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Burning Dawn (Angels of the Dark) Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2014
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"With compelling stories and memorable characters, Gena Showalter never fails to dazzle."—Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.
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The characters are the biggest problem I have with the story. Elin changes her mind on a dime and is constantly offended and angry with Thane...mostly just to have something to drive them apart. She jumps back and forth so quickly that it's hard to keep up with. And the chapter where she's drunk is WAY worse. Thane is attracted to her and wants to treat her differently...before he even knows her. There's no explanation as to why other than them going through the events at the Phoenix camp together. Oh, and she's hot. My biggest character gripe is the four other barmaids. They are thrown at the reader very quickly. They all look different are of different species, but they all act pretty much the same. All crack jokes and are vain...and that's about it. There's no personality with them that sets them apart so I just gave up trying to remember what they looked like or what species they were.
Another problem I had was that it felt like conflict was added simply to have conflict. I get that Thane is a warrior and on a mission to fight demons, but I found myself not reading the parts when he was in battle because it didn't matter. Why couldn't the conflict just have focused on the other Phoenix? I haven't finished the book, usually I would have by now...and that's why I felt the need to write this review. It's been a long time since I saw so much promise in a book and it fell short. Also, I hated all the boulder dodging things...maybe I just don't like anything that has to do with the barmaids. Seriously though, why would you put a half human on a team where people literally throw boulders at each other? One wrong move and she's dead.
As far as things I did like, I liked when the story was darker. Seeing Elin struggle with the sight of blood and her past was compelling. As much as I didn't like the barmaids, I actually really liked the friendship between Thane and the other two Sent Ones. I liked the back and forth of Elin and Thane at first but it went on a little too long. Again, conflict out of nothing. One time was literally, "We were intimate and you got tense for a second afterwards. You must regret everything! BYE!" And then it goes back to, "But the chemistry is too strong, I can't stay away," in the next chapter.
At this point, I don't think I'll check out the other books in this series or from Showalter. I think I'll stick with the Immortals After Dark series. At least in those books the undeniable attraction makes sense and conflict doesn't arise out of nowhere...for the most part. Not a bad book but disappointing for sure.
I loved Thane and have been intrigued by him since he was first introduced. He seemed cold and uncaring towards most people. He lived his life as he wanted to and did as he pleased and with whom he pleased. It was so nice to see him smitten with Elin. To see him changed into a gift giver and rule changer but no less the bad ass angel.
I liked Elin too, sometimes I don't like the female leads as much as the males but I did like her. She was quirky, witty but sometimes a tiny bit annoying. She definitely held her own when paired with the large personalities in the book. And I found myself laughing out loud on occasion.
I also enjoyed seeing some cross-over and the search for the missing lord (and lady) continue. There were also some leads into other story lines that I can't wait to see how they resolve.
The story starts out hot from the beginning where we find Thane under the spell of a Phonenix, Kendra who holds him hostage in their camp as a sex slave. He is hypnotic from the get go, a too hot to handle , bring me some ice, golden angel marching around the Phoenix camp unable to remember who he is other his sexual addiction to Kendra.
Elin is also a slave , half human, half Phoenix. Courageous and resourceful, Elin risks her own safety to free Thane from his spell and in so doing he helps her gain her freedom. Thane offers Elin his brand of "safety " on his home working at his nightclub.
Thane surprisingly finds himself drawn to and protective of this slave woman who has saved him. Elin believes she is so not anything Thane would ever want and she should not be attracted to him but as her friends at the club say, they all had "lady boners" for Thane.
Since Thane has now declared all Phoenix his enemies, Elin must keep her halfling status very secret. I love the fact that in this story the heroine is not the usual virgin and that she has actually had a loving marriage to a man she adored.
As all the characters in the books have had tragedy and horrors in their past they must overcome, so does Elin. Much of the story is told through her perspective and she is spunky, witty, loyal and a very likable heroine. She realizes her feelings towards Thane are more than just attraction but is a bit intimidated by this gorgeous immortal with his larger than life, hot bad boy personality. Her often snarky, cutting quips and comments throughout the story are fun and entertaining.
Thane is the kind of alpha, hunky, bad boy, Angel gorgeous hero dreams are made of. A beautiful angel,with flowing curly golden hair, dazzling eyes, strong, commanding, controlling, bad boy wicked Thane is also loyal, and protective of those he loves and is responsible for.
He has strong bonds with his best friends, his team of dark angels, Bjorne and Xerxes. Their commitment to each other knows no bounds, they are a family. There are some funny and endearing scenes between the three. Thane also shows an empathetic side as well as the strength to allow himself to be vulnerable by loving Elin and his "boys".
Thank you Gena for creating the most awesome, hottest hero, get ready swoon.
The love story is heart warming, exciting, frustrating at times with miscommunications, roller coaster emotional, which makes the ending all the more unforgettable. The story line draws you in and keeps you there enthralling in the mesmerizing world the author has created for her Dark Angels. You will never look at clouds the same again.
The secondary characters are well developed and awesome, so hope to see Xerxes and Bjorne with their own books. Loved the girls Elin works with and their Multiple Scorgasms team. Throughout the book there are plenty of really funny scenes that will have you laughing.
Thank you Gena for story that is at least 10 OMG's on the hotness scale and with gifting us with one of the most awesome, hottest alpha heroes, get ready to swoon.
Amazing series. Not just a must read but a must reread, a few times.