Into the Darkness is actually two stories in one book. Not two novellas in one installment, but rather one book where two couples find love and journey to a happily ever after. I knew this going in and frankly was excited to get another release in this series so quickly. These stories take place during Nix and Bo’s numerous pre-wedding celebrations. I guess when a demi-god and a demon get together it’s big stuff.
RHEA AND CONALL
Conall is Drake’s brother and Alpha of the Petronilla Dragon Clan while Rhea is a tracker and soldier in the Stavros wolf pack. I remember them meeting during Drake and Victoria’s book but really had no idea they would end up together. Apparently they’ve been texting since that time as friends and confidantes. Over time, those feelings have morphed into something more on both of their parts, but neither know how to make the jump to lovers. Conall wants Rhea as his mate, but she is loyal to her packmates and might never want to leave the pack she loves so much.
Their story is told in the present day, with flashes of past events so readers can get at least a bit of their relationship backstory. I was thankful for the flashback scenes because otherwise I would have had no idea what was going on with these two. They get together pretty quickly, but that’s not really a surprise since there really wasn’t enough page time for a slow build relationship. One thing I did absolutely love was the battle scene at the end. Conall and Rhea fighting the villains as a team was pretty bad ass.
RORY AND LIBERTY
Since reading the previous installment in this series, Hunted by Darkness, I was hoping that Bo’s newly discovered siblings would get their own love interests and happily ever afters. I was kind of surprised it happened so soon, though. If you’ve read book four then you know Liberty was rescued by Rory in a hell realm. She is extremely traumatized after being repeatedly sexually abused by a group of demons. She and Rory have since formed a very trusting and protective relationship where he stays with her almost every night, albeit in wolf form.
I think the author did a fair job bringing them together, especially with the time frame and page count she had to work with. But I wish out of any of the relationships in this series so far that theirs would have more time to build and grow. Liberty’s moving into a sexual relationship with Rory felt a little rushed after her extreme sexual abuse while in the hell realm. I think the close release dates between Hunted by Darkness, where they met, and Into Darkness, where they get together made me feel like their relationship moved too fast.
While not my favorite of the series, I did enjoy this addition to the Darkness series and look forward to what ever comes next. Final Grade- C+