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Nikolai: A Dark Light Novella (The Dark Light Series) Kindle Edition
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"I want to bury this shit. I want to erase all the confusion and anger that has haunted me my entire life. Never good enough.... Always the black sheep."
We start out with Nikolai in the 1990 in New Orleans. He runs a large brothel that is very profitable. He and his right hand man Varshaun are ruthless when it comes to business. They are cold calculated murders and don't care who they take from to get what they want. They feel nothing. They are the Dark and they and they are powerful. The use sex, drugs, and alcohol to escape from it all. They live in a fantasy world where everything they ever want is at the fingertips. Nikolai feels nothing but emptiness and cold hatred runs through his veins. Until he meets the girl that will change it all!
Amelie comes into Niko's brothel by ways of a debt. Her father is a drunk and has a heavy gambling problem so she agreed to be turned over to the brothel to have his debt settled. Even though she came willing to save her father she is kicking and screaming the whole way. The commotion brings Niko to investigate as they only take on girls that are willing to go into the profession. She is fighting the men and resists being there but then reveals why she is resistance.... she is a virgin
"She's a virgin but she's banished herself to a life of shame and debasement, damned herself to live with a monster. Even I can't wrap my head around it, and I'm the king of mind-f**ks."
She also knows who he is, even though they have never met. But Niko can sense there is something in her bloodline. Even though she is human, he knows she has supernatural powers flowing through her. There is something about her that he is drawn too. He keeps her in his room where he can keep an eye on her. She reveals to him that she was sick when she was ten and her mother called upon a witch to heal her. Since then, she has dreamed of Niko every night. Every evil killing or every sex filled night she has bared witness too. She is part of a bloodline that is an enemy to the Dark. She is a direct descendant of a Voodoo Queen. The Dark feel their magic is unnatural and calls upon the dead, that it disrupts the balance of nature. Even with this knowledge, Niko wants her more than anything he has ever wanted. He feels a peace with her that he has never felt before.
"She sees me, and I allow her. Maybe for shock value, or maybe because I know she'll never survive long enough to confirm the legends of her people. But I let her take it all in... the nightmare that is me. The Dark One that needs to kill her... yet wants to own her."
The more time Niko spends with Amelie the more he falls for her. She brings a light to his dark existence he has never felt before. He feels love that he never felt from anyone. Even though they have not been together in a sexual way, he craves to be with her. Just being around her is enough for now. He will do anything to protect her because if anyone from the Dark knew who she really was, she would be killed.
"In the span of a few short days, Amelie has become a warm and bright as the sun to me. She's become my light. And I never thought in a million years, in eternity of existing in the dark, that I could ever crave that."
This more evident than when the lovely Aurora makes a visit. Oh how a sooooo despise this women!! There is not a fictional character that I hate more!!! I hope one day she gets what she deserves because she is so evil!! So... she makes a visit to discuss Dorian with Niko. While having a drink with Varshaun, Aurora, and Nadia (another member of the dark and a friend of Niko's) Amelie over hears them discussing Niko's notorious sexscapdes and runs off. Niko runs after her and reveals the truth to her that even though their families are sworn enemies, he needs her. He has an overwhelming sense to keep her safe. He reveals that she has been under the spell of something, that she recently woke up possessed. The people who still practice black magic know that Amelie is with him, with the Dark and will stop at nothing to kill them both. Also that voodoo magic use is on the rise and to keep the balance of nature the source needs to be sought out and killed. He insists on moving her to his house and not the brothel to keep her safe.
Niko takes her to his house and Amelie decides she is ready to give herself to him. These moments are touching and make my heart melt. But when you think they will be able to have happiness, all hell breaks loose... Will Niko and Amelie be able to be together even though their families are sworn enemies? With Niko being so wrapped up in all that is Amelie, he is blind to what is going on around him and one of his closest friend uses this to their advantage. With betrayal and deception on the horizon, will Niko and Amelie be able to find the happiness they deserve or will it end in tragedy? You will need to read to find out!
Words cannot describe how amazing this book is!! It truly has it all!! Its smoking hot... I may have gotten the urge to light up a cigarette after reading a couple of the sex scenes. Its suspenseful... it had me turning the pages and devouring this book in one day! And above all, it's a wonderful love story about forbidden love and my heart melted and was ripped apart. I found myself wanting Niko to find love when all he has ever known is cold and darkness. It's a fantastic additional to the Dark Light Series!! Even though I am forever ruined by Dorian, Niko now has a part of heart as well!
Amelie ~ She was so innocent and vulnerable but at the same time she saved Niko in more than 1 way. Only she was no more than a pawn in a game being played by someone higher up the power chain. But for someone with such a short life she lived a full life full of love, even if that love was only in the last few weeks of her life.
Nikolai ~ We first meet him in The Dark Prince and of course all he does in it, is draw our interest. He's just so intriguing that you can't help but want to know more about him. This book helps you understand why Niko is the way he is. Even though he too was a pawn in a bigger game he didn't even know it. And unfortunately I do believe he still doesn't know and neither does Dorian.
Overall I absolutely love this series and I am so ready for the next book.
Till next time ~ Sweets Books
Good book if you want a quick dark read but I don't feel it's necessary