Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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17666590The Valery Dearborn Trilogy by Caroline Hanson

This box set contains three full-length novels.

Love is Darkness
Love is Fear
Love is Mortal

From Love is Darkness:

Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—deadly.

In London for graduate school, Val knows she's finally free. Her father and ex-almost-boyfriend are back in California and she's out of the Vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she?

She draws the attention of Lucas, a 1600 year old Vampire, and King to his kind. He’s also wicked hot. As golden as Lucifer, and just as tempting, he makes Valerie an offer she can't refuse— help him find out if the Others (Empaths, Fey and Werewolves) still exist or he'll stop protecting those she loves.

Lucas tells her that Empaths were a Vampire’s biggest weakness before going extinct hundreds of years ago. While the Fey or a Werewolf might kill a Vampire, an Empath could enslave them, seducing or harming with emotions at will. The one detail he leaves out? Valerie is an Empath.

And after 1600 years of an emotionless existence, Lucas wants Valerie like a recovering alcoholic wants a wine cooler.

Can she keep those she loves alive, stop Lucas from munching on her, survive a fanged revolution and still find a way to have that boring, normal life she’s always wanted? Probably not, but boy is she gonna try!

Rate & take


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This series came really close to getting a 2 and 1/2 skull rating but it pulled off a quick change at the end and earned its way back to a three. Book two was the sticking point for me, much of it was just a lot of internal dialog that didn't move the story very much. My .02 cents in the opinion department would have been to edit the entire story and condense it into two satisfying books. To be fair there were a number of elements that made the story fresh. If you enjoy the tensions between and within the Fey and Vampire worlds, give this trilogy a go.

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