Review: Find Me in Darkness by Julie Kenner

Review: Find Me in Darkness by Julie KennerFind Me in Darkness by Julie Kenner
Publication Date: January 13th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
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Synopsis

Synopsis

A doomed woman. A dangerous and mysterious man. And an epic passion that cannot be denied…

Don’t miss Mal and Christina’s story:

Find Me in Darkness

Find Me in Pleasure

Find Me in Passion

And be sure not to miss the first novella in this exciting and sexy series by Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner), Caress of Darkness, a 1001 Dark Nights novella.

***NOTE TO READERS*** Each of the 1001 Dark Nights novellas stands alone. (Caress of Darkness and the 2015 release, Caress of Pleasure.) The Find Me books are a true trilogy and are meant to be read in order.

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review

Mal

He is a use ’em and leave ’em kind of guy.  He once had a true love that he would have kept for eternity. But, his opportunity for a life of love has been overshadowed by circumstances and powers that are our of his control.

Christina

She is the love of Mal’s life.  She is strong and powerful  She, herself, is a mystery, and houses something that is not of this world and is constantly fighting to break out.

When we met Mal he has just finished tossing aside his latest conquest. We are given a brief glimpse of his wondering thoughts to a happier time when he was in love and knew love. He has been fated to immortality, and should retain a bit of pride by the life he has been given. However, he has a deep ache and longing for the one thing he repeatedly must let go.

Brayden

A med-school student and Jaynie’s best friend since second grade. He knows Jaynie’s past and her fears of the present and future. He is protective of her, like a brother would be.  He watches out for her well-being, and is a constant in her life.

Jaynie

We are afforded such an interesting introduction to Jaynie, the actress. She narrates to us what she knows about herself, from her personal experience and her mother. In this life, she has had a difficult time. We hear this as she tells us, “…she (her mother) would repeatedly tell me that I had the devil living inside me and that she should never have had me because I was going to destroy the world.”  We also learn that Jaynie has frequent black-out spells that occur unexplainably and at bizarre times.  The lack of nurturing in her life coupled with other strange quirks leaves Christina feeling lost and rejected.

Brayden and Jaynie are catching up, having a night out on the town, when a surprise guest interrupts their good time. As this occurs, we slowly begin to see the rationalization for how the story’s main characters come together.  An explosion of sexual fireworks in an alley outside of a bar takes Jaynie deep in her psyche to a place that has been buried, and she recalls who she is and the mystery person that is before her.  But then, just like that, the fog descends once more, and she is forced into the darkness that she has lived in so long thus far.

The first part of this novella was well-written and served as a satisfying introduction to the premise of the story and the characters. However, I felt like the second part of the novella really entrapped me in such a wonderful way!  Meeting Mal’s friends gave me further understanding into the past.  After reading their interactions, I felt increased sympathy for each of them, as they all knew of what the outcome of this time would be if they were not proactive, but understood the harm it caused Mal.  The plan they allowed to be put in place overlooked some of their own misgivings, but allowed Mal the opportunity to explore any possibilities of keeping himself from further devastation, and saving a key part of his life.  As Jaynie enters into this devised plan I anticipated the interaction of her and Mal. It was deep, passionate, and smoldering hot. The conclusion to the story offered me enough to feel I wouldn’t die before getting to the next book, but also left the top just far enough off Pandora’s box that I could wait anxiously for its release.

4 Stars

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