I’ve always enjoyed the Darkness series by Katie Reus. So of course I was pretty pumped to see there was another release. Then I found out it was a second chance romance and my brain began that gimmegimmegimme chant thing it does when I see something good. Holy smokes but I love a good second chance romance.
Ian McCabe is a half demon/half dragon hybrid and the brother of Bo from Hunted by Darkness and Rory from Into the Darkness. Fifty two years ago he met his soul mate when he was offered a chance in the fight ring with her domineering older brother. In Fiona’s fear for his safety she sneaks away hoping to find and beg him not to accept the fight. Instead Ian makes a deal with her, he’ll take on her brother, but if he survives she agrees to go out on a date with him. This leads to lots of secret meetings and Ian and Fiona realizing they are meant for each other. Plans are made, a future together is talked about, but ultimately Fiona’s family intervenes and tears them apart.
Fifty years later Ian is getting to know his family and making a life for himself. He isn’t alone any longer, but he still misses the woman who stole his heart and then left him to mate with another male. Then he finds out that Fiona lives right outside the Stavros territory where she runs a home for abused supernatural women. Thinking she is mated to another, he only intends to catch a glimpse of her and then leave her alone to her life. That is until he finds out that her family lied to him all those years ago and there was never another man in her life. Now all bets are off and he will do whatever it takes to make sure that they are never parted again.
Ian and Fiona are probably my favorite couple since Drake and Victoria. I loved them! The jumps in time back and forth between their meeting and falling in love fifty years ago and them reconnecting present day helped me get to know them and their relationship. Five decades might have passed since they’ve seen each other, but their love for each other never died. But just when you think they are going to have some serious relationship talks and it may not go how Ian wants it to, shit hits the fan and they end up on an adventure into the hell realm with several of Ian’s allies. There are bad guys that I don’t think anyone will be surprised about, lots of Ian growling and busting out his dragon form, and some pretty cool Finn moments. Fiona and Ian’s rebonding moves forward at a fast pace as they are dealt a huge blow that might tear them apart regardless of their feelings.
Also, something happens at the end that I was not expecting. But I enjoyed immensely.
I was glad to see the introduction of another half demon brother, Javier, and the budding relationship between Gray and Ophelia. I’m thinking this means there is more to come in this series and that makes me a very happy reader. Final Grade-B-
“Then don’t expect me to live without you. You’re mine, Fiona. Have been from the moment I laid eyes on you, from the moment you tried to warn me off fighting your brother because you were worried I’d get hurt. Don’t you dare expect me to live a life without you! You go into the afterlife? So do I. Simple as that. If we have day left, I want to enjoy every second of it with you.”