Series: Dark Destinies #1
Author: SK Ryder
Publication Date: August 10th 2016 by Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: paranormal romance
My Rating: ★★★★
Book Links: Goodreads – Amazon(US) – Amazon(CA)
Back Cover Blurb:
Rookie journalist Cassidy Chandler wakes to an ugly bruise on her neck, a hole in her memory, and a fiancé who seems to know more about what happened than he's telling. It's enough to make Cassidy call off the engagement and move out, even if that means trading a posh South Florida mansion for a dilapidated beach house. Unfortunately, she also trades one devious man for another questionable character in her unexpected new roommate: the darkly enigmatic and exasperatingly French Dominic Marchant.
For Dominic Marchant secrecy is a matter of survival. As a newborn vampire with dangerous enemies, he's sure the headstrong young woman invading his lair with an unknown vampire's mark on her throat is about to get him killed. But the charming Cassidy resists his every effort to make her leave and even embroils him in her own tumultuous life. Before he knows it, she has stolen his heart and helps him rediscover his lost humanity. Now he's fighting to protect her not only from the ancient vampires hunting him, but also from his own deadly desire for her.
But her secretive ex isn’t done with her yet, and neither is the dark prophecy Cassidy and Dominic’s unlikely relationship has set in motion. Together they are swept up in a battle where nothing is as it seems, love and deception are the weapons of choice, and the only way to survive is to risk everything—for each other.
I quite enjoyed this tale. Ryder combines the wonder of vampires with the dark and gritty life that they must lead in order to stay hidden in plain sight. What it means to be a vampire becomes just as vivid as the world in which this story is placed. Throughout the well plotted story Ryder also develops the world and setting in a manner that allows readers to enter it.
The characters that Ryder develops are also a lot of fun to get to know. They are developed intricately yet not in excessive detail. I enjoyed the way the relationships came about and how easy it was to get to know everyone.
As a whole, this was a great start to Ryder's new series. I definitely can't wait to see what happens next.