Review by: Book Addict

Darkness Seduced
by Stephanie Rowe

Published April 15, 2012 as an e-book

The Calydons Destiny: 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.

Immortal warrior Gideon Roarke made an oath five hundred years ago to the woman who died for him. The ancient Calydon is ruthless in his quest to honor that promise, even if it means risking everything by teaming up with the one woman who will either destroy him, or finally bring redemption to his blackened, hardened soul.

After escaping from a two-year imprisonment at the hands of a madman, the only thing Lily Davenport wants is to go home and reclaim her life. Unfortunately for Lily, standing between her and that goal is a sensual, demanding protector whose dangerous seduction threatens to claim her life…and her soul.

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Darkness Seduced is the second book in Stephanie Rowe's Order of the Blade trilogy. As much as I absolutely loved the first book, Darkness Awakened, I was absolutely enthralled by this book. Ms. Rowe certainly knows how to write heart stopping action fueled by dangerous passions and hunky, primal men.

In the previous book we were introduced to Lily Davenport, self-proclaimed expert on all things Calydon, and an unfortunate prisoner of their enemy. I was so happy to see her as the heroine of this book after all she had gone through. She definitely deserved a happily-ever-after. Of course, being that her fated mate is a Calydon warrior, the road to her happiness is certainly going to be paved with pot holes of epic proportions. Throw in one domineering, totally sexy man and one fragile woman hiding a dangerous secret and you get two people reluctant to give in to the bond that is howling through their veins.

Gideon is a big, tough warrior whose past mistakes still haunt him. Mistakes that have shaped the very way he lives his life.  It will take a whole lot to crack through that macho shell. Little does he know that rescuing the wounded, desperate Lily will set him on an irrevocable path to his ultimate destiny.

The plot is intricate and fresh, the action is fast paced, the romance is super steamy. I mean, seriously - just look at that cover. YOWZA!! Nothing is too predictable and I was taken by surprise several times at the twists and turns of the plot.
If you're looking for a book that will grab hold of you and not let go until it has been totally devoured, look no further than Darkness Seduced.

Oh! And if my suspicions are confirmed about who the couple featured in the last book are, we are in for one wild, thrilling ride! ;)
Darkness Surrended will be available May 15th.

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