Friday, March 6, 2009

Tempt Me With Darkness – Shayla Black

You can find Shayla here and Tempt Me With Darkness in all fine bookstores.

He’s an immortal knight hungering for satisfaction. . . .

As soon as Marrok sees Olivia Gray, he’s sure they met in eons past. He’s felt her soft, gentle curves writhing in pleasure beneath his own powerful body. . . Morganna! For centuries, towering Marrok, once the mightiest of King Arthur’s warriors, has endured a terrible curse the witch 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 uncurse 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 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.

I will admit this much to you.  I stumbled upon this book by accident.  I was subscribed to Ms. Black’s newsletter.  Or someone’s newsletter and saw the announcement for this new, upcoming book.  It looked good, so I went and added it to my pre-order queue at Amazon.com and promptly forgot about it.

And then it arrived.

Wow, am I glad that I ordered this book! 

While racing against time, Marrok and Olivia try to find the secret to opening the Doomsday Diary and thus freeing Marrok from Morgana’s curse of immortality. They are also forced to exchange energy – through sex – in order for Olivia, an untransitioned mated witch – to remain strong and healthy.

I’m probably going to get yelled at for this but, at times there was a bit too much sex and not quite enough action for my tastes.  But then, honestly, I’m a relatively new convert to romance of any kind, so take that with a grain of salt.  If the sex helps to advance the story line, then I’m all for it.  But there were some times when I was wondering if it was more to fill the pages than anything.

However, with a strong story and likable characters – as well as those you love to hate and even one you’re not so sure about – you almost don’t even notice the bumps in the road along the way to the exciting conclusion. A definite must-read for any fan of the Arthurian legends and Morgan Le Fay.  I’m very excited for the rest of this series. 

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