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Of Love and Darkness by [Lund, Tami]
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OF LOVE AND DARKNESS kicks off the new Twisted Fate shape-shifter series. There are two kinds of shifters: Rakshasa and Light Ones. Rakshasa want to snack on human bones. Light Ones want to protect the humans.

Unfortunately, the Rakshasa are currently winning the battle, as the Light Ones are not fertile. Only one type of Light One, exceedingly rare females called Chala, are able to produce offspring. The Rakshasa know this, and have managed to nearly decimate the population.

Enter Gavin Rowan, a cursed Rakshasa who believes he is a Light One. He feels all his Rakshasa urges to kill, but has been cursed to protect the Light Ones instead.

Throw Sydney Amataya into the mix. She is a Chala--except she doesn't know it. At least not until Gavin saves her from a Rakshasa attack and then declares her as his mate.

But that's not how Sydney operates. Encouraged by her cross-dressing Fate, William, she refuses Gavin's claim. If he wants to mate with her--once she gets over the shock of discovering this supernatural world, that is--he's going to have to woo her, impress her, wine and dine her. Romance her. She deserves no less, end of the world be damned.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1190 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (24 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZJ7SRB8
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! 9 September 2016
By sydney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Gotta love when an author you read gives you a new series that has you going OMG! That's the case with this one and it's amazing! Gavin is under a curse that makes him want to protect those he should want to kill but for over 100 years he's been doing this. One night he meets Sydney and when he realizes that she's a Chala he decides that he has to mate with her even though he thinks she's not his type. Pretty soon word gets out to others that she's around and Gavin has to work to get her to mate with him. Once she does things should be great right? Well think again.

The author is amazing with building her characters and letting the reader get to know them. You can actually feel Gavin's frustration with everything and feel sorry for him, well part of the time. And Sydney is one of those woman who knows their mind and has no problem letting you know what she wants. And you also have William OMG I just LOVE him, he's the best! A definite must read with new types of paranormal characters, at least to me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 7 July 2016
By Sheila A. Willert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a really engaging book. Gavin is a cursed shifter that is compelled to save the Light Ones and humans. Nightly he goes out to battle evil shifters. He has almost destroyed all the breeder Light Ones or Chala. He finds one in Detroit. Sydney has no idea how special she is. Gavin wants her for his mate even though he does not deserve her. William, her Fate/protector, is so funny and has a fabulous wardrobe - read the book! What a journey. Shhhh don't talk to me, I just started book 2
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FABULOUSLY COMPELLING AND MARVELOUSLY MAGICAL JOURNEY !!! 30 June 2015
By jlswainsboro/Judy Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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 *****
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars arc review 25 June 2015
By Tanja - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
gavin, a cursed rakshasa, patrols the streets and stumbles upon sydney, stubborn and sassy and very clearly lost.
when they find her car she attacked by a big ugly mutt and saved by another big dog. or so she thinks. this event sets so much in motion, she can't and won't believe it. gaving claiming to be her mate, her stepbrother turning out not to be her stepbrother but some kind of guardian, her house turning into a man only dorm as more and more arrive wanting to court her.
she has a heard time coming to grips but she finally sees things for what they are and she lets her more basic feeling rule her and completes the mating with gavin. now are they mated or not? it all gets a bit cloudy as they are attacked and have to move to stay in the clear.
this story provides it all : love, hate, betrayal, violence, humor, heartache.
i had to read this in almost one go, it has an easy flow to the story that keeps you enthralled and invested to keep on reading.
a must read for those who love a heroine who isn't an easy pushover!
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about opposites attract!! 25 June 2015
By Madhatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In the fight between good and evil there are Dark Ones and there are Light Ones and apparently one in the grey. Gavin is a cursed Rakshasa, forced to protect those he once destroyed by killing his own kind. He belongs to no side anymore as neither will have him and the guilt and loneliness threaten to overwhelm him at any given time. During a patrol he comes across Sydney just as she is attacked by a Rakshasa (Dark One shifter), in saving her he realizes she is the last Chala (vessel of the Light Ones who is capable of producing more Chala and Light Ones) and also his true mate. She, unfortunately, has no clue what the hell he is talking about and thinks he’s a little nuts. To Sydney’s surprise Gavin’s claims are vindicated by her stepbrother William who apparently isn’t even human! Everything about Sydney is in direct contrast to what Gavin Is usually attracted to but his is drawn to her all the same. So is every Light One shifter in the world apparently, despite Gavin’s claim to being her mate. But there is more to the curse than anyone realized and he may not be her mate even though he has fallen in love with her and her with him and the “pack” has shifted from trying to woo Sydney to following Gavin in protecting her. When Gavin is captured by the Rakshasa, it becomes clear there is a traitor in their midst and Sydney puts herself in danger to save him. Great story and characters, good mix of humor and excitement (plus a few steamy bedroom scenes. Interesting story line, looking forward to an additional installment or two! **Book received in exchange for honest review**

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