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Format: Kindle Edition
Title: Of Love and Darkness
Author: Tami Lund
Designation: Book One of Twisted Fate Series, Not A Standalone
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Reading Platform: Kindle Unlimited
My Rating: FIVE MAGNIFICENTLY MAGICAL STARS*****
Of Love and Darkness by Tami Lund is most definitely a homerun! Lund has successfully knocked it out of the park- again - with the first book in her spellbinding new series, Twisted Fate and I for one, absolutely love it! I first ventured into the land of all things Lund last year when I read Into The Light, the first book in Tami's amazingly successful Lightbearer Series which I also highly recommend. But of course, I didn't stop there! I was so impressed with her incredible talent, boundless imagination and extraordinary skill that I felt compelled to read "everything Lund" and what a treat it was! Now, I anxiously await each new release so I can dive into the fantastically unique worlds she creates for her readers which are always filled to the brim with action, adventure, suspense, magic, fantasy, irresistible characters and tumultuous paranormal/supernatural romance. Her books are like an all you can buffet and I seem to never get my fill! Yowza! I could talk about Tami Lund's exceptional talent all day but I digress, so let's talk about Of Love and Darkness. The story is exciting, thrilling, original, unique, action-packed, fast-paced, enchanting, romantic, sensual and at times, humorous. The dialogue is intelligent, powerful, exceptionally well written and flows effortlessly. The characters are remarkably well developed, fascinating, captivating, engaging, endearing, sexy and at times, laugh out loud funny. Lund skillfully crafts these elements into a tantalizing saga with a totally unique spin on paranormal romance filled with thrills, chills, heart-pounding adventure and heartbreaking sorrow.
The premise of the story:
The timeline for this series is the present and the story begins in Detroit. There is a species of shape-shifters existing in the shadows and hiding in plain sight among the unsuspecting humans. The shifters are split into two basic groups, the dark ones, the Rakshasa who now hunt humans for sport and the light ones, the Chala who protect humans and are also hunted by the Rakshasa. The Chala are very rare and have been hunted to extinction by the Rakshasa. There is also another group of supernatural beings in the mix. The Fates are immortals that were once human but are reborn/created to protect the female Chala once they become fertile. Obviously, most of them are now unemployed. Just a little humor, folks and thankfully, there is also a good bit of comic relief in the book. The Fates can be killed but are then simply reborn. Although both groups of shifters probably share the same ancestry, the Rakshasa are determined to eliminate the Chala since they're the only deterrent standing between them and their human snacks. Yikes! In order for the Chala to replenish their race, they need a female Chala to mate with a male Chala and produce little baby Chalas. Now, that doesn't sound too difficult does it? Well, it kinda is since there are no more female Chala. The Rakshasa have killed them all! What? At least that's what everyone thought - until now!
The plot of this story:
Three hundred eighty seven year old Gavin Rowan is a real-life monster. He was born a Rakshasa who hunted humans and Chala for sport. At one time, he was the leader of the North American Rakshasa Pack and is primarily responsible for the near extinction of the Chala. For one hundred and eighty seven years he struck terror in the hearts of all Chala. But, he finally tangled with the wrong Fate and killed her charge. Now, as the result of a two hundred year old curse, he is eternally damned to hunt his own kind and protect the Chala, only there are no Chala to protect. Or so he thought! So now, Gavin protects the unsuspecting humans and that ultimately leads him to quite a discovery.
Meet Sydney Amataya - an event planner and sometimes saleswoman in Detroit. She has no idea at all that she is a "light one", a very rare female Chala. She has been kept totally in the "dark" by her family who are now all deceased thanks to the Rakshasa and is now living with her stepbrother, William, who in reality is actually her guardian Fate and will remain her protector until she finds and bonds with her mate who then will take up the mantel. Whew! Yeah, I know, absolutely fascinating! Everything is going swimmingly for Sydney until one dark, fateful night when she is attacked and injured by a Rakshasa but is fortuitously rescued by our cursed champion, Gavin Rowan. And Shazam! She's his mate! What? At least that's what he claims and he does claim her! Oh my! She can't be his mate, she doesn't even know what that means. But she is sure of one thing, he's a real nut case because he keeps calling her Chala and can't seem to keep his hands off her. Despite being crazy, he is tall, dark and handsome and she's more than a little attracted to him. Well, actually more than attracted, she wants him! But he's nuts! Or is he??? I wonder??? Let the games begin! No spoilers from me but I will say this....Handsome, alpha Rakshasa cursed to protect his enemy and destined to love a Chala-check! Beautiful, kind-hearted Chala raised as human, thrown into an unfamiliar violent world, destined to bear the weight of continuing her race but falls in love with a cursed Rakshasa-check! An intriguing menagerie of strong, fascinating characters-check! Danger, drama, adventure, betrayal, suspense, a little magic, malevolent enemies and several surprising plot twists-check! Heated attraction, fiery passion, heartbreaking angst, sweet romance and some steamy love scenes-you bet! That and a whole lot more!
This is a full length novel but is the first book in a series. It doesn't exactly end in a cliffhanger nor does it have a happily ever after but more of a happy for now ending. And that's okay. We do get some closure for this couple but judging from the way this book is written, I have to assume that the adventure will continue and the next book will also deal with most of the same characters. I sure hope so because I really want to hear more about Gavin and Sydney! Deliciously cute, seriously sexy, completely captivating and delightfully entertaining! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!
My Final Rating: FIVE FAN-TAB-BULOUS STARS *****