Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Desires Unleashed by D.N. Simmons

Title:  Desires Unleashed
Author:  D.N. Simmons
Series:  Knights of the Darkness Chronicles #1
Published:  April 4th 2012 by Rushmore Publishing 
(first published August 19th 2004)
Page Count:  298
Genre:  Paranormal
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Desires Unleashed is the first novel in the riveting, highly-addictive and sexually-charged Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of the chase in this electrifying page-turner as you uncover the mystery behind the series of gruesome killings that have been terrorizing the citizens of Chicago.

When a grisly decapitated corpse pops up on a Chicago Street, drained of blood, the highly-trained, government-funded special police force assigned two of their best detectives to the case. S.U.I.T. Detectives Warren Davis and Matthew Eric delve deep into their investigation to discover just who or what is leaving mutilated bodies in public places. They soon realize that the killer or killers is one step ahead of them and if they are going to stop the menace before another innocent human is viciously attack, they are going to need help.

Natasha Hemingway liked her life just the way it was… normal and supernatural-free. The vampires and shape-shifters were just where she wanted them to be—far away from her. All was going well until an unfortunate accident landed her in the hospital. It was then that she discovered she had an ability that could help her save countless lives. All of a sudden, she finds herself thrust into the dangerous and alluring world of the supernatural and into the arms of two very sexy and deadly vampires.

Original, gritty and sprinkled with just the right amount of humor and wit, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won't forget. You don’t want to miss out on this amazing series!

This book has been previously published and has been substantially revised from its original release.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

I like that the supernatural community isn’t a secret in this series. They may not be completely open with humans, but there are no cover-ups, etc. with respect to supernatural crimes. Simmons took a rather standard view of supernaturals, gave it a few good twists, and created a phenomenally unique and captivating story.

All of the characters in this novel are extremely unique and so completely different from one another that it is easy for the reader to keep everything straight when the author flips from scene to scene and character to character. The writing and descriptive styles actually change while writing about each of the different groups of characters. It’s almost as if you can picture different colours to go with each of the groups, packs, prides, or covens. That said, the story as a whole flows very fluently so that when the different storylines begin to come together, the colours merge into a collage that you are completely captivated in.

He characters in this novel were extremely well developed. Simmons didn’t skip over a single aspect of anyone, making each and every character completely unique. She also didn’t waste time developing a secondary cast because it wasn’t necessary. The main characters in this story were more than strong enough, and plentiful enough, to carry the story on their own merits. I must say, however, that there are a few characters in this story who’s role I don’t really understand. When present in the story they were very commanding and captivating. However, they seem to serve no purpose other than a distraction from the main storyline. I can only assume that they become more important further on in the series.

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this story. I love how Simmons played with darkness and light, passion and hate, family and friendships to create a story that will leave you reeling and wanting oh so much more.

Buy your copy online here today.

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