A cheap read off amazon that has left me sitting on the fence.
Syssi’s paranormal foresight lands her a job at Dr. Amanda Dokani’s neuroscience lab, but it fails to predict the thrilling yet terrifying turn her life will take. Syssi has no clue that her boss is an immortal who’ll drag her into a secret, millennia-old battle over humanity’s future. Nor does she realize that the professor’s imposing brother is the mysterious stranger who’s been starring in her dreams.
Since the dawn of human civilization, two warring factions of near-immortals – the descendants of the gods of old – have been secretly shaping its destiny. Leading the clandestine battle from his luxurious L.A. high-rise, Kian is surrounded by his clan, yet alone. Descending from a single goddess, clan members are forbidden to each other. And as the only other immortals are their hated enemies, Kian and his kin have been long resigned to a lonely existence of fleeting trysts with human partners. That is, until his sister makes a game-changing discovery – a mortal seeress who she believes is a dormant carrier of their genes. Ever the realist, Kian is skeptical and refuses Amanda’s plea to attempt Syssi’s activation. But when his enemies learn of the Dormant’s existence, he’s forced to rush her to the safety of his keep. Inexorably drawn to Syssi, Kian wrestles with his conscience as he is tempted to explore her budding interest in the darker shades of sensuality.
99p on Amazon for a PNR novel was my kind of deal. Dark Stranger had decent reviews, and I like the synopsis above. I knew I was either going to love it or hate, but what I didn’t expect was to be on the fence. I liked all the characters that Lucas created, all except the heroine Syssi. The premise was set in today age, where a group of demi immortals are trying to find a way to help their race survive. The was a lot of backstory about who Kian and his family were, which I found interesting. However, it weighs down the overall story of Syssi and Kian.
The romance in this book was old fashioned so to speak. Syssi was the complete submissive and Kian was other overbearing dominant. I didn’t mind it, but it does get boring quickly. So if you prefer a strong female character, then this book is not for you. Also, this book (I am not sure of the definition) doesn’t finish properly, and what I mean by properly is that the book is left open-ended. The whole plotline that you have been reading throughout the book is not summarised. Which to be completely honest pissed me off. This type of ending is the first book I have come across that does this.
So overall, good premise, average romance and poor ending.
Rating: 3/5 (just)