long awaited her first foray into the realm of paranormal romance, and the author succeeds with considerable aplomb in TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS: THE DOOMSDAY BRETHREN, BOOK 1.

This book indulges fans with Ms. Black's unique brand of sensual romance while showcasing just how creative this talented author's imagination truly is. Creating her own spin on the Arthurean legends, Shayla Black weaves a fascinating story that absorbs the reader from page one, expanding on the myths of Merlin and Morgana in a way that is all at once familiar but also new and exciting.

Ms. Black has a knack for character building, and never has this been more evident than with the heroes of her DOOMSDAY BRETHREN series. Hungry fans have been devouring tidbits on each of the men who make up this noble group of magical warriors for months on her website.
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More About the Author

You know what they say about curiosity and the cat...but if you still want to know, read below.

Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances produced via traditional, small press, independent, and audio publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her "free" time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

Shayla's books have been translated in about a dozen languages. She has also received or been nominated for The Passionate Plume, The Holt Medallion, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader's Choice Awards. RT Bookclub has twice nominated her for Best Erotic Romance of the year, as well as awarded her several Top Picks, and a KISS Hero Award.

A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every new book.

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