- File Size: 363 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
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- Publisher: Jex Lane (January 29, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 29, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0795SDD9Y
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Dark of Night: A Paranormal Romance (Beautiful Monsters: Ashwood Red) Kindle Edition
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In the Beautiful Monster world, there are Hunters who work for incubi to kill vampires. Kat's father was killed and turned into a vampire when she was a teenager. When vampires are newly turned, they are compelled to kill their family, as a way to remove any ties to their old life. Kat's father killed her mother, and Kat was rescued by Hunters. Now, as a young adult, she is committed to killing as many vampires as she can, and is offered a chance to become a Hunter and joins the Ashwood Red team.
Darius is a social incubus whose parents were also killed by the same vampire that turned Kat's father, and he was taken in by Lord Tarrick. As a young incubus, Darius has less control and requires to feed on sexual energy more often. Once he meets Kat, he immediately desires her but he is afraid that she will reject him because he is not a warrior incubus, that he can't offer her an exclusive relationship.
Kat is attracted to Darius, but is so focused on her goal: kill the vampire that turned her father. The romance between Darius and Kat works, but it did feel rushed. I almost wished that this book took place entirely before Captive, since I felt the timeline was rushed to fit the events that occurred within Captive. I wanted a slower romance and I wish this book was longer especially since book 2 focuses on a different pairing. There are hints of Broken: Beautiful Monsters Vol. 3 in the story (like the date and the calsanic craze), and I think the romance would have worked better for me, if it was more of a slow burn or if Kat was a full-fledged Hunter and not just a cadet in training.
Overall, Dark of Night is a great start to a new series and I look forward to reading the remaining 5 books in Ashwood Red. I especially loved the humor throughout this book. It was fun rereading the BeMo books for a new appreciation for the characters you get to know in Dark of Night. I especially can't wait till Dawn's book!
Note: I did receive an early ARC which allowed me to fully digest this book and prepare this review so I could post it upon the book's release.
Darius is so lovably incompetent, and not your typical macho, and tough male BeMo character. But he is what he is, a social incubus and the face of house Tarrick that will never be an awesome fighter. His relationship with Tarrick actually gives more insight into the Lord General himself. We learn that Darius was raised together with Tarrick’s youngest son Tane, so it’s likely Darius sees Tarrick as a father figure, especially since he lost his parents so young.
Pairing Darius with 18-year-old cadet hunter Kat was perfect, because in incubus years, Darius is considered quite young himself. Kat was pretty feisty, and meant to be a hunter all along, considering she started bagging vamps before even joining the academy. Their relationship starts off a little rocky, and even after Kat begins to think there could be a chance for them, she’s held back by the fact that he could never be truly fateful to her, he is a being that needs to feed on sex after all.
Seeing Matthew in a few brief scenes added much needed nostalgia. Speaking of which, I know the author suggests these books are stand alone, but to me if you want to get the real meat of the series, you need to read the first three BeMo books. People familiar with Immortals After Dark won’t see the similarities here, besides the fact that the main characters found their mate, the length is closer to a novella and there wasn’t as much heartache that the main characters usually go through before ending up together.
Overall, it was a fantastic read and especially loved the cameos of our favorite BeMo characters.
Darius and Kat were great to read. As someone who's read all the books set after this paranormal romance, it's like, seriously cool to see how the hunters look like from a human's POV. When Kat goes through what she does in the beginning to get introduced to the hunter world, you're there to experience everything she does. Everything probably every ignorant hunter goes through when deciding to leave their human lives behind for the opportunity to serve the powerful and protect the humans. It was fun seeing familiar names and faces, and though this was a great story, I'm still a little giddy over placing names to other people in Matthew's books (the books that are set after this, okay?). Okay so now for this book:
Kat was a strong person I easily got to click with. I loved how she took everything, and how even as she wore her armor for the rest of the world, she still had that bit of softness to her that allowed her to entertain the thought of Darius for a little at a time. Darius, who came off as this really good guy with muscles and a brain and some sensitivity (where Kat was concerned lmao) was also fun to read about, because he's not a warrior incubus. Instead of alpha males and the gory goodness, we get a different type of predator. It all just felt sweeter and softer while still being hot and near-dangerous, if that makes sense. It's a huge recommend if you've read this author or enjoy hunters and incubi and vampires.