Lee Gibson comes from a family of witches. Although she wears leather and rides a motorcycle, she does her best to blend in with society and not bring attention to herself by living in the city and working as a counselor. She utilizes the gifts she was born with to help her in her job but she is careful to protect her secret and not make it known that she has magic. One night while walking in a park she crosses paths with Detective Jeremy Blake who happens to be hunting…in his werewolf form. Lee does not show fear even when standing before a naked aroused man who has just transformed from a werewolf to a man. This instantly sparks Jeremy’s interest. His wild aggressive nature tends to frighten most women—even though he keeps his werewolf nature a secret—and so Lee’s bravado is a turn on. The sexual chemistry between them is instantaneous and they waste no time getting together and acting on their mutual attraction. They quickly go from an anonymous tryst in the park to becoming nearly inseparable.
In A Dark Embrace is an erotic romance and loaded with plenty of steaming hot sex. Things heat up very quickly and continue to burn throughout most of the book but I found myself eventually skimming from time to time. Jeremy is a dirty talker, which I like, and my interest was piqued for a while but I needed more depth to the relationship outside of the bedroom and the battle of wills going on between the two alpha personalities. Jeremy falls for Lee feeling like he has finally found an alpha female that can stand up to him and accept his aggressive nature. But Lee being headstrong and independent does not want to be dominated and controlled by Jeremy and finds herself reluctant to making herself vulnerable and falling in love. There is a lot of push and pull while this couple tries to establish the rules and boundaries of their new relationship. But it’s all the just the basic stuff, nothing really new. Whenever things get emotionally tense Lee and Jeremy take it to the bedroom.
Well into the book I began to wonder when we’d get beyond the sex and new relationship woes and get some actual conflict aside from the relationship angst. Eventually we learn that Jeremy is working on a case where a young girl has gone missing. He has no leads and the case is growing cold fast. Lee steps up to help with the case using her gifts and but ends up in grave danger. The final action scene was exciting and made for a good finale, however the outside conflict just came too late in the story for me. By the time the things really started rolling, it was all over. I would have liked to have seen the external conflict developed more.
While the sex scenes were plentiful the romance fell a bit flat for me as I felt it just didn’t offer up anything original. The outside conflict and the idea that Jeremy and Lee had much more in common than just hot sex held great potential to expand on their personalities and for some good action and suspense, however it came too late in the story to make a difference. I was left feeling disappointed overall.