Vampires, Hybrids, and Drama
Haughty and royal Prince Dara comes to terms with his nature - and his romantic feelings - after grueling abuse and long-term captivity. Be prepared to read this novel in a day or two, because you're not likely to be able to put it down. The thrill is real - compelling characters, an emersive plot, love, passion, violence, and danger.
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I'm not sure how much of the setting and fictitious science is the author's original creation, but it makes for an immediate hook. While the storyline is somewhat predictable, the small twists and impeccable pacing create a truly addictive story. As a novel with a heavily fantastical setting, not every moment of the plot makes sense - a flaw I find completely forgiveable given the overriding merit of the story. All of that being said, pay heed to the trigger warnings. Through incredible escalation, this author will make you FEEL every millimeter of violation, so be warned.
As a last note, I love the characters in this story. Characters will always be the driving decision maker of a story I love versus one that's just good. The characters in this novel feel real, believable, and genuine - and in most moments of the story, their psychology checks out suitably. My one gripe would be how incredibly fast Dara swings between life-and-death options. For a military man with years of strategy behind him, his personal decisions frequently seem spontaneous and miscalculated - somewhat understandable given his dire circumstances, but still mildly irritating to me as a reader.