Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Dannika Dark
Series: Mageri Series, Book 5
Publication Date: December 20, 2014
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Dannika Dark is one of my favorite authors. Every novel keeps the reader flowing through pages until the wee hours of the morning, revealing mystery after love story after action scene that emotes so completely and effortlessly, always leaving you wanting more. Knowing that Shine is the intended last novel of the Mageri series is so perfectly unfortunate - just what I'm sure Ms. Dark intended.
Five stars is the LEAST I could give this installment! Silver and Logan are keeping us busy panting and drooling over their insane and insatiable love life while their love is tested with a we-can-never-come-back-from-this, is-this-really-our-life problem with an impossible answer. Justice is busy training Silver and trying to keep his mind off of that impossible Relic, Page. Christian is sulking. Sexily. The Cross Family is coming together in all sorts of ways while Adam begins to finagle his way into them...and not in the way you expect. Finn is growing into the Alpha he was born to be, but someone from his past threatens the safety he's found with his new family. Sunny is remarkably pregnant and Novis is taking his role as protector rather seriously. And who can forget Simon? He continues lavishly expanding his sexual lexicon in sorts of inappropriate environments.
All of these characters that readers have adored are growing exponentially, becoming kinder, stronger, more selfless, marking themselves as worth their very own spin off novels *hint hint*! Also, if you haven't read a novel by Ms. Dark, know that her writing style is languid while direct, intelligent but colorful - I can never get enough!
I sat and devoured Shine in one sitting - and it's a moderately long one. Dannika leaves the ending open enough that she could decide to develop these characters further while still seamlessly answering the most important questions in the reader's mind. If you haven't yet, pick up ALL of Dannika's series. She is a flipping ROCKSTAR!
*Beware of the hot-flash-causing excerpt below - grab yourself an ice water.
A deep vibration rose from his chest. Logan backed me up and the next thing I knew, I was lying on the hood of Justus’s sleek Porsche. What was once a vast collection of exquisite cars was now a collection of three, aside from the Ducati, which he rarely drove.
Logan’s ravenous tongue found a sensitive spot on my neck that made me crave his skin against mine. I slipped my hands beneath his shirt, scratching at his strong back. I loved the way his body felt. The taut muscles along his abs, the baby-fine hair on his arms and legs, the masculine cut of his jaw, and especially right now, the thick press between my legs. The hood of the car dented from our weight and Logan’s heated breath stirred a voice within me that wanted to say “to hell with it” and have sex right on top of my Ghuardian’s one-hundred-thousand-dollar Porsche.
“Wait, Logan. We’re going to mess up his car.”
When his tongue entered my mouth, the complaint was forgotten.
Until the garage door lifted up.
About the Author
This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here's what I can tell you: I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I'm a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70's to a military dad who moved us around the world.
When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don't like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).
Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down - creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.
It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.
Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I'm a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.
I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think it's wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.
I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.
But it's what I love to do.
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