Monday, May 13, 2013

Review: Dark of a Dark Knight

Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Zoe Forward Website :: Facebook :: Twitter
Publication Date: March 1, 2013
Buy: Amazon

Summary:: In the shadows of our world, a secret band of warriors fights to protect us. They are the last line of defense against an evil no human can stop. 

An ancient nemesis has resurfaced. Duty demands that Ashor Vlahos, Scimitar Magi commander, recruit a magical healer to fortify the remaining eight magi. The gods' choice is the woman who helped him escape torture a decade ago. Ashor couldn't have imagined a better punishment for his vow-breaker homicidal incidents than for the gods to bind him irrevocably to the only woman in the universe he cannot have. The soul-searing desire she ignites in him is strictly forbidden.

Kira Hardy, M.D. is a brilliant, hardworking internal med resident with big secrets. But when Ashor asks for aid after a brutal daemon attack, she is sucked into his dangerous, secret world. Enslavement to the magi, no matter how hot they are, may be an unattractive life plan, but being targeted for death by their enemies is less tolerable. 

She must trust the sexy, tormented Ashor to keep her safe while he must deny his ultimate desire and keep Kira at arm's length lest he bring destruction down on them both. As a centuries-old evil catches up to them, they face a crucial decision--follow the gods' rules or follow their hearts.

Ashor Vlahos is the perfect alpha male, leader of an ancient Egyptian magi group, created and resurrected by the gods to protect human kind from Hashishins and demons. After years of fighting evil and not yet finding his senariai, or soul mate, Ashor is fighting back the darkness threatening to take over his soul.

Kira Hardy has been fighting her supernatural need to heal by becoming a doctor in the human world, using her gifts sparingly to help diagnose and save those in need. After her parents were murdered, Kira's been continuously on the look out for Terek, the illusive man who she swears is responsible.

I loved Kira and Ashor. Kira is hilarious and headstrong, even when fighting against her undeniable attraction to Ashor. While Ashor is the sexy and anguished warrior who can't help but fall in love with the sassy Kira. My favorite character in this book is undoubtedly Kira. I loved her honesty and determination. She doesn't play games and goes right for what she wants.

Moreover, I was compelled by the elements woven together by Zoe Forward. The witchcraft, demonology, history of the gods, and reincarnation helped to create rich and unique scenes from start to finish. I did, however, have some confusion with the terminology and didn't actually find out that there was a glossary until I finished the novel. That being said, I would've been a lot less confused had I read the meanings behind these terms in the beginning.

Zoe writes a story rich with romance and unique paranormal elements. The point-of-view of the story switches from Kira's to Ashor's and we even get a brief view into the mind of the antagonist, which is atypical and appreciated. And again, the relationship development between Kira and Ashor is well-paced, their intimacy is hot, and I cannot wait to read more about them and the fellow Scimitar Magi in the next installment in this series, Forgotten In Darkness, release date, TBD.

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