Review by: Book Addict

Darkness Awakened
by Stephanie Rowe

Published March 15, 2012 as an e-book

The Calydons are a race of ancient immortals cursed with a dark side. Each Calydon is destined to meet his soul mate, to be so drawn to her that he is unable to resist bonding with her through the rituals of his race...   ...but their destiny is to destroy each other and all they care about the moment their bond is complete.  

Quinn Masters will stop at nothing to rescue his rogue teammate. To save his blood brother and ensure his brand of justice triumphs, Quinn will break every rule of his kind and partner with the sensuous, courageous woman destined to be his ultimate destruction.  

Haunted by a brutal past, Illusionist Grace Matthews will risk everything to save her kidnapped sister, including putting her life in the sinfully capable hands of an immortal warrior whose ravaging kisses and intense passion propel her ruthlessly toward a fateful destiny she can't afford to believe in.

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Stephanie Rowe does it again! Darkness Awakened is an exciting journey full of fast and furious action, sizzling attraction, bad-ass Immortals and strong women with the power of Illusion. Immerse yourself in this fascinating new world and don't be surprised if you never want to leave!

This book starts off with plenty of action that doesn't stop until the last page.  The world building unfolds with the perfect spacing - not too much information revealed at once, nor too little. The Calydons are immortal warriors with a terrible curse hanging over their heads. The Illusionists are unique people with the power to project  terrifying images.

You've gotta love a hunky Alpha male who knows how to wield his weapon and isn't afraid to go all "he-man" possessive on his woman. You ALSO have to love a strong, independent woman who doesn't let him get away with being too domineering, someone you can really respect. Quinn and Grace are both loyal to the bone, making them the perfect fighting force against the evil that threatens all their lives. And can I just say that the Calydons have THE coolest tattoos EVER!? Each warrior's weapon is branded on his arms, to be called out whenever the need for battle arises. I seriously want one!

The sizzling, immediate attraction between Quinn and Grace is super hot. They know they shouldn't give into the firestorm of passion, but they are ultimately helpless to ignore it. Make sure you have a fan nearby when you read this, you're going to need it.

I was so invested in the outcome of Quinn and Grace's struggles, it was almost hard to breathe as things became more complicated and the happily-ever-after seemed further out of reach. Stephanie Rowe knows how to write characters you will root for with just the right amount of tension to make the ending a true triumph.
I cannot wait to go back to the world of the Calydons with the next book in the trilogy, Darkness Seduced, which will be available on April 15th.

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