Thursday, October 10, 2013

LISA'S REVIEW: Love is Darkness (Caroline Hanson) Valerie Dearborn #1

Title: Love is Darkness
Author: Caroline Hanson
Series: A Valerie Dearborn Novel
ASIN: B005JMJ046
Published August 27th 2011 by Host of the Hills
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!

This is a full length novel and contains adult content.

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)
I was very impressed. I did not know anything about this series but now I can not wait to finish it.
Hanson did a great job setting up a series here. Tons of background that can lead in many directions giving it a very unpredictable outcome.
I love Val's character. Strong and sassy yet, in great need of a caretaker. A man to protect her. She wants John but meet Lucas and the love triangle begins. Though love triangles are all to often and tend to become boring. I found this on a change from the norm. Leaving me reading on to see the outcome.
the conflict throughout the book is very entertaining. I love the ending, a bit of a hanger but I still love it. Looking forward to reading the next installment. Seeing more of Lucas would be a bonus. I love the chemistry between him and Val.

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